Category Archives: Women’s Center

The Hunting Ground Revisited

Last semester the film the Hunting Ground was shown and continued a necessary discussion about the reality of sexual assault on campuses. Please join us to continue this very important discussion that has a grave impact on everyone.

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THE HUNTING GROUND REVISITED:
An academic discussion about sexual assault

Tuesday, March 15th 12:30-2pm, Bisdorf 196

Please join us in an ongoing conversation about issues raised in last semester’s showing of The Hunting Ground, a film about sexual assault on college campuses.
Professors of Sociology, Psychology, English, and Women’s Studies will lead an open dialogue regarding the topics of gender, power and assault. This is an event for all students, faculty, and staff who would like to continue this discussion.
If you would like to watch the Hunting Ground prior to this conversation, it is being shown in the Women’s Center at the following times 3/1: noon, 3/2: 2pm, 3/3: 4pm, and 3/5: 10am.

Women’s Center Internship

Internship Opportunities for Spring 2016:

The Women’s Center is seeking internship applications from students interested in participating in organizing and directing the Center’s on-campus programming and social media presence for Spring 2016. Ideal candidates are individuals who are passionate about the study of gender and conflict, who maintain a critical ‘gendered lens’ of issues related to conflict and oppression, and who are committed to fostering an inclusive and engaging academic environment.

We are seeking applicants who have excellent written communication skills and have the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently. Interns will develop and enhance social media campaigns for the Women’s Center, and will help promote our events including weekly Round tables, Women Helping Women, Elect Her, and Women’s History Month event. Intern will work with our center’s blogger, Robin Bartley, and our provost community outreach staff including Marc Henderson and Ray Evans.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Carolyn Lorente, clorente@nvcc.edu by December 15, 2015.

Mad Max Love

Charlize Theron - photo from Vanity Fair

The other week I went to see Mad Max; if I am being honest, I went opening night and squeezed into the very packed theater, and left feeling as though this was one of the better movies I have seen in a very long time (sorry Lego Movie; I still love you though).

I was excited to the see the movie, and had been eagerly waiting to see it since what I will call early April. I was not surprised to see it, but there were/are some grumpy men claiming that the movie is feminist propaganda. To that I say, too bad! But if you are curious, you can read their complaints here.

Charlize Theron was phenomenal, and I was thoroughly in love with her as Furiosa. In fact I just loved the women in this film. They felt real to me, and I became invested in them. These felt like women I could know, not the typical flat characters that I find in other films and books. They were more than glorified eye candy. I won’t give away too much for those who have not seen it, but like my beloved comic Rat Queens, (check that out, if you haven’t) there is something very refreshing about seeing women being portrayed as women. Despite that these women who were slaves and represented these idealized versions of women, there is a fight against this. I think this is why I am so amused by the complaints about this movie being feminist propaganda, or how there are too many women in this film. Their attitudes and the way women are represented in media, is exactly why this film is being celebrated. The women in this film dare to defy being decoration or set pieces within this post apocalyptic world and the film. I would argue that if the women were just sex slaves in the background, there would not be an uproar about how there are too many women in the movie. As a friend of mine jokingly said in response to the complaints, “How dare you ladies go around having thoughts and opinions and things?” He jokes, but it certainly rings true, at least whenever women cross that line into “the man realm.” Gamergate anyone?

More from Vanity Fair

Also, there were some pretty sweet, real explosions that occur in the movie. So go see it!

Hello Giggles also pointed out Tom Hardy, and the amazing faces he makes when people ask him ignorant questions:
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That face is priceless, and can people please stop asking about why there are women here and there, in supposedly “male” things. Just no.

(images from Vanity Fair)

The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy

Looking for something to do tomorrow, 3/24?

The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy

Strong Lives Lead to Happy Lives

Where: AA 196
When: 12:30 -1:30

Where: AA 331
When 2:00 – 3:00

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“College students want many things: fun, friends, success, and an opportunity to find their own way toward a fulfilling, happy life. Dr. Erin Foley teaches students how to build a STRONG LIFE. She delivers messages aimed at helping students go after their opportunities with strength, confidence and an eye toward what’s possible.

Sponsored by the Student life Office, Dr. Foley will be conducting two programs: “The Fearless Female and the Freedom to Be Happy” and “Strong Lives Lead to Happy Lives”. ”

The Women’s Center

It is Women’s History month, and frankly there are not enough days to cover all of the awesome that women have achieved and are achieving, from the likes of Marie Curie to our grandmothers who made things work, even when they appeared to be impossible (my grandmother stayed home with eight kids and they all lived to tell about it and everyone came out mostly unscathed), or a random woman we run into doing something we love that inspires us. Ladies do a lot!

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I was thinking about highlighting different women who are doing cool things now, but then I thought about the women I interact with on this campus, and the women that they interact, and that struck more of chord with me. We have some truly gifted women on this campus, who breathe life into everything they do.

Since the beginning of the semester, we have had both the “Women Helping Women” and “Elect Her” on this campus, both of which were wildly successful. Not only did some amazing Faculty and Staff help coordinate the events, but our students came out and made the events memorable. The beginning of this year has been exciting, and is setting a great foundation for more great things to come throughout the year.

Continuing on the momentum, we have a display that near AA 252 for Women’s History Month, which is a collection of books and pieces of art work, that come from the Faculty, Staff, and Students here on the Alexandria Campus.

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The books in the in display, have been written by women who have inspired us to participate in groups like the Women’s Center, and share the invaluable knowledge and insight from that these authors have imparted upon us. In turn this has led to classes and projects that have inspired students, and their works of art in the display, inspire us.

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We have some powerful, and creative women on this campus, and I look forward to seeing the things they do in the future. I would also like to thank Prof. Martin for putting this together!

Elect Her

This past Friday, the AAUW (the American Association of University Women) hosted their Elect Her event on the Alexandria Campus. Their elect her program focuses on training college women to run for student government. We had 50 students turn out for the event!
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We are very proud of our students who participated, and are happy that the AAUW was able to come out and continue empower our students! Thank you for everyone who helped put this together, and to all those who participated.

Check out Elect Her for more information on the program.

Rita Dove

As many of you know, it is now February, really it has been February for about a week, and it came far too quickly for my liking, but what can you do?

February is Black History Month, and typically there is a lot of focus on Civil Rights Leaders, who dedicated blood, sweat, and tears to gain equality. This year, I would like to highlight some of the amazing black folks who have had great achievements or contributions, and also look at some up and coming people who are doing some amazing things. Without the struggles of yesterday, we would not have the path we walk today.

Today we highlight Rita Dove. If you like poetry, you may love her, if you have not seen any of her stuff, please come down to the library and check her stuff out.

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Why is she so phenomenal? She was a Poet Laureate, as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. She is also a professor at UVA. She has several collections published including, Mother Love, American Smooth, and a personal favorite of mine, Sonata Mulattica.

Food for Thought

Each week there is at the very least one story that highlights a person that has been sexually violated in some way. Whether it is in another country, or in our own backyard. This week we had the story of two ex football players from Vanderbilt, who were actually tried and convicted. Let’s hope they get a deserving sentence! For more on that check out the story here.

This story and similar ones that I stumble upon each week were echoed on Tumblr (also known as a black hole for me.)

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It seems like Vanderbilt was fairly proactive, which is great, but that is more of a gem in a sea of crap. The way schools handle sexual assaults has been a big point of contention for me, but seeing this photo just drove it home. If someone cheats on exam or paper, there is usually little leniency for the perpetrator, but if someone is sexually assaulted, the administrations conjure up excuses, move heaven and earth, hell too? in order to justify the actions that took place. Just let this sink in for a bit.

This little gem popped up on my feed too:

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There is so much truth here.

Lending a Hand

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Mental Health has been a topic national discussion, in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, and the call for their to be a more efforts put into researching mental health, as well as an honest discussion on how the mentally ill are regarded in this country.

There is a huge stigma attached to having a mental illness, and it is this stigma that add more reasons for people not to seek help. Mental illness is seen as a weakness, and that people should just “suck it up,” which is why we see so many mentally ill on the street, people who are deemed “lazy” or they just did not “try hard enough”. It becomes their problem, and takes any culpability away from a society that turns a blind eye to those who are struggling, and suffer from very real issues.

One of the things we discussed yesterday during the Women’s Center meeting, are the things we can\will be doing during this semester, and hopefully for many semester to follow. Starting February we will be having a Support Group on Wednesday’s from Noon – 1 led by a counselor from Access Hope and starting next week on Thursday’s from 3:30 – 4:30 there will a Recovery Community meeting.

We are all really excited to have these groups available, and hope that they provide some support to those in need.

This is a national battle, but we can do our part in our little community. Here are some folks who are sharing their own stories, and pushing to make change in how we interact with mental health:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/16/health/mental-wellness-warriors-fighting-for-those-who-need-it-most/index.html