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Our board meeting went very well last week. It was nice to see familiar faces, and to start putting in the groundwork for what should be an exciting year.

Some things to look out for this year, is ongoing series on transgender issues. Please look out for these topics, the last Tuesday of each month. Many people may have questions about what is transgender? Or may just be looking for a safe place to talk, this is the perfect place. We hope to see many faces come out and join us.

We will also be doing Red Flag month again, so please stay tuned for some exciting events associated with that.


Last but not least, please come to 331 today for our weekly round table at 2 pm!

Round Table Tuesday – 10/7

We had another great round table this  Tuesday, where we had Sexual Assault Services  (SAS) come and talk with us about the Red Flag Campaign, and the services that are provided throughout the college.

People had some great questions about consent, and raised some great points about how culturally there is a great impact on how we interact with one another sexually. There was a lot of focus on how “no” is not usually the stopping point, but the beginning of a negotiation, and how problematic that becomes, especially when people get worn down, and feel as though there is no other option.

All of these questions and topics were answered and further clarified by the wonderful people who came to visit from SAS. They did a great job of hosting our round table, and I know I walked away with more knowledge under my belt.

SAS  Information Table
SAS Information Table

One of the biggest things I took away from this round table, is how fortunate we all are to have the support network  created by SAS.  Most institutions do not go to the lengths that these folks do in order to ensure that people get the help they need.

So here are some of  things  these amazing people do:

  • Provide support whether you are in a situation yourself, or trying to be there for family or friends who are in abusive relationships, sexual assaults, stalking
  • Anonymous reporting
  • All services are confidential
  • Always on call ( cell #, so you can text as well)
  • College -Wide
  • They can meet off-campus
  • They will go to appointments, court, exams, etc.

They provide support when people need it the most, and are helping to ensure that survivors are aware of all of their options.  We are quite fortunate to have this level of involvement, and people who invest so much time to make sure that survivors get help, and know that they are not alone.

SAS is under the NOVA Cares services here at  NOVA.  Here is there email: nova.sas@nvcc.edu and phone: 703-338-0834

Keep your calendars open for October 21 to join SAS for the  Clothesline Project


Visit theRedFlagCampaign.org

For the entire month of October we will be celebrating the Red Flag Campaign, which brings attention to dating violence and works to prevent it from happening on college campuses.

Please join us tomorrow, 10/7 from 2-3 when Negar Ehsani, MSW,  our NOVA Sexual Assault and Trauma Specialist, comes by to chat with us. 

Hope to see you all there!



9/21 Round Table

This week we had a very powerful Round Table Discussion with Professor  Abebe Fekade, who talked about intimate partner violence.  Lately we have  heard a lot on this topic because it has been in the forefront of the news, but Professor Fekade wondered what can be done to implement a lasting change.  

During these highly publicized incidents there is often national commentary on the events that take place, and a frequent comment that is repeated, is “why did she not just leave?” or other comments that focus on what the victim could have done to avoid the situation, instead of addressing the larger issue of abuse, and how it is brushed aside in our society.

The past few weeks are a perfect example of how we as society are horrified by the actions of others, and basque in that horror for the days or week that it is in the news,  and go on with our lives until the next horror becomes the breaking news story.  There is a failure to sit down and question what is going on in our society, and why these things are happening, and what can be done to circumvent them.

Within the last few weeks we have had the video where Janay Palmer is punched by her fiance, the police officer who sexually assaulted 8 black women,   Hannah Graham the  missing UVA student, and just now, a news alert popped up that a man in Oklahoma beheaded a woman at work, and tried to kill another woman. Most of these stories will fade into news oblivion, but for these victims and their families that horror will stay with them.

It can be claimed that these incidents have nothing to do with one another, and that these separate acts of violence are committed by those that are deranged, and a not a reflection of a heavier burden that is weighing down on society. Our discussion, touched on how this burden is seen when there are cultural norms that suggest that abuse is something kept between partners (that is just how they are), or  that violence is a way of expressing love  and protection. This just normalizes this behavior, and places a large amount of responsibility on victims.  It is also trivializes genders, and places them into rigid roles, that provide an oversimplified explanation as to why violence occurs.

Our discussion did not end with all the answers as to what we can do to stop this, but we did talk about having a weekly discussion group that focuses on  intimate partner violence, a place where we discuss some of these issues, and maybe come up with a way to make some headway. One of the things we did all agree on was respect;  it may seem so simple, but it is often overlooked .  Respecting people as they are, and not placing rigid gender roles, or archetypal roles, could help us learn about others, as well as ourselves, and appreciate both the similarities and differences.


9/16 Round Table: Massage Therapy

Yesterday we had a great round table with Professor Nichole Danraj  about massage therapy, and some of the benefits that go along with it.  There are many people out there that are all about massages because they feel great. It is relaxing, and a nice way to pamper yourself or a loved one. 

Our own Professor Nichole Danraj coming in and talking about the benefits of massage therapy!
Our own Professor Nichole Danraj coming in and talking about the benefits of massage therapy!

Professor Danraj was able to give us an insider perspective on the 600 hrs of work that must be done in order to get certified, which when you think on it, is great. You don’t want someone working on your body that does not know what they’re doing, that can lead to more harm than good.  She directed us to a registry that provides a list of certified massage therapists, as well as useful  resources for those interested in joining the field.  Those can be found here:  American Massage Therapy Association

One of the topics she touched on, was how massage therapy has been shown to be beneficial for anxiety, depression,  PTSD ,wounded warriors, as well as being helpful for patients going through cancer treatments.   These are all areas where finding treatment can be difficult, and often cause more stress on top of the underlying  condition.  Having massage therapy as a way to reduce that stress, and help people being either more comfortable or healthier is amazing.

We had a great time, and I think we all left wanting to book a massage.  If you are looking to relieve some stress, head to the cafeteria tomorrow,  9/18 from  10- 2 for a chair massage. There will be sign-ups, so hurry quick so you don’t miss out!


New Schedule!!

Here is an updated schedule of the happenings that will be going on at the Women Center and various other groups we adore.

November 2013 Calendar Women’s Center

November 6 :       11:15-12:15         AA 331

Round Table – Putting STEAM into STEM – Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science. She has exhibited and lectured all around the world including NIH, MIT and many other world class institutions. Hear her talk about her experiences and inspire discussion about how the boundaries of art and science are more fluid than we think and how each discipline can inform and inspire the other.

November 6:        3:30-4:30              AA 331

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring – Anyone is free to participate in sharing with other students challenges, celebrations and support.

November 7:        2-3                          AA 331

Gay Straight Alliance

November 7:        4:30-7                    AA 196

Women’s Center and Psychology Department team up to show “Crazy Like Me”, a film about five interwoven stories that focus on mental illness and its impact on those it affects, their friends and families. After the movie there will be panelists to discuss issues surrounding depression, bipolar, and PTSD.

November 13:      11:15-12:15         AA 331

Round Table: Dr. Abeba Fekade leads a discussion about resilience.

November 14:      2-3                          AA 331

Gay Straight Alliance

November 19:      2-3                          AA 331

Round Table – Topic to be announced

November 20:      4:30-7:20              AA 196

Movie: “Girls Rising” (http://www.girlrising.com/) offered by Women’s Studies, Psychology, and cosponsored by AAUW. The film tells about nine girls from around the world and the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to positively transform the world.

November 21:      2-3                          AA 331

Gay Straight Alliance

November 26: 2-3                               AA 331

Round Table: Topic to be announced

Round Table Discussion!

Many of you were really interested in the round table discussion today, and as promised here is the PowerPoint for it. Hope you guys enjoy!

In case you are unaware of the discussion, it deals with Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”, which was completed in 1979. It was a collaborative piece that documents the women throughout Western Civilization. Please check out the presentation. Professor Martin did a wonderful job and presents a great overview of the installation.  Enjoy!

Link to the Presentation

* This presentation was done by Professor Martin, NVCC