Breast Cancer Awareness

The NWN is fundraising to support the local charity, Nanci’s Gift, serving families impacted by breast cancer across the DMV area. Our focus is to promote women’s health and empowerment across the College while supporting families in our area! Please join our call to action! Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 which will provide 1 scholarship for 1 student for 1 year. We have already completed 52% of that goal! We can do this NOVA!

Call to Action: Participation in the Breast Cancer Walk-a-thon Supporting Nanci’s Gift

  1. Sign up: https://go.rallyup.com/nancisgift2021/Campaign/Details (when you sign up as a participant you can walk as an individual, join the NWN team, or start your own team!)
  2. Walk 30 miles throughout the month of October
  3. Spread the word!
  4. Donate or Support Nanci’s Gift

Walk 30 miles in October: The NWN Advisory Board will be hosting group walking opportunities by campus (1 mile per walk).

Join your campus’ NWN board advisor for walking parties around your campus. Don’t forget to wear/bring footwear and clothing that you will be comfortable moving in, outside for a mile. Loose clothing and sneakers work best. Expect to be walking for 20-25 minutes. Consider a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Enjoy!

Campus Dates, times, and meeting locations:

  • Annandale/Brault:
  • Alexandria:
    • Coming Soon / TBA
  • Loudoun:
    • 10/8/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at picnic table just outside the LC building
    • 10/22/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at picnic table just outside the LC building
  • Manassas:
    • 10/7/21 at 12:00 PM meet behind Parrish and Howsmon near the picnic tables
    • 10/14/21 at 12:00 PM meet behind Parrish and Howsmon near the picnic tables
    • 10/21/21 at 12:00 PM meet behind Parrish and Howsmon near the picnic tables
    • 10/28/21 at 12:00 PM meet behind Parrish and Howsmon near the picnic tables
  • Medical Education:
    • 10/8/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at first floor of the MEC in front of Student Life Suite 116
    • 10/14/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at first floor of the MEC in front of Student Life Suite 116
    • 10/21/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at first floor of the MEC in front of Student Life Suite 116
    • 10/28/21 at 3:00 – 3:30 meet at first floor of the MEC in front of Student Life Suite 116
  • Woodbridge: 
    • 10/7/21 at 11:30 AM meet in the NEST on the first floor of the Seedfeldt Bldg
    • 10/13/21 at 2:30 PM meet in the NEST on the first floor of the Seedfeldt Bldg
    • 10/19/21 at 1:00 PM meet in the NEST on the first floor of the Seedfeldt Bldg
    • 10/25/21 at 11:00 AM meet in the NEST on the first floor of the Seedfeldt Bldg

Sips of Inspiration: “Turning Pain into Power” an Inspirational Interview with Survivor Nanci Young

October
Date/time: Monday, October 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presentation Title: Turning Your Pain Into Power!
Purpose: Meet the awe inspiring Nanci Young and learn about her four time battle with breast cancer. As a survivor she will support attendees with strategies on how to advocate for themselves and women when advocating for healthcare services.
Scope: There will be an opportunity to learn what the NOVA Women’s Network will be doing to raise awareness and support for breast cancer awareness and raising support for Nanci’s Gift.
Sips: Bring your favorite sips (and your lunch)
Recording: Presentation of materials will be recorded
Join Zoom Meeting: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/83140026862?pwd=UXBiaFhpV3V0aGJVWlJta2ErcXJuZz09
Meeting ID: 831 4002 6862
Passcode: 187762

Sips of Inspiration: “Women Supporting Women Through the NOVA Women’s Network”

Date/Time: Friday, September 17th 2021 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Purpose: The past year and a half has been a doozy and as we return to our college locations, this is NOT business as usual. In this Sips of Inspiration event, we will discuss the current times and the new and sustained changes around us, but most importantly we will discuss how, through this Network, we can support one another. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the NWN Board and how we are working together to support our community of women. We want to hear from you and your needs. We will specifically acknowledge the impacts of the pandemic and its disproportionate impact on women. You will then be given the opportunity to connect with others in small groups to discuss some hot topic items and developing strategies for supporting one another as we journey into another academic year.
Scope: A networking opportunity will occur in break out rooms of your selection and willingness to share or just listen. Topics include:
i. What has been the cost of COVID
ii. This is What I have learned/gained
iii. This is What I have lost/experienced
iv. Anonymous (an opportunity to remove your name and picture              to be able to talk and share freely about the impacts on you)
Then we will return to our whole group connection. What will determine what WE need and how WE can support one another. This is an amazing Network of women with a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities! Together we will advocate, empower and support one another.
Sips: Come as you are with your beverage of choice.
Recording: Presentation will NOT be recorded
Join Zoom Meeting: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/89297468756?pwd=T2tSdXEzek5UK25remtScVhsS05XQT09

Summer Book Club!

Please join us for the first NWN Summer Book Club!

This summer the NWN Advisory Board will be hosting a book discussion and we welcome you to join us in this program! Mirroring our events in the spring semester, this program will focus on opportunities to connect. The overarching goal of the NWN is to create a space for NOVA Women’s Network to engage, connect and support one another.

We invite you to join us for the low pressure reading program outlined below. We have selected a book and program format that allows engagement even if you do not follow the suggested reading schedule.

Program Overview: Again, this is a very low key and chill program:

  • Book Selection: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. Our library owns an unlimited, simultaneous user e-book, so everyone has access to the ebook. There are print copies at campus libraries and an audio version available for checkout through VCCS Overdrive (single user copy). The book is very reasonably priced with a variety of formats from Amazon and other retailers.
  • Book Description: Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more. Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world.
  • Great Articles about the book:
  • Program Schedule: Invisible Women’s Wednesday Book Club – zoom discussion session held each week on Wednesday at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Wednesday, June 23rd: Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2
    • Wednesday, July 21st: Part 3 & 4
    • Wednesday, August 11th: Part 5 & 6 and Afterward

Sips of Inspiration: An unconventional look at leadership

An unconventional look at leadership via TED Great leaders do what drug addicts do | Michael Brody-Waite | TEDxNashville
Purpose: to explore the attributes of a great leader; assess and tap into yourself as a great leader.
Scope: Watch short vignettes of the TED Talk “Great Leaders do what drug addicts do”, discuss key takeaways in breakout sessions and share out with the larger group
Activity/Presentation Overview: During the session, we will discuss the attributes of a great leader such as rigorous authenticity, personally reflect and assess your beliefs about great leadership attributes.
Date/time: Thursday, May 25th at 6:00PM
Sips: Come as you are with your after-hours beverage of choice 😉
Feel free to watch the Ted Talk prior to attending
Recording: Presentation will be recorded; group discussions will not be recorded.
Presenter name and title: Kirstin Riddick, Student Success Team Co-Lead
Join Zoom Meeting: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/84335226518?pwd=MzlaSFFSZUg5QmhDZzI3Sjl3YnpxUT09

Sips of Inspiration: Chair Yoga

April: Chair Yoga
Date/time: Wednesday 28th at 4:00
Join Zoom Meeting: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/86977686430?pwd=cDRyVEZUNkQwWS91OUtDTWR2MjZBZz09
Meeting ID: 869 7768 6430
Passcode: 785366
Purpose: to connect NOVA Women to a self-care yoga and breathing activity that they can do right at their desk. This is a reminder to pause at work to breathe intentionally and stretch your body.
Scope: 30 minute yoga activity with prompting questions for group discussions
Activity/Presentation Overview and title: Chair Yoga – Grab your chair, get up and stretch! This session will include gentle breathing and stretching exercises to combat the effects of sitting. No yoga mats, sweat, floor work, or change of clothes needed. (just an idea)
Sips: bring your water or energy/recovery drink
Recording: Presentation will be recorded; group discussions will not be recorded.
Presenter name and title: Reagan Dellinger

Sips of Inspiration: Cultivating Connection and Community at Work

March Sips of Inspiration Event: Thursday, March 25th at 2:00
Purpose: To explore the power of connection and community in the workplace as an aspect of well-being and self-care.
Scope: 20-30 minute presentation followed by small group discussions.
Activity/Presentation Overview and Title: Cultivating Connection and Community at Work – The session will cover ways that human connection impacts the mind and body, will provide strategies and resources for developing better connection skills, and offer time to connect and reflect with one another.
Sips: Come as you are with your beverage of choice.
Recording: Presentation will be recorded; group discussions will not be recorded.
Presenter names and titles: Chrystie Greges, Loudoun Campus Librarian; Melanie Medina, Annandale Campus Librarian
Join Zoom Meeting: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/84715866880?pwd=allFTEJUcUFucHM3ZFZpMUh1bXZqZz09