Women’s Week 2017
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Women's Week celebrates and addresses the importance of social, economic, cultural and political achievement and well-being of women and girls. This year's Women’s Week will explore how the normalization of rape is manifested in policy and on the college campus. More importantly, the events of the week will promote ways in which everyone can take steps to disrupt the current status.

  • Hinckley Panel
  • March 6
  • 12:00 PM
  • Bldg 73 Rm 110
  • In recent years, scholars and activists have pointed out society’s desensitization to rape. Because sexual violence and rape happen so often, and are punished so rarely, we operate under the assumption that rape is an inevitable fact of life. This normalization of rape has led people to internalize beliefs and attitudes that condone and even encourage gendered sexual aggression and violence.
    Panelists will explore how the normalization of rape is manifested in policy and on the college campus. More importantly, panelists will suggest for everyone to take steps in disrupting the current status.
  • PANELISTS
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • March 7
  • 12:00 PM
  • Audre Lorde Lounge (Union 293)
  • Bystander intervention training empowers students to intervene in (and prevent) potentially harmful situations. Stepping in to assist another person that is experiencing harm or abuse is an important part of helping and supporting people in our community. Standing up to de-escalate violence can be difficult but each student at the U plays a valuable role in making our campus a safer place.

    The Center for Student Wellness’ training is built on national examples of bystander intervention. It is designed to mobilize students, raise awareness, and provide skills to recognize, intervene, prevent and/or stop inappropriate comments, actions and behaviors – with an emphasis on stopping interpersonal violence, rape, and sexual assault.
    This session will not provide a certificate.
  • Private Violence
  • March 7
  • 4:00 PM
  • Okazaki Community Room (SW 155A)
  • Film Screening & Discussion
    Domestic violence is a complex and widespread form of violence, which may have short- or long-term damage, impacting millions of Americans every year. According to the CDC, one in four women will be victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes. The film “Private Violence” examines intimate partner violence through the lens of two survivors who are working toward a brighter and safer future for all.
    The film will be followed by a presentation by filmmaker Kit Gruelle and panel discussion.
    This film contains disturbing images; viewer discretion is advised.
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • March 7
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union Theatre
  • Bystander intervention training empowers students to intervene in (and prevent) potentially harmful situations. Stepping in to assist another person that is experiencing harm or abuse is an important part of helping and supporting people in our community. Standing up to de-escalate violence can be difficult but each student at the U plays a valuable role in making our campus a safer place.

    Attend our Bystander Intervention training to earn your Bystander Leadership certificate. The training is two hours and teaches students different skills and techniques to safely intervene before harm begins (prevention), during an incident (intervention), or after the incident has passed. We discuss consent and dedicate time to dispelling common rape myths and rape culture. We end by discussing common intervention scenarios designed to build confidence in your ability to help.
  • Email to Register
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You
  • March 8
  • 12:30 PM
  • Saltair Room
  • An Afternoon with Staceyann Chin
    Spoken word poet, acclaimed performing artist and political activist, Staceyann Chin is the author the autobiographical novel The Other Side of Paradise, and has also published in The New York Times and Washington Post. Chin is also the creator of a youtube series Living Room Protests, in which she and her daughter protest issues that are important to them both.
  • Countering a Culture of Violence Against Women
  • March 9
  • 12:00 PM
  • Union East Ballroom
  • Student workshop with Staceyann Chin
    Expressing herself and telling stories through poetry has given Chin the power to recognize that the U.S. is not perfect and that change comes from action. She firmly believes that those who have the power to speak have an obligation to address issues that impact them, but also to give a voice to communities that do not have the power to speak as loudly, or even at all.

    In this workshop, Staceyann Chin will work with students on writing for spoken word and political activism.
  • Sexual Violence on Campus
  • March 10
  • 12:15 PM
  • SFEBB 130
  • Join this student led brainstorm session about sexual violence on our campus. This session is for students ONLY.
    THIS SESSION IS A PLACE FOR STUDENTS TO:
    Discuss what support and community around the issue of sexual violence on our campus should look like
    Consider how the campus community can program more intentionally around sexual violence
    Strategize how to continue building critical consciousness around sexual violence on campus
    Determine how to name systems that sustain the current normalization of sexual violence on our campus
    Share your thoughts and opinions
    THIS SESSION IS NOT A:
    Place for victim blaming
    Space to process one’s own sexual assault (there will not be a certified counselor in the room)
    Place for sharing only grievances, let’s brainstorm ways to make real change on campus!
  • RSVP
Thank you to our committee members and sponsors!
  • Committee Members:
  • Estela Hernandez
  • Neelam Chand
  • Sponsors:
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • School for Cultural and Social Transformation
  • College of Social Work
  • Center for Student Wellness
  • Hinckley Institute
  • ASUU