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We organize, sponsor, and co-sponsor a wide variety of events for the Five-College community, typically during the academic year.   We are happy to tailor a workshop for your group or organization. For information about our events call 413-545-0883Request a training or workshop.

Spring 2016

 

Peer Health Educators Training

Friday, April 15th, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Campus Center 805-809
Open To: Peer Health Educators in Internship
 
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a workshop series for the Peer Health Educators on the fundamentals of consent.
 
 

Venus Hottentot

Sunday April 17th, 2016, 2 PM & 7 PM
UMass Fine Arts Center 204 (Curtain Theatre entrance, follow the signs)
Co-sponsors: UMass Department of Theatre
Open To: All
 
Brief Description: A Short Play by Ayshia Stephenson. Starring: Talya Sogoba, Callum LaFrance and Leah Mertes. In this tragicomedy, possession of the body comes to the 21st Century.
FREE and Open to the Public, but space is limited. Reservations are REQUIRED at:
https://venushottentot.eventbrite.com
Reception after the show.
 
 

Hook-Up Culture

Tuesday April 19th, 2016, 7-9 PM
Washington Tower
Co-sponsors: Washington Residential Life staff
Open To: Washington RAs and residents
 
Brief Description: WOCLN staff will facilitate a dialogue with the RAs and residents in Washington Residence Hall that will focus on the issues surrounding "hook-up culture" and the different ways "hooking up" is defined, including the risks involved. Through the information learned and discussed at the workshop, WOCLN looks forward to helping students build and maintain healthy lifestyles.
 

Keeping it Consensual

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Wheeler Hall, UMass
Open To:  Wheeler Hall residents
Co-sponsors: UMass Residential Life
 
Consent requires clear, constant communication. Practising effective consent is a crucial part of having healthy and enjoyable sexual encounters. In this workshop we will explore consent: why it is crucial, what it looks like, and how to incorporate it in your life.

 

Body Politics 2016: Multimedia Storytelling Showcase by Women of Color


Thursday April 21st & Friday 22nd, 8 PM
163C- Campus Center
Open To: All

For over ten years, the award-winning Body Politics has been a space for celebration, support, empowerment, healing and creativity for women of color to embrace who they are, their bodies, and their experiences and to speak against all forms of oppression.

Please join us for a multimedia storytelling performance of Body Politics. Audience is invited to stay after for a talk back with the participants in this year's production about their process and journey of producing their own stories.

 

Best Buddies Healthy Relationships Workshops

 
Wednesdays April 13th, May 11th, June 1st 2016, 10:45a-11:45a
Gateway Regional High School
Co-sponsors: Gateway Regional High School
Open To: Gateway High School Best Buddies Group
 
This is a 3 part workshop series that teaches Best Buddies program participants and their buddies about healthy relationships. Topics include: Personal space, knowing who to trust, making safe decisions about the body, and healthy relationships.
 

Memorial service for Jon Shaw

 
Wednesday May 4th, 2016, 3:30-5:30
NAH Library 2nd floor
Co-sponsors: Coalition to End Rape Culture
Open To: public
 
Please join us in honoring the life of a beloved friend, Jon Shaw, and his great impact on the UMass Amherst community. All are welcome to this space and time will be held for folks to share thoughts and memories of Jon. 
If you'd like to Skype in, please use Skypename as CWC40years

 

Gateway High School Health 2 Healthy Relationships Workshops

May 24-26, 2016, 9:15a-10:15a
Gateway High School
Co-sponsors: Gateway High School Health Class
Open To: Gateway HS Health 2 students
 
A 3 part workshop series will be co-facilitated by the CWC Rural Counselor & Educator and male-identified Educator/Advocates. Topics include: Empathy, Rape Culture/Victim Blaming, Consent, Healthy Relationships, Bystander Intervention, and the White Ribbon Campaign.
 

Bystander Intervention Workshop

 
Wednesday May 11, 2016, 2:15p - 3:15p
Gateway Regional High School
Co-sponsors: Gateway High School Gay Straight Alliance
Open To: Gateway High School GSA members
 
A workshop for the Gateway High School Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA). Topics covered include: Iceberg of Violence, Barriers & Motivations to Bystander Intervention, Introducing the 3D’s, and Forced Choice: 3D’s.
 
 

PAST EVENTS

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

Thursdays April 7 & April 14th, 2016, 1-1:50 PM
Lederle Grad Res Tower Room 206
Co-sponsors: Public Health Department
Open To: Limited to students in 397E Public Health Career Prep class
 
Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the workshop, they learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college.
For more information:
 
 

That's Messed Up! Intervening When It's Not Right

Monday April 11th, 2016 7-9 PM
Washington Tower
Co-sponsors: Washington Residential Life staff
Open To: Washington RA staff only

Have you ever witnessed or heard something, like a joke or behavior, that was offensive but you were not sure what to do about it? In this workshop we will discuss such scenarios and brainstorm effective ways to respond.

 

Queer Conversations: Sexual Assault and Gender-Based Violence

Monday April 11, 4-5pm
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall, UMass
Co-sponsors: The Stonewall Center
Open To: Public
 
A dialogue about sexual assault and gender-based violence within LGBTQIA+ communities, facilitated by Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of the Center for Women and Community (CWC).
 
 

Spoken Word

Wednesday April 6, 2016,7:30 PM
203 New Africa House
Open To: All
 
Join the Women of Color Leadership Network for our spring Spoken Word Night: An evening of poetry performance and creative expression!
Everybody is invited to participate and perform original poetry pieces or read from the works of their favorite artists and authors in relation to power, liberation, social identities, solidarity, resistance and other social justice related issues. Come and speak your truth! If you are interested in performing, please email wocln@umass.edu.
Refreshments will be served, and the event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
 

April Social Hour

December Social Hour- Image of TeaCups and Snacks
Wednesday April 6th, 2016 12-2 PM
127 New Africa House
Open To: All

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our last Social Hour of this spring! This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with women of color, network and relax from your busy schedule, or simply just to say hello! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.

 

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

This Workshop has been CANCELLED
Monday April 4th, 2016, 5-7pm-
Marston 132
Co-sponsors: College of Engineering
Open To: Priority given to students within the Engineering Department
 
Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the workshop, they learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. Pre-registration is required for this workshop: 413-545-0883. Space is limited.
For more information:
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/
 

Public Health 499O

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:45PM-6:30PM
Elm Classroom 228
Open To: Students of Class
 
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a presentation for the Public Health 499O course on domestic violence prevention and bystander intervention.
 

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

Monday March 28th, 2016,4-6 PM
Location: New Africa House, Room 203
Co-sponsors: Biology Department, Career Services
Open To: Priority is given to students in the Biology Department
 
Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the workshop, they learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. Pre-registration is required for this workshop: 413-545-0883. Space is limited.
For more information:
 

Normal Body Development and Preventing Child Abuse Workshops

Fridays, March 25th and April 8th 2016, 10a-12p
Hilltown Family Center, Huntington, MA
Co-sponsors: Hilltown Family Center
Open To : Parents and families in the Hilltowns
 
A two part series of workshops on child sexual abuse prevention for the Hilltown Family Center. Topics included:  activity on society and sexual abuse, normal body development, responding to sexual behaviors, ABC's of behaviors, warning signs of perpetrators, warning signs that a child has been abused, and prevention & communication messages.
 

"Keeping Your Child Safe" Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop

Wednesday March 23, 2016, 11a- 12:30p
Amherst Family Center
Co-sponsors: Amherst Family Center
Open To: Parents and families in Hampshire County
 
A workshop on child sexual abuse prevention for parents and families of the Amherst Family Center. Topics included:  normal sexual development, responding to sexual behaviors, ABCs of behaviors, warning signs of abusers, warning signs a child has been abused, and prevention & communication messages.

 

OIT Sexual Harassment Training

Part 1: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Part 2: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:05PM-6:15PM
UMass
Open To: OIT Employees
 
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a dual-session workshop to OIT's student staff. Over the course of two sessions, participants will explore the dynamics of sexual harassment and build the skills necessary to act as a positive bystander in interrupting and preventing sexual harassment in their communities.

 

Sociology 222 Class Presentation 

Tuesday March 22, 2016, 11:30AM-12:20PM
Thompson Hall 104
Open To: Students of Sociology Class
 
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a presentation for the SOC222: The Family course on domestic violence prevention and bystander intervention.
 

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 2:15-4:15 pm
Co-sponsors: School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Open To : Students in Public Health Department
Location: 163 Campus Center
 
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will be hosting the “SPHHS Career Networking and Development Conference.”
Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the workshop, they learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. Pre-registration is required for this workshop: 413-545-0883. Space is limited.
For more information:
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/
 

Northampton Citizens Police Academy

Tuesday March 15th, 2016, 6pm-9pm
Northampton Police Department community Room
Co-sponsors: Northampton Police Department
Open To: Pre-Registered Citizens
 
Information was presented regarding police response to domestic violence in the community as well as CWC services and the role of Civilian Advocates...
 

Identifiying Predominant Aggressor

Wednesday March 9th & Friday March 11th, 2016,  7:00am & 3:00pm
Northampton Police Department Ready Room
Open To: Northampton Police Officers

The purpose of the training is to review with police officers how to identify the predominant aggressor in an intimate partner relationship. We will also discuss why dual arrests should be discouraged.

CWC Services Presentation for CNS Advisors

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 8:30AM-10AM
145 ISB, UMass
Co-sponsors: College of Natural Sciences
Open To: CNS Advisors

Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a brief presentation on CWC services and resources for Advisors of the College of Natural Sciences.

Community Provider Outreach & DV Training

 
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 12:30p-1:30p
Location: Gateway Regional High School
Co-sponsors: Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force and Gateway Regional High School
Open To : Gateway High School Staff Members
 
In collaboration with members of S. Hilltown DV Task Force, the Rural Counselor participated in an outreach and training event with Gateway High School Staff Meeting. A brief training on domestic violence dynamics was given. Announcement of program services was given by agencies and school roles were clarified by school staff, comprised of  adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, teachers and paraprofessionals. Community agencies represented included Hilltown Social Services, Hilltown Family Center, and Hilltown Safety at Home.
 

Dorm Dialogue: Body Positivity

Tuesday March 8, 2016, 8 PM
John Adams UMass
Co-sponsors: John Adams Residence staff
Open To: Women identified John Adams residents
 

WOCLN will facilitate a dialogue with residents of John Adams residential hall, focusing on the topic of Body Positivity. During the dialogue, WOCLN looks forward to providing an uplifting environment to discuss and share ideas surrounding issues of self-love, self-care and acceptance. This dialogue is offered to women- identified individuals - come for the lively conversation and experience an activity from an actual Body Politics workshop!

International Women's Day Celebration

Tuesday March 8, 2016, 4-6 PM
203 New Africa House
Co-sponsors: Office of Family Resources, Women Gender Sexuality Studies, Afro American Studies Department and International Programs Office
Open To: Everyone

Join the Center for Women & Community,and our collaborators for a Celebration of International Women's Day 2016!  The evening will feature various performances, children's activities, henna designs, international hors d'oeuvres and much more.  Students, families with children and community members are welcome! The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

 

Sisters on the Runway Workshop

Monday, March 7, 2016, 7PM-9PM
Campus Center
Co-sponsors: Sisters on the Runway
Open To: Sisters on the Runway Volunteers
 
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a workshop about consent and healthy relationships for volunteers from Sisters on the Runway.
 

March Social Hour

December Social Hour- Image of TeaCups and Snacks
Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 12-2 PM
127 New Africa House
Open To: All

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our March Social Hour! This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with women of color, network and relax from your busy schedule, or simply just to say hello! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.

 

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

February 29th, 2016 4-6 PM
Co-sponsors: Career Services
Open To : All
Location: New Africa House, Room 203
 
Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the workshop, they learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. Pre-registration is required for this workshop: 413-545-0883. Space is limited.

For more information:
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/

 

Healthy Relationships

February 23rd, 2016, 11:30-12:30
Ware Jr./Sr. High School
Co-sponsors: Monica Moran
Open To: 9th grade Health class students
 
Assisted Ware River Valley DV Taskforce coordinator, Monica Moran, present on Healthy Relationships to Ware Jr./Sr. High School 9th grade Health class.
 
 

Dorm Dialogue- Hook Up Culture: A Turn-On or a Turn-Off?

February 23, 6:30 PM
19th Floor Lounge- Coolidge
Co-sponsors: Coolidge Residence Staff
Open To: Coolidge residents
 
WOCLN will facilitate a dialogue with residents of Coolidge residential hall. This dialogue will focus on the issues surrounding "hook up culture" and the different ways "hooking up" is defined, including the risks involved. Through the information learned and discussed at the workshop, WOCLN looks forward to helping students build and maintain healthy lifestyles.

 

Student Leaders in Violence Prevention Training

Student Leaders in Violence Prevention Training

Saturday, February 20th & Sunday, February 21st  10 AM-4:00 PM
New Africa House, UMass
Open To: Five College Student Leaders

We invite emerging and current student leaders to join us to learn about trauma-informed education, effective approaches to end violence, and best practices in prevention. This training will provide participants with the opportunity to apply their learning by developing intentional, coordinated programs for sexual assault prevention. Student leaders who complete the training series will receive a certificate of completion, a shirt, and an invitation to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

 

The Politics of Job Interviews and Salary Negotiations: Tips on Career Building for Graduate Students

Feb. 18th, 2016 11:30 AM - 1 PM
903 Campus Center
Co-sponsors: The Graduate Students of Color Association, and The Graduate Women in STEM
Open To: Graduate Students

The Graduate Students of Color Association and the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women & Community are pleased to invite the graduate students in our campus community to a panel discussion focusing on the politics involved in job interviews and salary negotiations and issues related to intersectional identities. Experienced panelists will address this issue drawing from their own academic and non-academic career paths, also offering tips and strategies to navigate the complexities of job interviews and salary negotiations. Panelists will be available for a Q&A with attendees. Light lunch will be provided for all participants. Space is limited and registration is required:

 http://goo.gl/forms/b3H4lloYtq

 

Identifiying Predominant Aggressor

Feb 16th, 2016 & Feb 18th, 2016, 7:45am & 3:45pm
Amherst Police Department Ready Room
Open To: Amherst Police Department
 
The purpose of the training is to review with police officers how to identify the predominant aggressor in an intimate partner relationship. We will also discuss why dual arrests should be discouraged.
 

Sexual Violence and CSA Training (Safe Passage)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6PM-9:30PM
43 Center Street, Suite 304, Northampton
Open To: Safe Passage Volunteers

Center for Women and Community (CWC) staff will provide training to new Safe Passage volunteers. These sessions will introduce basic information regarding sexual assault. Participants will learn about the typical experiences of survivors, and discuss how this information fits into their work providing trauma informed Domestic Violence prevention and direct service.

 

Identifiying Predominant Aggressor

Feb 9th, 2016 & Feb 11th, 2016, 6:45am & 2:45pm
Northampton Police Department Ready Room
Open To: Northampton Police Officers
 
The purpose of the training is to review with police officers how to identify the predominant aggressor in an intimate partner relationship. We will also discuss why dual arrests should be discouraged.
 

Consent Workshop with Sigma Chi Fraternity

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Reading Room, New Africa House
Open To: Members of Fraternity
 
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will provide a workshop about consent to Sigma Chi fraternity.
 

Culture at the Center:  Using Social Assessment to Integrate Experiences of Privilege and Marginality in the Clinical En

Thursday Feb 4th, 2016, 12-2pm
Center for Women & Community
Open To : CCPH and CWC counseling interns
 
This two hour workshop was designed to help counselors-in-training conceptualize and practice asking new clients about how social oppression as it's linked to specific social identities has impacted their lived experiences and does/does not relate to their reasons for seeking support.  In this workshop it was also discussed how counselors can consider the intersections of their own social identities and how they impact the work with their clients.
 

NWDA Child Abuse Unit Teen Services Outreach

February 4th, 2016, 3pm
NWDA offfice @ Gleason Plaza, Northampton
Open To (mention audience): Public
 
Teen specialist met with the advocates in the North West District Attorney's child abuse unit to discuss referral collaboration and present new CWC outreach materials.
 
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February Social Hour

December Social Hour- Image of TeaCups and Snacks
Wednesday February 3, 2016 12-2 PM
127 New Africa House
Open To: All

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our first Social Hour of this spring! This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with women of color, network and relax from your busy schedule, or simply just to say hello! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations: A Training for Youth Programs in Hampshire and Franklin Counties

Friday, January 22nd, 9:30-3pm
John Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield  MA
Co-sponsors: MA DPH Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project
Open To: staff, administrators in youth serving organizations
 
The Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project of the MA Dept. of Public Health is hosting a daylong training for local youth programs entitled: “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations: A Training for Youth Programs in Hampshire and Franklin Counties”. Presenters include Joan Tabachnick a current Fellow with the Department of Justice SMART office with extensive expertise in sexual violence prevention and social marketing, and Rebecca Lockwood, Associate Director of the Center for Women and Community at UMASS/Amherst.  This workshop is designed for staff, and administrators working in regional youth serving programs and will offer important information about improving the safety of children and youth you serve.Registration deadline is January 14, 2016 .  Space is limited so please consider registering early. Email at Amy.Waldman@state.ma.us to register
 

NASPA Strategies Conference presentation

January 21 – January 23, 2016 
Orlando, Florida 
 
Gisella Zuniga, Jessica Dautruche and Jill Grimaldi discussed strategies for designing a prevention plan that balances the needs of many students from first years, to students who have not expressed interest in violence prevention, to vocal campus activists. Staff from the Center for Women and Community shared lessons learned in the course of providing prevention education and rape crisis services to Hampshire County, an area which includes five unique institutions that all host vibrant and vocal activist communities.
 

Sexual Assault Investigations: Justice Begins with a Trauma Informed Approach

Wednesday, January 20, 8am - 4:30pm
UMPD
Co-sponsors: UMass Police Department
Open To (mention audience): Hampshire county law enforcement and prosecutors, victim advocates

Justice in sexual assault cases begins with an understanding of the devastating impacts of sexual assault trauma on victims and survivors. The effects of trauma are often misinterpreted by officials responding to these reports. This law enforcement training will examine the impacts of trauma on memory, and how the brain and body react to trauma, so Officers can respond more effectively to these crimes. This training will ensure that law enforcement Officers who are  providing service to sexual assault victims / survivors recognize and understand victim trauma and utilize effective approaches and interview skills to enhance interviews, investigations, and prosecutions for sexual assault crimes. The training will be facilitated by Chief (retired) Tom Tremblay, former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of public safety and faculty member for the IACP (International Association of the Chiefs of Police) Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence against Women crimes.