Our Events

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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 / Summer 2017

New Student Orientation - Transfer Students

July 17, -20 2017​ 8-9am
Open To : Transfer students and their families
Location: Campus Center
CWC will be joining the Campus Department & Resource Expo in order to introduce transfer students and their families to various services and resources available on campus.
 

New Student Orientation Resource Fair - First Year Students

June 5,8,12,15,19,22,26, July 6,10,13, 2017​ 2-3pm
Open To : incoming first year students and their families
Location: Student Union

CWC will be joining the Campus Department & Resource Expo in order to introduce incoming first year students and their families to various services and resources available on campus.

 

WOCLN'S May Social Hour

May 2, 2017​ 12-2pm
Open To : All
Location: 127 New Africa House, UMass

The Women of Color Leadership Network would like to invite you to our last Social Hour for the semester! This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with other community members, and relax from your busy schedules before finals! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations and take part in some chosen topics for discussion. All are welcome, and pizza will be served. Bring a friend!

 

She Speaks/They Speak: Narratives of Oppression and Triumph - Celebrating the Voices of Women of Color

April 28, 2017​ 7:30 pm
Open To : All
Location: Fine Arts Center UMass - Rand Theater

The University Museum of Contemporary Art and the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women & Community are teaming up to bring to you an evening of storytelling.  We are building a supportive and empowering community space, featuring stories by self-identified women and non-binary/queer people of color. We celebrate their narratives of oppression, healing and triumph through live performances and digital storytelling.  With special guest Onawumi Jean Moss, The Souldful Storyteller. Check her website: http://www.onawumi.com/ All are welcome. Free and wheelchair accessible

 

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

April 12, 2017​ 4:30-6:30pm
Open To : Students in School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Location: Integrative Learning Center  (ILC) Room S231
Cosponsors: School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Center for Women and Community and the School of Public Health & Health Sciences present:  $tart $mart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women.  This workshop 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 http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/Pre-registration is required for this workshop.  Sign up here.

Spoken Word Night

April 12, 2017​ 7:30-9:30pm
Open To : All
Location: 203 New Africa House
Cosponsors: Student Bridges: Particles!, Black Student Union and Shaha: The Story tellers

Looking for an opportunity to speak your truth in a creative, diverse, vibrant, and welcoming environment? Join WOCLN, Black Student Union, Shaha: The Story Tellers, and Student Bridges: Particles! for an evening of spoken word performances! All are invited to attend! You are also invited to perform original spoken word or poetry pieces or read from the works of your favorite artists/authors in relation to power, liberation, oppression, cultural and social identities, resistance, solidarity, and other social justice-related topics.  If you're interested in performing, please email wocln@umass.edu or express your wish on our Facebook event page so we can include you in the program! Refreshments will be served. Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.

How to Ally

April 6, 2017​ 6pm-8pm
Open To : All
Location: 203 New Africa House

In this workshop, participants are invited to discuss what it means to act in allyship as we attempt to build relationships with disadvantaged or under-represented communities in the work for social change and justice. Participants will have an opportunity to deepen or reevaluate their understandings of what roles an ally plays in confronting oppression and different situations of privilege and power imbalances. Within a participatory, supportive, and action-driven structure, workshop participants will have a chance to discuss questions, such as: What does it mean to act as an ally? How does it affect the ways I understand my role in society? How can I build respectful and liberatory relationships in allyship with under-privileged communities? How do I reach out to those communities as their ally? How can I use my professional skills in the service of social justice? The workshop will include experiential activities, discussions, group work, and scenario a  nalysis. We will also provide participants with time for creating a concrete and doable first-step action plan for building allyship in the context of their personal and professional lives.

April Social Hour

April 4, 2017​ 12pm-2pm
Open To : All
Location: 127 New Africa House

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our April Social Hour! This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with other community members, and relax from your busy schedule! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations and take part in the chosen topics for discussion. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend!

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills for WomenStart Smart

Tuesday April 4, 2017​ 4pm-6pm

Open To : All

Location: 203 New Africa House

Cosponsors: Career Services

Center for Women and Community and Career Services present:  $tart $mart: Salary Negotation Skills for Women.  This workshop 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 http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/Pre-registration is required for this workshop.  Sign up here.

Relationship, Communication & Conflict

March 28​, 2017 7-8:30pm
Open To : Sigma Psi Zeta
Location: UMassC
Cosponsors: Sigma Psi Zeta members & guests

Participants will learn about different conflict styles and explore their effects on healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics.

Social Change Career Fair Table

March 28​, 2017 11:30am-3:30pm
Open To : UMass students
Location: UMass
Cosponsors: Career Services

Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to UMass Students about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

Public Health Career Networking & Development Conference

March 23​, 2017 9am-1pm
Open To : UMass students
Location: UMass
Cosponsors: School of Public Health & Health Sciences

Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to UMass Students about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

OIT Staff Training: Responding to Disclosures

March 22 - Thursday, March 23​, 2017 5pm-6pm
Open To : OIT Student Staff
Location: UMass

Participants will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma, discuss strategies and considerations for supporting survivors within the scope of their work, and learn about campus and community resources.

Pioneer Valley Teen Clothesline Project

March 15 9am-2pm
Open To : Students and staff at Belchertown High School
Location: Belchertown High School

The Pioneer Valley Clothesline Project contains the stories of teen survivors of child abuse, hate crimes, sexual assault and domestic violence, written on t-shirts. The t-shirts are displayed to raise awareness of issues of interpersonal violence experienced by adolescents. During the display at Belchertown High School teens will have the opportunity to create their own shirts to add to the project.

International Women's Day Celebration

March 7, 2017​ 4 pm- 6pm

Open To : All

Location: 203 New Africa House
CoSponsors: International Programs Office, Office of Family Resources, Afro-American Studies

Annually on March 8, we join those across the globe, nation, and local community in celebration of women's achievements for International Women's Day.  This year’s national campaign theme is: #BeBoldForChange. The celebration will include local performers, presentations on women who are “bold for change”, henna, button making, international desserts, children’s activities and more.  We are collecting donations of feminine hygiene products to for the Survival Center. Please bring donations when you attend. Come celebrate with us!!!  Learn more about International Women’s Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Body Politcs Flyer

Body Politics Workshop

March 4 & 5, 2017​ 9:30am - 5pm
Open To : UMass & Five College Community
Location: 203 New Africa House

We would like to offer the opportunity to students at UMass and the Five College community to experience Body Politics and the power of storytelling through a weekend workshop. As a concise and focused format, the workshop is designed for students to draw on their experiences as women-identified people of color. Participants will have a chance to explore their commonalities, differences, multiple identities, and cultural backgrounds through their stories.  Students may consider taking the workshop for class/homework credit upon approval from their instructors. In that case, students must comply with the minimum requirements (detailed in the application). The application is available through the link:http://bit.ly/2kIhFfh. Applications are open until 2/25 or until filled. Lunch will be provided to participants on both days!

10 Tools for Radical Self-Love

March 2, 2017, 7:30 pm
Open To : All
Location: Hooker Auditorium - Mt Holyoke College

Center for Women & Community is pleased to be a co-sponsor for performance poet Sonya Renee Taylor whose work focuses on body positivity and self-love.

Dinner on Us: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

February 27 & March 6, 2017, 5:307:30 pm
Open To : Parents connected to Office of Family Resources
Location: Earthfoods Cafe UMass
Cosponsors: Office of Family Resources

CWC staff will facilitate a two session workshop on normative sexual development for children ages 0-5; responding to children's sexual behaviors and preventing child sexual abuse.

5 College Student Leaders in Violence Prevention Training

February 25 & 26, 2017​ 10am - 4pm
Open To : Student Leaders in the Violence Prevention Movement
Location: New Africa House
We invite emerging & current student leaders in the sexual violence prevention movement to join us to learn about trauma-informed education, effective approaches to end violence, & 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.  Learn more and apply.

 

February Social Hour

February 7, 2017Social hour 12-2pm
Open To : All
Location: 127 New Africa House

Please join us for Social Hour at 127 New Africa House. Bring your lunch and come spend an hour or two socializing with members of our staff and connecting with other women of color. Take a break in between your schedule, and relax! Bring a friend and visit us in our office! Come find support and good conversation! Drinks and snacks are on us.

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

February 6, 2017​ 4pm-6pm
Open To : All
Location: 201 Wilder Hall
Cosponsors: CMASS and Career ServicesStart Smart

As part of the workshops offered in preparation for the Diversity Career Fair, the Center for Women and Community (CWC), the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), and Career Services present:  $tart $mart 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 http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/Pre-registration is required for this workshop.  Sign up here

NSO Transfer Student Orientation

December 15, 2016 & January 17, 18, 19 & 20
Open To : Transfer students and their parents
Location: Campus Center Auditorium
CWC will be present at resource fair for transfer students and their parents.