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.

Winter/Spring 2016


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.

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.

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
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
April 7, 2016, 1-3 PM
Lederle Grad Res Tower Room 147
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. Pre-registration is required for this workshop: 413-545-0883. Space is limited.

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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:



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
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.

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.

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

Sexual Assault Investigations: Justice Begins with a Trauma Informed Approach

Wednesday, January 20, 8am - 4:30pm
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.