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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.

Fall 2016

Spoken Word Night  Spoken Word Event

Tuesday December 6, 2016 7 pm
Open To : All
Location: 203 New Africa House
Co-sponsors: Student Bridges: Particles!

Looking for an opportunity to speak your truth in a creative, diverse, vibrant, and welcoming environment? Join WOCLN 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 page event page so we can include you in the program! Refreshments will be served. Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.

December Social Hour

Tuesday December 6, 2016 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.

Public Health 160: MBMH Relationships, Conflict, & Communication (4 Sessions)

Tuesday November 29, 2016
Open To : Public Health 160 Students
CoSponsors: UMass School of Public Health

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

Safe & Healthy School Summit: Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence

Tuesday November 15, 2016 7am-3pm
Open To :teachers, para-educators, principles, adjustment counselors, resource officers and nurses, superintendents, partners
CoSponsors: Northwestern District Attorney's Office; MA Teachers association; National Education Association
Location: The Log Cabin 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

The 5th Annual Safe and Healthy Schools Summit will explore how school settings can help teens build healthy relationships. Staff from CWC and the UMASS Upward Bound program will be facilitating a workshop entitled: Building Partnerships Between Schools and Community Sexual Assault programs. It will describe the critical steps of creating intentional and effective collaborations, based on the experience of CWC and Upward Bound developing their own joint programming. The Summit is open to teachers, para-educators, principles, school adjustment counselors, resource officers and nurses, superintendents and community partners.  For more information: NorthwesternDA.org

Public Health 160: MBMH Keeping it Consensual (5 Sessions)

Tuesday November 8, 2016 & Friday November 14, 2016
Open To : Public Health 160 Students
Copsonsors: UMass School of Public Health

In this workshop, participants will explore consent and communication in sexual relationships. Participants will engage in activities to show the importance of consent, what it looks like, and how elements can be incorporated into sexual interactions.

Response to Sexual Assault: Clinicians Partnering with the Sexual Assault Response Team

Monday November 7, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Open To : Health Care providers, Law Enforcement, Victim Advocates, Mental Health providers
Location: Dakin Conference Room, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Cosponsors: Cooley Dickinson Hospital Grand Rounds; Hampshire County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The Cooley Dickinson Grand Rounds presentation will be Moderated by: Becky Lockwood, Center for Women and Community. Panelists are: Jenny Fleming, CNM, Tapestry; Jen Suhl, Esq.,Assistant District Attorney, Northwestern Office; Luann Caputo, Detective, Northampton Police Department; Mary Walz-Watson, RN,Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. By attending this program, participants will be able to: 1) explain the importance of screening patients for a history of sexual violence; 2) outline the role of the MA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s (SANE) program in forensic evidence collection and criminal prosecution; and make effective referrals to community providers who respond to sexual violence. This presentation is free. A light dinner will be served.

Sociology 222 - Domestic Violence Presentation & Your Intervention Strategies

Thursday November 3, 2016
Open To : Sociology 222 Students
Copsonsors: UMass Sociology 222

Using the ecological model, students will  learn how different groups are working to prevent and address domestic violence through different levels of change. Students will  also explore different bystander intervention strategies and scenarios related to domestic violence.

November Social Hour

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 12-2 pm
Open To : All
Location: 127 New Africa House

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to November 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. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend!

Sigma Chi Fraternity - Relationships, Communication, & Conflict

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:30-8pm
Open To : Brothers of Sigma Chi
Copsonsors: Sigma Chi Fraternity

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

Body Politics in Digital Storytelling Screening

Tuesday October 25, 2016, 7pm
Open To : All
Location: 203 New Africa House

Join us for the screening of the 2016 Body Politics in its Digital Storytelling format. The screening will be followed by a talk back with the storytellers about their process and journey as they produced their own stories. This event will feature a digital format of the same stories, reflecting the participants' journey of self-discovery and empowerment. In their stories, the participants talk about their heritage, families, identities, racial/gender discrimination, community building, and liberation. This event is free, open to the public, and wheel chair accessible. 

Public Health 301: Principles of Community Health Education Consent Workshop

Monday October 24 and  Wednesday October 26, 2016
Open To : Public Health 301 Students
Copsonsors: UMass School of Public Health
In this workshop, participants will explore consent and communication in sexual relationships.  Participants will engage in activities to show the importance of consent, what it looks like, and how elements can be incorporated into sexual interactions.
 

Body Politics Storytelling Weekend Workshop

Saturday October 22-Sunday October 23, 2016, 9:30-5 pm
Open To : Women of Color in the UMass and Five College Communities
Location: New Africa House, room 203

In the fall semester of 2016, Women of Color Leadership Network offering an opportunity for students at UMass and the Five College community to experience Body Politics and the power of storytelling through a weekend workshop. As a more 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.  To apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvFTJy3BUcIva3NG5lZVNazf6t1yuru_9TmhQXuO99JPGs4A/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link  Applications are open until 10/14 or until filled.

Gender Stereotypes & Dating Violence

October 21, 2016

Open To : 7th & 8th grade Health Students
Location: Jabish Brook Middle School, Belchertown

Outreach presentation to 7th and 8th grade Health classes. Discussed gender stereotypes and how they inform our expectations of dating partners (7th graders) and discussed relationship abuse dynamics, power & control wheel, and the cycle of violence (8th graders). Provided all students with outreach materials such as STS hotline cards, CWC pens, and STS silicon bracelets.

Audrie & Daisy

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7pm

Location: Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall     Audrie & Daisy film showing poster

Open to: the public
Co-sponsors:WGSS, CHC, Stonewall Center, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, Men & Masculinity

A film about the power of survivor networks, and more specifically, the power of teen peers to reverse the tragic effects of online and in person bullying. A panel discussion will be held with some of the women featured in the movie following the showing of the film.

My Body My Health TA Training

Wednesday October 19, 2016
Open To : My Body My Health TA's
CoSponsors: My Body My Health Course - School of Public Health

Participants will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma, discuss strategies and considerations for supporting survivors, learn about campus and community resources, and practice making referrals.

AFROTC Training: Keeping it Consensual

Tuesday October 18, 2016, 4-5 pm
Open To : AFROTC Cadets
Copsonsors: UMass AFROTC
Location: UMass

In this workshop, participants will explore consent and communication in sexual relationships.  Participants will engage in activities to show the importance of consent, what it looks like, and how elements can be incorporated into sexual interactions.

Safe Passage Volunteers: Responding to Sexual Assault & Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop

Tuesday October 18, 2016, 6-9:30 pm
Open To : Safe Passage Volunteers
Copsonsors: Safe Passage
Location: Northampton

In this training, participants will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma and discuss strategies and considerations for supporting survivors. In the second portion of this training, participants will receive an overview of child sexual abuse and the related warning signs.  Participants will also practice evaluating and responding to sexual behaviors, as well as prevention strategies

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority: Relationships, Communication, & Conflict

Monday October 17, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm
Open To : Sigma Psi Zeta
Copsonsors: Sigma Psi Zeta
Location: UMass

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

Peer Health Educators Responding to Disclosures Training

Friday October 14, 2016, 11:30-12:45 pm
Co-sponsors: Peer Health Educators
Open To : Peer Health Educators
Location: UMass Campus Center

Participants will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma, discuss strategies and considerations for supporting survivors, learn about campus and community resources, and practice making referrals.

Relationship Abuse

Thursday October 13, 2016, 9:30-11:15am
Open To : students in Healthy Relationships Group
Location:Ware Jr./Sr. High School

STS outreach presentation to students in Healthy Relationships support group at Ware Jr/Sr High school. Provided information on relationship abuse dynamics, power and control wheel, and the cycle of violence. Handed out outreach materials, including STS hotline cards, CWC pens, and STS silicon wristbands.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations

Friday October 7, 2016, 9:30-4:30 pm
Co-sponsors: MA Department of Public Health Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project; Elizabeth Freeman Center
Open To : Public
Location: Greylock Federal Credit Union, 5 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, MA
 
In this training, participants will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma and discuss strategies and considerations for supporting survivors. In the second portion of this training, participants will receive an overview of child sexual abuse and the related warning signs.  Participants will also practice evaluating and responding to sexual behaviors, as well as prevention strategies.

 

Central Area Block Party

Wednesday October 5, 2016; Rain Date October 12, 2016, 3:30-6:30 pm
Location: 180 Infirmary Way, in front of New Africa House

Open to: the UMass community
Co-sponsors: CMASS, IPO, UMPD, CHP, Residence Life, Afro American Studies Department

Join us for the second annual Central Area Block Party! Free BBQ dinner; Live music from the New Africa House Ensemble; Hip-Hop dance performance. Free Crafts and Activities: Tye-Dye; temporary tattoos; face painting; photo booth! Free raffle prizes!

October Social Hour

Tuesday October 4, 2016 , 12-2 PM
Location: New Africa House Room 127
Open To: All

The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our first Social Hour of this fall! 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. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend!

WOCLN Goes Hiking! - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 am
Open To : All
Location: Meet at Room 127 New Africa House. Hike is at the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area

Join us in connecting with the beauty of Western Mass nature at one of the most popular Robert Frost trails in Amherst – the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area! It’s an easy-to-moderate hike by the river brook.  We will provide water and energy bars; you bring extra water, snacks and bug spray as needed!  Dress comfortably and appropriately to the weather conditions (in layers); wear sneakers or hiking boots (preferably).  Please RSVP by email (wocln@umass.edu) so that we can plan transportation. If you have a car and can offer carpooling from UMass, please let us know!

Protecting Teens from Sexual Abuse Training of Trainers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12-4 pm
Co-sponsors: MA Department of Public Health Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project
Open To : Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Educators
Location: New Africa House Reading Room
 
CWC Staff will facilitate a training for violence prevention educators on using the "Can We Talk? Responding to Disclosures" curriculum developed by the MA Youth Access to Support & Services (YASS) project. The curriculum addresses the prevalence of sexual violence among adolescents, how trauma impacts development and strategies for responding to disclosure in a sensitive and compassionate manner. Trainers will review the curriculum, discuss workshop activities and provide opportunities for the educators to practice.

UMass Conduct/Hearing Board Training

Friday, September 16, 2016, 2PM-5 PM
Open To : UMass Conduct Board Members

CWC will provide UMass Conduct Board members with a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma. Participants will discuss strategies and considerations for engaging in a conduct process that is sensitive to the needs of survivors.

Public Health 390W: Fundamentals of Women's Health Workshops

Wednesday, September 14 and 21, 2016 , 4-5:15 PM
Location: Arnold House 120
Co-sponsors: School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Open To: Students in Public Health 390W

Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be provide will provide a dual session workshop series for the Fundamentals of Women's Health course on bystander intervention, using the YIS model, and consent.

New & Returning UMass RA Training

Friday August 26, 2016

Co-sponsors: UMass Residential Life
Open To: UMass RAs
This training will help Resident Assistants (RAs) to feel more comfortable being a resource for students who have experienced sexual or relationship violence. Training will help RA staff to talk openly about issues of sexual violence, in order to support a safer climate for all students. CWC staff will leave Residential Assistants with information on campus and community resources, in addition to the knowledge needed to speak comfortably about issues related to sexual and relationship violence.
 

UMPD Trans Support Training

August 15, 17, 22nd, 2016
Open To: UMPD
The Stonewall Center and Center for Women & Community will provide training on law enforcement response to the UMass LGBTQ community as well as University policy updates.

Amherst R.A.D. Class

Thursday August, 11, 2016

Open To: Amherst Residents

Center for Women & Community, participated in the R.A.D. class with the Amherst Police Department, providing support and information about the Civilian Advocate program.    

MeadowBrook Annual BBQ for Residents

August 10, 2016, 2:00PM-4:30PM
Location: MeadowBrook Apartments
MeadowBrook Apts. is hosting their annual BBQ for their residents with Northampton Mayor Narkewicz and Congressman Jim McGovern. During this event, the Center for Women and Community, along with several other community partners including the Northampton Police Department, will have an opportunity to share program information and discuss future collaboration.

Northampton R.A.D Class

CoSponsors: Northampton Police Department

August 8, 2016, 5:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Northampton Police Department

Open to: Northampton Residents

Center for Women & Community, participated in the R.A.D class with the Northampton Police Department at the John F. Kennedy Middle school in Northampton, providing support and information about the Civilian Advocate program.   

Bike Safety & Car Seat Installation Event

Saturday, August 6, 2016

CoSponsors: UMPD, APD, HPD

Open To: North Village Residents

Location: North Village Apts.

North Village Apts. partnered with the UMASS, Amherst, and Hadley Police Departments, and the Center for Women & Community to host a community event for children and provide wellness resources for adults. The departments gave out free bike helmets and installed free car seats. 

 

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
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.