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Happenings, Events, and More

Center for Women and Community organizes, sponsors, and co-sponsors a wide variety of events for the Five-College community, typically during the academic year.

For information on all CWC events call 413-545-0883

Fall 2014

Current Events

Past Events

Supporting mental health and self-care of graduate women of color

November 19, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm
Campus Center 174-76
Open To (audience): Graduate Women of Color
Co-sponsors: Graduate Students of Color Association
A support group session co-sponsored by Graduate Students of Color Association and Center for Women and Community, focused on supporting mental health and self-care of graduate women of color. Facilitated by Dr. Mamta Dadlani, this session will provide an opportunity for graduate women of color to share concerns they face in graduate school, as well as leave with coping strategies for dealing with these challenges. Food and refreshments will be provided.Space is limited to 20 participants. Registration required. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1l8-3LStD9ahSzvJ-_ezlCS33T9cc78n_wnF4MtW-AT8/viewform

Its on Us

Boys and Men Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

An evening exploring men healing from childhood sexual abuse including a film, discussion and panel of survivors.

Understanding and Reporting Sexual and Relationship Violence Under Title IX

November 12, 2014
Open To (audience): UHS Staff
Co-sponsors: EOD; Athletics; UHS
CWC Staff will co-facilitate a training with other Title IX Team members on recognizing behaviors that constitute sexual harassment, assault or relationship violence, receiving disclosures of abuse and effectively supporting survivors, and campus resources for intervention and reporting.

No Blurred Lines: Getting Clear Consent (Public Health 160: My Body, My Health)

Friday, November 7, 2014
Open to : Students in Public Health Class
This workshop will discuss what consent looks like and the many ways to prevent sexual violence. Participants of this workshop will come together to create a shared definition of consent, identify warning signs of sexual violence, and generate strategies for interrupting violence using real life examples.


November Social Hour at WOCLN

November 5, 2014, 12-2 PM
127 New Africa House
Open To (audience): All
The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our 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 come say hello! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.

Keeping it Consensual: Hooking Up in College

“Keeping it Consensual: Hooking Up in College” : discuss what consent looks like and the many ways to prevent sexual violence. Participants of this workshop will come together to create a shared definition of consent, identify warning signs of sexual violence, and generate strategies for interrupting violence using real life examples.

Women of Color and Media (Mis)Representations

November 5, 2014, 4:30 PM
UMass Campus Center Room 804-08
Open To (audience): All
Co-sponsors: Graduate Women's Network (GWN-GSS) and
Supported by the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Students & Friends (ALACS) and the Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA)

Join the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) in a panel discussion about the powerful role of media; the implications of (mis)representations of women of color across their varied social identities; and the potential for (counter)representations in resistance to stereotypes and for transformative construction for women of color in different media outlets.
Panelists Include:
Prof. Mari Castañeda, Communication Department, UMass Amherst
Cassaundra Rodriguez, Ph.D. Student, Sociology Department, UMass Amherst
Donna Moody, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department, UMass Amherst
Prof. Allison Butler, Communication Department, UMass Amherst
Prof. Karen Y. Morrison, Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst
Media&Misrepresentations.pdf

Community Health Education Class

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Open To: Students in Class
Participants will learn about what they can do to prevent sexual violence in our community. This workshop will challenge participants to think about violence prevention as a cultural and environmental change, rather than risk reduction. Participants will discuss the multiple ways to confront sexual violence that are both safe and healthy. By the end of this workshop participants will begin to understand how they can be agents of social change.

AFROTC Sexual Assault Workshop

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Open To: AFROTC Members
Participants will actively engage in uncovering myths surrounding rape and sexual assault. This workshop will challenge stereotypical beliefs about sexual violence and leave participants with information about the realities and prevalence of sexual assault, as well as discuss the multiple ways to confront sexual violence that are both safe and healthy.


Project Unbreakable

November 3, 2014, 6-8PM
Commonwealth Honors Events Hall in Roots Cafe, UMass
Open to : UMass Community
Co-sponsored by: VOX, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Pride, Sociology Department
Project Unbreakable started as a creative advocacy strategy aimed at supporting survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence in the act of healing by helping them to reclaim the words that were used against them. The Project Unbreakable team (the Executive Director is a former UMass Amherst Political Science major) travels to Universities around the nation raising awareness and encouraging students to engage their creativity in the service of social change.
The Project Unbreakable event will feature founder Grace Brown and Executive Director (and UMass alum) Kaelyn Siversky. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
http://project-unbreakable.org/

South Hadley High hosts Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project

October 29, 2014
Open To: South Hadley High School community only
The Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project is a collection of t-shirts decorated by teens in order to express the impact relational trauma has had on their lives. The South Hadley High community will have the opportunity to view the shirts and, if desired, make shirts of their own to contribute to this growing display.

Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

October 24, 2014
Open to (Audience): Safe Passage Volunteers
Co-sponsored by: Safe Passage
CWC Staff provided information on what constitutes child sexual abuse and the role of adults in preventing perpetration. The workshop included information about warning signs that a child may have been abused; warning signs of adult sexually abusive behavior and strategies for discussing healthy sexual development with adults and children.

UMass Efforts to Address Sexual Violence at Faculty Senate Health Council

October 24 2014
Open To: Health Council
Co-sponsors: Faculty Senate Health Council
CWC Staff discussed current efforts on campus to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence including CWC federal grants addressing the issues; the UMass Title IX Committee; coordinated support and intervention for survivors; confidential vs. private reporting options and online education for incoming students

Candle Light Vigil


Open to (Audience): UMass Community

Join the Center for Women and Community, the sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority for our annual candlelight vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The candlelight vigil honors all those who are affected by domestic violence and provides an opportunity for the community to unite. Take a stand against domestic violence by supporting the survivors who choose to speak out against domestic violence and learn about key community resources for responding to violence.

The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, a talk with Michael Kimmel

October 22, 2014, 7pm
Student Union Ballroom, UMass
Open to : UMass Community
Sponsored by: Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies & Men and Masculinities Center
Come and hear Michael Kimmel, sociology and gender studies professor at Stony Brook University and director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinity, discuss his book Guyland. Kimmel will touch upon how men learn to navigate their 20s and offer suggestions to help young men head to a more conscious adulthood. The Center for Women and Community will be on site to provide resources and information.


Domestic Violence Workshop

October 22, 2014, 7-9PM
Campus Center room 911
Open to : UMass Community
Co-sponsored by: Sigma Psi Zeta
This workshop will invite participants to discuss the qualities of a healthy relationship. Participants will learn about the signs and patterns of intimate partner violence, as well as the impacts of intimate partner violence on survivors and their loved ones. Participants will learn about what they can do to prevent relationship violence, support survivors, and become agents of social change.

Mobile Consulate of Mexico to Offer Services in Sunderland MA

October 18, 2014, 9-5 PM
Sunderland Elementary School, 1 Swampfield Drive, Sunderland MA
Open To (audience): All
Co-sponsors: NELCWIT, Safe Passage
CWC Latino Services collaborated with Safe Passage and NELCWIT to bring the Mexican Mobile Consulate to Sunderland. At the Mobile Consulate, residents could apply to receive new or updated Mexican passports and request passports for children.


Spoken Word

October 15, 2014, 2014, 7 PM
Shirley Graham Dubois Library- 203 New Africa House (2nd Floor)
Open To (audience): All
Looking for an opportunity to speak your truth in a creative, diverse, vibrant, and welcoming environment? Join WOCLN for an evening of spoken word performances! All are 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@stuaf.umass.edu. Refreshments will be served. Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.

Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence (Safe Passage)

October 14, 2014
Open to (Audience): Safe Passage Volunteers
Co-sponsored by: Safe Passage
Center for Women and Community (CWC) staff will provide several trainings to new Safe Passage volunteers. These sessions will introduce basic information regarding sexual assault. Participants will actively engage in uncovering myths surrounding rape and sexual assault, learning about the typical experiences of survivors, and discussing how this information fits into their work in Domestic Violence prevention and direct service.

Keeping it Consensual: Hooking Up in College


My Winning Season: Understanding Relationship Violence

October 6, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30PM
Open To (audience): Athletes participating in My Winning Season
Co-sponsored by: The Men & Masculinity Center and the Athletics Department
CWC Staff is partnering with the Center for Men & Masculinity and the Athletics Department to provide education to student athletes on understanding and responding to relationship violence. Discussion will focus on recognizing the warning signs of an abusive relationship, identifying strategies to intervene and campus and community resources to support survivors.


October Social Hour at WOCLN

October 1, 2014, 12-2 PM
127 New Africa House
Open To (audience): All
The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our first Social Hour of this year! Social Hour 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.

Sexual Harassment and Bystander Intervention Training

September 22, 23, 29, 30, 2014,
Open To (audience): OIT Student Staff
Co-sponsored by: UMass OIT
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.

Supporting Survivors

September 30, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30PM
Smith College
Open To (audience): SASA Members
Co-sponsored by: SASA (Smith Students Against Sexual Assault)
Center for Women and Community educators will provide a presentation that allows participants to learn and practice the skills necessary to support survivors of sexual assault as well as gain knowledge of local resources for survivors.


WOCLN Goes Hiking!

September 27, 2014, 11 AM
The Amethyst Brook Conservation Area (Pelham Road- Amherst)
Open To (audience): All
Please join the Women of Color Leadership Network for a short
hike on the Amethyst Brook Conservation Area that is part of the Robert Frost Trail.
You can meet us outside New Africa House, UMass Amherst at 11 AM for car pooling, or meet us in the parking lot of the trail on Pelham Road by 11:15 AM.
The trail is a flat terrain by a beautiful brook. Bring your own water and snacks if you like. RSVPs are appreciated. Email us at wocln@stuaf.umass.edu to let us know whether you will be joining, and where you will be meeting us. If you need a ride,then RSVP is required by September 25th. http://www.amherstma.gov/index.aspx?NID=1291


Outreach to new CCPH Interns

September 22, 2014
Open To (audience): CCPH Interns
Co-sponsored by CCPH
Rape Crisis Staff met with new CCPH Interns to discuss sexual and relationship violence on college campuses. UMASS Title IX protocols and campus resources were discussed, as well CWC services and programs. Staff also discussed strategies for supported referrals and collaborations.


Understanding Sexual Harassment & Title IX Training for Student Government Association

September 22, 2014
Open To (audience): SGA Officials
Co-sponsored by:UMass Equal opportunity & Diversity Office; Student Government Association
Staff from CWC and EO&D presented a training on understanding and responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence to members of the UMASS Student Government. The training focused on understanding the University's obligations under Title IX, identifying sexual violence, including sexual harassment, and campus and community resources to support students and employees that experience sexual violence.

Smith Conduct Board Training

September 21, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00PM
Smith College
Open To (audience): Smith Conduct Board Members
Co-sponsored by: Smith College Dean of Students Office
Center for Women and Community educators will present a training that informs the members of the Smith College Conduct Board about common dynamics of sexual assault and survivor responses in order to provide them with the information needed to hear potential sexual violence cases in a trauma-informed manner.

New Africa House Fall Welcome Event

September 10, 2014, 2-5 PM
New Africa House
Open to (Audience): Public
Co-sponsored by: Afro-AM Studies Department, Augusta Savage Gallery
Join the Center for Women & Community, Afro-American Studies Department and Augusta Savage Gallery for our Fall Welcome Event in the Central Residential Area of campus. This celebration will feature live music by the New Africa House Ensemble and refreshments, as well as a chance to meet some of our staff and volunteers. Come get some information about our services, programs, and how you can get involved with our departments. There will also an opportunity for you to tell us about the issues that matter to you.
Bring blankets or chairs, weather permitting for live music on the lawn!


Where's Love 101?


September 09, 2014, 11 AM
Open To (audience): Public
Co-sponsored by: The Student Legal Services Office, The Women of Color Leadership Network, The Stonewall Center, The Graduate Women’s Network, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and University Health Services

In order to better understand what exactly the term means, the eighth annual “Where’s Love 101: On or Off the Hook: Experiences with Hookup Culture” was held.
http://dailycollegian.com/2014/09/15/university-panel-brings-understanding-to-the-term-hooking-up/

UMass Graduate School Reception

September 2, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00PM
Student Union Ballroom
Open To (audience): UMass Graduate Students
Co-sponsored by: UMass Amherst Graduate School Program
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to provide UMass Graduate Students with information about the services that the CWC offers, answer questions, and share information about engagement opportunities.

Adjudicating Cases Involving Sexual Assault/Misconduct, Relationship Violence/Abuse & Stalking

August 29, 2014, 2 - 5pm
Campus Center
Open To (Audience): Public
Co-sponsored by: UMASS Dean of Students Office

CWC Staff provided training to new Conduct Board members addressing sexual and relationship violence and stalking. Training defined what constitutes violence and explored the traumatic impact of experiencing sexual and relationship violence.

Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence

August 25, 2014, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
University of Massachusetts
Open To (Audience) New UMass RA's
Co-sponsors: UMass Residential Life
CWC staff will provide new UMass RAs with the information they need to respond to survivors of sexual violence in a trauma informed manner. RAs will also learn basic intervention strategies which can be used to prevent violence from occurring.

Understanding and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

Monday, August 25th, 2014, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
University of Massachusetts
Co-sponsored by: UMass Residential Life
Open to (Audience): Returning UMass RAs
CWC staff will provide returning UMass RAs with information about Relationship Violence. This interactive workshop will explore the dynamics of relationship violence and strategies that can be used to intervene in situations involving relationship violence.

Hampshire College RA Training

Thursday, August 21, 2014 10am-12pm
Hampshire College
Open to (Audience):Hampshire College Resident Assistants
Co-sponsored by: Hampshire College Residential Life
CWC staff will train Hampshire College's RA Staff on topics related to sexual violence including: dynamics of sexual violence, how to support survivors, and prevention strategies.

Training on 209A modification to include domesticated pets

August 11-August 13, 2014
Open To: Northampton Police Department

Presentation on the new section added to the 209A (Restraining Order Law) stating that the court may order the possession, care and control of any domesticated animal owned, possessed, leased, kept or held by either party or a minor child residing in the household to the plaintiff or petitioner. The court may order the defendant to refrain from abusing, threatening, taking, interfering with, transferring, encumbering, concealing, harming or otherwise disposing of such animal.

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