UMass Amherst Everywoman's Center

The Center for Women and Community
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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

Summer 2015

Past Events

Take Back the Night is a speak-out and march designed to empower our community to act towards eliminating sexual violence. On Thursday, April 23 at 6PM we will meet in Campus Center 163C for (optional) poster making. We will then gather in front of the Student Union at 7PM for a rally and march. Join us to take back the night, shatter the silence and stop the violence!

Join the Center for Women and Community as we facilitate artistic forums to express the impact of sexual and domestic violence in our community and demonstrate our commitment to prevention and change.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that allows survivors of violence, as well as their friends and families, to share their feelings through art. This public display features a clothesline hung with shirts, each decorated to represent an individual's experience with violence, by the survivor themselves or by someone who cares about them.

What do you want in a relationship? Whether you're single, hooking up, dating, or in a long term relationship this workshop will help you to define the qualities you seek. In this workshop, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help create a culture of healthy relationships.

ConsentFEST Tabling

April 17, 2015, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Valentine Quad, Amherst College
Co-sponsors: Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect
Open To : Entire Community
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to attendants of ConsentFEST about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

Body Politics 2015: A Showcase of Digital Stories by Women of Color

April 16 & April 17, 2015, 7 PM
@ Student Union Ballroom (SUB) on April 16 & @ room 163C Campus Center- UMass Amherst
Please join us on April 16th or 17th for the screening of Body Politics in its Digital Storytelling format. Stay after the screening for a talk back with the participants in this year's production about their process and journey as they produced their own stories.
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.
Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/UMassWOCLN
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Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. We hope to see you at the screening!

Fundamentals of Women's Health Class Workshop

April 15, 2015, 4-5PM
Lederle Graduate Research Center Room A201
Open To: Students in Class
Educators from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be provide the Fundamentals of Women's Health course with information about the services and volunteer opportunities that the CWC provides. The basic concepts and skills needed for bystander intervention will also be discussed.

RelationShip Wreck: Responding to Violence and Control

Did you know that 58% of college students say they don't know how to help someone who is experiencing relationship violence? This workshop will help build an understanding of relationship violence and provide participants with the tools to educate others and address violence. Participants will learn about what they can do to prevent relationship violence in our community and become agents of social change.

Breaking Down Rape Culture

Rape culture is a system of beliefs and actions which excuse, tolerate, and condone sexual violence. This workshop will provide the tools to challenge the myths and stereotypes that fuel rape culture.

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

April 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
Washington Tower - Southwest
Open To: Residents of Washington residential hall and their guests
WOCLN will facilitate a dialogue with the residents of Washington residence hall, titled "Hook-Up Culture: A Turn-On or a Turn-Off?" This dialogue will focus on the topic of "Hook up Culture" and the ways that "hooking up" are defined and what risks may be involved. WOCLN looks forward to helping students build and maintain healthy lifestyles as a result of the information learned and discussed.
This event is open to the residents of Washington residence hall and their guests. Refreshments will be served.

Community meal between Latinos Unidos Amherst High-Middle School and Latinos Unidos Umass

April 7th, 2015, 6.30pm
Hampshire Dinning Commons-Umass
Co-sponsors: Amherst Regional Public Schools
Open To: Public
We are trying to link the young Latino students from the public schools with the Latino students and staff from Umass, Amherst in order for them to work together on specific antiviolence projects. At the same time we want to impress on the high school students the goal of attending a higher education institution.

$tart $mart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

April 6th, 2015, 5-7PM
New Africa House room 203
Co-sponsors: Career Services, Women Gender Sexuality Studies, Afro American Studies
Open to: All
$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. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, call 413-545-0883 to register.
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/

Keep it Consensual: Hooking Up in College

Come to Keeping it Consensual: Hooking Up in College, to 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.

WOC and Media (Mis)Representation Brown Bag Lunch Series

Topics to be addressed include: the powerful role of the media; the implications of (mis)representations of women of color across their varied social identities; and the potential for counter-representations.
This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and welcoming of all community members.

April Social Hour

April 1, 2015, 12-2PM
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 reconnecting, networking and making new connections. Come meet our staff, connect with women of color, relax and take a break from your busy schedule, or simply just to say hello! Stay for the entire time and enjoy the conversations, or just for a few minutes between classes. Bring a friend! All are welcome, and light snacks will be served.

Bystander Training for Community Education Class

March 31, 2015, 4:00PM-5:15PM
Arnold House 120
Open To: Students in Class
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.

RelationShip Wreck: Responding to Violence and Control

Did you know that 58% of college students say they don't know how to help someone who is experiencing relationship violence? This workshop will help build an understanding of relationship violence and provide participants with the tools to educate others and address violence. Participants will learn about what they can do to prevent relationship violence in our community and become agents of social change.

Sisters on the Runway Tabling

March 29, 2015, 6-9PM
Campus Center Auditorium
Open To: UMass Community
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to the audience of the Sisters on the Runway show about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

Join the Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC for an evening of spoken word performances and live world music!
We are thrilled to be collaborating with UMass Afro-Am's Drum Class, who will be playing short intermissions of live world music, drumming in between spoken word performances. We'll also have art supplies available for all to express themselves creatively while we kick back and listen. Feel free to bring your own art to work on as you are inspired on the spot from these performances. Come collaborate with us!
Are you looking for an opportunity to speak your truth in a creative, diverse, vibrant, and welcoming environment? 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.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.

Ins and Outs of Relationships

Open To: UMass Community
What do you want in a relationship? Whether you're single, hooking up, dating, or in a long term relationship this workshop will help you to define the qualities you seek. In this workshop, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help create a culture of healthy relationships.

Good Mental Health: It starts with a conversation. Join our conversation

March 11th, 2015, 7-9PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Social Hall, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst
Co-sponsors: Western Massachusetts Dept of Mental Healthand the League of Women Voters of Amherst
Open To: Public
The purpose of this meeting is to gain a better understanding of mental health issues, including resiliency, recovery, and discrimination, and to explore ways to build more supportive communities for people with mental health challenges.

$tart $mart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

March 11th, 2015
Co-sponsors: School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Open to: Students in School of Public Health
$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. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, call 413-545-0883 to register.
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/start-smart-salary-negotiation-workshop/

Breaking Down Rape Culture with Alpha Delta Phi

March 9, 2015, 7:00PM-9:00PM
778 North Pleasant Street, Amherst MA
Open To: Members of Alpha Delta Phi
This workshop will teach participants about what they can do to prevent sexual violence in our community by challenging them to think about violence prevention as a cultural and environmental change. Participants will discuss the multiple ways to confront sexual violence that are both safe and healthy.

Yoga & Smoothies

March 9, 2015, 6:30-8 PM
John Adams Tower, 19th floor
Co-sponsors: Sigma Lambda Gamma
Open To: All
In recognition of nutrition month and aligning with WOCLN's focus on wellness and self care, WOCLN will be partnering with the Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority to host a yoga and smoothies night. The event will consist of an intro by WOCLN about nutrition, healthy habits and strategies of self care and be followed by an instructed yoga session and healthy fruit smoothies! All levels are welcomed.

International Women's Day 2015

Join the Center for Women & Community and International Programs Office for a Celebration of International Women's Day 2015!
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.

Creating a Culture of Consent

Co-sponsors: Cape Verdean Student Alliance
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED...NEW DATE TBD
Open To: UMass Community
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.

March Social Hour

March 4th, 2015, 12-2PM
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 of the semester! This is a time for reconnecting, networking and making new 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 snack will be served. Bring a friend.

White Ribbon Breakfast for Police Officers

March 2nd, 2015
Co-sponsors: UMPD,APD, AFD
Open To: Police and Firefighters (UMPD and APD)
Massachusetts “White Ribbon Day” is scheduled for March 5, 2015. White Ribbon Day is part of an international campaign called The White Ribbon Campaign. Designed especially with men in mind at the time, this was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is a worldwide campaign in 60 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing.
Center for Woman and Community along with UMPD and APD will be showing their support by hosting a breakfast for the purpose of ending violence against women on Monday March 2, 2015 at UMPD from 6:30AM-9:30AM

Bystander Workshop for My Body My Health

March 2nd & 6th 2015
Open To: Students of Class
This workshop will teach students in the My Body My Health seminar class 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. 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.

Creating a Culture of Consent

Open To: UMass Community
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.

Five College Student Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention Training

Feb 28th & March 1st, 2015
2nd Floor New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
Open to: Student Leaders
We invite emerging and current student leaders in the sexual violence prevention movement to join us to learn about trauma-informed education, effective approaches to end violence, and best practices in prevention.
Register: www.umass.edu/ewc/requestworkshop/

President Obamas's Executive Action on Immigration

Feb 28th, 2015, 12-3pm ( Snow Date: March 7th)
Amherst Regional Middle School
Co-sponsors: Central West Justice Center; Safe Passage; NELCWIT; Amherst Regional Public Schools
Open To: All
Join us for an informational session on President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration and how it might apply to you and your family. Volunteer Interpreters needed. Contact Rossana @ the Center for Women & Community for more information: 413-545-2586 Flyer-Community Event Saturday February 28 2015.pdf

Sexual Violence Training for Hampshire College Conduct Board

Feb 27th, 2015
Open To: Hampshire College Conduct Board Members
Center for Women and Community educators will present a training that informs the members of the Hampshire College Conduct Board about common dynamics of sexual assault and survivor responses in order to provide them with the information needed to hear sexual violence cases in a trauma-informed manner.

Dorm Dialogue: How to Ally

February 26, 2015, 7 PM
Oak Hall
Co-sponsors: Oak Hall Residential Education staff
Open To: Cluster
This workshop introduces the concept of Allyship as an action and a process that one from a dominant group strives to employ as they ally with people who have different and targeted social identities. The workshop examines Allyship as a process rather than an identity that one can carry.

50 Shades of Healthy Relationships

Open To: All
Co-sponsors: UPC
This interactive workshop invites participants to discuss the qualities that they believe make up a healthy relationship. This session is co-sponsored by the University Programming Council, as a follow-up to their screening of 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone is welcome to attend, it is not necessary to have seen the movie or read the books to participate.

Spoken Word

POSTPONED, New Date TBD
Shirley Graham Dubois Library- 203 New Africa House (2nd Floor)
Open to: 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 us at: wocln@stuaf.umass.edu. Refreshments will be served. Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.

Breaking Down Rape Culture Workshop with Iota Gamma Upsilon & Delta Chi

Feb 24th, 2015
Open To: Members of Sorority and Fraternity
This workshop will teach participants 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. 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.

Training for Public Health Advisors

Feb 18th, 2015
Open To: Public Health Advisors
This training will help Public Health Advisors to be able to respond to disclosures of domestic and sexual violence. Training will help staff to talk openly about issues of sexual violence, in order to support a safer climate for all students. CWC staff will leave Public Health Advisors with information on campus and community resources, in addition to the knowledge needed to speak comfortably about issues related to sexual and relationship violence.

Sexual Violence and CSA Training for Safe Passage

Feb 17th, 2015
Open To: Safe Passage Volunteers
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.

Pilates with WOCLN

Feb 17th, 2015, 5:30-7 PM
203 New Africa House (Shirley Du Bois Library)
Co-sponsors: Graduate Women's Network at GSS
Open To : Women and nonbinary people
WOCLN invites women and nonbinary people to join us for an hour of Pilates, followed by refreshments. The session is led by Jamele Watkins, A UMass PhD student in the German Department who is a certified Pilates instructor. Please bring a yoga mat. WOCLN has a limited number of mats available to lend. If you need to borrow a mat, please email us to reserve it at: wocln@stuaf.umass.edu by February 14th.
This event is free!

Relationship Violence and Risk Assessment

Feb 17th, 2015
Open To: Dean of Students Staff
Co-sponsors: UMASS Dean of Students Office
CWC Staff presented a training for the staff of the Dean of Students Office on assessing the risk of abusers to commit potentially lethal violence against a partner in relationships where there is intimate partner violence. CWC Staff shared information about the Northwestern District Attorney's Office multidisciplinary High Risk Assessment Team, what information is shared and how decisions are made to give an abuser a high risk designation. The UMass referral process for the High Risk Team was discussed. Participants then reviewed an assessment tool and utilized it to assess risk in fictional scenarios.

The Vagina Monologues Tabling

Friday, Feb 13th, 2015 6:30PM-9:00PM and Saturday, Feb 14th, 2015 1:30PM-4:00PM and 6:30PM-9:00PM
Bowker Auditorium, UMass
Open To: UMass Community
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to attendees of the Vagina Monologues performance about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project

Feb 11th, 2015
Open to: Belchertown High School community only
Co-sponsors: Belchertown High School
The Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project is a collection of hundreds of t-shirts designed and decorated by middle and high school students impacted by relational trauma. The display's purpose is to both raise awareness and give those students who want to an opportunity to create their own shirt.

Keeping it Consensual: Fundamentals of Women's Health Class

Feb 4th, 2015
Open To: Students of Class
Come to "Keeping it Consensual: Hooking Up in College", to 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.

February Social Hour

Feb 4th, 2015, 12-2pm
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 the semester!
This is a time for reconnecting, networking and making new 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 snack will be served. Bring a friend.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence: AFROTC Training

Feb 3rd, 2015, 4:00PM-6:15PM
Open To: AFROTC Members
In this training, students in AFROTC will discuss different situations where consent is needed and how this relates to sexual violence. This workshop will challenge stereotypical beliefs about sexual violence and leave participants with information about the realities and prevalence of sexual assault. Participants will also explore and practice different strategies to support a survivor of sexual violence.

Vagina Monologues Training

Jan 31st, 2015, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Reading Room, New Africa House
Open To: Vagina Monologues Cast and Crew
These workshops allow the cast and crew of the Vagina Monologues to further explore topics around sexual violence through the lens of their roles. Facilitators will focus on creating a dialogue around topics such as: sexual assault, relationship violence, gender roles, intersecting identities, and bystander intervention.

Understanding Title IX and Your Role and Responsibilities

Jan 29th, 2015
Newman Center
Co-sponsors: EOD; Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Open To: Members of the UMass Religious Affairs Committee
CWC Staff facilitated a training on understanding the federal Title IX law; recognizing and responding to sexual harassment, assault or relationship violence; receiving disclosures of abuse and effectively supporting survivors, and campus resources for intervention and reporting.

CWC Staff meet with Representative Stephen Kulik

Jan 23rd, 2015
Chicopee
Open To: Members of the Human Service Forum
Co-sponsors: Human Services Forum
CWC Staff attended the annual Human Service Forum Legislative Breakfast. They sat with Representative Steve Kulik to discuss the concerns of survivors of sexual and relationship violence that live in rural communities. Staff also shared how CWC maximizes the use of volunteers and builds community capacity to respond effectively to issues of sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence.

Receiving Disclosures & Making Referrals for ExSEL Peer Leaders

Jan 17th, 2015
Co-sponsored by: Learning Resource Center
Open To: ExSEL Peer Leaders
During this workshop ExSEL Peer Leaders will gain a better understanding of trauma and the impact of trauma; discuss and define relationship violence; sexual assault and stalking; identify the warning signs that a student may have experienced interpersonal violence; review campus resources and practice responding effectively to disclosures and making referrals.

Understanding Title IX and Your Role and Responsibilities

Jan 14th, 2015
Open to: UHS Staff
Co-sponsors: UHS; International Programs Office
CWC Staff along with staff from the International Programs Office, presented a training on Title IX to University Health Services Staff. The training addressed: understanding Title IX; 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.

How to Ally: Shifting to Action

Jan 14th, 2015, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM (2 sessions)
116 Herter Hall
Open to: Returning RAs- Residential Education
This session was offered to returning RAs as part of their mini- conference Brain Freeze during RA training. Session concentrated on Allyship as a concept and behavior, rather than an identity one has.

New Students Orientation

January 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th, 2015, 8:15AM-9:00AM
Campus Center Auditorium
Open To: UMass Community
Representatives from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) will be on site to give information to new students about the services that the CWC provides, answer questions, and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities.

MA State Police Crime Lab: Sexual Assault Evidence Reports. What do they mean?

Jan 13th, 2015
Northwestern District Attorney's Office 1 Gleason Plaza 3rd floor conference Rm Northampton MA 01060
Open to: Local Law Enforcement
Erica Nadeau is a Forensic Scientist II at the MA State Police Crime Lab in Springfield, MA in the criminalistics/crime scene response unit. She will present information about Crime Lab protocols for testing SANE evidence, how to read SANE testing reports, understanding DNA/swab analysis andntoxicology results.

RA Training on Sexual Violence

Jan 13th, 2014, 1-2pm
Machmer Hall
Co-sponsors: UMass ResLife
Open To (mention audience): RAs in Training
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.

Community information Event: President Obamas's Executive Action on Immigration

Jan 9th 2015, 5-8pm
Sunderland Elementary School/1Swapfield Dr. Sunderland
Co-sponsors: With NELCWITT
Open To: Public (latino and other populations)
Join us to get information about President Obama's Executive Action and how this might apply to you and your family

Culture at the Center :Using Social Identity Assessment to Integrate Experiences of Privilege and Marginality

Jan 6th, 2015
Open to: Staff of Hampshire College Counseling Center
Co-sponsors: Hampshire College Counseling Center
Workshop on Social Identity Assessment and how to incorporate social identity, privilege and marginality into the course of the clinical work

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