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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

Winter/Spring 2014-2015

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/

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.

Spoken Word

Feb 24th, 2015, 7pm
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.

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.

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.

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.

$tart $mart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

Feb 11th, 2015, 7-9pm
New Africa House room 203
Co-sponsors: Women Gender Sexuality Studies & Career Services
Open To: Public
$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/

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.

Creating a Culture of Consent

Co-sponsors: Cape Verdean Student Alliance
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.

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.

Past Events

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.

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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