Events & Ways to Connect

 

Spring 2024

 

Relax and Recharge

Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community - POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  

Come and relax before finals with WOCLN at our last event this semester. Enjoy the company of staff and other students over pizza, snacks and fun activities. Take a break from the end of the semester stress and make some bracelets phone charms and engage in conversations with new and old friends.

Game Night

Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community - POSTPONED

Open to All

Date (s): 05/01/2024

Time: 04:00PM - 06:00PM

Location: New Africa House RM 127

Join WOCLN for a fun game night! There will be both joint and independent games available. We will be featuring bingo, trivia, and more. Win prizes and enjoy some snacks while we get a little competitive while having fun.

 

"Stories of Reproductive Violence and Justice,”

A talk by medical professional and whistle-blower, 

Dawn Wooten Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community - POSTPONED

Open to All

Date (s): 04/24/2024

Time: 05:00PM

Location: Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College.

Dawn Wooten will speak on the intersection of reproductive justice and abolition movements, as well as explore pathways for black feminist strategies for social change and human rights. Wooten’s talk will examine the reproductive violence and coercion imposed by carceral spaces such as ICE detention centers and the deportation regime, and the role of medical practitioners and clinicians in disrupting and reckoning with these sustained institutional harms. Wooten offers a passionate story about ethical decisions that healthcare providers face, even if they are not coming from a previous feminist place, as she engages immigrant women's lives from health equity and racial, gender, and reproductive justice lenses. Link to: Event Website

 

Cultivating Connections: A Family Dinner

Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community - POSTPONED

Open to All

Date (s): 04/10/2024

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

Location: Integrative Learning Center: Communication Hub (3rd Floor)

Join RISE & The Women of Color Leadership Network for an engaging family dinner, an enriching opportunity to build connections with fellow peers over a catered meal, featuring authentic Mexican and Nigerian Cuisine! This event is open to all undergraduate & graduate students. There will also be multiple giveaway raffles included, fill out the RSVP form for an entry!

 

 2/5-2/9     Manifest Your Dreams Vision Boards, Self Portraits and Sleep Kits 2/12-2/16 Cherish Yourself and Your People Post Cards, Friendship bracelets, and Heart Art 2/26-3/1   Envision your Future Career Bingo, Creative Journaling, and Community Affirmations.  A collaboration with SBS Rise and the Office of Student Success. 3/11-3-15 Mindfulness Circuit Labyrinth, Yoga Stretches, Mindfulness Puzzles 3/25-3/29 On the Mend Patch Ripped Clothing, Embroider, Crochet 4/22-4/26 Herbs, Greens, and Growth pressed flower art, Pot a Plant, and moreFind Your Center, On Your Time : Spring 2024 Week Long Pop-Up Activities 

Open to All

Drop In hours: Monday 10-2, Tuesday 11-3, Wednesday 10-4, Thursday 12-4, Friday 10-2 

Location: New Africa House, room 203

Tired of missing out on programs that don't fit your schedule?  Drop In when it works for you, open hours provide flexible opportunities to participate. Supplies, space, and inspiration provided.  

 

Pop-Up activities at CWC: Herbs, Greens, and Growth

Open to UMass

Date(s):  04/22/2024(10:00-2:00pm), 04/23/2024(11:00am-3:00pm), 04/24/2024(, 10:00-3:00pm), 04/25/2024(12:00-4:00pm), 04/26/2024 (10:00-2:00pm)

Location: UMass

Herbal sachets- learn about the benefits of various herbs and create a sachet with uplifting aromas for your drawer or bedside. Pressed flower crafts- bring beauty into your life and make a pressed flower suncatcher, bookmark, or lantern. Plant propagation- experience the therapeutic benefits of getting your hands dirty as you pot a plant to take home and nurture.

 

Pop-Up activities at CWC: On the Mend

Open to UMass

Date(s):  03/25/2024(10:00-2:00pm),03/26/2024(11:00am-3:00pm), 03/27/2024, 10:00-3:00pm), 03/28/2024(12:00-4:00pm), 03/29/2024(10:00-2:00pm)

Location: UMass

Mending- bring your torn clothing and use our scrap fabric, thread, patterns and more to give it new life. Embroidery- create a patch for your clothes and other small objects. Crochet- crochet a patch and other small projects.

 

Elevator Pitch & Interview
 come create and develop your elevator pitch and answers to commonly asked interview questions with WOCLN

Open To: open to all

Date(s): 03/27/2024
Time(s): 4:00 - 5:15pm
Location: Rm 27 New Africa House

Join us to learn about elevator pitches and how to approach interviews! We will be practicing ways to talk about yourself in professional settings. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

Financial Well Being and Beyond
 financial Wellbeing and beyond. Join smart about money and the WOCLN fora financial wellbeing workshop. We'll learn about the basic of personal finance, discover campus resources for well being and have open conversations..

Open To: open to all

Date(s): 03/13/2024

Time(s): 05:30PM

Location: 26 NAH

Join UMass Smart About Money and Women of Color Leadership Network for a financial wellbeing workshop where we learn the basics of personal finance and explore on-campus financial resources!

 

Making Informed Health Decisions
Making Informed health decisions. Panelists will discuss how to navigate systems and advocate for your general reproductive and mental health

Open To: open to all

Date(s): 03/13/2024

Time(s): 5-6pm

Location: UMass, NAH 203

In honor of International Women's Day join CWC for a Panel Discussion on Making Informed Health Decisions.  Panelists will discuss how to navigate systems and advocate for your general, reproductive, and mental health. 

 

Application Drop-In Hours
 Carney Auditorium, Furcolo Hall 813 N Pleasant St. UMass Amherst. Performance is free, refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Open To: open to all

Date(s): 03/08/2024, 03/12/2024

Time(s): 11am to 4 pm

Location: New Africa House, Rm 127

Drop in to work on any applications! We will be serving snacks and a relaxing environment to motivate people to get any work done!

 

Pop-Up activities at CWC: Mindfulness Circuit

Open to UMass

Date(s): 03/11/2024(10:00-2:00pm), 03/12/2024(11:00am-3:00pm), 03/13/2024(, 10:00-3:00pm), 03/14/2024(12:00-4:00pm), 03/15/2024 (10:00-2:00pm)

Location: UMass

Stretch for strength! Stretch yourself and strike a (yoga) pose. Mindfulness activities!  Mindfulness puzzles and activities to help you feel grounded and relaxed. And labrynth tracing- feel serenity and tranquility as you walk through a labyrinth.

 

Mother Tongue by First Generation Carney Auditorium, Furcolo Hall 813 N Pleasant St. UMass Amherst. Performance is free, refreshments will be provided afterwards.

The Performance Project Stories of Culture, Struggle, Identity, and Revolution

Open to All

Date(s): Wednesday February 28, 2024

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Carney Auditorium, Furcolo Hall 813 N Pleasant St. UMass Amherst

Mother Tongue is inspired by the experiences of First-Generation ensemble members, their families, and communities who are from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan/Darfur, Holyoke, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The 90-minute performance weaves together movement, music, dance, and stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and English. The piece incorporates themes of language, culture, identity, diaspora, hypermasculinity, xenophobia, transphobia, racism, the school-to-prison pipeline, and revolution.  This event is co-sponsored by Center for Racial Justice, UMass Equity and Inclusion, Office of Educator Preparation, College of Education, Stonewall Center, and Women of Color Leadership Network.

 

Professional Headshots: WOCLN & CWCFree Porfessional Headshot with WOCLN and CWC

Open to All

Date(s): 02/28/2024.

Time: 4-6pm

Location: Rm 904-908 Campus Center

Sign up now for free professional headshot photos and show your best self on LinkedIn!  Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about CWC and WOCLN and food and drinks will be available.  Register now.  Once we have reached the maximum amount of signups, the registration form will be closed.

 

Professional Headshots: WOCLN

Professional development series, Headshots and clothing exchange. Want a photo for your linkedin. Need professional attire to wear or give away? Join us for a free photoshoot and clothes.

Open to All

Date(s): 02/21/2024.

Time: 5:30-6:30

Location: Rm 127 New Africa House

Drop in for free professional headshot photos and clothes! Before the event, there will be a donation box for people to give away their old, unwanted, and undamaged work-appropriate clothes for the day of the photoshoots.

 

Pop-Up activities at CWC: Envision your Future.

Open to UMass

Date(s):  02/26/2024(10:00-2:00pm), 02/27/2024(11:00am-3:00pm), 02/28/2024(, 10:00-3:00pm), 02/29/2024(12:00-4:00pm), 03/01/2024 (10:00-2:00pm)

Location: UMass

Personalized Bingo board, Creative Journaling, and Community Affirmations.

 

Pop-Up activities at CWC: Cherish yourself and your people!

Open to UMass

Date(s):  02/12/2024 (10:00-2:00pm), 02/13/2024 (11:00-3pm), 02/14/2024(10:00-3pm), 02/15/2024(12-4pm), 02/16/2024(10-2pm).

Location: New Africa House, room 203

Participants are asked to reflect on qualities they value in a relationship and decorate a heart, or create a bracelet, inspired by these qualities, for yourself or as a gift. Participants will also have the opportunity to write appreciation postcards to send to those they appreciate.

 

Pop-Up Activities at CWC: Manifest Your Dreams

Open to All

Date(s): 02/05/2024(10:00AM-2:00PM), 02/06/2024(11:00AM-3:00PM), 02/07/2024(10:00AM-3:00PM), 02/08/2024(12:00PM-4:00PM), 02/09/2024(10:00AM-2:00PM).

Location: New Africa House, room 203

Supplies & quiet space provided for you to make a sleep kit, design a vision board, and create a self-portrait. Make a sleep mask (unscented or lavender) and fill your kit with additional helpful items. Draw, collage, and more to design a visual representation of your dreams. Create a self-portrait to represent how you see yourself and the intersecting parts of your identity.

 

CWC Community Challenge 2024: Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community Chilly Plunge for Survivors and A Violence Free Community - POSTPONED

Open to All

Date (s): Postponed. Date to be posted soon.

Location: Musante Beach, 85 Reservoir Road, Leeds MA 01053 

Looking for a fun way to honor International Women’s Day & make a difference?  Take the CWC Chilly Plunge to Support Survivors and a Violence Free Community! Participate in our 2024 Community Challenge by taking a quick and refreshing dip into chilly water.  *Free transportation for the first fifty UMass Students to register!  Free swag for all registered plungers.

 

Fall 2023

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Easing into Exams

Open to All

Date(s):12/07/2023

Time(s): 5:30-7 PM
Location: New Africa House, Rm 127

Come join the WOCLN staff and our community to relax before finals. There will be pizza, cookie decorating, and the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying the welcoming and lively environment. Tell a friend to tell a friend!!! We hope to see you there!

 

Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation: WOCLN

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Open to All

Date(s):11/30/2023

Time(s): 4-5 PM
Location: Malcom X Cultural Center

Join the staff of WOCLN, LACC, and MXCC for an interactive discussion about cultural appropriation and appreciation! Learn how to differentiate the two concepts and understand how to identify ways to appreciate, instead of appropriating.

 

Project Self: Learn Share Connect

Open to All

Date(s): 09/29/2023, 10/13/2023, ...(every other Friday throughout the semester)

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Time(s): 3:30-5 PM
Details for each event or to participate (Project Self Page)

What can you learn or teach in twenty minutes? 
Project Self began in the 1970s as a way for local women to learn together, build community, and create a more equitable future  – 50 years later, CWC is re-launching the program to create those opportunities for people of all genders in our community and we hope you will join us.  Project Self is a skill-sharing community that brings our UMass community together to learn and grow. Each Project Self session will feature student-lead presentations focused on the knowledge and skills each presenter brings to our community. 

Presenter applications are currently open until all sessions for the semester are filled.   

 

WOCLN: Journaling and Decorating

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Open to All, Women and nonbinary students of color are highly encouraged to attend.

Date(s): 11/28/2023

Time(s): 4:00 to 6:00PM
Location: Rm 21 New Africa House

Join WOCLN staff for a relaxing time as we decorate journals, listen to soothing music and have some snacks. Bring your own journal to decorate or take one provided by WOCLN. Ask your friends to tag along!

 

What's the Tea: Colorism and Texturism

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Open to All, Women and nonbinary students of color are highly encouraged to attend.

Date(s): 11/16/2023

Time(s): 5:30 to 6:30PM
Location: Rm 26 New Africa House

Join WOCLN for a facilitated, informal discussion about hair, colorism and texturism among women of color. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

 

WOCLN: Let's Create Vision Boards

 Learn Share Connect with CWC

Open to All, Women and nonbinary students of color are highly encouraged to attend.

Date(s): 11/14/2023

Time(s): 4:00 to 6:00PM
Location: Rm 127 New Africa House

What do you hope to accomplish before you graduate? Setting up and achieving goals are keys to your success in college. Join WOCLN staff to set your goals and intentions, explore your creativity and connect with other students of color over some snacks and some good conversation!
We will provide boards, stickers and magazines.

 

 October 31st 2023, 4 to 6 pm, Join us every tuesday for a different art activity!

Art with WOCLN: Reclaiming Your Selfie

Open To: All

Date(s): 10/31/2023
Time(s): 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: RM 21 New Africa House
 
The selfie can be used as a tool of resistance and reclamation. In this workshop find the power of the selfie from affirmations of one's appearance to letting your imagination run loose with some creative experiments of self-image. Accessories will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own, to inspire these playful and inventive takes on self-images.

 

Poster for Study Break Session, drop by to do homework, study or any other assignments!, Snacks will be provided!

WOCLN: Midterm Study Break

Open To: All

Date(s): 10/26/2023
Time(s): 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: RM 127 New Africa House

Join WOCLN for a laid-back homework/study session. This is an opportunity to be productive and get work done with peers with some snacks and supportive atmosphere.

 

What's the Tea? Imposter Syndrome

What's the Tea?, Imposter Syndrome Poster

Open To: all (women and nonbinary students of color encouraged)

Date(s): 10/19/2023
Time(s): 5:30PM
Location: 26 New Africa House
For those of us who feel like “frauds” and doubt our abilities despite all of the accomplishments and opportunities we worked for, this informal discussion will unpack the intricacies of imposter syndrome in women and nonbinary people of color. Join us for a conversation on what imposter syndrome is, what contributes to it and how to resist it and claim your accomplishments and how to support each other to overcome this.

 

Art with WOCLN: Drumming

Open To: All Drumming , interested in music? Learn how to drum with us !

Date(s): 10/17/2023
Time(s): 4-6PM
Location: 21 New Africa House

Join WOCLN for the third installment of our art series! WOCLN will be bringing rhythm to life with this drumming workshop. This is an opportunity to explore your inner musician with the guidance of a dynamic instructor. Women and nonbinary students of color are encouraged to come and create magic together!

 

What's the Tea? Internalized Misogyny

Open To: All

Whats the tea? : Internalized MisogynyDate(s): 10/12/2023
Time(s): 5:30 PM
Location:26 New Africa House

This informal discussion promises to delve deeper into the complexities of internalized misogyny and how people who do not identify as men still participate in sexism and perpetuate stereotypical gender roles, both historically and in the present day.

Join us for a thought-provoking evening where we share insights and explore ways to overcome and challenge these ingrained beliefs. Your perspective matters. Show up and let your voice be heard.

 

Art with WOCLN: Painting

Open To: All Painting

Date(s): 10/03/2023
Time(s): 4-6PM
Location: 21 New Africa House

Join WOCLN for the second installment of our art series! Let your artistic spirit shine through with the guidance of our instructor at this creative and inclusive event.

We welcome women and nonbinary students of color to express themselves through painting. Dress comfortably, as your clothes might get a splash of paint! To get guided instructions from the artist before you start painting, arrive by 4. You are also welcome to arrive later if needed.

 

WOCLN: Franklin Garden Tour

Open To: 

All. BIPOC women and non binary students are encouraged to join.

Tour and Harvest Frfanklin Garden with WOCLN and UMass Permaculture

Date(s): 9/28/23

Time(s): 3-4 PM
Location: Franklin Permaculture Garden- Franklin DC

Join WOCLN for a tour of the Franklin Permaculture Garden. Learn from the experts at UMass Permaculture about the herbs and plants that are grown on our own campus, and learn about herbs that help with stress, anxiety, insomnia, and cold & flu symptoms. You will have a chance to blend special teas and try them, and maybe harvest some herbs. Registration Required.

 

WOCLN: Art with Origami

Open To: All. BIPOC women and nonbinary students are encouraged to join.

Date(s): 9/19/23

Time(s): 4-6 PM
Location: Franklin Permaculture Garden- Franklin DC

Join WOCLN for various art activities every other Tuesday this fall! Come learn how to make origami on September 19, and check out the rest of the series! Enjoy some snacks and
meet new people as you learn how to make origami from an expert artist! Women and nonbinary students of color are encouraged to attend.
 

 

WOCLN: Campus Walk and Talk

Open To: All. BIPOC women and nonbinary students are encouraged to join.

Date(s): 9/14/23
Time(s): 5:30 PM
Location: Meet in Front of New Africa House

Get to know some hidden gems on campus and learn about others in the surrounding area. Ask questions and meet others as you walk around the beautiful campus. 

 

WOCLN: Grow Your Roots: Meet and greet for BIPOC women and nonbinary students

Open To: All BIPOC women and nonbinary students

Date(s): 9/07/23
Time(s): 4-6 PM
Location: 127 New Africa House

Join WOCLN staff for a fun afternoon as you learn about what we do and how we build community. Meet people and make new friends and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere of music, refreshments and succulent planting. Welcome the new semester by planting your own roots with us!

 

Welcome Back to UMass: Ice Cream, Games and More

Open To: All 

Date(s): 9/06/23  Rain date: 9/8/23
Time(s): 1-4 PM
Location: Outside New Africa House

Join CWC for ice cream and games! Learn about programs, services and opportunities available at the Center for Women & Community and the Women of Color Leadership.

 

 

 

 

                                                       

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