Online Events & Ways to Connect

 

CWC Community Challenge: Supporting Survivors and a Violence Free Community CWC Community Challenge Logo

Saturday, April 24
Open To: All

All are invited to accept the challenge and support survivors and a violence-free community. Marking the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), participants will raise awareness and/or money for the free Sexual Assault Support, Advocacy and Prevention Services provided by the Center for Women and Community (CWC). It’s like a walk-a-thon with more options. Customized challenges provide people of all abilities and resources ways to participate. There will be giveaways, shareable social media posts, awards, and more! 

Staff will table at the following locations to share information about CWC Community Challenge and distribute candles to participants.  

  • Thursday 4/22 @ Captain Jacks Temporary Location (102 Northampton St, Easthampton, MA 01027) from 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Friday 4/23 @ Pioneer Valley Community Fitness (375 South St, Northampton, MA 01060) from 9am-12pm

 

Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories (P.R.O.P.S) Presenting Real Original Powerful Stories Banner Image

UMass Amherst students can participate in P.R.O.P.S remotely from wherever they are!

P.R.O.P.S.  (Presenting Real, Original, Powerful, Stories) offers selected students the opportunity to share inspiring stories & innovative discoveries in a virtual showcase for UMass and the larger community. Talks can explore a range of topics including personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. Participating students will attend online workshops and receive 1 on 1 support to prepare them for the showcase. We encourage students to submit any talks that aim to motivate, inspire, and promote shared learning. This year, we hope to include and highlight stories related to Environmental, Economic or Reproductive Justice 

2021 P.R.O.P.S Showcase
(P.R.O.P.S) Presenting Real Original Powerful Stories Showcase Image You are cordially invited to the YouTube video premiere of the P.R.O.P.S 2021 Showcase. Come celebrate the hard work of four amazing UMass Amherst students who have dedicated their time to telling their inspiring and innovate stories. On, Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM you can view the videos and participate in a live chat on YouTube: CWC UMass. After, join us for a reception on Zoom at 7:00 PM to congratulate the participants and ask questions about their talks and experience in the P.R.O.P.S program.

Thursday, April 22, 6:00-7:00 PM
Open To: All
YouTube Premiere: CWC UMass
P.R.O.P.S Reception Invitation & Registration: http://bit.ly/PROPS2021

View Spring 2020 P.R.O.P.S Showcase : View the inspiring and innovative stories of seven amazing UMass Amherst students from across campus. Their stories will leave you motivated to make a positive change in yourself and in your community.

 

WOCLN Weekly Check-In WOCLN Thursday Check-in Banner

Every Thursday, 12:00-1:00 PM, February 4 through May 6
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97400149635

Drop in at our weekly check ins. Let us know how you are doing. Connect with others and get connected to resources!


 

WOCLN The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Own Business as a WOCNuts & Bolts of Starting your business as WOC banner

Wednesday, April 7, 6:00-7:00 PM
Open To: All. Women and nonbinary people of color are encouraged to attend
Via Zoom (Register for this event)

Are you thinking about starting your own business and are not sure where to start? Join us for this informative workshop. Come listen to a successful business owner, a UMass alumna, Stephanie Aguguo as she talks to us about some logistics and factors to consider before you star; how to deal with a slow start or some initial failures; what resources you should look for, and other details. Bring your curiosity and questions.

 

WOC and the Imposter Syndrome - A conversationImposter syndrome event banner

Tuesday, April 20, 5:00-6:00 PM
Open To: All. Women and nonbinary people of color are encouraged to attend
Via Zoom (Register for this event)

Have you ever felt that you may not be as capable as other people think you are? Ever worried that you may be a fraud waiting to be discovered? Have you felt an extra burden to prove yourself as a womxn of color? You may be experiencing Imposter Syndrome. Come to this interactive workshop to learn about what the Imposter Syndrome is and how to work on overcoming the feelings it causes.

This event is offered in collaboration with Student Parent Programs

 

 

Creative Women Leading Climate ActionImposter syndrome event banner

Events through the month of April
Open To: All.
Via Zoom (Check website for registration)

Creative Women Leading Climate Action engages women and nonbinary people in building an intergenerational network with a shared goal of creative climate action. This virtual symposium highlights artists and arts professionals responding to climate change and provides opportunities for students to both learn from arts leaders and forge their own network as they pursue leadership in arts and activism fields. Open to UMass and Five College students, faculty, and staff, as well as artists and professionals at large. The symposium will include:

  • Call for Art! Creative People Leading Climate Action Juried Virtual Exhibition
  • JuPong Lin: Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water
  • Digital Performance, Workshops & Exhibition
  • Paper Folding: Add to the Installation, join in a workshop or fold at home.
  • Intergenerational Conversation: Art, Climate, and Action
  • Earth Day event

To learn more and register for the various events, please visit: https://www.umass.edu/aes/creative-women-leading-climate-action. Questions About Registration? Please contact the UMass Conference Services Team at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.

This event is offered in collaboration with UMass Arts Extension Service, Augusta Savage Gallery, Women of Color Leadership Network, College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center, Department of History Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Theater, and UMass Amherst Center at Springfield with support from Women for UMass Amherst, UMass Sustainability Innovation and Engagement Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative.

 

WOCLN Investing in Change: Using Our Collective Economic Power for Racial Justice

Event date TBD
Open To: All

The U.S. economy has relied on BIPOC labor and buying power for centuries. Join this panel as we discuss what could happen if labor and buying power were reclaimed by BIPOC, and how we can use our collective economic power to support BIPOC owned business and divest from harmful corporations.

 

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“Be the Good” is about creating community. As we redefine community in this time of social distancing CWC would like to highlight the people who are embodying “Being the Good” in their physical and digital communities. Share your stories on #BTGCWC or send them directly to us on social media. 

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Past Events

Its on Us Week of Action: How to Help a Friend Its on us event banner

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00-8:30 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: http://bit.ly/HowtoHelp21

Sometimes it can be hard to know what say when a friend tells you they have experienced sexual or relationship violence. While there isn't one right way to respond, this workshop will provide trauma-informed strategies and explore considerations for how to be supportive and intentional.

This event is offered in collaboration with It's On Us and AXO.

 

WOC Survivance: Surviving Amidst the Pandemic Surviving Amidst the Pandemic banner

Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/96153882330

A panel discussion on violence toward BIPOC womxn, focusing on its history, how the pandemic has affected the crisis, the silencing of the issue, and proposed hopeful futurism. Panelists are:

  • Melissa Blissett, MSW, VP of Square One Springfield.
  • Dr. Liza Black, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History & Native American & Indigenous Studies, Indiana University Bloomington.
  • YMCA of Western Massachusetts.

This event is offered in collaboration with CMASS, UIC, Isenberg School of Business, UMass Aspires, IPO, and Student Engagement & Leadership Office.

 

Office of Religious Life: Relationships, Communication, & ConflictRelationships. Communication and Conflict event banner

Tuesday, March 23, 5:00-6:30 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: http://bit.ly/RCCWorkshop

How people engage in conflict can affect a relationship. Unhealthy conflict can lead to control and manipulation which are warning signs for relationship violence. By exploring the healthy and unhealthy uses of conflict styles, participants will develop strategies for healthier communication and learn about warning signs of relationship violence.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Office of Religious Life.

 

International Women's Day event bannerCall for Performances and Artwork: Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Call for materials ends March 1
Open To: All

Celebrate yourself and the special women in your life by sharing your talent!
We are looking for performances and artwork that honor and uplift women and nonbinary people to showcase on our social media accounts during the Month of March.

  • Art can be shared by tagging @umasswocln anytime in the month of March.
  • Performances can include but are not limited to music, spoken word, songs, and dance.

If you would like your performance to be considered for inclusion, please submit a prerecorded video to cwc@umass.edu by March 1st. Women and non-binary people are encouraged to submit.

 

WOCLN Manage Your Doubts About Debt SAM WOCLN Manage Your Doubts About Debt

Wednesday, February 17, 5:00-6:00 PM
Open To: All. Women and Nonbinary students of color encouraged to attend
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/8221773068

Join WOCLN and SAM for a presentation on financial wellness for women and nonbinary people of color. Learn more about how to manage debt, including student loans and how to build a healthy credit. Find out about resources that exist at UMass.

This event is offered in collaboration with Smart About Money (SAM)

 

Keeping Faith: The Intersections of Identity, Activism, Faith, and Spirituality  Black History Month Banner

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: http://www.tinyurl.com/EJQPFNMJ

Honoring Black History Month and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, we invite you to a conversation centering the interconnections of personal identity, social justice and religious/spiritual identity. This space will highlight and celebrate Black religious/spiritual experiences throughout history. We will explore the ways we find strength in our faith/spirituality, forge connections across differences, and remain grounded through great social change. This event is open to all UMass students.

This event is offered in collaboration with Women of Color Leadership Network, the Office of Religious Spiritual Life, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the Dept. of Athletics.

 

WOCLN Keeping Faith: The Intersections of Identity, Activism, Faith, and Spirituality Keeping Faith Banner

Thursday, November 19, 6:00-7:00 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/91415451312

In the midst of a global pandemic, processing a divisive U.S. Presidential Election, and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, the ORSL and the WOCLN invite you to a conversation centering the interconnections of personal identity, social justice and religious/spiritual identity. We will explore the ways we find strength in our faith/spirituality, forge connections across differences, and remain grounded through great social change. This event is open to all UMass students.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

 

DIY Healthier & Homemade: Learn why & how to make your personal care products DIY Healthier and Homemade event banner

Thursday, November 5, 5:30-6:30 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99924027756

Come learn how to make everyday skin & cosmetic products with simple and safe ingredients. This virtual workshop explores common chemicals used in skin care, the harmful effects they can have on your body, and most importantly how to you create healthier options.



 

Take the Mic: A Public Speaking Program Take the Mic Banner

Thursday, October 29, 6:00-7:00 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: tinyurl.com/umassttm

A public speaking program that focuses on building self-esteem, empowerment and speaking performances focusing on confidence and leadership. With Ayana Crawford, Founder of “Take the Mic”.

This event is offered in collaboration with Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass Women into Leadership, and She Is Goals

 

Creative Women Leading Climate Action (CWLCA) CWLCA Sumposium Banner

Wednesday September 30 - Thursday, October 15
Open To: All
Register for this event: https://bit.ly/327Adxg

A virtual symposium that engages women and nonbinary people in building an intergenerational network with a shared goal of creative climate action. Through a series of virtual events and workshops, the CWLCA will highlight artists and arts professionals responding to climate change and provides opportunities for students to both learn from arts leaders and forge their own network as they pursue leadership in arts and activism fields. Open to UMass and Five College students, faculty, and staff, as well as artists and professionals at large. Register for CWLCA today and be a part of the action!

This event is a collaboration with the Arts Extension Service, Women of Color Leadership Network and other departments.

 

Climate Change and Communities of Color: How Artists are Responding CWLCA Communities of color

Thursday, October 15, 3:00-4:30 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: https://bit.ly/327Adxg

As part of Creative Women Leading Climate Action Symposium, Women of Color Leadership Network is facilitating a panel discussion. Panelists include Dr. Diana Alvarez, Artist Scholar; Naya (Chelvanya) Gabriel, Artist; and Erika Slocumb, Artist.

 

WOCLN Starting the Conversation: How to Talk About Reproductive & Sexual Health with Partners and FamilyStarting the converstation Banner

Tuesday, October 6, 5:30-6:30 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99992713027

Join us for this workshop where we will collectively strategize how to talk with partners and family members about your reproductive and sexual health. Many young people struggle with how to establish and communicate boundaries, choices, and needs -- let's work through this together!

 

 

WOCLN Voter Education EventVoter Education Event Banner

Monday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: https://forms.gle/Gmh1v4bNSuoq5gdX8

Guest Speaker: Susan Audette, Elections Officer, Town of Amherst, MA
Presentation with Q & A:

  • How and by when to register to vote for the November '20 election
  • How to check where you are registered and change registration addresses
  • How and when to request mail-in and absentee ballots
  • How to vote early Options for submitting mail-in and absentee ballots
  • Security of mail-in and absentee ballots

This event is offered in collaboration with the Legal Studies Department.

 

WOCLN What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Professor and Author of Braiding Sweetgrass What does the earth ask of us banner

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 PM
Open To: All
Register for this event: http://bit.ly/kimmererkeynote

We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask, what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and Indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity. How might we use the gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis?

This event is offered in collaboration with the Creative Women Leading Climate Action Symp., Arts Extension Service, and the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

 

WOCLN Ditch Fast Fashion & UPCYCLE Your LookUPCYCLE Your Look Banner

Thursday, September 24, 5:30-6:30 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/94614814845

Join us to get information, ideas, & inspiration to build a more eco-friendly closet. No pre-registration required! For more information about fast fashion and upcycling, as well as resources, check out our event site: http://shorturl.at/dzBEK

 

Panel on Supreme Court Decision Restricting Birth Control CoverageJuly Scotus Panel Banner

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-6:30 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/95101030643

Join us for a panel on the July SCOTUS decision in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania to discuss the meaning behind the decision, the real and anticipated impacts, and strategies to reverse these impacts.

Panelists include Jennifer Nye, Lecturer in Law and Social Justice, UMass History Department, Raquel Manzanares, Senior Staff Attorney, UMass Student Legal Services Office, and Vaness Flores, Student Group Coordinator, Civil Liberties & Public Policy.

 

WOLCN Food Justice and Community GardeningFood Justice Panel

Thursday, September 10, 5:30-6:45 PM
Open To: All
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/96721593858

How does the environmental justice movement include and exclude the lived experiences and voices of marginalized communities of color, and which issues does the movement tend to focus on and overlook? We can learn more about this by looking more closely at the ways in which food, climate, and farming intersect with race -- especially in urban cities and communities with higher populations of people of color. 

This panel of experts in the environmental and food justice movements will talk about their work on creating equitable food systems, celebrating and reclaiming indigenous food culture, food security and the climate, and working with youth on health. The panelists discuss these topics through an intersectional lens connecting race to community, education, and the preservation of oral history.* Panelists include: Olivia Aguilar, Mount Holyoke College, Neftali Duran, Holyoke Food and Equity Collective Andrew Laurion, Urban Resources * Garden Economics (URGE), Springfield Lorena Moreno, Riquezas del Campo Cooperative Farm Jose Marinez, Riquezas del Campo Cooperative Farm *We will have Spanish translation of the panel discussion.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

 

WOLCN Fall Social WOCLN Fall Social

Tuesday, September 8, 5:30-6:30 PM
Open To: All, encouraging women and nonbinary students of color to attend
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/91853951116

We invite you to attend this virtual gathering to connect with old friends, meet new people, meet WOCLN staff and learn about our Justice Series for this year!  Invite friends and come to this informal gathering with other BIPOC!