WOCLN

WOCLN is your supportive community. We are here for you. If you need assistance, please contact us: 

wocln@umass.edu

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Here you will find information about some of our signature events and programming. All of our events are free and open to the public. Click here for specific information and to see our events calendar and follow us on social media @umasswocln to find out about our updated programming.

 

Spring 2024

Headshots and clothing exchange: WOCLN

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.

 

Fall 2023

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Easing into Exams: WOCLN

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

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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.

 

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WOCLN: Journaling and Decorating

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

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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.

 

Art with WOCLN: Reclaiming Your Selfie

Open To: All

Date(s): 10/31/2023
Time(s): 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: 127 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.

 

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.

 

WOCLN: What's the Tea? Imposter Syndrome

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

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!

 

WOCLN: What's the Tea? Internalized Misogyny

Open To: All

Date(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

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: 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!

WOCLN: Franklin Garden TourTour and Harvest Frfanklin Garden with WOCLN and UMass Permaculture

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

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.

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion: Reading, Conversation, and Writing Workshops 

Paint Your Professional Self

Open To: Open to students of the five colleges and all Hampshire community members
Date(s): 05/02/2023, 05/03/2023
Time(s): 12:00PM - 01:30PM [MHC] 05:30PM, 07:00PM [UMass]
Location: New Africa House Rm. 03

WOCLN, in collaboration with Stonewall, YKCC, and MHC are welcoming Bushra Rehman to discuss her novel 'Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion'. After the reading, Bushra will engage in conversation with Poet Adeeba Afshan Rana. Enjoy lively conversation and writing workshops over this two-day event. Attendants are welcome to attend one or all of the events.
Events schedule:
May 2nd, 12:00PM - 01:30PM Blanchard Campus Center-MHC [Contact Mount Holyoke for details] May 2nd, 05:30PM New Africa House Rm. 03 - Writing Workshop [Registration encouraged] light refreshments provided.
May 3rd, 07:00PM New Africa House Rm. 03 Reading and Conversation

Painting and Planting

Paint Your Professional Self

Open To: all students, students of color encouraged to attend 

Date(s): 05/10/2023 

Time(s): 04:00PM-06:00PM 

Location: New Africa House Room 127 
As finals are approaching we will offer students the opportunity to unwind with our painting and planting event. You will have the chance to decorate pots with paint or stickers, as well as getting to place succulent plants into the pot. Not only will you get to partake in a relaxing event, but you'll receive new plants that can represent new growth and new journeys in your life. Bring friends. Refreshments are provided. 
Register here!

Reception for Gina Chavez 

Paint Your Professional Self

Open To: All five college students and members of the Hampshire community
Date(s): 04/19/2023
Time(s): 05:30PM - 06:30PM
Location: Fine Arts Center

Join WOCLN, Stonewall center, and CMASS to watch 2020 Latin Grammy Nominee, Gina Chavez, perform at the Fine Arts Center on April 19th at 7:30PM. A community Reception is being held from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions! Interested students can connect with us via email (wocln@umass.edu) or on social media.

Refill Your Cup with Smoothies and Journaling 

Paint Your Professional Self

Open To: All students in the five colleges and members of the Hampshire community
Date(s): 04/11/2023
Time(s): 06:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: New Africa House Room 127

As we pass the midpoint of the semester, it can be difficult to find the time to take care of yourself. Carve out some time to meet other WOC, taste some delicious smoothies, and practice some gratitude journaling! Make it a wellness evening by also joining us for our yoga session with Tiffany right before. You may attend either or both of these events.  Register here!

International Women's Day: Friend Speed Dating 

Refill Your Cup with Smoothies and Journaling

Open To: All- Women and nonbinary students of color are encouraged to attend.

Date(s): 03/08/2023

Time(s): 5:30 PM

Location: 127 New Africa House

Happy International Women's Day! What is a better way to celebrate than meet and make new friends? Join the Women of Color Leadership Network for a fun Friend Speed Dating event and meet new WOC, write a postcard for an important woman in your life and learn more about WOCLN! Bring a friend or come to meet a new one!
Light snacks and feminist postcards will be provided.

Weekly drop-in Yoga sessions 

Refill Your Cup with Smoothies and Journaling

Open To: All students in the 5 colleges and Hampshire community members

Date(s): 03/07/2023, 03/21/2023, 03/28/2023, 04/11/2023, 04/25/2023

Time(s): 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: 203 New Africa House- UMass

Would you like to unwind from your busy schedule? Recharge your energy and focus on your physical and emotional health? The Women of Color leadership Network invites you to Drop-in for free weekly yoga sessions with Tiffany Joseph on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at New Africa House in Room 203. BIPOC students and community members are encouraged to attend.

What's the Tea: Let's talk Pink Tax 

Refill Your Cup with Smoothies and Journaling

Open To: All

Date(s): 03/06/2023

Time(s): 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: UMass Amherst, New Africa House Room 311

What is the pink tax? Why does it exist? How does it impact women, women of color, nonbinary folks, transgender women, homeless women, and others the most? What can be done? These questions will be answered in a presentation done by WOCLN and the Period@UMass Amherst groups. We'll talk about pink tax, period poverty, and end with room for discussion. WOCLN will also mention a drive where students can drop off menstrual products outside WOCLN's office (127) during the rest of the week and the donations will be given to a local shelter. 

Achieving Financial Wellness as a Woman of Color

Achieving Financial Wellness

Tuesday February 28 2023, 5:30PM

Open To: All women and non-binary students of color are encouraged to register and attend
Location: UMass

Click here for registration

Join Smart about Money (SAM) & the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) for a presentation about financial wellness for women & non-binary students of color. Learn more about credit, financing college, the racial wealth gap, and financial resources available to you.
 

Healing Racial and Gendered Violence Against Women: A drop-in space for Women of Color

Achieving Financial Wellness

Starting February 16th and goes on till April

Time: 5:30PM - 7PM

Open To: Women and Non-Binary individuals of color
Location: 127 New Africa House

A supportive drop in space for women and non-binary POC to discuss issues important to them, from racism and discrimination to intergenerational trauma, to colorism, and other internalized oppression, to healing and other topics that are requested by the participants. One does not need to commit to attending all sessions. You can drop in for any session you choose. Sign-in is required upon arrival.