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November 2010

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9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 6; William Land Park
The Women's Center is organizing a team to run/walk at the 7th annual Run for a Safe Haven. This 5K fun run/walk raises funds to support My Sister's House, which is the first and only non-profit organization to specifically identify and address the unique needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence in the Central Valley’s highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community. The Run starts 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at William Land Park in Sacramento, and we're coordinating rides from Davis. Want to go with us? We are registering this Friday; so contact Rebecca, rmschuerger@ucdavis.edu, ASAP! Can't go but want to help the WRRC team raise funds for My Sister's House? Stop by North Hall 113 or look for us out on the Quad!

Did you know?

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States.
  • Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. - more than muggings, car accidents and rapes combined.
  • Battering occurs among people of all races, ages, socio-economic classes, religious affiliations, occupations, and educational backgrounds.

Deadline: Friday, November 5 by 5:00 p.m.
The Consortium for Women and Research is currently planning the 6th annual Davis Feminist Film Festival, to take place in April 2011.
The Consortium is seeking three Campus and Community Outreach Interns for Winter 2011, for which internship credit can be arranged. Hours are flexible. To apply, please submit a 1-page cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications and a resume. Applications to: Michelle Yates, Director, Davis Feminist Film Festival, at myates@ucdavis.edu.

La Palabra de la Muxer; Indigenous, Chicana, Latina Womyn's Zine
Deadline: November 8, 2010
Are you a self-identified: Indigenous, Chicana, Latina Mujer, Muxer, Womyn, or Woman? Would you like to share your thoughts, your story, or your art in a community zine? Now accepting creative submissions of: Essays, Poems, Short stories, Artwork Send submissions to: lamuxer@gmail.com.

Applications Due: Wednesday, Nobember 10, 6:00 p.m.
The womyn of UC Davis, in conjunction with the Women's Resources and Research Center, is proud to announce the awesome return of The Vagina Monologues.

This year we are excited to announce that The Vagina Monologues at UC Davis will be an all Womyn of Color Identified cast and production team. The world renowned play will take place during the last week of February, which is Black History Month. We are excited to highlight the V-Day spotlight of womyn in Haiti, as well as, give voice to womyn on the UC Davis campus, the Davis community, and to the womyn identified generations to come. The V-day movement presents this play as part of the V-day global movement to stop violence against womyn and girls. Through this production, we plan on educating and bringing awareness about the issue of violence against womyn and the efforts to end it.

We are currently accepting applications for Director, Assistant -Director, and Producer, at the WRRC (or emailed to: mmuganzo@ucdavis.edu). We look forward to receiving your applications and furthering the production of Vagina Monologues!

Applications Due: Friday, Nov. 19, 4:00 p.m.
The Womyn’s Art Gallery offers all self-identified womyn affiliated with the UC Davis campus (undergraduate, graduate students, faculty, staff and recent graduates) the opportunity to showcase their artwork and voice through pieces. The gallery is located in the WRRC’s reception area. We are looking for the next artist. Submit an application and a sample of your work by email to: womynsgallery@gmail.com

"AnOther Fashion: Claiming America through Dress", a fashion exhibition
Valerie Afroilan (undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, pursuing an Ethnic Studies/Gender & Women's Studies double major) is working with Professor Minh-ha Pham (NYU) on an exciting project entitled "An Other Fashion: Claiming America through Dress", a fashion exhibition. This is an opportunity to tell Y(OUR) stories as women of color in America. The project is looking for photos, garments, and accessories. Please browse your mother's and grandmother's closets and old family albums. With your contributions the project can work to tell Y(OUR) sartorial stories, and personal experiences that are continually disregarded by mainstream historians. Click here for more information about this project.

If you would like to contribute, please send us a DIGITAL COPY of your garment, jewelry, or photo, exhibiting the fashion trends of your life or the lives of women within your circles of friends and family to threadbared.75@gmail.com.

Please include a description entailing:

  1. The name(s) of the woman(en) in the photo
  2. The story behind the garment/jewelery/photo: year, location, where the garment/jewelry was purchased from, where the photo was taken, who the garment/jewelry was passed down from
  3. Anything else you think is important to telling the story behind the woman(en) and their fashion experience.

If you are interested in volunteering, we are accepting and holding applications for Winter quarter. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” ~Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Information Service, Belleville, IL, USA

Meet the 2010-2011 student assistants to the chancellor at their office hours to discuss comments, questions, concerns about the campus climate, administration and student life.

Melissa Muganzo, Student Assistant to the Chancellor
Mondays 2:00-5:00 p.m., 113 North Hall

Justin Gold, Student Assistant to the Chancellor
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m., 113 North Hall

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Library News

A campaign to continue library funding for next year and beyond.
Here's how you can help us:

Sign a petition (available online as well as in the WRRC Library & other Women Center spaces, the LGBTRC, the CCC and other campus spaces to be announced). We’ll also have action days on the Quad with our petitions.
• Check out books & return books
• Buy books from our book sale room

If you’re willing & able to help on the campaign, let us know right away. For more information, please contact the WRRC Librarian, Joy Erickson at jrerickson@ucdavis.edu.

November 15-November 19
Hours 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. & open during lunchtime

The WRRC will be hosting a Fall book fair on the front porch of North Hall. Browse through a huge selection of contemporary fiction, as well as great nonfiction books, women's and gender studies books & extras from the LGBTRC’s collection too. Proceeds from your donation of .25¢ to $3.00 will be used to support the center. Stop by the WRRC and get some great deals!

The WRRC Library recently received a donation of rare & historically significant books on Women & Gender Studies from Syracuse University ‘s Women & Gender Studies Department. The collection entails the years between 1970 and the 1990's. The books are currently being processed and will be available for circulation within 3 weeks. For questions regarding this donation, please contact the Library at (530)752-3373.

Monday-Thursday 9:00-6:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00-4:00p.m. (open during lunchtime)
Eating & drinking is allowed in the Library.

We're giving away two copies of Dr. Beverly Tatum's book “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” this year's Campus Community Book. Come on into the WRRC Library and drop your name into our entry box. All entries need to be in by November 12, 2010. The two lucky winners will be selected on November 15. One entry per person.

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Thursday, November 4; Freeborn Hall ceremony begins promptly at 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Informatin Below
Grab something old, buy yourself a little something new, assume that something's borrowed, and hold your breath 'til you're blue! Because, though there may be an aisle and a bouquet, forget the bride ... HERE COME THE DIVAS! For their annual drag-tastic event, the progressive brothers of Delta Lambda Phi cordially invite you to a celebration bound to exceed every girl's fantasy wedding. That's right, miss honey, WE SAID A WEDDING. Done only OUR way, of course: Fiercely.

Come join the divas as they stomp down aisle. Professional drag artists from the Sacramento area, other campus organizations and dance groups, and of course your DLP divas truly, will light up the stage, in sheer celebration of the recent advancements toward marriage equality. It's a night of gender-bending fun for all of us, so we encourage your best drag ensembles, and in exchange, we'll crown the Drag King and Queen of the night, based on all your hoots and hollers! Because tonight's about celebrating the freedom to get hitched - to any king or any queen your heart has eyes for.

TICKET PRICES: $10 PRESALE, available at Freeborn Ticket office or with any Delta Lambda Phi brother. $12 AT THE DOOR, - $1 OFF if you're a UCD student- $1 OFF if you're in drag.

I AM... Project
Celebrate our Unity in Diversity
Join the WRRC in giving life to the statement “I am...” and attending the follwing events which foster unity and awareness within the campus.


Monday, November 8-Friday, December 10; Mrak, Hart and the WRRC

i Am pieces made by you and your peers are on display on the first floor of Mrak, second floor Hart Hall and the Righteous Babes Lounge at the WRRC.

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; WRRC

Join us in the Righteous Babes Lounge for an exhibit which celebrates our unity in diversity. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Café Méditerranée

Perform your own i AM poem or listen to others in a fun and relaxed environment at Café Méditerranée.

Monday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.; 126 Voorhies
QFT's first speaker event of the year! Join the Queer, Feminist, and Transgender Studies Research Cluster (QFT) for a Luncheon and Reading Group with David Valentine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and award-winning author of Imagining Transgender. Professor Valentine will share his current paper-in-progress, “Sue E. Generous: Toward a Theory of Non-Transexuality.” A draft of the paper is currently available for download for QFT members and reading group participants from the Queer Research Cluster SmartSite. To access the SmartSite, contact Matt Franks or Carmen Fortes. Lunch will be served. Please click the following link to RSVP. http://qftcluster.ucdavis.edu/ The talk is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Graduate group and the departments of Sociology, English and Comparative Literature, and the WRRC.

Mondays in November, 7:30-9:30pm; Wellman 6
Join in a collaborative effort by the Student Recruitment and Retention Center's Gender & Sexuality Coordinators. We will be showing a film from every component represented at the SRRC.

There will be FREE refreshments!!

  • 11/08/10 Bridge: Fruit Fly
  • 11/15/10 African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE): Animal Drill
  • 11/22/10 South East Asians Furthering Education (SAFE)
  • TBA 11/29/10 Yik'al Kuyum: La Mission

Art Exhibition and Forum on Hate Crime
Create Art Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00 p.m.; Cross Cultural Center
Event takes place, November 16, 6:30-8:45 p.m.; Griffin Lounge

Document and share hate crime experience through art and words. Come to the Art Lounge to view documented art expressions of hate and continue to the Griffin lounge to engage in discussion about current hate crimes, talk with administration, how to document hate crimes and take action.

November 15-November 19, various times
TransAction Week is one of the LGBT Resource Center’s annual weeks and is designed to raise awareness on issues impacting transgender people and to celebrate the transgender community. Some events include a keynote speaker; Trans 101, an educational workshop; Trans-forming Body Image, a program exploring transgender body image; Gender-Palooza, a fun event exploring gender; and Trans Safe Zone, a two-hour training to increase awareness and sensitivity to transgender issues.

Tuesday, November 16 5:00-7:00 p.m
Training will focus on ways to be an effective ally to transgender communities. Learn about key issues and how to enhance communication skills with regards to transphobia and gender policing. Contact Sara at the LGBTRC safarooqi@ucdavis.edu to register. Registration is allowed up until the day of.

Friday, November 20 2:30-5:00 p.m.; LGBTRC

Crafternoon is a weekly crafting and social event on Fridays. Supplies and abundant crafting knowledge are provided; you all bring the creativity. New craft projects taught each week; everyone is welcome!

RISE UP!: A Queer Dialogue
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center

Rise Up is a weekly discussion series that is open to everybody and anybody who is interested in talking things out.

This is a great way to come and check out the LGBT Resource Center as well as join in on causal discussions that are related to the Queer community. This is a brown bag lunch discussion, meaning you should bring your lunch and be ready for some good peoples and good talks. We will also bring some snacks for munching.

Thursday November 18, 4:10-5:00 p.m.; Mee Room, Memorial Union
Counseling and Psychological Services Workshop: The “I Am” Project - An Experiential Workshop in Identity Discovery, in collaboration with the WRRC.

Thursday, November 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Voorhies
Prized Writing 2009-2010:
Jennifer Chaussee: Lady in the Dunes
Megan Baer: Charlie Wilson's War: Cavalier and Facile, or Politically Relevant?
David Karimi: Emma
Presented by the University Writing Program, NY Times best-selling author John Lescroart and the UCD Bookstore. Refreshments provided.

Evening with Industry
Thursday, November 18, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
4:00pm Student Check-in/Career Fair,
6:35pm Dinner UC Davis ARC Ballroom, next to the ARC Gym and across the Segundo Dining Commons
Tickets Available: November 2-4th at Kemper Hall from 11am-2pm [Must be purchased prior to the event] Items to bring: Hard copies of resume, Student ID, Wear Business Casual Attire

To view companies attending go to http://swe.engineering.ucdavis.edu/ewi.htm

WRRC Peer Educators provide discussion-based, educational programs for residence halls, training series, Greek life, student organizations, athletic team sports, and department units. Three one-hour Peer Education Programs are available by request from late October 2010-March, 2011: "Chick's n' Flicks: Women in Film", "Gender and Sexuality Uncovered", "Sexy or Sexist: Representations of Women in the Media."

WRRC career staff and interns are also available to facilitate a discussion, deliver a presentation or work with your group to develop a specialized workshop. Please submit this form 1 month before your event to request a staff presentation that is tailored to your goals.

Apply for Co-sponsorships for monies, resources, staff volunteer time and publicity support. The Women's Center has funding for programs, research and conferences. If you are interested in applying for a co-sponsorship or collaborating on an event, please read our funding proposal guidelines. Submit a co-sponsorship form and the staff will review the request.

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Meetings/Support Groups

Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m.; Women's Center Library
Having trouble in your math class? Lecture not quite clear? Math Cafe offers math help/tutoring from graduate students in the Math department, free of charge with snacks provided. For more information contact Maria Ly, WRRC WISE Intern at mhly@ucdavis.edu or 752-337. Sponsored by the WRRC.

Wednesdays, 5:00–6:00 p.m. Location TBA
We are a student organization that works closely with the Campus Violence Prevention Program to educate our fellow students and community about the everyday occurrence of sexual assault and violence. Not only do we wish to increase awareness about this shockingly common crime, but also work to educate others about the unique resources that are provided by the friendly and devoted staff here at UC Davis. As peer educators we will teach our fellow students how to take advantage of these resources and also provide social tools to help know how to respectfully treat survivors. Our overall goal is to outreach to a broader UC Davis audience in order to educate as many individuals about the culture we live in today and how it fuels sexual assault. Through education and outreach we will work to enact change within the community. Interested students should contact James at jjcchang@ucdavis.edu.

Thursdays, through December 2; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Lower Freeborn 5, Free (no registration is required)

Goal: To provide a nurturing environment and self-care for people engaged in social justice to learn or practice yoga. Taught by Moira Delgado, certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. For more informaiton email Moira Delgado at madelgado@ucdavis.edu. Co-sponsored by the WRRC, CCC, LGBTRC, SHEP, and HEP.

Thursdays; 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Joy Fergoda Library; WRRC North Hall Room 114

Bring writing samples and participate in a group environment which provides peer editing, peer critique & brainstorming in a safe and friendly space. All are welcome to join and snacks will be provided. Contact WRRC Librarian Joy Erickson jrerickson@ucdavis.edu for more information.

Pavilion Fitness Studio
Personal Training for Women of all Ages and Fitness Levels Experience all the benefits of a personal trainer in the privacy and comfort of the Pavilion Fitness Studio. To select a trainer and get your private sessions started, click here.

Groups are available to all registered students. Student fees provide the funding for CAPS services. There is no charge to participate in this group or to utilize any of CAPS services during the school year. The groups meet throughout the quarter and students who participate are asked to make a commitment to attend each week throughout fall quarter.

If you are interested in learning more, email or visit CAPS to set up an intake appointment. To participate in the group it is necessary to first have had a CAPS intake appointment.

For more information about CAPS group program or what to expect when participating in a group at CAPS click here.

Mondays; Righteous Babes' Lounge (RBL) in North Hall

Join the Pregnant Students and New Mom Support Group to discuss experiences as a pregnant student and new mom, get ideas on resources or help and offer support to other expecting students on campus. The group is facilitated by CAPS staff and open to all pregnant and new mom undergrad and grad students. For more information, contact Katie: kpcougevan@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-0871.

Mondays; 2:10-3:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

This group is for students who are survivors of sexual trauma. We aim to provide a safe space for survivors to receive support on issues such as relationships, intimacy, sexuality, safety, communication, and trust. Facilitated by Emily Katonah & Cecilia Rougier.

Mondays; 4:10-5:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

The support group is a safe and confidential space for undergrads & graduate students to discuss issues related to being LGBTQ. The group provides a supportive and affirming environment where students can share common experiences and increase their sense of understanding regarding their own sexual identity, relationships with others, and sense of empowerment. Areas of focus may include the influence of cultural background and ethnic identity, fostering self- acceptance, coming out to yourself and others, dating, spirituality, campus climate, and family relationships. All gender identities are welcome as are students who are exploring their sexual identity whether or not they self-identify as LGBTQ. Students must, however, be comfortable with exploring and discussing their and others’ sexual identity. Facilitated by Susie Kisber & Jonathan Peretz.

If you have questions, please feel free to email Susie Kisber, at slkisber@ucavis.edu or Jonathan Peretz at jrperetz@ucdavis.edu, the 2 CAPS staff members who will be facilitating the group.

NOURISH: The Body & The Self
Tuesdays; 4:10­5:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

Concerned about your relationship with food, body or self? You are not alone. Explore your concerns and struggles while offering insight and support to others in a process-oriented therapy group. Facilitated by Danen Adelson.

Wednesdays; 3:10-4:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

This group is for graduate and undergraduate women students who would like to share, explore, and process issues that have a daily effect on their lives. Topics include relationships and intimacy, self-esteem, self care, family, communications, and life transitions. Participants will receive and provide support to realize an empowered living. Facilitated by Emily Katonah & Jennifer Shannon.

SISTAH-to-SISTAH: A Group for African American/Black Women
Thursdays; 12:10 - 1:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

This group addresses the needs and issues salient to Black women and will foster connection, support and empowerment. We will focus on issues related to uplifting the emotional health of Black women (e.g., self esteem; relationships; impact of skin color and hair on life experiences; spirituality). Facilitated by Kristee Haggins & Tameka Jackson.

Thursdays; 1:10-2:30 p.m. CAPS in North Hall

An Inclusive Group for Students Who have Chronic Illnesses, Visible, or Invisible Disabilities
This group will be a a safe and confidential place for undergrads and graduate students who identify as having a chronic illnesses, visible, or invisible disabilities to come together weekly to get and give support. The focus of group sessions is on whatever students bring up each week. Common themes discussed include: self-care, coping skills, pain management; fostering self-acceptance, empowerment; feelings about social and academic barriers; boundaries, stress management; dating, family relationships; academic concerns; what it is like to interface with temporarily able bodied people; managing multiple identities i.e. cultural background, gender, and ethnic identities.

Thursdays; 3:10-4:30 a.m. CAPS in North Hall

This is a growth oriented support group for Latinas. We will explore how we do relationships by looking into yourself, others, and the group as-a-whole. This group aims at providing a space to affirm and express our roots and culture. Presence, respect, privacy, and interest in others are essential in this group. Facilitated by Carlos Canales.

BODY CONFIDENT: Embracing a Positive Body Image (Drop-In Workshop)
Thursdays; 1:00-1:50 p.m. CAPS Clinic in Student Health & Wellness Center

Workshop on increasing positive body esteem. November 4 - Getting Intimate: Body Image and Relationships. Facilitated by Jeni Shannon, Christina Spragg, & Marissa Berman.

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