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April 12, 2012
Women's Resource Center
1802 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR
Located in the basement of Montgomery Hall, behind the Simon Benson Building.
503-725-5672
wrc@pdx.edu
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Programa Hispano - Project UNICA
El Programa Hispano - Project UNICA (Un Nuevo Inicio para Concluir el Abuso / A New Beginning to End Abuse)
Project UNICA's goal is to provide support, advocacy, and opportunity for self-empowerment, enabling survivors to exercise free and informed life choices. Project UNICA operates the UNICA Crisis Line, which is the first Crisis Line in Spanish in Multnomah County.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 503-232-4448 24-Hour Crisis Line TOLL FREE: 1-888-232-4448
Click Here for a Bilingual Flyer.

 

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This month at the WRC: SAAM 2012!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Upcoming Events at the WRC

Veterans Game Night!
Hosted by the Women Veterans Outreach Action Team and the Viking Vets
"Bring-a-friend" Thursday, April 12th
4:00-6:00pm WRC Lounge

The Women Veterans Outreach Action Team is committed to creating a space for women veterans at PSU, providing resources that benefit women veterans and their families, and hosting educational and fun events. We would like to invite all women vets and allies to Game Night. It's an opportunity to play your favorite board games, socialize, and snack. Join us! For more information, contact the Women Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Britni Childs at bmimms@pdx.edu.

SAAM Film Showing: “The Bro Code:
How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men”
Thursday, April 12th
6:00-9:00pm
ASRC, 2nd Floor Lounge

Join the Men In the Movement Action Team for a film screening and discussion! In The Bro Code, filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism -- movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that trades in the brutalization of women; comedy routines that make fun of sexual assault; and a slate of men's magazines and cable TV shows whose sole purpose is to revel in reactionary myths of American manhood. The message he uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. By showing how there's nothing natural or inevitable about this mentality, and by setting it against the terrible reality of men's violence against women in the real world, The Bro Code challenges young people to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means disrespecting women.

Featuring interviews with Michael Kimmel, Robert Jensen, Shira Tarrant, J.W. Wiley, Douglas Rushkoff, Eric Anderson, and Neal King.

SAAM Self Care Cafe: “Party Girl”
Friday, April 13th
3:30 - 5:00pm,
WRC Lounge
SAAM is a month of celebration and awareness building for those of us in the movement to end sexual violence. Part of maintaining a sustainable approach to activism and joyful participation in this movement is ensuring that we’re taking time for relaxation, community and uplifting entertainment. So join us for a showing of the 1995 classic Party Girl, starring Parker Posey! What could be better than a triumphant story about librarians, fashion, and the Dewey Decimal System?

Reproductive Justice Action Team
Tuesday, April 17th
11:00am-12:00pm WRC Lounge

To educate and engage PSU students about reproductive justice and raise awareness around the lack of resources for marginalized groups. Please contact the WRC Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden for more information at mpe@pdx.edu.

Women of Color Action Team
Tuesday, April 17th
3:00-4:00pm WRC Lounge

The Women of Color Action Team serves the goals of the
Empowerment Project at the WRC. The purpose of the Women of Color Action Team is to provide a space for women of color and their allies to focus solely on developing events that address the unique issues of women of color. It is an opportunity to network and build an empowered community of women of color on campus. This group meets bi-weekly. For more information, contact the Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at mpe@pdx.edu.

Take Back The Night/Bike Back The Night
Committee Meetings
Tuesdays, April 17th & 24th
5:00-6:00pm WRC Lounge

Joining the committee is a great way to become a community activist and have fun as well. We are closing in on our event date of April 26th, but we still need your help. Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and The Portland Women's Crisis Line. Follow us on Facebook: Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night. If you have questions, just e-mail us at tbtn.psu@gmail.com

SAAM Workshop: Queer Consent
Tuesday, April, 17th
5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Viking Info Center, First Floor ASRC

Want to talk about consent with and how it relates to queer & trans communities and identities? Want to learn about Portland resources? Want to learn how to better support your friends and community members around queer healthy relationship issues? We know you do! Come join this conversation, which will be facilitated by Adrienne Graf of the WRC and Kirsten Kieth of the QRC. Free and open to all PSU Students and Portland community members. Email ipv@pdx.edu with questions!

Crafternoons!
Meets every Wednesday
April 18th & 25th
Noon-1:00pm WRC Lounge

Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing and gripes. Share skills, ideas and thoughts. Everyone is welcome. Yarn and needles are also available for beginners or those in need. All crafts are welcome and are not restricted to yarn or string. Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. For more information call
(503) 725-5672.

Film Screening: "A Vital Service : African-American Stories of Reproductive Health Care"
Thursday, April 19th
5:30-7:00pm WRC Lounge

Hosted by the Reproductive Justice Action Team. For more information contact the WRC Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at mpe@pdx.edu.

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Friday, April 20th
3:00-4:00pm WRC Lounge

The Women Veterans Outreach Action Team provides outreach to women veterans, raises awareness about the unique needs of women veterans, identifies resources for women veteran students, and works to create ties with Veterans’ Student Services. The Action Team typically meets twice a month, as announced. For more information, contact the Women Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Britni Mimms at bmimms@pdx.edu or call the Women's Resource Center at (503) 725-5672.

NW Women's Studies Association
Annual Conference:
Igniting Feminism: Theory <=> Action
Saturday, April 21, 2012, Registration opens at 8:00am with sessions starting at 8:30am
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Keynote Lecture: "Bringing Power to US Social Justice Movements and Rebuilding Feminism: We Need a Radical Change" with Dawn Lundy Martin, co-founder of Third Wave Foundation

Igniting Feminism: Theory <=> Action

The focus of this conference is to re-ignite our collective visions and actions within the feminist movement, both in the academy and beyond. In order to build more connections, allies, and conversations in this endeavor, there are three related but distinct tracks for the conference: 1) gender & violence; 2) teaching for social justice; and 3) queer theory & activism. Each track offers space for exploring feminist/queer theory and practice; by bringing them together, they point us towards new feminist and queer alliances for socially just change.

In order to deepen the dialogue at the conference, we encourage faculty and students plus WRC staff, QRC staff, and other student affairs professionals to register. We hope all will attend!

Registration is $15 for graduate students, and free for undergraduate students! Visit the conference website to register!

*Please find more information about the distinct tracks in the email attachment or at our website https://sites.google.com/a/pdx.edu/nw-wsa-conference/.

Workshop: “Communication that Supports Partnership with a Survivor”
Saturday April 21st, 2012
9:30 am -12:30 pm
Led by Adam Benjamin, MSW
To register, contact Adam at sbenjamin@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Individuals who have survived sexual violence have strong coping skills. Sometimes these coping skills emphasize personal resilience over partnership—this can make it hard to build intimacy in a relationship. For partners of survivors, knowing how to honor these struggles can be confusing. This workshop will briefly discuss strategies for building better communication in your relationship if someone you love or care for is a survivor.

http://pwcl.org/calendar/event/communication-that-supports-partnership-with-a-survivor-small-workshop1/.

Faculty Favorite Lecture:
Dr. Eric Mankowski presents "Sexual Assault and Rape Among PSU Students: Prevalence and Prevention Strategies"
Tuesday, April 24th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm WRC Loung
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Sexual offenses are underreported to authorities, with important consequences for intervention and prevention efforts. Anonymous reports by a large sample of Portland State University undergraduate psychology students in 2006 indicate a high prevalence of sexual assault and rape perpetration, especially by males. A marked discrepancy is found between the prevalence of forcible sexual offenses among PSU students compared to offenses reported to campus police. These data have important implications for rape prevention strategies on college campuses. Educational programs that engage men and “bystanders” are recommended in light of the prevalence and characteristics of gendered violence and sexual assault.

Dr. Eric Mankowski (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a community and social psychologist, broadly interested in the relationship between individual, group, and community functioning, especially in area of mental health. In particular, he focuses on understanding how masculinity is socially constructed and its connection to violence, substance abuse and other health and social problems. Dr. Mankowski is a faculty member in PSU's Department of Psychology.

Workshop: "Safety and Sex Work:
Info and Tools for Negotiating Risks in the Trade"
Monday, April 23rd
7:30 - 9:00pm
QRC (401 Smith Memorial Student Union in the north stairwell)

Student sex workers often feel unable to seek resources / tell people on campus about their work because of pervasive criticism of employees in the sex industry. Join the Sex Worker Outreach Coalition to discuss strategies for addressing the unique safety concerns of working in the sex industry. Queer and trans friendly. Workshop hosted by the WRC and QRC .

Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night 2012:
Survivors on the margins: Exposing Barriers, Breaking Silence
April 26th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
PSU South Park Blocks

Take Back The Night/Bike Back the Night seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. BBTN/TBTN provides a space that allows survivors to empower themselves in the healing process while inviting allies to educate themselves on the impact of sexual violence in their community in order to inspire responsibility in all. Our goal is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

This year, our theme is, “Survivors on the margins: Exposing Barriers, Breaking Silence”. Portland State University’s Women’s Resource Center and the Portland Women’s Crisis Line aim to raise awareness around the sexual violence that marginalized communities face and the specific barriers they may experience as a result of racism and gendered violence.

The evening will include a resource fair, entertainment, and speakers Elizabeth Norton and Rut Martinez-Alicea. The evening’s schedule will be:

5:30: Doors open, tabling & food. Magdelin performs
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Sprockets
6:30: Spoken Word by Imarisha
6:40: Rut Martinez-Alicea
7:00: March & Bike Ride
7:35: Elizabeth Norton
7:45: Survivor Speak Out, Candle Light Vigil

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/238738056222363/.

Book Launch Party:
"Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships"
by Lynn Fairweather, MSW
Friday, April 27th
6:00-8:00pm WRC Lounge

In this book, Lynn Fairweather, MSW provides women with the information they need to recognize dangerous men before they become victims of abuse. Educational and empowering, Stop Signs exposes the discernible attributes, tactics, and deterrents of abusers, arming women with the tools they need to choose a safe and loving partner. In the first section Fairweather familiarizes readers with the topic of intimate partner violence and explains how to develop the combination of self-esteem, preparation, and assertive awareness that can help protect women from involvement with abusive individuals. In the second section she explores the minds of abusers, explaining what visible signs of danger are present in their attitudes and actions. In the last section she provides women with effective strategies for safe extraction should they find themselves involved with an abuser. A go-to manual for women everywhere, Stop Signs contains the life-saving information needed by anyone who is living with abuse, knows someone who is, or is seeking more ways to identify a potentially life-threatening relationship.

About the Author
Lynn Fairweather is an abuse survivor who has specialized in domestic violence response and prevention for nearly 20 years. She operates Presage Consulting and Training, a threat assessment and management firm dedicated to the prevention of intimate partner homicide. Lynn holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Master's degree in Social Work. She travels the country providing specialized training and consulting for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, advocates, and private employers on assessing and managing domestic violence cases. Lynn has served on several successful interpersonal violence task forces and response teams, facilitated victim support groups and batterer's intervention programs, and writes professionally on the subject of domestic violence. She lives on the West Coast with her husband and children. Stop Signs is Lynn's first book.

Additional Upcoming SAAM Events in April:
For a complete calendar of events, see News and Events on the Women's Resource Center website.

WRC Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Coordinator Position Announced
at the Women's Resource Center
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Now Accepting Applications!
The Volunteer Coordinator fulfills an important role at the Women's Resource Center. Here's your opportunity to help shape the Leadership in Action Program at the WRC! The Leadership in Action Program empowers women by providing PSU student volunteers of every gender the opportunity to develop as emerging feminist leaders in our community. We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to start work on July 1, 2012. For more information and to apply, please view the job description on the WRC website.

Submit resume and cover letter electronically to:
Bridge D’Urso at bridge.durso@pdx.edu by Friday April 21, 2012. This position is 15 hours per week and pays $9.00/hour. It begins July 1, 2012. Availability prior to hire date to begin training is preferred.

Women's Resource Center
The WRC is always in need of volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved. Come in to our lobby and fill out an application or click here to fill one out online.

  • Front Desk
    Staff the front office by greeting those coming in, answering phones, making appointments, and completing other duties as they arise. Connect students with resources and create a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to seek crisis services, develop skills, and build community. Help maintain our plants, kitchen area, and lounge space. Holds a weekly four hour shift.
  • SheSheet Writer
    Update the Women's Resource Center's blog by collecting and writing submissions for weekly or bi-weekly columns. Share important feminist news updates and reviews of campus and community events.
  • Students United for Reproductive Freedom
    Work to support the rights of people to make their own decisions about their own reproductive and sexual health and to have access to knowledge and resources to help make those decisions. Develop goals and hold events on campus and produce materials which engage students in relevant issues of reproductive justice. Meets weekly.
  • Sister to Sister Mentor Program
    A mentor program for returning women students, women veterans, student parents, women of color, and first generation students. Be partnered with another student and help them navigate campus resources and experiences.
  • Love Your Body Action Team
    Works to address issues of body Image and eating disorder awareness on campus. Creates programming materials which outreach to students as well as hold events and weekly meetings. Develop goals in conjunction with the WRC Director.
  • Sustainability Action Team
    Survey current practices and suggest sustainable improvements. Create ties between the Office of Sustainability and the WRC while working with the WRC Director. Identify and share connections with social sustainability, environmental sustainability, and women.  Create programming materials as well as hold weekly/bi-weekly meetings with members.

Campus Events & Opportunities

PSU Student Parent Services
Student-Parent Networking meetings are held on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month in SMU 230
from Noon-1:00pm:
May - 1 & 2
June - None
For more information, contact Student-Parent Services.

Community Events & Classes
WomenStrength Self Defense
Registration now open for May classes

WomenStrength self-defense classes are designed to introduce teenage and adult women to a variety of strategies, including some survival level fighting skills, designed to help defend against sexual assault. The Portland Police Bureau believes that fighting can be an effective response to the threat of sexual assault. To register for classes click here or call 503-823-0260.

Northeast Community Center
Events & Classes held daily
Monday - Friday 5:30AM-9:00PM,
Saturday 7:00AM-3:00PM,
Sunday 10:00AM-3:00PM

1630 NE 38th AVE
(From I-84 East, take 33rd Ave. exit #1, left on NE 33rd, right on NE Broadway, right on NE 38th Ave. Comm. Ctr. is between Sandy & Broadway. Street Parking only)
Bus Line: 75

Friendly House Community Center
Events & Classes held weekly Monday - Saturday

2617 NW Savier
(From I-5 north, merge onto I-405 S toward NW Ind. Area/St. Helens. Take Vaughn St. exit. Stay straight on US 30W. Turn Left on 23rd St. Right on NW Thurman St. Left on 26th, park on street)
Bus Line: 15, 17, 18

Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities
In Other Words Feminist Community Center
In Other Words is run almost entirely by volunteer effort!  We have lots of opportunities to get involved from staffing the community center and facilitating events to tabling at conferences and community events around town. To learn more Click Here!

Portland Women's Crisis Line
PWCL is a volunteer-driven agency that operates with the support of dedicated members and volunteers. Volunteers may choose to provide direct services as advocates in the Crisis Line and/or the Sexual Assault Programs. Volunteers may also help with community outreach, fund-raising efforts, the Board of Directors, or various projects as needed. To find out more about volunteering at PWCL Click Here.

Bradley Angle House
Bradley Angle is indebted to the wonderful group of volunteers who have enriched our team over the years, and we couldn't do this work without their dedication. At Bradley Angle, we have two distinct volunteer tracks-one for volunteers who want to be working side by side with participants (direct-service) and one for volunteers who have the skills and expertise to help support our mission behind the scenes (non-direct service volunteers). To learn more about volunteering Click Here

Scholarships
Current Graduate Students
PSU General University Scholarships Application

PSU Scholarship Search
Another great way to find scholarships is to utilize PSU's Scholarship Search engine.

Job & Internship Opportunities
Internship and Volunteer Teacher Training Opportunities for GirlStrength and WomenStrength Classes
GirlStrength and WomenStrength are self-defense training programs hosted by the Portland Police Bureau. For more information about internships and volunteer training, please visit their website.

PSU's Career Center Website
To stay up to date on current job openings on campus and in the community visit http://www.pdx.edu/careers/

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Inter-Personal Violence Support Group
Every Wednesday 6:00-7:30PM
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave / Conference Room B

This is a weekly all-genders support group for self-identified LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced physical, emotional, sexual, or economic violence within an intimate relationship. Facilitated by a queer-identified advocate from Bradley Angle, this group is appropriate for any LGBTQ person who has left a violent or abusive situation, is thinking of leaving, or would simply like support and resources for understanding the dynamics of the violence in their relationship. Participants can expect a confidential, safe space in which to share and learn from each other and the facilitator. For more information or to sign up for the group, please call 503-595-9591 x305.

Gender Queery
Monday, May 7th 7:00-8:30PM
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave / South Room

This is a discussion group for trans, genderqueer, folks outside-the-gender-binary, and allies. Meetings have great discussions on an ever-changing topic followed by informal social time and always takes place on the first Monday of the month. For more information contact Sasha at sashabuchert@gmail.com.

PWCL Support Groups
To inquire about or sign-up for one of the following support groups, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at
503-235-5333/888-235-5333. Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday. Call for current schedule.
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Phase One Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had little or no formal therapy. This group has an educational format. Topics include boundaries, self-care, coping strategies.
Location: SE Portland
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Phase Two Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had formal therapy around their trauma or completed the phase one group. This is a process group.
Location: SE Portland
SASSE - Sexual Assault Survivors Support and Empowerment Group
Support group for adult survivors of sexual assault. Educational and process group format.
Location: SE Portland
Women’s Safety and Empowerment Group
Educational format
Location: Salvation Army SAFES shelter

In addition to these support groups, PWCL provides an extensive list of community and national resources on their website

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