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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Many events have been planned throughout the month of April which will address the topic of sexual violence in our community. To learn more go to: www.pdx.edu/sexual-assault.

Bike Back the Night/Take Back the Night Canvassing Campaign

Friday, April 4th from 3:00-6:00pm
Meet in the WRC Lounge at 3:00pm

The BBTN/TBTN Planning Committee needs help spreading the word about Bike Back the Night/Take Back the Night. They are looking for volunteers to help place posters and postcards in coffee shops and business around the Portland Metro area. You will be paired with one or two other people. There are many neighborhoods to choose from and you will be given information on what to ask folks when you are canvassing. To sign up to volunteer contact Virginia at vmartin@pdx.edu.

Healthy Relationships Group

Weekly on Thursdays from 2:00-3:30pm
Starting April 10th, Contact Beth if you are interested in joining

Interested in exploring your conflict style in relationships? Do you want to understand how your personal values align with the way you act in relationships? Perhaps you want to explore identifying your boundaries in relationships? Or do you need practice in making and setting boundaries?

Healthy Relationships Group is open to all students that identify as female. The group is facilitated by Beth Eyler the Women's Resource Center's Intern from the Master's in Social Work program. To join the next group starting on April 10, 2014 please contact Beth for a required pre-screening at bethe@pdx.edu or call 503-725-5672. The group meets every Thursday from 2:00-3:30pm through May 29, 2014. 

New Mandatory Safe Campus Module:
Creating a Safe Campus: Preventing Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault

Safe Campus Module Labs: April 18, 22, 24, 30 from 1:30-2:30pm in the WRC Lounge

Friday, May 2 from 1:30-2:30pm in Computer Lab Neuburger Hall 437

Portland State University (PSU) desires to create a safe campus for our students.  As part of that mission, PSU is requiring all students to take the learning module entitled:"Creating a Safe Campus: Preventing Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault"  You can find the module in your D2L after April 9th. The module and accompanying exam will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  At the conclusion of the module, students should be aware of internal and external resources, reporting options, and PSU’s policies and codes regarding gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, dating violence and domestic violence.

SAAM Featured Event:
My Walk has Never Been Average: A Staged Reading

Thursday, April 17th 6:00-7:30pm
Doors Open at 5:30pm Lincoln Studio Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Room 115

Sold Out

Inspired by the lives of women whose stories are seldom told, My Walk Has Never Been Average is a multimedia presentation that documents the struggles and accomplishments of black tradeswomen in America. This staged reading, adapted from real one-on-one interviews, uses humor and humanity to explore the economic and personal dynamics these women face everyday. My Walk Has Never Been Average features eight of Portland’s talented African American actors. 

This event is produced by Roberta Hunte, with support from co-sponsors Women's Resource Center, Cultural Centers, Queer Resource Center, School of Theater & Film, and Student Legal Services. This event is offered in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in an effort to promote an intersectional approach to building a justice-based gender movement.

This event includes a facilitated talk back after the performance. Join us for an open discussion on the play’s themes of living and working at the intersection of race and gender in America—especially for women in nontraditional jobs—and share your own stories in a supportive environment. 

Written by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner
Directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly 

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 14th to the Disability Resource Center, 503-725-4150, or email drc@pdx.edu.

SAAM Featured Event:
It's a Girl:Film Showing + Discussion

Friday, April 18th from 3:00-5:00pm
Women's Resource Center

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the g. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. - See more at: http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. For more information contact Danielle at dhuxley@pdx.edu.

WRC Alumni Event

Thursday, April 24th from 4:30-6:00pm in the WRC Lounge

Join us at the WRC before Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night, where you'll find:

- Illustrious Directors Aimee Shattuck and Bridge D'Urso!
- Updates on WRC Projects and Events!
- Fearless Feminist Photo Booth!
- Food & Drink!
- WRC Jeopardy!
- Strategies for wielding your alumni powers! 

You're a WRC Alum if you were a PSU student but are not any more, and you: volunteered, interned, did a practicum,  worked at the WRC, helped organize a WRC event, attended a WRC event, hung out in our space, or felt connected to the WRC community. 

If you haven't already, please share your contact info via the link below, and please pass on this invitation to any WRC alum you know! Contact Info Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZYzzekGGXsyBJg8rG5Jt5ZaUoyCw-dCrt8ZUZCZrucU/viewform

SAAM Featured Event:
Bike Back the Night/Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 24th from 5:30-8:00pm See Below for Starting Locations

Take Back the Night from 5:30-8:00pm at Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 101
Bike Back the Night starts at 5:30pm at Colonel Summer Park, SE 17th & Taylor

In celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month the PSU Women’s Resource Center and Portland Women’s Crisis Line are collaborating to host this year’s Bike Back the Night/Take Back the Night event. This is an event to recognize and speak out in opposition of the violence which occurs against women in our community. Our core message is to promote the understanding that everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their neighborhood and on the streets.

We are still looking for volunteers to help out before and after the event. If you would like to volunteer contact Virginia at vmartin@pdx.edu.

Survivor Speakout

Thursday, April 24th from 8:00-8:30pm in SMSU 333 following BBTN/TBTN

The Survivor Speak out is an opportunity for survivors to share their stories. No one is required to speak. There will be advocates on site for people who need referrals to counseling or other services.

SAAM Featured Event:
Envisioning a Justice Based Movement to End Gender Violence 

Tuesday, April 29th from 12:00-1:50pm in NASCC/Gathering Room 110

Envisioning a Justice Based Movement to End Gender Violence. Using Incite! Co-founder Andrea Smith's recent piece, "Beyond Eve Ensler: What Should Organizing Against Gender Violence Look Like?" we will unravel where the dominant "violence against women" discourse is currently within feminist, activist, organizational and national struggles; and how to complicate and challenge this narrative using an intersectional analysis and approach. Join our Conversationalists Stephanie Wahab, Roberta Hunte, Cornel Pewewardy, Derrais Carter and Meg Panichelli as they discuss the principles discussed in the Andrea Smith piece as well as their reflections from their own work. For more information contact Adrienne at agraf@pdx.edu.

Recurring Events

Trans* Partner Community Gathering
Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00pm, Every other Week Starting January 15th

WRC Lounge

This group is for partners of trans* folk to share common experiences and resources. All genders and sexualities welcome. For more information contact Samantha Casey at casey9@pdx.edu.

Let's Talk - Drop in Counseling
Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm in the WRC Lounge

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal mental health consultations with counselors from SHAC. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus through out the week. Speaking with a counselor can provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk consultations are free, confidential and do not require an appointment.

Trans Women Student Alliance
Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm in the WRC Lounge starting April 1st

Are you trans? Do you identify as a woman or lady? Do you want to talk about your experiences with people who know where you’re coming from? We are setting up an affinity group to create safe space for community and conversation among trans* ladies. For more information contact the Trans Women Student Alliance at twsapdx@gmail.com.

Action Teams

Please see the monthly calendar above to determine the time an action team is meeting. If the action team you want to join is not listed on the calendar please go to http://www.pdx.edu/wrc/wrc-action-teams and contact the person associated with the action team you would like to join.

Crafternoons!
Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the 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.

Returning Women Students Peer Support Group
Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm starting January 16th in the WRC Lounge

The Returning Women Peer Support Group is a chance for non-traditional students to share resources, gain skills, and provide encouragement to one another. It is a free drop in group that meets weekly. For more information contact Virginia at vmartin@pdx.edu.

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Interested in hosting your event at the WRC or co-sponsoring an event with the WRC?

To hold your event or publicized get together at the WRC a SPACE USE REQUEST FORM must be filled out and returned to the WRC a minimum of thirty days prior to the event. If your group, department, or organization is interested in co-sponsoring an event with the Women's Resource Center please  fill out our Co-Sponsorship Request Form. For more information contact our Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at karm@pdx.edu or 503-725-2792.