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November 3, 2011
Women's Resource Center
1802 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR
Located in the basement of Montgomery Hall, behind the Simon Benson Building.
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If you need to talk to someone after hours about sexual assault or domestic violence, call the 24-hour Portland Women's Crisis Line toll-free at: 888-235-5333.

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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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WRC Events
November is Social Sustainability Month
Join us for a month-long series of events on Social Sustainability! The theme of Social Sustainability Month and the movement in general focuses on creating a world that works for all. For a complete calendar of events, please see News and Events on the WRC website.

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Ben Cushing,
"Healing Our Lands Healing Ourselves: Land-Bonding and Post-Colonial Community"

Thursday, November 3rd
4:00-5:30pm WRC Lounge

Ben Cushing, MA is a instructor in the Sociology Department of Portland State University after earning a Masters of Arts, Sociology at the University of British Columbia. In 2011, he was awarded the J.E. Allen Teacher of the year award.

Men in the Movement
Action Team Open House!
Thursday, November 3rd
6:00-8:00pm WRC Lounge

Get involved in the launch of a new action team at the WRC. Join us for an Open House to watch the film “Breaking Out Of The Man Box” and participate in a facilitated discussion afterward. Refreshments will be provided as well as live music and poetry readings.

Feminist Writing Group
Every Friday: November 4th, 11th,
18th & 25th
2:00-3:00pm WRC Lounge

Join the Feminist Writing Group for afternoons of radical writing. Learn about getting involved with the community of feminist writers at Portland State as we act as a cultural creators for social change and personal transformation! Bring writing utensil, paper, and friends. This group is open to all self-identified feminist writers from all writing backgrounds. For more information, contact Amanda Leece at

Social Sustainability Month:
"Social Sustainability Poetry Slam"
Friday, November 4th
6:00-8:00pm WRC Lounge

This event is a creative venue for spoken word on the broad topic of Social Sustainability. Whether you're on the stage or in the crowd, join us for a supportive atmosphere for laughs, healing, and empowerment. Contact for more details.

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Monday, November 7th
1:00-2:00pm WRC Lounge

The Women Veterans Outreach Action Team strategizes how to effectively provide outreach to women vets, raises awareness about the unique needs of women veterans, and gathers resources (i.e. develop a guidebook) that would be beneficial to women veteran students as well as working to create ties with Veterans’ Student Services. The Women Veterans Taskforce typically meets twice a month, as announced. For more information, contact the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Britni Mimms at

Social Sustainability Month:
"Social Costs : Who Pays for the Stuff
You Just Bought"

Monday, November 7th
2:00-4:00pm WRC Lounge

What you buy often has a cost to society that is greater than its price tag. Environmental, social, and economic externalities have huge implications for social justice and efficiency alike. Learn a thing or two that may surprise you about seemingly innocuous market transactions from students and faculty and come to share your knowledge! Contact for more information.

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Marion Sharp
and Angela Hamilton,
"Interpersonal Neurobiology of Social Sustainability and Change"
Monday, November 7th
4:00-5:30pm WRC Lounge

Marion Sharp is the Program Manager of the Continuing Education Department and Coordinator of the Social Sustainability Colloquium at Portland State University. Her interests are interpersonal neurobiology, social neuroscience, neurobiology of attachment, affect regulation, trauma, learning and the brain, mirror neurons. Angela Hamilton, MA completed her masters degree at PSU in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on Leadership for Sustainability Education. Her research and applied interests include sustainability leadership, pedagogy, and learning outcomes; integrating living systems design into curriculum; intergenerational learning partnerships for moving toward eco-consciousness; and eco-consciousness as a driver of sustainability wisdom. Contact for more information.

Healthy Children, Healthy Planet
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Now through November 10th
Noon-1:00pm WRC Lounge

Join this group of student-parents for lunch and a discussion of Healthy Children - Healthy Planet (discussion guide created by The Earth Institute). This is a great time for parent networking, leadership growth, and recorded hours for scholarships. Topics covered will be: Cultural Pressures, Family Rituals & Celebrations, Advertising, Food and Health, Time and Creativity, Technology & Media, and Exploring Nature. For more information contact Parent Student Services, Chvonne Wardrop at

Social Sustainability Month:
"Emotional Sustainability Workshop"
Tuesday, November 8th
2:00-3:00pm WRC Lounge

The Women’s Resource Center Action Teams, along with the Feminist Writing Group, come together to present a workshop on how to sustain emotional well-being in our lives. This event will offer interactive techniques to nourish the spirit in the midst of everyday stress. Contact for details.

Vagina Monologues
(General Interest Meeting)
Tuesday, November 8th
6:30-7:30pm WRC Lounge

Learn about how you can become a part of the cast, crew, or a volunteer for the 2012 production of the Vagina Monologues. For more information contact our Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at

Every Wednesday: November 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th

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.

Let's Talk!
Every Wednesday
Now through November 30th
2:00-3:00pm WRC Lounge

A PSU CAPS Counselor is at the WRC for free consultations about any questions or stresses you might be dealing with. No appointment necessary, just stop by! For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Mary King,
"Sustainable Human Development:
The Imperative for Poverty Reduction & Greater Human Well-being on a Healthy Planet"
Wednesday, November 9th
4:00-5:30pm WRC Lounge

Dr. Mary C. King is a Professor of Economics at Portland State University. She earned her Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of California, Berkeley. Contact for more details.

Vagina Monologues
(Call for Auditions)
Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00-7:30pm
& Thursday, November 10th, 5:00-7:00pm in the WRC Lounge

Audition to become a part of the 2012 Vagina Monologues cast. Open to all self-identified women. Sign up for a time slot at the WRC and pick up a sample script. For more information contact our Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Dr. Kenneth Ames,
"The Lower Columbia River Plankhouse,
A 2,000+ year architectural tradition"
Saturday, November 12th
11:00-12:30pm WRC Lounge
(with a field trip to follow at 12:15pm to Cathapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield, WA with Dr. Kenneth Ames)

The Northwest Coast's Western red cedar plankhouse was the monumental architecture of northwestern North America. The houses were built for at least the last 2000 years along the Lower Columbia River and for perhaps 4000 or more years on the northern Northwest Coast. They were the center of economic and social life; manifesting in their proxemics important cultural principles. Kenneth M. Ames, an archaeologist, received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1976. He is Professor emeritus of Anthropology, Portland State University, and a past-President of the Society American Archaeology. Contact for more information or for carpooling availability.

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Cynthia Gomez,
"Ways of Knowing: Social Sustainability"
Monday, November 14th
Noon-1:30pm WRC Lounge

As Chicano/Latino Studies faculty, Cynthia teaches community-based learning courses at Portland State University which provide an analysis of sustainability and social justice theory with a direct application of these principles through community service projects with minority communities and agencies.” Excerpt from For more information contact

Women of Color Action Team
Tuesday, November 15th
& Tuesday, November 29th
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

Sexual Assault Theater Fall Performances
November, 17th at Noon-1:50pm (CH 401)
November, 22nd at 5:30-6:45pm (CIN 92)
November 29th at 2:00-3:50pm (CIN 92)

In the capstone course Sexual Assault Education Theater, students have learned about the dynamics of sexual assault as they practice using theater as a tool for social change. Students develop a short play about sexual assault and its prevention based on classroom readings, discussions, prior learning, and lived experiences. This play will be performed for various campus audiences based on the Theatre of the Oppressed Open Forum model, in which audience members are invited to stop and shift the action by joining the play, thereby practicing strategies for facing challenging situations and “rehearsing for the future.” For more information, call the WRC at 503-725-5672.

Social Sustainability Month:
Faculty Lecture with Jeremy Spoon,
"Indigenous Peoples and Sustainability in the Himalayas and the Great Basin"
Thursday, November 17th
4:00-5:30pm WRC Lounge

Dr. Jeremy Spoon received his PhD from University of Hawai'i in 2008 and now is an Assistant Professor in Portland State’s Department of Anthropology. His interests include local ecological knowledge, political economy, environmental sustainability, mountainous protected areas, place-based spirituality, applied anthropology, ethics, linked quantitative and qualitative methods; South Asia, Native North America, East Africa. Contact for more information.

Social Sustainability Month:
“Space Creating, But After Potluck:
An Environmentalist and Feminist Mixer”

Saturday, November 19th
1:00-4:00pm WRC Lounge

Where does Feminism meet Environmentalism? Let's find out over a potluck! Bring a vegan or vegetarian dish and join us as we feast and discuss Social Sustainability. After congregating we will move outside the WRC and plant a garden outside the center in celebration of new ideas forging new relationships under the umbrella of Social Sustainability. Contact for more information.

Additional Upcoming WRC and
Social Sustainability Month Events:

For a complete calendar of events, see News and Events on the WRC website.

WRC Volunteer Opportunities
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.

Winter Term Volunteer Orientation
(For new WRC Volunteers)
Friday, November 25th
10:00am-5:00pm WRC

Plan to attend this day of orientation training. Please see our website for instructions on how to apply to become a volunteer.

  • 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 Graduate Studies "Let's Talk" Sessions
Weekly sessions on Thursdays

Student Health & Counseling and the Office of Graduate Studies will offer "Let's Talk" sessions for graduate students in our office on Thursdays from 1:30 -3:30pm.

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:
December - None
January - None
February - 7 & 8
March - 6 & 7
April - 3 & 4
May - 1 & 2
June - None
For more information, contact Student-Parent Services.

Community Events & Classes
Roots of Change: Social Justice & Media 2001 Conference
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM (PT)
Portland, Oregon
Students are being offered a discount admission price. For more information and to register online, please visit the Oregon Sexual Assault Taskforce website.

WomenStrength Self Defense
Registration now open for November 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
Exploratory Study on Rape Myths and Women Studies education
Amanda Alvarado, a McNair Scholar at Portland State University is seeking volunteers to participate in an exploratory study on Rape Myths and Women Studies education. If you are a male student at PSU, you are invited to participate in the study. The study may be accessed online. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda at

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

PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 program year. Applications are due on Friday, November 4, 2011 for the program cohort starting Winter 2012. Additional eligibility information and program applications are available online at
McNair Scholars Program
M 302 Smith Memorial Student Union
(503) 725-9740,

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 or download this PDF document.

PSU's Career Center Website
To stay up to date on current job openings on campus and in the community visit

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Inter-Personal Violence Support Group
Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00PM
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, November 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

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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