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Day of Action/Standing Witnesses

Friday, April 5th, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

between SMSU and NH

Join us for this SAAM 2013 kick-off event! This day provides an opportunity to acknowledge, stand together, provide resources and learn about prevention against sexual violence, while engaging with the PSU community.  We are standing witness against sexual violence on college campuses.  Come decorate a red flag and share why you are standing witness to sexual violence.

How to date a survivor: Strategies for supporting a partner who has survived trauma

Wednesday, April 10th, 1:00 - 2:00

WRC Lounge

 Jesse Johnson, M.A.

Ever wondered what to do or say after someone you’re dating tells you they’ve been assaulted in the past, or that they were in an abusive relationship?  Not sure how to tell if your date/partner is triggered, or not known what to do if they are? Do you find yourself wanting to “do something,” to fix your date/partner’s pain, or overwhelmed by all your own reactions to what they’re sharing with you?  Join Jesse Johnson, counselor at Vital Collective, for a short talk and discussion.

The QRC Presents "Speed Relating"

Thursday, April 11th, 6:30 p.m

Viking Information Center on the first floor of the Rec Center

Come enjoy snacks and light refreshments while speed relating!   Speed Relating will open with a quick consent-based talk on how to learn what you want for yourself in relationships and how to tell others what you want. Then we'll use our new skills to speed relate! This event is focused on providing consent information for all self-identified LGBTQI and queer people. This event is body positive and accessible. Please contact the Queer Resource Center at 503-725-9742 for accessibility details.

Free Self-defense workshop for women/ female identified students

Friday, April 12th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Campus Rec

Register now by clicking here!  This class is open to all female-identified students/Campus Rec members.  Gain a sense of power and competence that will increase your safety and give you greater peace of mind. This dynamic course teaches  female-identified students to respond immediately to threatening situations. Learn to trust your awareness and assess your options for safety. Gain valuable information about preventing sexual violence and practice setting effective boundaries.Participants learn and practice multiple self-defense strategies in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  This class is offered by an instructor who has requested that the class be safe space for women/female-identified students.   The class will be led by Goeroe Silvia Smart, a 5th Degree Black Belt and Director of the Tulen Center with 20+ years of experience teaching self-defense.  

Queer Student of Color Conference: Radical Self-Care and the Decolonized Mind.

 April 12th - 14th

 see for time/location info


 Join the QRC for the Third Annual QSOCC Conference! We who engage in social justice deserve as much self-care as we wish and hope for others. We deserve it because it is what keeps us whole, healed, and mighty in the face of oppression. And yet, many of us put on our “hero capes” and march into the fray without ever taking time for our selves. We feel guilty when we do. What is that guilt? How do we love others, when we are not radically loving ourselves? The 3rd Annual Queer Students of Color Conference asks us to looks at these questions from multiple perspectives and mediums. QSoC Conference is open to all students (graduate and undergaduate), artists, activists, independent scholars, academic administrators and faculty who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, polyamory , trans* or queer people of color.  Allies are also welcome to participate in the Allied tracks. More info and Full CFP at questions? Contact: Queer Students of Color Coordinator and Retention Services Specialist at

"Invisible War" film screening and Panel Discussion

 Thursday April 18th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



This film is a documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped than killed or injured by enemy fire.  Join Professor Rebecca Hannagan and colleagues to watch and discuss this recently released film.


Rape Culture Panel

 Thursday April 18th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

SMSU 296/298


Rape Culture: What is it? How prevalent? How do we create a culture of fight-back? Hosted by the International Socialist Organization, this event is open to all and will consist of a 40 minute presentation from the panelists, then open up to a 40 minute public discussion. Educational, fruitful, and important! Together we can challenge this culture of rape and sexual violence. RSVP via Facebook


Women Veterans Outreach Action Team Meeting

 Friday, April 19th, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

WRC Lounge,


Join the WVOAT to discuss women and military sexual trauma. There will be space for students to talk about how sexual violence impacts women in the military, what women do to stay safe and what services are provided for women.


No! The Rape Documentary: A film showing and discussion

 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 3:00p.m.-6:00pm



Join the WRC's Women of Color Action Team and the MCC's Reflect & Connect Series to watch this critical film about sexual violence in the African American community. In this film Aishah Shahidah Simmons confronts racial, gender, and sexual oppression, and its violent manifestations. This film is a Black feminist/womanist educational organizing tool which is being used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. After the film showing our speakers will facilitate a discussion on the issues. This event is free and open to the public. Speakers: Renee Mitchell (Co-founder of the Healing Roots Center), Diana Camarillo (Sexual Violence Program Coordinator with the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence) and Marianne Mulumba (Association of African Students President at PSU). Contact Tonya with questions at or call the WRC at 503-725-5672


Dating Around the World

 Thursday, April 25th, 4-6pm



The PSU Cultural Centers, International Student and Scholar Services, and the Organization of International Students (OIS) present an afternoon of dialogue and exchange focused on dating in different cultures. Using a World Cafe Model, students will get to talk about dating, and learn and share ideas about having respect and understanding when interacting and dating across cultures. This event is a great opportunity to learn about relationships and meet new people. Representatives from International Student and Scholar Services, Women's Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Student Legal Services and Campus Public Safety will be in attendance and able to answer students' questions. A light meal will be provided.


Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night 2013

  Thursday April 25th

SMSU Parkway North


Join the Portland Women’s Crisis Line and the PSU Women’s Resource Center to create a space to recognize and stand witness to the impact of sexual violence in our communities and celebrate our ongoing work to end sexual violence. The event features keynote presenters, a speakout, resource fair, and entertainment.


“Our Online Lives: The Intersection of Law, Privacy, and Health.”

  Friday, April 26, 8:30- 12:00pm

Urban Building room 212


In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2013, NCVLI will host a facilitated panel presentation and discussion titled “Our Online Lives: The Intersection of Law, Privacy, and Health.” The conversation will explore how our online lives drive a convergence of the public and private spheres, and what this means for individuals and communities when victimization is involved. A panel of experts will frame and guide the discussion, touching on topics of law, privacy, technology, trauma, media framing, and public discourse. Panelists include: Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School; Dr. Chris Wilson, Psy.D; Janine Robben, J.D., Adjunct Professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University; Cynthia Lou Coleman, PhD, PSU faculty member and researcher. Recent high profile cases involving the intersection of victim privacy and the Internet will serve as cornerstones for the discussion, including the Penn State child sexual abuse case, the Steubenville, Ohio teenage rape case, and an Oregon case involving a rape survivor who had to fight to keep her Google searches private. Given the uncharted territory of technology’s role in criminal investigation and prosecution; the slow realization of the breadth, scope, and availability of our online lives to public scrutiny; and the recognition that the new public sphere may itself be an online venue, the need for information and discussion is increasingly pressing. Share your voice, and join the conversation with NCVLI on April 26! This event is intended for lawyers, victim and social service providers, community members, students, and other professionals. Individually and as a community we contribute to the experience of victims, whether as family, neighbor, counselor, doctor, fellow student, media consumer, or attorney. This event is FREE, and attendance at this event may qualify participants for 2.5 hours of general CLE credits in Oregon, pending approval from the Oregon State Bar. Registration is required: Here