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September 1, 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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PSU Women's Resource Center

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
Women of Color Action Team Meeting
Tuesday,September 13th
3:00-4:00PM WRC Lounge
The purpose of this action team: (a) provide a safe space for women of color on campus (b) build community and network with allies (c) fun and empowering events. This group meets bi-weekly.

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Wednesday, September 14th
10:00-11:00AM 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.

Love Your Body Action Team
Fashion Show Extravaganza Committee Meeting
Every Wednesday: September 7th, 14th,
& 28th
4:00-5:00PM WRC Lounge

Portland State University’s Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza aims to promote positive body image, equality, and acceptance of people of all body types by creating a space of empowerment where all bodies are to be honored and celebrated. We aspire to step outside of mainstream fashion by disrupting traditional notions of what fashion should be, creating a space for expression, and developing a vision of fashion that includes everyone.

Circle of Support
(A PSU Viking Days Event
Hosted by the Women's Resource Center)
Tuesday, September 20th
Noon-1:00pm WRC Lounge

Non-traditional women students are a varied group, whether you are an older student returning to school, a woman veteran re-accessing higher education, a first-generation student, or woman of color, we are committed to helping you get the resources you need to make school work for you! The WRC's empowerment project serves all non-traditional women students on campus through mentoring programs, workshops, one-on-one advising, and scholarship help. Come meet others like you and get the help you need to make your journey through higher education a success! Lunch will be provided. For more information call: 503-725-5672.

Get in Touch With Your Feminist Side!
(A PSU Viking Days Event
Hosted by the Women's Resource Center)
Wednesday, September 21st
and Thursday, September 22nd
Noon-1:00pm WRC Lounge

Come learn about getting involved with the Women’s Resource Center. Volunteer, meet people, learn new skills, or just come hang out in the lounge! For more information call: 503-725-5672.

Every Wednesday: September 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
Noon-1:00pm WRC Lounge

Be a part of this popular movement. 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

Feminist Writing Group
Thursday, September 1st
1:00-2:00PM WRC Lounge

The feminist writing group seeks to cultivate autonomy within a community where the personal is political and where writing is used as a tool for empowerment. We value writing as a feminist practice in that it nurtures voices of resistance to patriarchy and other forms of oppression on a creative landscape of self expression.

Feminist Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 22nd
1:00-3:00PM WRC Lounge

Join the Feminist Writing Group for an afternoon of radical writing. Learn about getting involved with the community of feminist writers at Portland State as we act as cultural creators for social change and personal transformation! Bring writing utensil, paper, and friends. This workshop is open to all self-identified feminist writers from all writing backgrounds. Our goal is to foster empowerment through writing and community whether you are a beginning poet or a published science fiction author!

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.

  • 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.
  • Women Veterans Outreach Action Team (recruiting chair)
    Work to create ties with Veterans' Student Services and recruit members. Determine goals to address during the year with the WRC Director and hold events as well as create programming materials that outreach to women veterans. Will have weekly/bi-weekly meetings with members.
  • 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.
  • Men in the Movement
    (recruiting chair)

    Work to identify opportunities for male allies to support the efforts of the Women’s Resource Center. Develop goals, events, and materials with the WRC Director to address men in the movement and promote awareness on campus.
  • 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 & OpportunitiesPSU Student Worker Appreciation Day
Vikings Football Game at PSU
Saturday, September 17th at 5:00PM
Vikings vs. Northern Arizona
PSU student workers are invited to participate in a student worker appreciation event. Join us for the Vikings football team home game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Activities start at 5:00PM at JELD-WEN Field and include a tailgate party with free food, drinks, and prizes hosted by the PSU Athletics Department. You will also have an opportunity to walk onto the field pre-game to view the stadium. Please join us in appreciation of all of your hard work and dedication to making PSU a great place to go to school. Questions about the event may be directed to Kenny Dow.

Community Events & Classes
WomenStrength Self Defense
Registration now open for September 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

Study on Sexual Fluidity and Identity Development at the University of North Dakota
If you are a woman aged 30 years or older who has experienced attraction to both men and women at some point in your life, you may be eligible to voluntarily participate in a study being conducted by a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Dakota. If you would like to participate in the study or get more information about it, please contact

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 Job Opportunity at Central City Concern
Central City Concern is looking to hire a Case Manager for the Veterans Grant & Per Diem Program. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply! To review the job posting, go to

Development Internship at Bradley Angle
Bradley Angle is seeking a Development Intern to assist in planning and implementing their Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in October, 2011 including their annual Women of Wonder Day (WoWD) super hero event, and smaller supporting events. For more information, please see the job description. This is a great opportunity for students looking for a PA509 project. Send a brief email sharing why you’re interested in this position, along with your current resume to

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
Trans-Fem Meeting
Tuesday, September 20th 7:00-9:00PM

Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave

A social group for all of our gender fabulous sisters (anyone identifying and/or presenting on the trans-feminine spectrum). We meet for fun, discussion, and support around what it means to be on the trans-fem side of things. Come down to the Q Center to meet old and new friends. For any questions contact either Amari at or Chloe at

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
(Monthly meeting cancelled on Labor Day)
Next meeting scheduled:
Monday, October 3rd 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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