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January 19th, 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
Faculty Favorite Lecture Series
January 20th 1-3pm / WRC Lounge
Cynthia-Lou Coleman

"How mass media, science, and politics frame American Indian Identity"
The concept of identity has captured the interest of humanists and social scientists alike for centuries. How we know what we know - empiricism wrought through fact-finding, story-telling and other traditions - is questioned throughout the essay.

Women of Color Zine Workshop
January 22nd, Saturday 12-2pm

The Women of Color Zine Workships are an opportunity for local women of color to become involved in writing, self-publishing, and activism. Come out and join us as we start a new year of workshops! Open to all!
We will be meeting at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak ST #128, Portland.

Portland Women's Film Festival
January 28th 7pm
5th Ave Cinemas

The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Fest), in partnership with the Women's Resource Center and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Portland State University, are pleased to announce the second film in their Lives of Women screening series. SAY MY NAME directed by Amsterdam-based film-maker, Nirit Peled, will screen Friday, January 28, 2011, 7pm at the 5th Avenue Cinema. Cost: $5 suggested donation.
Free to PSU students and faculty with valid ID. Proceeds from the screening series will go towards supporting film education for women. In an industry dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable lyricists of SAY MY NAME are mothers, sisters, business women, role models and music artists. In the film, they speak candidly about class, race and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. From hip-hop's birthplace in the Bronx to the ladies of grime on London's east side and points in between, this worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement.

WRC's Empowerment Project presents
a Black Women's Film Festival

Every Monday in February
4:30-7pm in the WRC Lounge

In honor of Black History Month, catch a film showcasing the loves, humor, and history of African-American Women.

Viewings are free to attend, but a $1-5 donation is suggested and will go towards the Empowerment Project at the WRC.

  • February 7, Set It Off
    "Sick of being victims of circumstance and fighting a system that keeps them from realizing their dreams, four black women from the Los Angeles projects opt to knock over a bank."
  • February 14, Night Catches Us
    "After growing up during the tumultuous 1960s, ex-Black Panther Marcus returns to his home in Philadelphia in 1976 and reconnects with Pat, the widow of a Panther leader. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter and attempts to conquer his demons. Interfering with Marcus's good intentions are the neighborhood's continuing racial and social conflicts, as well as old enemies and friends -- both with scores to settle." A debut film by director Tanya Hamilton.
  • February 21, Eve's Bayou
    "Louis Batiste is a popular physician in 1960s Louisiana who has a beautiful wife, a loving family and a weakness for women. While his wife ignores his infidelities, his youngest daughter is crushed when she catches dad in a compromising situation. Her subsequent revelations tear the family apart."
  • February 28, Family
    "Family is a coming of age dramedy centering on the lives of four African-American lesbian friends. All are experiencing strife in their personal and professional lives due to being closeted." This is the second film of up and coming director Faith Trimel.


Faculty Favorite Lecture Series
Thursday, February 17th 1-3pm
WRC Lounge
Kofi Agorsah

Black Studies Department

Every Wednesday 12-1:30pm/ 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

Healthy Relationships Group
Every Thursday 4-5:15pm
January 20th SMSU 047A
January 27-March 10 SMSU 230

This group is open to all students who are queer, straight, questioning, or not sure. The group seeks to provide a confidential space to chat with other peers about how to maintain healthy, sustainable relationships and provides an experienced group facilitator.
Questions? Interested in attending?
E-mail Adrienne Graf at or
call 503-725-5605.

Held & Compelled: a feminist consciousness raising group
Every Wednesday 5-7pm
in the WRC Lounge

All feminists and feminist-curious individuals, regardless of gender or experience, are welcome to join. This group aims to bring feminists and feminist-curious individuals together to discuss the inevitable personal and community related striggles we experience on  daily basis Together we attemps to create a safer spce where diverse and earnest dialogues have opportunity, and where resource may be acquired. Because coming into feminist consciousness can be a difficult time.

For questions or additional information please contact Liz at or Shelly at shelly_merry

Campus Events & Opportunities
Applications for the following programs are now being accepted:
PSU Orientation Leader Information

Deadline for application January 31st, 2011 11:59pm
Resident Assistant Information
Learning Community Assistant
Deadline for applications January 25th 4pm
Student Ambassadors Application
Deadline for application February 4th 5pm

QRC General Interest Meetings
Every Tuesday at 2:30pm
in the QRC (SMSU 401)

Get involved with the QRC! Make it yours!

  • leadership opportunities
  • event planning
  • Fun
  • be in the know about campus awesomeness
  • have your voice heard!


PSU Queer Resource Fair
February 10-11, 2011 12:00-5:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 236
  • Resource fair, make connections
  • Free Workshops
  • Free on-site HIV rapid testing
The Queer Resource Center is hosting a health fair for community and campus resources to come together to share what they have to offer the community. This queer themed health fair is just in time for Valentine 's Day and is titled "Love Yourself". Various organizations from around campus and Portland will be there, with information on their services, there will also be workshops, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with the QRC's life-sized Unicorn.


The health fair is taking place in Smith Memorial Student Union, on the second floor in room 236, with workshops nearby in rooms TBA, on Thursday and Friday, February 10th and 11th from noon to five in the afternoon. We are hoping to provide students, faculty and staff with community resources and with best practices for how to work with the specialized health concerns LGBTQ folks face.

Learn about the Dream Act and Dreamers!
Monday, February 7, 2011 4:30pm
Multicultural Center SMSU 228

Portland State University (PSU) is hosting a discussion regarding the future of the The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the DREAM Act), legislation that would help certain undocumented young people earn lawful status through attending college or university, or joining the military. They will explain actions all DREAMers may take to ensure that they are in the best possible position to benefit from any change in the law.  Though it can be more challenging than for those who are US citizens and residents, DREAMers can obtain college educations while they wait for Congress to Act, and as part of this presentation we will describe how.  Please join us! 

Free Tax Prep!
February 5 - April 10th
Saturday 9:00-5:00pm
Sunday 12:00-5:00pm
School of Business Administration
Room 360

Open to the Public. Appointments are provided on a first come, first serve basis. No preregistration is allowed. If you have question please visit their website at for more details.

Community Events & Classes
Portland Women's Crisis Line presents
Safety in Numbers goes to Bollywood!

February 17th, 2011 6-9pm
Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder ST, Portland, OR

The Portland Women's Crisis Line's annual auction and party, Safety in Numbers, is being whisked away to Bollywood this year! We will be joined by DJ Anjali and Roving Horse Henna alongside our silent auction and live auctions with local trips, handmade goods and gift certificates.
Tickets are $28 until January 28th when they go up to $32. So get them early! Click here to purchase tickets.

OHSU's Speaking of Women Lecture Series
Understanding your Pap Smear

Pap tests can save lives! Learn what the results mean and when follow-up is necessary. Join this conversation to hear about what's next and why different types of follow up care are used. Michell Berlin, M.D, M.P.H.
Noon-1pm, Wednesday, January 19th
OHSU Hospital, 8th floor, Room 8B60
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Parking available at the Kohler Pavilion

To register for this event click here.

WomenStrength Self Defense
Register now open for February 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.

Tuesdays, February 1st, 8th, & 15th

Faubion SUN Community School
3039 NE Rosa Parks Way (Take NE 33rd to Rosa Parks Blvd. Turn left on Rosa Parks. Follow to 30th. Evening hours, enter building on Dekum St, through small service entrance just before NE 29th. Turn left and pull around the bldg and use doors next to gym-follow signs to cafeteria) Bus Line: 10

Saturdays, February 5th, 12th & 19th
from 9:30am-12:30pm

St. Johns Community Center
8427 N Central (from I-5, take Lombard West exit. Drive to community of St Johns. Turn R on Leavitt which dead ends at the center. Center is behind the Safeway. Follow signs to gym) Bus Line: 4, 40, 75

University of Oregon Women's Center presents their 8th annual
Women of Color Conference

January 21st-22nd, 2011
This is an artistic outlet for healing and education to learn more about this amazing event and to register check out their website:

Volunteer & Leadership 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 Task Force (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 and 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.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    Help plan for April's sexual assault awareness campaign and promote outreach on campus. Works with the Interpersonal Violence Program Coordinator.
  • 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 Task Force
    Works to address issues of body Image and eating disorder awareness on campus. Creates programming materials which outreach to students as well as holds events and weekly meetings. Develop goals in conjunction with the WRC Director.
  • Sustainability Task Force
    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.
Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night committee is looking for volunteers to help organize the event this year. Below is a list of volunteer titles and a short description of their dutties. If you would like to volunteer for this event e-mail Kari Anne or Elena at
  • Publicity
    We need 2-3 volunteers that will communicate with Newspaper, radio, and PSU media venues. A volunteer is also needed to set up a bulletin board display in Smith.
  • Entertainment
    1-2 volunteers needed to assist with the organization of entertainment.
  • Fundraising
    The Fundraiser coordinator will oversee the whole fundraising process and take care of the paperwork involved in processing the donations. 2-3 more volunteers are needed to contact PSU student groups and PCC WRC for co-sponsorship donations.
  • Disability Access
    1-2 volunteers needed to organize all aspects of making the event accessible.
  • Food Donations
    2 volunteers needed to secure food and coffee for the event.

We will also need many more volunteers to help with canvassing before the event and on the day of to help with set up and clean up afterwards.

Coaching for College Success
Coaching for College Success is a pilot project which aims to provide college-focused support and resources to youth aging out of foster care in order to increase their integration into the college environment. Mentors will work with youth in four areas of integration: academics, extracurricular activities, social support, and career preparation. Mentors will meet with youth twice a month for a total of five hours a month for a minimum of six months. For more information, please have juniors, seniors, graduate students, recent grads, staff or faculty e-mail
Click Here for more information.

2011 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
Call for Proposals

AAUW (American Association for University Women) and NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 2011 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). NCCWSL is a two-and-a-half day conference focused on important and contemporary leadership issues and is designed to help students hone their leadership skills for work on their campus and in their community.

NCCWSL will be held June 2 -4, 2011 at the  University of Maryland, College Park, and will focus on the theme, Leadership for Today and Tomorrow. Conference attendees are both current and aspiring female leaders on their campuses and in their communities. While most attendees are college sophomores and juniors, NCCWSL also attracts non-traditional and graduate students interested in both leadership and feminism. While at the conference, these women have the opportunity to explore the philosophical underpinnings of leadership and women's issues, to develop skills for being an effective campus leader, and to learn about opportunities for personal development.

The 2011 Conference Workshop Committee encourages you to submit program proposals for general interest sessions lasting 75 minutes by February 11, 2011 at All workshops will be held on Friday, June 3. Submissions on the following themes, and that encourage active participation and engagement from attendees, are particularly encouraged:

  • current women's issues
  • diversity, inclusion and equity
  • leadership skills and styles
  • advocacy and social change
  • community involvement
  • global citizenship
  • environmental stewardship
  • politics / public policy
  • career planning and work-life balance
  • financial management
  • women and scholarship
On behalf of the Conference Committee, we encourage you to submit a proposal that will inspire conference attendees and help them to learn about Leadership for Today and Tomorrow. Please let us know if you have any questions. 
For more information about the AAUW/NASPA National Conference for College Student Women Leaders, including registration information, visit:

Sara Bendoraitis and Jen Luettel Schweer
2011 NCCWSL Workshop Committee Chairs 

Community Volunteer Opportunities
In Other Words Bookstore
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

Students in Service
Education Award

Click Here to learn more more about SIS and complete the Online Pre-Service Orientation
Did you know that you can earn an education award (scholarship) for the time you spend volunteering? The Students in Service (SIS) program offers each student member the opportunity to complete a 300 hour term of service. Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an education award. A 300 Hour Term of Service = $ 1,132.00 Education Award, which can be applied towards outstanding federal student loans or the cost of college attendance.
Once you complete the Online Orientation, print out the Pre-service Reflection Questionnaire and contact: Laura Marsh, SIS Campus Contact at Please email Laura with any questions.
Current Undergrad & Post-Bac Students
PSU General University Scholarships Application
The 2011-2012 Portland State University online Scholarship Application process contains scholarships that encompass the full range of accomplishments and needs of the Portland State student.
Applications due by February 1, 2011.

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 Opportunities
PSU Center for Women, Politics, & Policy
Recruitment Specialist 1-2 Positions
Part Time Work Study, $10.50/h 5-15hrs/week

We are seeking a workstudy student to assist with recruitment for our college women's leadership program, NEW Leadership Oregon, and our teen girls civic engagement program, Teens Lead and to provide general office assistance. The position will be located in our office (530 G) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, which is on the streetcar and several bus routes.
Experience, Education and Qualifications General clerical and computer experience required. Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals. Must possess ability to work independently, to meet specific goals and timelines based on oral or written instructions.
To apply e-mail your resume to

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Trans-Fem Meeting
January 18th 7-9pm
Q Center
4115 N Missippi 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 6-8pm
Q Center
4115 N Missippi Ave / Conference Room B

This is a weekly all-genders support group for self-indentified LGBTQ people who are experienceing or have experienced physical, emotional, sexual, or economic violence within an intimate relationships. Facilitated by a queer-identified advocate from Bradley Angle, this group is appropriate for any LGBTQ person who has left a violent or abusive situations, 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.

Mom's Group
January 24th 6:30-8pm
Q Center
4115 N Missippi Ave /South Room

The Mom's group is a women's support group intended to be a safe splace for those who come out and identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, or questioning - while sharing the bond of being a mother. Members listen, support, discuss their own relevant experiences, but stop short of giving advice or being the therapise. No onec comes to the group as an expert. Our common bod is that we are all seekers. We meet at Q Center every two weeks. The Mom's Group is aimed specifically at women with children, inclusive of diverse cultural & economic backgrounds identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, or questioning. If you would like to be a part of the Mom's Group pleace contact Felissa at (360)565-6191. The group is open to all and free to attend though we will take a dontaion to cover the space each week.

Gender Queery
January 3rd 7:00-8:30pm
Q Center
4115 N Missippi 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

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