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January 5th, 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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WRC Events
Take Back the Night
General Interest Meeting
January 13th 5-6pm / WRC Lounge

Learn about how you can become a part of this year's Take Back the Night/ Bike Back the Night event. This is a great chance to learn about the different volunteer positions that need to be filled and learn more about this yearly event sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the Portland Women's Crisis Line.

Be a Mentor! Sister to Sister
January 14th, Friday 5:15-6:30p
January 15th, Saturday 12-1:30p

Sister to Sister is a new mentor program for returning women students, women veterans, women of color, and first generation students. Being a mentor is a great way to build your resume, network base, and work experience. To learn more attend and infmormation session in the Womens Resource Center, 1802 SW Montgomery, behind Simon Benson House. Sister to Sister is sponsored by the Womens Resource Center Empowerment Project. If you are unable to attend a session and are interested in applying or would like more information contact Tonya Jones, the Empowerment Coordinator, at

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.

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 starting January 13th 4-5:15pm Queer Resource Center

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.

Campus Events & Opportunities
Applications for the following programs are now being accepted:
PSU Orientation Leader Information Application
Deadline for application January 31st, 2011 11:59pm
University Studies Peer Mentors Application
Deadline for application January 17th, 2011
Resident Assistant Application
Learning Community Assistant Application
Deadline for applications January 25th 4pm
Student Ambassadors Application
Deadline for applicationFebruary 4th 5pm

Party Near the Park
January 13th, 11-2pm
2nd Floor Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU)

Held during winter term in the Smith Memorial Student Union, Party Near the Park draws hundreds of students for a day of free food, entertainment, networking, and information about campus activities and student leadership. Opportunities for you to get involved on campus and in the community are endless - don't miss out!

PSU Advocates Leadership Training
January 8th, 2011 8a-12p

PSU and Higher Education Priorities for 2011
1825 SW Broadway, Room 327

  • Interactive discussions with legislators and PSU administrators
  • Mock Lobby session
  • Complimentary hot breakfast
Register for this event by January 6th. This is event is free and open to the public.

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 9:30a–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

Volunteer Opportunities
Women's Resource Center
Front Desk Volunteers
The WRC is always in need of volunteers. Come in to our lobby and fill out an application or click here to fill one out online.

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.
  • Tabling
    1-2 volunteers needed to organize groups/organizations to staff information tables at the event.
  • Disability Access
    1-2 volunteers needed to organize all aspects of making the event accessible.
  • Volunteer Coordinator
    1 volunteer needed to recuit, organize, and supervise volunteers.
  • 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.

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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