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March 2, 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 Announcements

Women's History Month teen-dating-violence-awareness-month
March is also
Natonal Social Workers Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science & Engineering Month

WRC Events
Spring Term Volunteer Orientation
Friday, March 4th from 10:30-3:30pm
To attend students must fill out a volunteer application and be invited. For more information call 503-725-5672. To fill out an application
Click Here

Sexual Assault Education Theater Performances
We all have opportunities to stop sexual violence before it occurs. We can keep an eye out for potentially dangerous situations and step in when we see something happening. However, it can be hard to know exactly what to do or say. Come to a performance of the Sexual Assault Education Theater, where students will perform a play they've written about sexual assault on campus. The performance is based on the Theater 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."
Thursday, March 3rd 7-8:30PM
Ondine 218
Tuesday, March 8th 8:30-10AM
Cramer Hall 158

Women Veterans Outreach Taskforce
Wednesday, March 9th
10:00-11:00AM in WRC Lounge

The presence of women veterans on campus has increased significantly over the last few years. This taskforce will strategize on ways to do better outreach to women vets, become knowledgeable about the unique needs of women veterans, and gather resources and materials (i.e. develop a guidebook) that would be beneficial to women veteran students as well as work to create ties with Veterans' Student Services and recruit members. Students who have been in service are strongly encouraged to participate. This group works closely with the Empowerment Project Coordinator and holds weekly/biweekly meetings. If interested please call the Women's Resource Center at 503-725-5672 and set up an appointment with Tonya Jones, the Empowerment Project Coordinator, or email at

Women of Color Taskforce
Thursday, March 10th
4:00-5:00PM in WRC Lounge

The purpose of this group is to provide a space for women of color and their allies to focus solely on developing events that address the uniques issues of women of color. It is an opportunity to network and build an empowered community of women of color at Portland State University.
If interested please call the Women's Resource Center at 503-725-5672 and set up an appointment with Tonya Jones
, the Empowerment Project Coordinator, or email at

Women of Color Zine Workshops
Friday, March 18th
5:30-7:30PM in WRC Lounge

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!
This workshop will look at how women of color can navigate successfully within the zine community. It is important to network with other WOC zinesters and our allies. The zine community space should be inclusive. Snacks will be provided. If interested please call the Women's Resource Center at 503-725-5672 and set up an appointment with Tonya Jones, the Empowerment Project Coordinator, or email at

Sister to Sister Mentor Program
(Meet & Greet)
Thursday, March 31
12:00-1:30PM in WRC Lounge

This is a meet & greet for individuals who are interested in being mentored or being a mentor. The director of the Empowerment Project, Tonya Jones, will be discussing the program and answering any questions that students may have. For more information call the Women's Resource Center at 503-725-5672 and set up an appointment with Tonya Jones, the Empowerment Project Coordinator, or email at

In honor of Women's History Month the AAUW & the Women's Resource Center are proud to present Patricia Schechter, PhD 
Thursday, March 31 3-6PM in WRC Lounge

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are pleased to have Patricia Schechter, PhD as our featured speaker. Dr. Schechter is an Associate Professor of History at Portland StateUniversity. She is the author of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930 and a series of public history projects on Oregon women’s history.

The topic of Dr. Schechter’s presentation will be community-based learning and research, with a focus on African American women's history in Oregon. The talk will describe a broad-based effort undertaken by a number of community partners, students, and Dr. Schechter to build collections and knowledge in black women's history, and will highlight the publication of Avel Louise Gordly's memoir, due out in early March 2011.

Remembering the Power of Words

Memories of the Power of Words: The Life of Oregon Activist, State legislator and Community Leader. Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. She shares the challenges and struggles she faced growing up Black in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her determination to attend college, the dedication to activism that took her from Portland to Africa, and her eventual decision to run for a seat in the state legislature.  Important as a biographical account of one significant Oregonian's story, the book also contributes "broader narratives touching on Black history (and Oregon's place within it), and most particularly the politics associated with being an African American woman," according to the Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest Series editor Melody Rose. Signed copies will be available at the event.

In recognition of the upcoming AAUW campus partnerhsip with PSU, we will extend a special invitation to faculty, students, and staff. A short presentation on the AAUW mission and the benefits that the partnership will provide to them personally, the PSU Campus, and the Portland AAUW Branch will also be made


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 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

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 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 meets Tuesday nights at 5pm in the WRC Lounge and we are looking for volunteers to help organize the event this year. Below is a list of volunteer titles and a short description of their duties. 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.
  • Disability Access
    1-2 volunteers needed to organize all aspects of making the event accessible.

We will also need many more volunteers to help with canvassing (April 9th), the bake sale (April 4-8th) ,and on the day of the event to help with set up and clean up afterwards.

Campus Events & Opportunities
Monumental Women Walking Tours
PSU Campus March 10th

Tour 1 2:00PM
Tour 2 2:30PM
Tours meet at the Walk of the Heroines on the PSU Campus
Celebrate Women's History Month by taking an hour long tour led by PSU Monumental Women Senior Capstone students. Tours will focus on women who advocated for social change & equal representation in the city of Portland.
Tours are approximately 1.3 miles in length, with minimal gentle uphill grades on city sidewalks, and no steps. All tours are open to the public & admission is free. Tour is limited, so register by email at Questions? Contact Janice Dilg, Capstone instructor, at or 503.735.5911


Written by the pioneering avant-garde dramatist Maria Irene Fornes, this Obie award-winning play explores the lives of eight complicated, privileged women who gather together in Fefu's country New England home on a spring day in the 1930's. Hallucinogenic, mysterious, thought-provoking, and one of our most beloved off-Broadway plays,"Fefu and Her Friends" is a provocative, feminist exploration of the expectations, inconsistencies, and double standards that even the most aristocratic women endured - and continue to endure. This production will mark the West Coast premiere of Fornes' one-set version.

"One of the most powerful plays written about the mysteries and shared hallucinations of the female experience." - "The Los Angeles Weekly"

Direction by Devon Allen
Designs by Glenn Gauer and Margaret Chapman

March 2 - 5, Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30
Tickets available at PSU Box Office & TicketMaster

PSU's Commission on the Status of Women
Essay Award

The PSU Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) offers an essay award to support undergraduate and/or graduate students who are successfully working toward a degree or certificate in any PSU program, while honoring women's achievements and the richness of diversity on our campus. Up to two awards of $500 each will be made for the 2010-2011 academic year. Winners will be notified on April 2011, and recognized at the PSU President's Diversity Awards event on May 11, 2011 at PSU.

Essay Question: How should the challenges and opportunities faced by women help shape the dialogue about diversity at PSU? Examples based on personal experience are welcome.

Minimum Qualifications: Competition open to all genders. Applicants must be accepted into and currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Portland State University as of Jan. 2, 2011 as either an undergraduate or graduate student (even if you are graduating at the end of Spring or Summer term 2011.)

Submission Guidelines: Essays must be double-spaced, 3-5 pages (maximum) long, Essays must be submitted TWO ways:

1. In MS-Word format to with name & PSU ID #, AND
2. Hard copy (with name & ID # on cover sheet only) to: PSU/CAE (Attn: CSW), PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751

Each student may enter only one essay and essays written in a non-English language should be translated into English prior to submission

Evaluation of entries: CSW members read and screen all submissions. Entries will be evaluated based on: originality, organization and presentation, and strength of the writer's argument.

NEW Leadership Oregon (NLO)
now accepting Applications!
June 16-21st at PSU Campus

Applications Due March 31st
The Center for Women, Politics & Policy is excited to announce that applications are currently being accepted for NEW Leadership Oregon (NLO). A residential, intensive weeklong program of civic engagement and leadership training, NLO is designed to train, educate, and motivate the next generation of women leaders.

NLO participants will:

  • Practice public speaking, planning, organizing, and networking to address real social problems.
  • Draw on the expertise of seasoned coaches and the experiences of women leaders in government, business, science, and the community.
  • Learn a set of skills designed specifically to prepare women for civic leadership.

The 2011 NLO program runs June 16th - June 21st, at Portland State University. Lodging, meals, and materials are included in the $500 tuition, and many partial/full scholarships are available. All women attending a higher education facility in the state of Oregon are invited to apply for this award-winning program.

Applications due March 31st, 2011
For more information, please contact Sunny Petit at • (503) 725-2895
Center for Women, Politics & Policy

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!
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
Q Center presents
International Women's Day

March 8th, 2011 7-9pm
4115 N Mississippi AVE, Portland
Featuring Kate Bingaman Burt

Speaker Kate Bingaman Burt, author or "Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?" is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University.

WomenStrength Self Defense
Register now open for April 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.

Fridays, April 1st, 8th and 15th
East Portland Community Center
6:15-9:15 p.m.

740 SE 106th (Take I-205 to Washington/Stark exit. Take Washington east to 106th. Turn right. Community center is about 2 blocks down on the left.)
Bus Line: 15, 26

Tuesdays, April 5th, 12th & 19th
Peninsula Park SUN School
6:00-9:00 pm.

8125 N. Emerald St (From I-5 N, take exit US-30/Lombard St West exit, Slight right on N. Lombard about 1 mile, right on Emerald, end at the school. Park on street)
Bus Line: 75, 4

Volunteer & Leadership 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

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.

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

Upcoming Job Fairs
April 7, 2011
Portland Pre-Health Fair 2011
The Portland Pre-Health Society would like to invite you to attend the Pre-Health and Volunteer Fair on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

PSU ASPSU  Fundraising/Devolopment Internship 5-10hours/week unpaid

The Associated Students of Portland State University is the student government that advocates for students at the university and state levels. We raise awareness about issues on campus by educating students and communicating with faculty. Our campaigns mobilize students to address these issues. In these campaigns, students lobby the capitol, write letter to local newspapers, provide us with helpful information, etc. The participation of students is what makes our campaigns a success.

We have several internship opportunities that will last until the end of the academic year. We are working on several very important issues that will affect PSU for decades to come. We depend on interns to help us fight for student rights by developing winning campaigns. Our primary campaigns this year are:
1) University Restructuring;
2) Gender-inclusive spaces;
3) Student Dignity.

Internships are available with Communications, Outreach, Legislative Affairs, University Affairs, Equal Rights, and Multicultural Affairs.

Interns will work with a staff member to create an individualized internship that will enhance the intern's leadership skills and give them valuable experience. You will work on current ASPSU campaigns and will be encouraged to develop your own campaign(s) about issues that you feel strongly about.
Possible intern activities include:
-Designing advertising materials
-Giving presentations
-Researching issues that affect students
-Advocating for student equality
-Lobbying at the capitol
-Website design
-Drafting press releases, media advisories, and letters to the editor
-Work with diverse groups on campus
-Participate in on-campus committees as a student representative
Interns gain the valuable experience that will prepare them for employment. An internship is valuable to have on a resume and will give you an advantage in the job market.
Interested in becoming a staff member in student government? ASPSU internships provide students the skills they need to be hired as an ASPSU staff member.
We provide weekly trainings (non-mandatory) to interns to develop their skills. These trainings include, but definitely are not limited to "Coalition Building," "Media and messaging," "Leadership Development," and "Careers in Organizing."
Your voice will be heard on issues that will affect you and other students.
Academics: ASPSU believes that students have to succeed in academia before they can succeed in extra-curricular activities. We are looking for students who are in good standing with the university and who will not be overwhelmed by participating with our organization.
Education: Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. ASPSU operates a variety of campaigns that require knowledge from all areas of study.
Willingness to engage and have fun. A fun and healthy atmosphere creates a successful atmosphere. Come to the internship ready to make friends and engage other students.
Please send a resume to or stop by the ASPSU office in Smith (SMSU 117).
Applications for this position will be accepted between 2/04/11 and 3/04/11

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Trans-Fem Meeting
Tuesday, March 15th 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
Monday March 7th 6:30-8pm
Monday April 4th 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
Monday, March 7th 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

PWCL Support Groups
To inquire about or sign-up for one of the below support groups please call our
24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333/888-235-5333.
Childhood Survivors of Trauma
Stage One Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had little or no formal therapy. This group has
an education format. Topics include boundaries, self-care, coping strategies.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day/Time: Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
Childhood Survivors of Trauma
Stage Two Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had formal therapy around their trauma or
completed the stage one group. This is a process group.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day/Time: Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
SASSE - Sexual Assault Empowerment Group
Support group for adult survivors of sexual assault. Education and process group format.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
Women’s Safety and Empowerment Group
Education format
Location: Salvation Army SAFES shelter
Next Group: Group held every other week January through May, Wednesdays 11:15-12:15

In addition to their support groups PWCL provides an extensive list of community and national resources on their website

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