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March 24, 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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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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Watch for our special Sexual Assault Awareness Month edition newsletter next week!

March is also
National Social Workers Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science & Engineering Month

WRC Events
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

WRC Empowerment Project:
Coffee & Tea Discussions
Every Thursday starting March 31st, 10:00-11:00AM in WRC Lounge

The WRC Empowerment Project would like to invite all self-identified women students for Thursday Coffee & Tea Discussions.
What is the Empowerment Project?
It is a program designed for older returning women returning to school, women of color, women veterans, student parents, and first generation students. Are concerned about . . .

  • Trying to balance a full schedule, with work, family and school?
  • Being the oldest in your class?
  • Networking & social opportunities?
  • Transferring from a community college or currently enrolled at PCC & PSU?
  • Finding a place to Connect and Thrive?

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

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 State University. 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 partnership 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


Women Veterans Outreach Action Team (Meet & Greet)
Wednesday, April 6th 9:30-11:30AM in WRC Lounge

This will be a casual gathering for women veteran students at PSU! It is an opportunity to learn about the purpose of the Action Team, services provided by the WRC, and community organization that are available to women veterans of Oregon. The Action Team meet bi-weekly. 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

Women of Color Action Team
Thursday, April 8th 2:00-4:00PM 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 unique 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, April 22nd 5:30-7:30PM in WRC Lounge

This workshop will focus on ways to sell your zine! You can sell them through a zine distro, create your own website, or better year . . . sell them at the Portland Zine Symposium! The Women of Color Workshop will decide if we want to represent at the PZS this summer! 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

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.

WRC Volunteer Opportunities
Women's Resource Center
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.

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.

Campus Events & Opportunities
PSU Campus Vigil for Japan
Monday, March 28th 3:00-5:00PM
Smith Building, 2nd Floor Lounge

This will be lead by PSU President Wiewel. The Consul General from Japan will also be in attendance. This is an opportunity for the whole PSU community to come together in support of everyone affected by the
earthquake and tsunami.

Center for Women Politics & Policy
Remember the Power of Words:
A Conversation With Hon. Avel Gordly

Monday, March 28 4:00-5:30PM
PSU Campus, Multicultural Center
Smith Center Room 228, 1825 SW Broadway
Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate.

The book is a brave and honest telling of Gordly’s life. 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.

This memoir’s origins as an oral history is fitting since Gordly has used her voice, out loud, to teach and inspire others for many years.

The event celebrating the release of Hon. Avel Gordly’s book is the second annual Abigail Scott Duniway Speaker Series event held by the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. This event is free and open to the public.

International Student & Scholar Services and the MultiCultural Center invites you to attend the Portland Premiere of the film
Cyprus: Digging the Past in Search of the Future

Friday, April 8th 4:00-6:00PM
PSU Campus, Multicultural Center
Smith Center Room 228, 1825 SW Broadway

This 37 minute documentary follows three Elders -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi -- and four youth from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities as they learn about all of the people who disappeared during the inter-communal violence in the 1960s and 1970s and explore the issues together.  View the trailer at:

Introduction and Q & A session by Dr. Birol Yesilada, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Endowed Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies, and by Dr. Harry Anastasiou, Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Studies at Portland State University. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

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.
Deadline is 8:00AM, April 4, 2011

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

Weight Room Orientations in Rec Center
Thursday, March 31st 9:00-10:00AM
Friday, April 8 10:00-11:00AM

These orientations will offer information that will help people get familiarized with the equipment, workout concepts and the general layout of the weight room. They are very informative and tailored to those participating so they will provide a more intimate approach to getting information about our facility, which can sometimes seem intimidating to folks.

There is no need for participants to register. Simply come to Member Services in the Rec Center a few minutes prior to the orientation. A trainer will take the group to the weight room from there.

MANA De Portland with Portland State University & United Way Present
2011 El Poder De La Mujer Conference

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Portland State University, Smith Ballroom

This year's theme is "Strive, Believe, Achieve."
Keynote Speaker: Consuelo Castillo Kickbush
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is a renowned charismatic, passionate and influential speaker who carries a powerful message of what it takes to be an effective leader in today’s global marketplace. Consuelo has spoken to hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, corporations, and government institutions both in the U.S. and abroad.

To register go to:

For any questions or inquiries please contact or call 503-725-5919

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 pre registration is allowed. If you have question please visit their website at for more details.

Community Events & Classes
Radical Women Organizing Meeting
Saturday, March 26th 1:00PM

Bread & Roses Center
6834 NE Glisan, Portland

Learn about the ideas and activities of grassroots socialist feminist mobilizing. The gathering includes updates on current campaign to defend public services, stand in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin and counter the FBI. All are invited to share their ideas and get involved. A light meal with vegetarian option will be available for a $5.00 donation. Meetings are FREE, open to ALL genders.
For more information call 503-240-4462,, or email:
Bus Line: 19

Family & Community Empowerment (FACE) proudly presents its 2nd Annual Dandiya Raas & Garba
Saturday, April 16th 7:30PM-Midnight

Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center
9985 SW 125th AVE, Beaverton
Admission: $5 (includes Dandiyas rental)

Dant to the music of India! Free dance lessons will be included. This is a family friendly event with a great cause.

Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) aims to provide a greater access to social services, offer
resources and activities to aid in cultural integration and help families in transition stabilize by improving their
financial outlook through entrepreneurship.

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

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

Queer Resource Center
The QRC is currently looking for a Queeries and Education Coordinator, Administrative and Publicity Coordinator, Trans and Access Resources Coordinator, Queer Students of Color Resources Coordinator, and a Graduate Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. For more information visit their website or the jobs are also listed on the Career Center job search area.

Applications are due by Wednesday, April 30th 5:00PM

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.

Social & Support Groups
The IRIS Project: An Internet Based Intervention to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Abused Women
Are you currently in an unsafe intimate relationship? Do you have access to a safe computer with internet?
Be a part of a voluntary, confidential study on an internet-based safety planning tool for women!

  • You will be reimbursed for your time
    (A total of up to $180 in gift cards over one year)
  • The study involves 4 internet-based survey sessions, completed every 3 months for 1 year
  • Each survey will take 1-2 hours
  • You will complete the survey from the computer of your choice

For more information Click Here or call our Confidential Recruitment Line at 1-888-822-5799 or email

The Q Center
Trans-Fem Meeting
Tuesday, April 19th 7-9pm
Tuesday, May 17th 7-9pm
Tuesday, June 21st 7-9pm
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 6-8pm
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 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 April 4th 6:30-8pm
Monday May 2nd 6:30-8pm
Monday June 6th 6:30-8pm
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave /South Room

The Mom's group is a women's support group intended to be a safe space 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 therapist. No one comes to the group as an expert. Our common bond is that we are all seekers. The Mom's Group is aimed specifically at women with children, inclusive of diverse cultural & economic backgrounds identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. If you would like to be a part of the Mom's Group please contact Felissa at (360)565-6191. The group is open to all and free to attend though we will take a donation to cover the space each week.

Gender Queery
Monday, April 4th 7:00-8:30pm
Monday, May 2nd 7:00-8:30pm
Monday, June 6th 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 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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