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May 16, 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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Job & Internship Opportunities
Social & Support Groups

WRC Announcements

May Awareness Month

International Victorious Woman Month
National Women's Health Week May 8-14th
Family Wellness Month
National Bike Month
Mental Health Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports month


WRC Events


Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Presents: Game Night!
Tuesday, May 17th 4:00-6:00PM
WRC Lounge

The women Veterans Outreach Action Team would like to invite all women veterans and allies to Game Night!!! It's an opportunity to play your favorite board games, socialize, and snack!

Faculty Favorite Lecture Series
"Healing Historical Traumas of Patriarchy"

UPDATE!!! Thursday, May 19th 4:00-6:00PM
WRC Lounge

This month's featured faculty member is Judy Bluehorse from the Education department.

Women of Color Zine Workshop
Friday, May 20th 5:30-7:30PM
WRC Lounge

This workshop is an opportunity for participants to discuss the future of the WOC zine workshops and to celebrate our two year anniversary. Come join the fun!! 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

Sexual Assault Education Theater
Spring Capstone Performances
May 25th 2:00-3:30PM Ondine 218
May 27th 9:30-11:00AM Ondine 218
May 31st 1:00-3:30PM SMSU 238

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."

Love Your Body Action Team presents
Jon Waters' Hairspray!
Wednesday, June 1st 3:00-5:00PM
WRC Lounge

Need a break from studying ?! Join the Love Your Body Action Team for this fun movie night in the WRC. There will be popcorn and light refreshments.

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Thursday, June 2nd 11:00-12:00PM
WRC Lounge

The presence of women veterans on campus has increased significantly over the last few years. This Action Team works on ways to 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 Action Team
Thursday, June 2nd 4:00-5:00PM
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

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

Empowerment Project: Coffee & Tea Discussions
Every Thursday 10:00-11:00AM
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 you 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 WRC at 503-725-5672 and set up an appointment with Tonya Jones, the Empowerment Project Coordinator, or email

Healthy Relationships Group
Every Friday 2:30-4:00PM
Beginning April 8th

Interested in learning new skill around conflict, negotiations and other often challenging aspects of relationships? Come to the Healthy Relationships Group! We will be exploring foundations of ongoing healthy relational work through discussion, reflection, and skill building. This group is free and open to students of all genders, sexual orientation, and relationship statuses.
Please contact Adrienne before attending.
E-mail Adrienne Graf at or
Call 503-725-5605.

WRC Volunteer Opportunities



Women's Resource Center
The WRC is always in need of volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved Come in to our lobby and fill out an application or click here to fill one out online.

  • Front Desk
    Staff the front office by greeting those coming in, answering phones, making appointments, and completing other duties as they arise. Connect students with resources and create a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to seek crisis services, develop skills, and build community. Help maintain our plants, kitchen area, and lounge space. Holds a weekly four hour shift.
  • Women Veterans Outreach Action Team (recruiting chair)
    Work to create ties with Veterans' Student Services and recruit members. Determine goals to address during the year with the WRC Director and hold events as well as create programming materials that outreach to women veterans. Will have weekly/bi-weekly meetings with members.
  • SheSheet Writer
    Update the Women's Resource Center's blog by collecting and writing submissions for weekly 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.
  • Students United for Reproductive Freedom
    Work to support the rights of people to make their own decisions about their own reproductive and sexual health, and to have access to knowledge and resources to help make those decisions. Develop goals and hold events on campus and produce materials which engage students in relevant issues of reproductive justice. Meets weekly.
  • Sister to Sister Mentor Program
    A mentor program for returning women students, women veterans, student parents, women of color, and first generation students. Be partnered with another student and help them navigate campus resources and experiences.
  • Love Your Body Action Team
    Works to address issues of body Image and eating disorder awareness on campus. Creates programming materials which outreach to students as well as holds events and weekly meetings. Develop goals in conjunction with the WRC Director.
  • Sustainability Action Team
    Survey current practices and suggest sustainable improvements. Create ties between the Office of Sustainability and the WRC while working with the WRC Director. Identify and share connections with social sustainability, environmental sustainability, and women.  Create programming materials as well as hold weekly/bi-weekly meetings with members.

Campus Events & Opportunities




PSU's Pride Party in the Park!
Dawn of the Day of the Living Queer
Thursday, May 19th 4:00-:00PM
PSU Park Blocks

This event will include a resource fair with information from Portland State University community organizations as well as information from the surrounding community such as CAP, SMYRC, Two Spirit Society, Outside/In, SheBop, In Other Words and more. Workshops covering topics like Introduction to Writing Erotica, Trans 101, Inclusive Safer Sex Practices, and Access to Higher Education will also be held before and after the event. Food will be provided by Dog House as well as other local food carts.

Tender Forever is the moniker of musician Melanie Valera. She is an autodidact performing artist and a pop music maker residing in Portland, Oregon – USA. Melanie Valera’s multimedia pop projects explore and challenge spaces, overlap realities, tell you stories, span nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts.

play/start is a group of four queer musicians who came together with the intent of making music that culls from all of their collected musical experiences and influences. Pop, metal, blues, dance, new wave, garage punk and riot grrrl are just some of the terms that have been used to describe their music. And, somehow, they all seem to fit together to create hot, danceable power pop music. Their on-stage energy is contagious, turning any show into a dance party.

NO/HO/MO is a Portland, Oregon-based queercore/synthpunk band. The project seeks to expose the absurdity of homophobic phrases, such as NO HOMO and PAUSE, while simultaneously incorporating queer element into live performance and visual art.

The Portland State University Queer Resource Center strives to provide an inclusive safe space in advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff, faculty and their allies. Our Mission is to serve the PSU and surrounding communities through both outreach education and social programming that promotes awareness. More information about this event can be found at and information pertaining to the QRC in general can be found at

Annual Lavender Tea & Graduation
Thursday, May 26th 4:00PM
Simon Benson House

For more information contact the PSU Queer Resource Center at 503-725-9742 or

Promageddon presented by the QRC
Saturday, May 28th 7:00PM
Roof of the Peter Stott Building

For more information contact the PSU Queer Resource Center at 503-725-9742 or

The 31st Annual African Night
Friday, June 4th Dinner 5:00PM Show at 7PM
Smith Ballroom
Students are free with PSU ID General Admission $5
Pick up tickets at PSU Box Office at SMSU. Entertainment includes an African Houseband, there will be African Cuisine, a Fashion Show & More!

Please join the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies in celebrating their graduating Seniors
Saturday, June 11th 6:30PM
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

Please save the date so that you can join the Women, Gender & Sexualities Studies faculty in celebrating our graduating seniors on Saturday, June 11th 6:30 in the Smith Memorial Student Union, room 238.  Formal invitations to follow in May. 
Thanks so much for supporting Women, Gender & Sexualities Studies and all of our students!


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!

Community Events & Classes




WomenStrength Self Defense
Registration now open for June 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.

Saturdays, June 4th, 11th, and 18th
Friendly House Community Center

2617 NW Savier (From I-5 north, merge onto I-405 S toward NW Ind. Area/St. Helens. Take Vaughn St. exit. Stay straight on US 30W. Turn Left on 23rd St. Right on NW Thurman St. Left on 26th, park on street)
Bus Line: 15, 17, 18

Tuesdays, June 7th, 14th, and 21st
Community Center: Facility NOT ADA ACCESSIBLE

1630 NE 38th AVE (From I-84 East, take 33rd Ave. exit #1, left on NE 33rd, right on NE Broadway, right on NE 38th Ave. Comm. Ctr. is between Sandy & Broadway. Street Parking only)
Bus Line: 75

Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities




Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC)
Our organization provides support and services to American civilian and military survivors of intimate partner violence living overseas. We assist with safety planning, third party advocacy, danger to safety relocation, counseling and legal referrals and financial assistance. Additionally, we operate a 24/7 toll-free crisis line that is currently available from 139 countries. Our crisis line volunteers take shifts on our 24/7 toll-free crisis line and serve as our gatekeepers, providing callers with emotional support and access to resources.  

For those who are interested, please fill out the application below, along with a cover letter stating why you would like to volunteer with us and please include a CV or resume. Email your application to Sam at Upon reviewing your application, we will contact you to schedule an in person interview.

AODVC Volunteer Application

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


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

ATTN: Work Study Students
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Advising Center is seeking work study students to start June 16. We are looking for dependable, engaged, and personable problem solvers with excellent customer service skills who can assist the CLAS Advising Center Coordinator. You will work in the front office answering telephone and in-person inquiries, make appointments for 10 advisers, and assist the Coordinator as needed.

Students who have been awarded work study funds for 2011-2012 can contact the Financial Aid office to make a request for summer funding. For more information about these positions, please contact Greg Stoltz, 387 Cramer Hall, (503)725-3822. To apply for one of these positions, please drop off your resume at the CLAS Advising Center, 387 Cramer Hall.

Internship Opportunities
The PSU Career Center currently has 87 internship opportunities (paid and unpaid) available in its CareerConnect database for PSU students and alums. Available internships cover a variety of fields, including finance, communications, sales, human resources, graphic design, software, engineering, and social work. Click here and log-in to CareerConnect to check them out (you'll need to register with your student ID number and birthday if you haven't done so already).

Additionally, the Career Center's new Internship Advisor, Jeanne Ellis, would be more than happy to chat with you about finding, getting, and making the most out of an internship. Call 503.725.4613 to schedule an appointment today!

Catholic Charities seeking:
Project UNICA DVERT Advocate
Project UNICA In Home Safety and Reunification Service Parent Educator
For more information and job listings visit their website

Outside In - Open Positions
Clinic Operations Supervisor
Clinic Operations Supervisor to oversee primary care teams and enabling services staff for integrated allopathic/naturopathic Federally Qualified Health Center serving a diverse population of homeless and low-income clients. Self-directed, innovative, detail-oriented, computer skills.  Supervision and healthcare exp. req.  MPH, MHA or equivalent. 40 hrs/wk.  $35,500-$39,500 DOQ + full benefits. Diversity valued.
Clinic Systems & Partnerships Supervisor
Clinic Systems and Partnerships Supervisor to lead quality assurance and improvement initiatives, develop and maintain strategic community partnerships, oversee outreach operations, and integrate alternative and conventional care for integrated allopathic/naturopathic Federally Qualified Health Center serving a diverse population of homeless and low-income clients. Self-directed, innovative, detail-oriented, computer skills.  Supervision and healthcare exp. req.  MPH, MPA, MBA or equivalent. 40 hrs/wk.  $35,500-$39,500 DOQ + full benefits. Diversity valued.

Cover Letter and application required. Application and a complete position description are available on our website:

Social & Support Groups




The Q Center
Trans-Fem Meeting
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 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, 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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Portland, OR 97207

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