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October 18, 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
October is Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

For complete information and to view the calendar of events, please visit the WRC website DVAM Events page.

Women of Color Action Team
Tuesday, October 18th
3:00-4:00PM WRC Lounge
The purpose of this action team: (a) provide a safe space for women of color on campus (b) build community and network with allies (c) fun and empowering events. This group meets bi-weekly. For more information, contact the Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at

Every Wednesday: October 19th & 26th

Noon-1:00pm 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

Let's Talk!
Every Wednesday
Now through November 30th

A PSU CAPS Counselor is at the WRC for free consultations about any questions or stresses you might be dealing with. No appointment necessary, just stop by! For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.

Love Your Body Action Team
Every Wednesday:
October 19th & 26th
4:00-5:00PM WRC Lounge

The Love Your Body Action Team aims to promote positive body image, equality, and acceptance of people of all body types by creating a space of empowerment where all bodies are to be honored and celebrated. For more information, contact the Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Faculty Favorite Lecture Series
Cammie Hering, MA
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Thursday, October 20th
1:00-2:30PM WRC Lounge

Lecturing on "Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Raising Awareness, Creating Social Change." For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672.

Sister to Sister Mentor Training
Thursday, October 20th
5:00-6:30PM WRC Lounge

The Empowerment Project at the Women's Resource Center presents Sister to Sister Mentor Training. The goals of the mentoring program are to improve retention of students underrepresented in higher education (returning women students, women of color, student parents, and first-generation students), to encourage mentee academic success and achievement, to support developing workforce skills, and to promote community building.For more information, contact the Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Community Healing Vigil
Sponsored by
The Portland Women’s Crisis Line
Thursday, October 20th
6:00-9:00 PM
Dawson Park (N. Stanton & Williams Ave.)

In the last year, 27 Oregonians lost their lives as a result of domestic violence homicide. In solidarity with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PWCL, with the support of other local organizations, will host a vigil to commemorate and honor the lives of those that have been lost. The vigil will include the lighting of candles, a formal reading of victims' names, speakers, and activities. For more information, please contact Rebecca Nickels at 503-872-8627 or

Feminist Writing Group
Every Friday: October 21st & 28th
2:00-3:00PM WRC Lounge

Join the Feminist Writing Group for afternoons of radical writing. Learn about getting involved with the community of feminist writers at Portland State as we act as a cultural creators for social change and personal transformation! Bring writing utensil, paper, and friends. This group is open to all self-identified feminist writers from all writing backgrounds. Our mission is to cultivate autonomy within a community where the personal is political and where writing is used as a tool for empowerment. We value writing as a feminist practice in that it nurtures voices of resistance to patriarchy and other forms of oppression on a creative landscape of self-expression. For more information, contact Amanda Leece at

Healthy Relationships Group
Fall Term Fridays, beginning October 7th
3:00-4:15PM SMSU - SALP Conference Room

Do you have questions about healthy boundaries and communication in current relationships? Single and wanting to figure out how to negotiate what you need from future relationships? Do you want a space to discuss the conflict work you are already doing in a current relationship? Just want to know where to start? Join the Healthy Relationships Group! This group is free and open to students of all genders and sexual identities. The group will be held every Friday afternoon, starting October 7th, from 3-4:15pm. Have questions or interested in enrolling? Contact group facilitator Adrienne Graf at (503) 725-5605 or at!

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Wednesday, October 25th
9:00-10:00AM WRC Lounge

The Women Veterans Outreach Action Team strategizes how to effectively provide outreach to women vets, raises awareness about the unique needs of women veterans, and gathers resources (i.e. develop a guidebook) that would be beneficial to women veteran students as well as working to create ties with Veterans’ Student Services. The Women Veterans Taskforce typically meets twice a month, as announced. For more information, contact the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Britni Mimms at

Empowerment Project
Brown Bag Meet and Greets!

Tuesday, October 25th
Noon-1:00PM WRC Lounge

Bring your lunch, check-in, and socialize with women involved in the Empowerment Project! For more information, contact the Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
"Open Dialogue: Domestic Violence In Communities of Color."
Thursday, October 27th
3:00-4:30PM WRC Lounge
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as women of color and allies, it is important to explore how domestic violence impacts communities of color. Please join the Women of Color Action Team in having a dialogue with community members, PSU staff, faculty and students. This is an opportunity to explore how violence affects our communities and how we can continue to work against ending violence. Please join the dialogue! For more information, please see the WRC website DVAM Events page or contact the Empowerment Project Coordinator, Malika Edden at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Rally and Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, October 27th
6:00-7:00PM Parkway North Smith 101
Sponsored by the WRC, with support from
the QRC

We invite you to take part in the first annual PSU-specific vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event was created by students hoping to give honor and remembrance to survivors and victims of domestic violence. The keynote speaker will be Professor Vicki Reitenauer, a faculty member of PSU’s Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies Department. Prof. Reitenauer has a long history in the movement to end domestic violence, including experience as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, a counselor in women’s health clinics, and a community health educator. For more information, contact the WRC at (503) 725-5672 or visit the WRC website DVAM Events page.

In November, watch for information about Social Sustainability Month!
For a preview of upcoming Social Sustainability Month events, please visit the WRC website News and Events page.

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.
  • SheSheet Writer
    Update the Women's Resource Center's blog by collecting and writing submissions for weekly or bi-weekly columns. Share important feminist news updates and reviews of campus and community events.
  • 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 hold 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 Graduate Studies "Let's Talk" Sessions
Weekly sessions on Thursdays
beginning October 6th

Student Health & Counseling and the Office of Graduate Studies will offer "Let's Talk" sessions for graduate students in our office on Thursdays from 1:30 -3:30pm.
Our first session will be October 6th, Chris Hodson, PSU Counselor will be gone on October 13th, but after that sessions will be weekly. ALSO, we will have our first "OGS Brown Bag" on October 19th with the Student Health and Counseling Dept. being here to talk about the "Let's Talk" sessions provided around campus.

Oregon Student Association
Statewide Survey

Be a part of setting the Oregon Student Association’s statewide priority agenda! Every other year we go through an extensive issue choosing process and we need your help. Please complete the survey (it only takes a few minutes) and let us know what your priority issues are. As the statewide student association we are looked to as the collective voice for students in Oregon. We need to choose our priority issues together and make sure that all campuses and students are a part of the process. Please take the online survey.

PSU Student Parent Services
Student-Parent Networking meetings are held on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month in SMU 230
from Noon-1:00pm:
November - 1& 2
December - None
January - None
February - 7 & 8
March - 6 & 7
April - 3 & 4
May - 1 & 2
June - None
For more information, contact Student-Parent Services.

Precious Knowledge
Panel and Documentary
Sponsored by La Casa Latina, Multicultural Center and Education Activities Board
Wednesday, October 19th
6:00-9:00PM (Doors open at 5:30)
Smith Memorial Student Union 327/8/9
This event will feature a panel of educators discussing the state of Latino Education in Oregon and a discussion around the roots of what it takes for Latino Success in Education. For more information, see the trailer or contact

Domestic Violence & the Law:
You Have Rights!
Presented by Student Legal Services
Thursday, October 27th
4:00-5:30pm Location TBA

Come learn about housing and employment protections for survivors of relationship violence. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Student Legal Services at: (503) 725-4556.

Community Events & Classes
Roots of Change: Social Justice & Media 2001 Conference
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM (PT)
Portland, Oregon
Students are being offered a discount admission price. For more information and to register online, please visit the Oregon Sexual Assault Taskforce website.

WomenStrength Self Defense
Registration now open for November 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.

Northeast Community Center
Events & Classes held daily
Monday - Friday 5:30AM-9:00PM,
Saturday 7:00AM-3:00PM,
Sunday 10:00AM-3:00PM

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

Friendly House Community Center
Events & Classes held weekly Monday - Saturday

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

Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities
Exploratory Study on Rape Myths and Women Studies education
Amanda Alvarado, a McNair Scholar at Portland State University is seeking volunteers to participate in an exploratory study on Rape Myths and Women Studies education. If you are a male student at PSU, you are invited to participate in the study. The study may be accessed online. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda at

In Other Words Feminist Community Center
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

PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 program year. Applications are due on Friday, November 4, 2011 for the program cohort starting Winter 2012. Additional eligibility information and program applications are available online at
McNair Scholars Program
M 302 Smith Memorial Student Union
(503) 725-9740,

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
Internship and Volunteer Teacher Training Opportunities for GirlStrength and WomenStrength Classes
GirlStrength and WomenStrength are self-defense training programs hosted by the Portland Police Bureau. For more information about internships and volunteer training, please visit their website or download this PDF document.

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

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Inter-Personal Violence Support Group
Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00PM
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 relationship. Facilitated by a queer-identified advocate from Bradley Angle, this group is appropriate for any LGBTQ person who has left a violent or abusive situation, 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.

Gender Queery
Monday, November 7th 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 following support groups, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at
503-235-5333/888-235-5333. Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday. Call for current schedule.
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Phase One Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had little or no formal therapy. This group has an educational format. Topics include boundaries, self-care, coping strategies.
Location: SE Portland
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Phase Two Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had formal therapy around their trauma or completed the phase one group. This is a process group.
Location: SE Portland
SASSE - Sexual Assault Survivors Support and Empowerment Group
Support group for adult survivors of sexual assault. Educational and process group format.
Location: SE Portland
Women’s Safety and Empowerment Group
Educational format
Location: Salvation Army SAFES shelter

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

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