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October 4, 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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October is Domestic Violence
Awareness Month:
This is an opportunity to take a stand at PSU in recognizing this crisis and honoring and remembering the survivors and victims of domestic violence.

For more information on specific events being held this month, please visit the WRC website events page.

From President Obama’s DVAM Proclamation:

“In the 16 years since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we have broken the silence surrounding domestic violence to reach thousands of survivors, prevent countless incidences of abuse, and save untold numbers of lives. While these are critical achievements, domestic violence remains a devastating public health crisis when one in four women will be physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some point in her lifetime. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the tremendous progress made in reducing domestic violence, and we recommit to making everyone's home a safe place for them.”

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Rally and Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, October 27th
6:00-8:00PM 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.

Crash Course WRC Front Desk Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, October 5th
3:30-5:00PM WRC Lounge
Did you miss volunteer orientation? Still want to help out at the Women's Resource Center? Please drop in for a crash course on working at our front desk in order to fill the front desk shifts that are remaining. Come ready to learn about the Women's Resource Center's programs and opportunities!

To become a volunteer, register on the WRC website
or follow these steps:
1. Make sure that you are a WRC OrgSync member first!
2. Fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.
If you have any questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Christine Jarlstrom at

Every Wednesday: October 5th, 12th, 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
Fashion Show Extravaganza Committee Meeting
Every Wednesday:
October 5th, 12th, 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

Women Veterans Game Night!
Thursday, October 6th
4:30-6:30PM WRC Lounge

Connect with other women veterans at PSU for a fun evening of gaming and strategy. It's an opportunity to play your favorite board games, socialize, and snack! For more information, contact the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Britni Mimms at

Feminist Writing Group
Every Friday: October 7th, 14th, 21st
and 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!

Sex+Money Documentary
Friday, October 7th
6:00-8:30PM Hoffman Hall

Hosted by the WRC, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, among others. The film will be followed by a panel of local experts. Please join us for this informative event on domestic sex trafficking. For more information, call (503) 725-5672.

Women Veterans Outreach Action Team
Wednesday, October 11th & 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 11th & Tuesday, October 25th
Noon-1:00PM WRC Lounge

October 11 - Bring your lunch and learn about the
Empowerment Project!
October 25 - 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

Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza!
Thursday, October 13th
7:00-9:00PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

The Women's Resource Center presents our first annual Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza. We invite you to an alternative to the mainstream fashion show where all body types, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities are celebrated. The Love Your Body Fashion Extravaganza will feature designers who share a vision to step outside the traditional notions of what fashion should be, and performers who foster a respect for diversity. Featuring: Emcee Poison Waters, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Carmen Trineece Anderson. For more information, contact the Events Coordinator, Kari Anne McDonald at

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

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

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

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.

Understanding Military Culture and How It Impacts Veterans and Military Families
Saturday, October 15th
8:30AM through 12:30PM
PSU School of Social Work
1800 SW 6th Ave., Suite 630
(corner of SW 6th and SW Montgomery)

This half-day workshop will increase participants understanding of the specific aspects of military culture and training and its impact on veterans and military wives ability to seek mental health care services and support.
Attendees will:
•Explore the unique and defining characteristics of military culture
•Learn about and incorporate cutting edge research on the mental health needs of current war military wives and about findings pointing to high rates of often undiagnosed depression in this population
•Incorporate current information on military culture and its potential impact on the mental health of current war veterans and family members
•Learn how military culture impacts veterans' and families' ability to access needed services
•Learn about the hierarchy, control and conformity of military culture and its impact on vets and family members before, during and after deployments
•Gain valuable resources to help them make effective referrals and clinical treatment decisions for military-related clients
For more information, call: 503-933-4996
or email:

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:
October - 4 & 5
November - 1& 2
December - None
January - None
February - 7 & 8
March - 6 & 7
April - 3 & 4
May - 1 & 2
June - None
Student Parent Services will also host a "Brown Bag" Information Session on October 11, 2011, from Noon-1:00pm, SMU 230. Subject: Introduction to Student Parent Services, and finding balance as a student parent. For more information, contact Student-Parent Services.

Governor Roberts' Book Launch
Reading & Signing
Sunday, October 16th
2:00-4:00PM Hoffman Hall
Join Governor Roberts for the historic launch of her autobiography. Only the third published autobiography by an American woman head of state, Up the Capitol Steps is "a very significant contribution to Oregon history, the history of women in politics, and especially the history of women governors," according to series editor and Center for Women, Politics & Policy Founder Melody Rose. The book captures a period of our nation's political history and a view of women's expanding role in government that brings new understanding to the term, "social revolution." To RSVP for this event, visit

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 October 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
Looking for Stories to Illustrate an Important Need - Sexual Assault Protection Orders
The WRC would like to share a letter from Christine Herrman, JD, Executive Director, Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force:

"As many of you know, the SATF, with the support of many allied organizations and individuals, proposed legislation in the 2011 legislative session to create a civil Protection Order for victims of sexual assault who are not eligible for a FAPA because there is no underlying family relationship with the perpetrator.

"The bill did not prevail in the 2011 session, but many legislators support the idea and will help us bring it back for consideration this coming February. We plan to prioritize this issue, and to coordinate a statewide effort to achieve success!

"We need your help! We need to collect stories illustrating the need for this relief, so that legislators can understand how vital it is that we pass this law. If you have examples of cases in which a survivor of sexual assault was in need of a protection order but could not get one because of lack of family relationship, please let us know. We are interested in stories that we could convey to legislators to illustrate the need. We would also like to know of any advocates or survivors who might be interested in testifying in support of the bill. Opportunities to testify could be in writing, via individual meetings with legislators, or at hearings. If you think you can help, please send an email to me with your name and phone number, and I will contact you to follow up via phone.

"Many other states already have sexual assault protection orders in place, and it's time for Oregon to also ensure that survivors have access to this form of relief. Thanks for your work and your help!"

Please email Christine Herrman if you have a story to contribute or with any questions at

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

Study on Sexual Fluidity and Identity Development at the University of North Dakota
If you are a woman aged 30 years or older who has experienced attraction to both men and women at some point in your life, you may be eligible to voluntarily participate in a study being conducted by a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Dakota. If you would like to participate in the study or get more information about it, please contact

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
Job Opportunity at PSU's Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The department is now hiring! We have an immediate opening for a work-study office assistant to support our busy staff, students, and campus community during the 2011-12 school year. Those hired will staff the front desk of an office shared by four PSU Departments:
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Indigenous Nations Studies
- Black Studies
- Chicano/Latino Studies
Daily responsibilities will vary, but will primarily involve reception and office support for all four departments. As a result, we’re especially interested in energetic, self-motivated people who can remain upbeat and flexible as needs between the various departments fluctuate. Ongoing training will be required and provided. Candidates with office skills will be preferred, including basic computer proficiency, rudimentary knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to prioritize and conduct oneself in a professional manner. Our departments value building community among students, faculty and staff, and views our office as a center of collaboration and camaraderie. Candidates must be comfortable serving a diverse public in an open and welcoming manner.

Please note: you MUST have a work-study award for 2011-2012 to be considered for this position. Please specify whether you have work-study in your cover letter, and be prepared in the event of an interview to present your Certificate of Eligibility for federal work-study (available from the Student Financial Aid window in Neuberger Hall).
Pay: $9.00 per hour
Schedule: Approximately 10 hours per week during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9-5).
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Kari Smit at Selected candidates will be invited to interview immediately.

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.

Development Internship at Bradley Angle
Bradley Angle is seeking a Development Intern to assist in planning and implementing their Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in October, 2011 including their annual Women of Wonder Day (WoWD) super hero event, and smaller supporting events. For more information, please see the job description. This is a great opportunity for students looking for a PA509 project. Send a brief email sharing why you’re interested in this position, along with your current resume to

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
Tranz Guyz
Sunday, October 16th 6:00-8:00PM

Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave

This group is for trans guys/men, intersex, genderqueer, questioning people who were assigned female at birth. A discussion group in a supportive environment to address such topics as: coming out; hormones; surgery; “passing”; coping w/society; dating and relationships; medical and emotional health; family issues; sex and sexuality. For more information, please contact tranzguys@gmail​.com. More information: http://www.pdxq​​ing-events/tran​z-guys/

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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