Events & Programs

Co-Curricular Learning

Our goal is to partner with faculty to complement their curriculum, supplement the classroom experience, and provide professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals employed in the Center for Women and Gender Equity. Many of our presentations are facilitated by paid peer educators. A partnership between Center for Women and Gender Equity staff and faculty/staff ensure a successful experience for your students. 

 Presentations 

  • Request a presentation for your course section, club, organization, or team please email us at cwge@wcupa.edu or call us at 610-436-2122!
  • Please try to be as specific as possible in your request, but we are happy to work with you to develop a presentation that will meet your needs.
  • A more in-depth description of each of our presentations is listed below: 

Situationships

This 50-minute presentation is dedicated to making consent the new normal, and not just when it comes to sex. The presentation includes videos, activities and audience participation. The topics build off each other, starting with personal boundaries, communication and ending with consent. The goals of Situationships is to:

  • Explore definitions and the connections between boundaries, situationships and consent
  • Identify ways YOU (as a student) can create a campus climate that prevents violence.
  • Engage peers in conversations about boundaries, situationships and consent

 

Sexy Bingo

This is not your grandparents’ bingo! Join us for a night of fun as we learn about safer sex and discover helpful resources through this new twist on a classic game. Engage in conversations about healthy sexuality and learn about safer sex practices, sexual anatomy, and pleasure. 

Through this workshop, students will:

  • Recognize common sexual health vocabulary 
  • Identify and name body parts with accurate language  
  • Apply understanding of barrier methods through demonstrations & minigames 

Rams Step Up!

RAMS STEP UP! is a pro-social, peer educator led, bystander intervention education program. The goals of RAMS STEP UP! workshop are to: raise awareness of helping behavior, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems and ensuring the safety and well-being of others. RAMS STEP UP! aims to get bystanders to take action when they see a problematic event. This experience is delivered by trained undergraduate peer educators. This experience is delivered in either (1) one 120 minute part or (2) two 60-minute parts (120 minutes total), delivered sequentially via Zoom, and is highly interactive. Staff will provide a few videos and slides for students to look at and engage with before Part 1 of the program.  

  • Part 1: Introduces students to the bystander effect, engages students in considering situations where they have seen problems, encourages students to consider barriers to helping behavior in breakout rooms, and introduces strategies for helping. 
  • Part 2: Applies concepts introduced in Part 1 to develop skills and confidence when responding to problems. Students will practice identifying strategies for helping in video examples and scenarios. Allows students to practice skills in identifying harmful situations and stepping up and acting when they see a problematic event. 
  • This experience can be offered at any point during the semester 
  • Staff will provide all materials and resources needed including Zoom log in 
  • Contact:  Mx. Tess Benser, Assistant Director tbenser@wcupa.edu, x2151

 

To request Rams Step Up! please complete the following form

Fall 2021 Events & Initiatives

Navigating Boundaries & Reintegration Instagram Live 
Week of August 30th, see @wcu_cwge Instagram for exact date & time 
The pandemic has changed the way we move through the world in so many ways. As we  return to campus, we must learn how to navigate the ways our boundaries have shifted  and changed and practice communicating them with one another. Join peer educators  from The Center for Women & Gender Equity for an Instagram Live to discuss   identifying and navigating boundaries in late pandemic times.  
 
Indigenous/Native Women’s Equal Pay Day  
Wednesday, September 8 
This is the day Indigenous/Native women must work into 2021 to make what White men made at the end of 2020. Indigenous/Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men (Source: AAUW Equal Pay Day Calendar). Interested in learning more about the gender wage gap, follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook.  

Reproductive Justice Speaker Janielle Bryan in Collaboration with Planned Parenthood Generation Action 
Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00pm, Phillips Autograph Library 
Members of the WCU community are invited to join Planned Parenthood Generation Action for a program on gender and reproductive justice with speaker and public health educator Janielle Bryan. For more information, email cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145221   
 
EqualiTea Speaker Series- 55¢: The Value of Latinidad featuring Marisol Rosado-Perez 
Monday, September 13, 3pm-4pm. Location TBA 
Members of the WCU community are invited to explore gender justice issues, navigate pathways to success, and build community. The theme for 2021-2022 is Gender and Jobs. COVID19 has exacerbated existing gender inequities in the job market. In this series, we tackle topics such as the gender wage gap, careers in tech, pay equity, and the long-term impact of the global pandemic. Latinas are among the most adversely affected by the gender pay gap, earning just 55 cents to the dollar earned by white men. Come learn more and identify strategies to take action. For more information e-mail cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144643  
 
OCTOBER – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness of all forms of intimate partner and relationship violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity throughout the month of October as we engage the campus community in advocacy work to end violence in our community and support folks. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook for more information or to get involved. Contact the cwge@wcupa.edu to find out how you or your organization can support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
 
It’s On Us Week of Action  
October 11-14, Sykes Lobby  
The mission of It’s On Us is to build a movement to combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students, by activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs. Come learn more and sign the It’s On Us Pledge. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook for more information or to get involved. 
 
It’s On Us Speaks Faculty & Staff Session: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar 
Thursday October 14 at 1:00pm via Zoom 
Faculty & staff are invited to join the Center for Women & Gender Equity and WCU It's On Us for It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar.  Known on Instagram as @thefatsextherapist, Sonalee Rashatwar (they/he) LCSW MEd is an award-winning clinical social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer, and they have been working in the field of anti-violence for 10+ years. They will be speaking on sexual violence and harm and its connection to state violence and the culture of body policing in the United States. Register on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145307   
 
It’s On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar 
Thursday October 14 at 6:00pm, via Zoom + Livestream screened in Sykes Ballrooms 
Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity and WCU It's On Us for It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar, known on Instagram as @thefatsextherapist. They will be speaking on sexual violence and harm and its connection to state violence and the culture of body policing in the United States. 
This will be a virtual event with an optional, in-person live stream party in the Sykes Ballrooms. It is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the 2021 PA Governor's It's On Us Grant. For more information, please email cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144657  
 
Domestic Violence Awareness Day (#PurpleThursday) 
Thursday October 21st 
Purple Thursday is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and relationship violence. Members of the WCU community are invited to wear purple to help start a conversation about harmful relationships. Participants can share their purple looks with the Center for Women and Gender Equity on our Instagram @wcu_cwge or our Facebook @wcuCWGE and use the hashtag #PurpleThursday.  
 
Latinas’ Equal Pay Day  
Thursday, October 21 
This is the day Latinas must work into 2021 to make what White men made at the end of 2020. (Source: AAUW Equal Pay Day Calendar). Interested in learning more about the gender wage gap, follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGEon Facebook. 
 
EqualiTea Speaker Series-Women & Technology Careers featuring Dr. Kristin Austin 
Monday, November 1, 3pm-4pm; Sykes Ballroom A 
Men and women's enrollment in introductory computer sciences courses is mostly  equal.  However, at the end of that first course, women's enrollment in subsequent  courses drops by more than 86%!  And guess what? This drop-off is not due to grades!   Why are men persisting in technology courses and majors and women are not? Spoiler  alert: lack of representation; misogyny; microaggressions; and imposter syndrome. Let's  discuss! For more information e-mail cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at  https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144646  
 
Sexy Bingo 
Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00pm in Sykes Ballrooms.  
This is not your grandparents’ bingo! Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity for a fun bingo game to grow your sexuality education. Engage in conversations about sexuality and learn about safer sex practices, sexual anatomy, sexual behavior and preference, and pleasure. Winners will be given prizes. Registration not required but encouraged on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145268   

 

Past Events!

EqualiTea: Votes for Women- Brandywine River Museum of Art 

In this lively presentation, curator Dr. Amanda Burdan will give behind the scenes details about the monumental exhibition: Votes for Women: A Visual History now at the Brandywine River Museum of Art through June 7, 2020. Come ready to be inspired and reflect on the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment! Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the History Department. 

Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement featuring Dr. Janet Bell  

During the Civil Rights Movement, African American women did not stand on ceremony; they simply did the work that needed to be done. Yet despite their significant contributions at all levels of the movement, they remain mostly invisible to the larger public. Beyond Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, most Americans would be hard-pressed to name other leaders at the community, local, and national levels. In this important keynote lecture, Dr. Janet D. Bell will shine a light on women’s all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Question & Answer and opportunity to connect with Dr. Bell immediately following the event. For more information contact fdouglass@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the Frederick Douglas Institute. 

I’m Not Okay, and It’s Fine: Breaking Up with “Strong Black Womanhood”

Jamilah Lemieux will address the importance of all people, Black women in particular, feeling empowered to seek mental health services as needed, as well as the power of taking off one’s superwoman cape and allowing herself the space to say “I’m not okay” without feeling that she will let others down by tending to herself. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Dowdy Multicultural Center

The Period Project

Imagine this: You are going about your day and your period comes unexpectedly. You can go home, shower, and get the supplies you need. Now imagine getting your period while experiencing homelessness. You may not be able to do laundry or shower consistently or afford a box of tampons or pads. Contribute unopened tampons and pads for menstruating people in our community. Drop off available in Center for Women and Gender Equity and other locations on campus.  For more information or to get involved contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity.

Women's Leadership Conference

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Toast to Tenacity

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Centennial Celebrations

Virtual Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Past 2020 Collaborations

  • With Dowdy Multicultural Center:
    • Ruby Jones Conference 2020
    • Monica Ramirez: “Seeking Justice for Migrant Communities Amidst COVID-19”.
  • With The Office of Wellness Promotion and the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy: Sex After Dark: A Conversation with Sexuality Educator Erica Smith

The Clothesline Project Display

Spring 2021 Event

Stand in solidarity with survivors of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking). This living arts display was created by members of our community impacted by interpersonal violence since the 1990s. Walk through the display and/or leave a message to honor and support survivors and their loved ones.

2021 Gender Justice Conference

WCU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to participate in a conference experience dedicated to exploring knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage in social change work with a specific focus on disrupting gender oppression. Participants will critically examine social justice issues through an intersectional lens and be encouraged to apply what they learn into their day to day lives and in their communities.

To access the recordings of the event, please visit the Conference Support Hub.

Making Social Media Work for your Job & Internship Search

Participants joined the Twardowski Career Development Center and the Center for Women & Gender Equity to explore how mature students can leverage social media to their benefit in the job and internship search. While much of the session will focus on LinkedIn, other forms of social media and do's and don'ts will be covered as well. 

EqualiTea! Speaker Series: Antirape Activism at the Crossroads of Gender & Racial Justice with Dr. Catherine Jacquet

Dr. Catherine Jacquet (Louisiana State University), historian and author of The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950-1980, joined us in a conversation with WCU students about the history of antirape activism in the US, the complicated intersections of racial and gender justice, and how the lessons from the past can inform our activism today.

 

 

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