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Women's Resource Center Newsletter: September 2011
Message from the Program Director:
Greetings! And welcome to the Fall 2011 semester with the Women’s Resource Center.
I was thrilled to join the WRC on August 1, 2011 as the second-ever Program Director. With undergraduate work in student development, alongside my graduate emphasis in feminist theory, working with the WRC—and joining the good fight of its students—is truly a dream job for me. It is my honor to share our exciting year of events, programming, and life-changing learning with you. And I would love to get to know you, as well! Please feel free to drop by the WRC (4th floor of the Student Union) and say hello.
Our biggest announcement is the introduction of the ASUA-recognized student organization F.O.R.C.E. (Feminists Organized to Resist, Create, and Empower). You will see F.O.R.C.E. around campus, doing activism, education, and programming, in collaboration with the WRC. We have an amazing team this semester – nine super-skilled interns, plus two passionate student Co-Directors (Eva and Anastasia), as well as our first-ever WRC Graduate Assistant Ruth Alminas.
Ruth joins us from the School of Government and Public Policy, where she is a doctoral candidate. Ruth will be a key administrator in our launch of NEW Leadership: Arizona, an annual summer institute focused on women and politics, premiering in June 2012. Stay tuned for more information about NEW Leadership!
It is going to be an exciting year. The interns and co-directors are full of energy and exciting ideas, meaning that we will have lots of fun events to inspire and challenge you this year. And, we welcome you to stop by our blog to meet one new intern each week!
Kicking off the Fall semester is the first in our Film Series lineup. On September 7, F.O.R.C.E. will present Itty Bitty Titty Committee, followed by discussion with the Vagina Warriors and dialogue with the audience. Our films are always *FREE* and are shown on the first and third Wednesdays of September, October, and November, in the Gallagher Theatre at 7pm.
See you there!
F.O.R.C.E. Interns and WRC Staff
The WRC Mission:
The University of Arizona Women’s Resource Center promotes gender equity through education, leadership development and advocacy.
The WRC supports this mission by ensuring a safe, supportive physical space for women students and male allies, by providing educational programming on women/gender issues and intersections with other personal identities, peer-education on topics such as sex education and body image, student leadership development, allied partnership building, and information referral service.
Our Social Media:
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Check out our blog to find out all about what the F.O.R.C.E. interns are thinking and
doing to make the UofA community a better place for us all!
Women’s Resource Center/F.O.R.C.E. Events
(For an updated calendar of WRC/F.O.R.C.E. events, please visit our calendar!)
Women’s Resource Center Film Series Presents: Itty Bitty Titty Committee – September 7, 7pm, Gallagher Theater
Women’s Resource Center Film Series Presents: Papers – September 21, 7pm, Gallagher Theater
Out On the Job with Senator Paula Aboud - September 13, 12-1pm, Career Services Classroom, Student Union, Room 411
Art Aloud – September 9, 12-1pm, Java City Café at Arizona Health Sciences Library
9/11: How We’ve Changed – September 1-11, various times and locations
Secrets of Highly Successful Women workshop with Gail McMeekin – September 2, 7pm, Antigone Books
Kate Bernheimer and Lydia Millet read from and discuss Fantastic Women -
September 16, 7pm, Antigone Books
Gloria Steinem Membership Conference: Destination 2012 - September 23-26, 2011, Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA
Women’s Resource Center/F.O.R.C.E. Events
Women’s Resource Center Film Series Presents: Itty Bitty Titty Committee
September 7, 7pm, Gallagher Theater
Sponsored by ASUA Programs and Services
Join us as we kick off the fall film series with Itty Bitty Titty Commitee.The film is free to get in and will be followed by a discussion with the Vagina Warriors and dialogue with the audience.
Set in Los Angeles, this indie comedy helmed by Jamie Babbit follows the exploits of Anna, a lesbian and plastic surgeon's receptionist who embarks on a wild ride when she joins a cadre of ultraradical feminists known to outsiders as C.I.A. This movie follows her transformation from receptionist to radical feminist activist.
Women’s Resource Center Film Series Presents: Papers
September 21, 7pm, Gallagher Theater
In collaboration with Pride Alliance and LGBTQ Affairs
Over two million children born outside the U.S. are raised here each year. For them, it’s illegal to work, drive, or attend most colleges; despite their American upbringing, they are undocumented. They face the challenges of trying to avoid deportation from the only home they know while still fighting for their rights. Papers is the story of five of these youth. Among these teenagers is Jorge Gutierrez who is both undocumented and gay.
As always, admission is free and the film will be followed by thought-provoking discussion.
Out On the Job with Senator Paula Aboud -
September 13, 12-1pm, Career Services Classroom, Student Union, Room 411
Out On the Job is a seminar series in which LGBTQ Affairs brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer professionals to discuss being "out" in the workplace.
Paula Aboud, Democrat, was selected in January 2006 by the Pima County Supervisors to complete a retiring Senator’s term in office. In November 2006 she was elected to a 2-year term as Arizona’s senator representing Legislative District 28. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2010. As a former English teacher, college coach, realtor and property manager, Senator Aboud brings a diverse background to the Senate. As a graduate of the University of Arizona and a native Tucsonan, she is committed to improving the quality of life for Arizonans and especially for Southern Arizonans.
Senator Aboud brings a strong and superb record of public service in Pima County. She has worked tirelessly to build a strong Democratic Party organization, to engage and inspire individuals to become active in the political process, to promote the Democratic message of hope and equality and to elect Democrats at the local, state and national level. Her significant contributions are admired and appreciated by party leaders, grassroots activists and elected officials across Arizona.
Senator Aboud serves on three standing committees, including Appropriations, Finance, and Health.
Light snacks will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch!
September 9, 12-1pm, Java City Café at Arizona Health Sciences Library
Sponsored by the Medical Humanities Program, Art Aloud is a rapid fire format in which individuals with brief stories, poems, or other spoken word pieces stand and deliver for the enjoyment of the listeners. There will be food, friendly company, and the electric energy that comes from hearing original work. Everyone is welcome, and no admission fee is required.
9/11: How We’ve Changed
September 1-11, various locations
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona is pleased to announce a weeklong program on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The topics include terrorism, borders and security, politics, the media, and historical analysis. Forums include lectures, panels, a book discussion and a film screening. All events (except the Sunday concert) are free and open to the community. For forum details, times and locations, please visit the event website.
Secrets of Highly Successful Women workshop with Gail McMeekin –
September 2, 7pm, Antigone Books
Author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women Gail McMeekin identifies strategies to overcome personal barriers and/or fears of success so that women can attain their dreams. This workshop will be interactive and will leave participants with specific steps to get them on their way, such as how to take positive, calculated risks; find resources and support; and make career changes fueled by passion and purpose.Popular coach Gail McMeekin will offer strategies to help women define and achieve personal success. This event is free at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue. For more information on this and other events at Antigone Books, please visit the Antigone Books website.
Kate Bernheimer and Lydia Millet read from and discuss Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House -
September 16, 7pm, Antigone Books
Kate Bernheimer and Lydia Millet will read from and discuss Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House (Tin House Books, $18.95).
This collection comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States. These inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The resulting wildly creative work captures potent truths about human nature far more clearly than much of the fiction (or, for that matter, the nonfiction) being written today. On September 16th, Antigone Books is privileged to have two contributors read from the book.Bernheimer is also the editor of the popular collection, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.Millet was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her story collection, Love In Infant Monkeys.The reading will be followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served.Antigone Books is located at 411 N. 4th Avenue.
Gloria Steinem Membership Conference: Destination 2012 -
September 23-26, 2011, Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA
Are you passionate about reproductive justice? Human rights? Sex-positive feminism? LGTBQ rights? Immigration? Criminalization, etc.? Want to learn some great tools for being a successful grassroots organizer and leader? Interested in traveling to DC and meeting like-minded young people? Then this is the conference for you!
We want to do everything we can to ensure that you are able to attend! So, if you're having trouble getting the resources you need to attend the conference: APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP AT BIT.LY/CHOICESCHOLARSHIPS
Destination 2012 will take place in Washington, DC from September 23-26, 2011. This conference promises to be bigger and badder than anything you've ever seen. We’ll be talking about threats to reproductive justice in our states, discovering what’s at stake in the upcoming election and developing regional strategies to figure out how we can have an impact at the local, state and federal level. And if you’re still in need of a reason to attend, we have two words for you: GLORIA STEINEM.
You must be registered to attend to the conference before your scholarship application can be reviewed. You can register at bit.ly/destination2012. Just hit the "Pay Later" button to indicate that you're applying for a scholarship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is September 9, 2011.
Have more questions? Contact Kelley Robinson, National Field Coordinator, at email@example.com. We’ll see you in DC!!
Internship opportunities with Ms. Magazine
Open to highly motivated undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students. Work with the editorial (L.A.), public relations (L.A.) or publishing staff (D.C.), and gain experience in magazine marketing, advertising, writing, researching and other areas of publication. Applicants with background in both journalism and feminist activism will be given priority. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. For more information on internship opportunities and how to apply, visit the Ms. Magazine website.
Time to start planning for 2011 AIDSWALK Tucson!
The 2011 AIDSWALK Tucson hosted by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is happening Sunday, October 16th on the UA Mall. If Now is the time to register and start fundraising. Also, there are various volunteer opportunities for the event through the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. See the for more information. WALK Tucson website
Following a decision by an Arizona appellate court to toss out an injunction blocking key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortion, Planned Parenthood Arizona announced last month that all abortion services would be immediately discontinued at all but three of their locations statewide. The newly upheld 2009 law mandates in part that only physicians can perform surgical abortions, whereas previously nurse practitioners and midwives could also perform the procedure. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the court’s decision in conjunction with new laws on abortion passing the Arizona Legislature earlier this year, leave Planned Parenthood Arizona “with just six full- and part-time doctors to handle nearly 10,000 abortions a year, including a new state mandate for face-to-face doctor meetings with patients ahead of time.” Accordingly, only three locations, located in Glendale, Tempe and Tucson, will continue to offer abortion care. The impact of this announcement will be particularly felt by women living in more rural areas such as Flagstaff, Prescott Valle and Yuma. According to the Arizona Republic, “Planned Parenthood was the only provider offering the procedure in those areas. Now, those women will need to travel to the Valley or Tucson or go out of state.” The seven locations where abortions have been discontinued will remain open for other services including family planning, STI testing and treatment, and annual gynecological exams. Planned Parenthood Arizona president and CEO Bryan Howard vowed that the organization would “continue to fight these unconstitutional laws in court.”
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WRC Newsletter Disclaimer: Some of the events, views and opinions expressed in the UA WRC Newsletter are solely those of their authors and/or organizations, and do not necessarily reflect an endorsement by the Women’s Resource Center. The WRC encourages you to contact the event sponsor for more information.