Events and 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. 

Spring 2020 Events!

Centennial Celebrations

WCU Pay Equity Day

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s research, one year out of college, women and other historically marginalized gender identities are already paid significantly less than men. On March 31, explore pay equity issues. Show your support for pay equity by wearing RED all day. Join the conversation with a keynote address by Angela Dodson, author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot. The day will conclude with a Pay Equity workshop facilitated by Dr. Tonya Thames Taylor. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect here. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by Woman’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration planning committee [African American Studies, History Department, President's Commission on the Status of Women, Women and Gender Studies Department, and Center for Women & Gender Equity]

Time and Location: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 5:30-8:00pm, Sykes Ballroom B (110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19383) 

EqualiTea: Speaker Series 

The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Join noted speakers in conversation about themes and concepts related to social movements, democracy, citizenship, and inclusion that remain relevant to the present day. Tea and light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect here. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity.

Time and Location: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 3pm-4pm, Sykes Ballroom A

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 3pm-4pm, Sykes Ballroom A

Register for April 8, 2020 here

 

The Clothesline Project

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity throughout the month of April as we engage the campus community in advocacy work to end sexual violence in our community and support survivors. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity on social media throughout the month to find more information and events for #SAAM. Contact the cwge@wcupa.edu to find out how your organization can support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Time and Location: April 16, 2020 10am-3pm Academic Quad

Regsiter for the event here!

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. More drop locations can be found on RamConnect here. For more information or to get involved contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity.

Time and Location: January 21 through February 28, 2020. Locations vary acorss campus

Women of Color Day Celebration

All WCU women of color are invited to build community and celebrate each other’s achievements. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect here. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the Dowdy Multicultural Center.

Time and Location: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 11am-12:30PM, Sykes Ballrooms (110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19383) 

 Presentations 

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

 

Condom Bingo

This is not your Grandparent’s Bingo! Join us for a night of fun as we play bingo, learn some sexual health information, and win some great prizes. This is a fun, lighthearted activity where students can get comfortable with talking about sex and walk away with knowledge and tools to navigate sex in college. This program is typically co-presented with the Office of Wellness Promotion. 

Through this workshop, students will:

  • Identify components of enthusiastic consent.
  • List confidential campus resources.
  • Increase sexual health knowledge and skills.
  • Gain comfortability talking about sexualities and sex

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.

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. 

Event held February 11, 2020 3-4pm Sykes Ballroom A

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. 

Event held February 20, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 Alder Theater

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

Event held: Wednesday, February 26 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in Sykes 252

 

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