In addition to our signature events, the Women’s Center partners with other campus and community organizations, departments and units to provide engaging and educational programs and initiatives about women’s and gender equity and social justice. In addition, Women’s Center staff try to have a presence at similar events sponsored by our colleagues and allies. In case you missed it, here’s an event wrap-up from the last week:
On September 17, we partnered with the School of Public Health for the first film in their Public Health Film Series. The film screened was Absolutely Safe, which focused on the controversy around breast implant safety. About 100 people came out to see the film, and also engage in post-film discussion led by Carol Ciancutti-Leyva, filmmaker, & Judy Norsigian, co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves. We were happy to partner with the School of Public Health, and to join other partners like the Center for Spirituality & Healing, the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and the School of Nursing.
On September 18, a few Women’s Center staff attended an incredibly rich discussion about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Program sponsored “Profiling & Stereotypes: What We Learned From the Trayvon Martin Murder,” as a part of their ongoing Media Matters Wednesday series. Co-sponsors included the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Coalition For A Respectful U, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and the Office For Student Affairs. To read some of the conversation, and to view some of the incredibly powerful media they showed during the event, catch up with the event hashtag, #MLKmmw. We’ll leave you with one of the most resonant pieces: “American Woods,” a poetry video from Ed Bok Lee about the Chai Vang case.