2015 in Review and Welcome Back from the Women’s Center!

Welcome back to campus, everybody! Before we share what’s going on with the Women’s Center this spring semester, we wanted to highlight some of the great things that happened in 2015!

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  • Way back in February, along with the GLBTA Programs Office, we hosted the Twin Cities premiere of The Mask You Live In, a documentary exploring toxic masculinity in the United States. You can borrow this film from the U of M Libraries and check out this resource on the importance of cultivating compassion in young boys.
  • In the spring, we talked about building racial equity into the intersections with Rinku Sen, who challenged us to keep raising the stakes as we strive for a better, more just world.
  • Fall semester saw the kick off of the Feminist Ambassador Brigade, the Women’s Center student volunteer program! Interested in learning more? Stop by the info session or sign up for the training in January – check the previous link for details.
  • September also meant the grand opening of the Women’s Center Study/Lounge in 65 Appleby. Since then there’s been a steady stream of students using the space. One person told us it’s “literally the nicest place on campus.” Aw, thanks!
  • And of course, we’ve seen you all proudly wearing your #UMNFeminist and #UMNFlawless hats! This scholarship fundraiser supports the Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship and you’ve probably spotted hats all over campus, the Twin Cities, and even coast-to-coast, from Oakland to D.C.!
  • This fall also saw the kick off of our new Feminist Fridays series, a monthly forum on equity topics. In case you missed it, check out these links to catch up: #SayHerName, looking at feminism through an indigenous lens, and intersections of disability and feminism.

What was your favorite Women’s Center moment of 2015? Leave a comment or tweet us @mnwomenscenter. Make sure you don’t miss what we’ve got going on in 2016 by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and signing up for our monthly e-news.

So speaking of 2016, we are pretty excited about some awesome collaborations this coming semester with partners across campus, and we think you will be too. Check out our our spring event calendar and visit us in Appleby Hall if you’d like your own copy:

Women's Center spring 2016 calendar

Click to view a PDF version or see the full calendar here

Tell us: which of these events or programs are you most looking forward to? Have a great start to your spring semester and see you soon!


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