The staff of the Women's Center is committed to increasing the knowledge and involvement of students around issues that pertain to women and gender in general. To meet the needs of our faculty and student organization leaders, we can provide an in-depth learning experience for your students, living group, or club. We have created a variety of 50 minute sessions on topics that are commonly requested. Each session includes lecture, discussion, and interactive activities that help to convey the presentation content. The seven topics below are now available, and can be reserved by completing a request form. Keep checking back as the semester progresses, as we will be adding the following sessions: Tough Guys: Men, Society, and Masculinity; Equity vs. Equality; The Dynamics of Sexual Assault; Power and Privilege; How Not To Be An Awkward Ally; Miss-Represented: Gender in Media; and This is What a Feminist Looks Like.
To request a presentation for your group or classroom please submit your request via this link. Please provide your request at least two weeks in advance of your preferred date of the presentation.
Presentations Currently Available:
All About the Women's Center
A Women's Center is a vital component of a thriving university campus. In this mostly informative session, we will talk about the history of our women's center and how it relates to the women's movement, what we do, the services and programs we provide, how you can get involved, and why it is so important that we are here.
Body image can be a troubling topic. Our society has very narrow guidelines about what makes a person attractive, and trying to fit into that box can be difficult, if not impossible. In addition, trying to change how we look and being unhappy about our appearance can prevent us from succeeding in many other aspects of our lives. This session addresses many of the ways we are subjected to messages about our bodies, and gives us strategies for to combat them and learn to love our bodies as they are.
As we seek to engage the campus community around topics of leadership, we are continually reminded of the models of leadership that are hierarchical, command-control based, and individualistic. This presentation will explore alternative methods of organization, structure, and leadership that incorporate feminist principles of shared decision-making, empowerment, collaboration, and equity. Participants will develop an increased understanding of the barriers and challenges facing women in accessing leadership roles; gain knowledge of strategies and techniques for building a more inclusive work environment; be able to differentiate between feminine and feminist styles of leadership;and articulate ways they can incorporate feminist leadership principles into their personal leadership style.
This hands-on session will provide useful tips for engaging in respectful, productive conversation over difficult issues. Participants will learn a communication process that fosters mutual respect, is conducive to the open sharing of views, values diversity of opinion, and allows us to participate equally in conversations about issues that matter to us.