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Brown Bag Lecture Series

Proudly Presented by the Department of Women's Studies and the Women's Resource and Action Center

April 2015(Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events)

April 6th-9th
Enough is Enough Week & Campaign to Stem Societal Violance Pledge Signing

Numerous events will be held through the week. Topics include Sexual Assault Awareness, bystander intervention, self-defense training and information on services available on campus.

Take the pledge against violence. Students who take the pledge are vowing to do what they can to keep our campus safe and peaceful. Everyone who signs the pledge will receive an Enough is Enough bracelet

Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct, the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, Housing and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotoract Club, and UMDPD.

Kirby Student Center & Kirby Commons

Wednesday Apr. 8th
12:00-1:00 pm
Brown Bag Series: PAVSA

Come and learn about the resources that are on-campus and in the community in relation to sexual assault. As well as learning about the steps to make when someone close to you or yourselves is sexually assaulted

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and PAVSA

Kirby Student Center 268

Wednesday, Apr. 8th
4:30pm-6pm
Bystander Intervention Training

Have you ever experienced a situation that made you feel like you wanted to step in and help someone but you didn't?? Join us in this interactive workshop that aims to deliver the message of how we can safely and effectively take care of each other and positively impact our campus culture. UMD, We Got Your Back!! Facilitated by the Peer Health Educators. Please RSVP with Dori Decker at ddecker@d.umn.edu

Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct, the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, Housing and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract Club, and UMDPD.

Garden Room

Wednesday, Apr 8th
8:30pm-9:30pm
Self Defense Training

Join UMDPD to learn basic self defence knowledge and skills to help keep yourslef safe on campus and in the community

Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct, the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, Housing and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotoract Club, and UMDPD

Griggs Hall Conference Hall

Thursday, Apr. 9th
3pm-4:30pm
BEST Party Model

Parties are mostly populated by well-intentioned men. These are men who respect and care about womrn, want them at parties, and want them to have a good time. Unfortunately, though, most well-intentioned men have deferred to the socially accepted party environment where men represent a continuous threat to women's safety, comfort, and ability to have fun. That isn't right. And it's time for a change. The BEST Party Model normalizes a process for campus men to join women in taking responsibility for the process of preventing violence agains women at parties.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct,the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, Housing and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract Club, and UMDPD.

Garden Room

Thursday, Apr. 9th
6:30pm-9:30pm
"The Hunting Ground" Sneak Preview Film Showing

UMD will be showing a special sneak preview of "The Hunting Ground". A startlying expose of the epidemic of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the brutal social toll the crimes take on survivors and their families. Like the student activists featured in the film, we all need to get involved in a big way. Talk about the issues. Organize an event, Take Action, We need your help to ensure there is change at our colleges and universities. The opportunity is now/

Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct, the Women's Resource & Action Center, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, Housing and Residence Life, Safe Haven, Men as Peacemakers, Rotaract Club, UMDPD,and Kirby Program Board

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Other Awesome Events!

Monday Apr. 13th
5:30pm-7pm
Art Enrichment Workshop

Come and join Susan Meyers and pschology student, Abby Splittstoesser, in Art Enrichment Group for students, staff, faculty and community members who are victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and PTSD, regardless of creative ecperience or ability, who wish touse art as a healing tool in a safe setting.

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and North Central Windows Program

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April 13th-17th
Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display meant to raise awareness and bear witness to domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse and violence against women. Each shirt tells the story of a different survivors experience. T-shirts are made by survivors and those who care about them. The shirts you see displayed here have been made by people in your community and tell true stories of people you may know. Decorating a T-shirt gives survivors the power to use their voice and tell their story. Many victims find that this artistic way of raising awareness has helped heal them on their journey. Please take a moment to look at the clothesline and think about what we can do to end the suffering!

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.

Kirby Bus Hub

Monday, Apr. 20th
9am-3pm
Beautiful U; Love Your Body, the World, and Consent

Come to the tabling area for sex education, learn what consent is, and take a photo to show support and love for your body, the world and of course consent.

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and the Beautiful U Committee

Kirby Commons

Monday, Apr 20th
5pm-8pm
Mock Rape Trial

The purpose of this trial is purely educational. The realities of an actual trial are often misunderstood due to sensationalized media presentations of victim/survivors, perpetrators of rape, and rape trials. St. Louis County Judge Tarnowsky will preside over a mock trial based on actual events. Student volunteers from the audience will comprise the jury.

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and the Beautiful U Committee

Kirby Ballroom

Monday, Apr. 20th
5:30pm-7pm
Art Enrichment Workshop

Come join Susan Meyers and psychology student, Abby Splittstoesser, in Art Enrichment Group for students, staff, faculty and community members who are victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and PTSD, regardless of creative experience or ability, who wish to use art as a healing tool in a safe setting

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and North Central Windows Program

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Tuesday, Apr. 21-Thursday, Apr. 23rd
9am-3pm
Sexual Assault Awareness Fundraising

Come support an organization in Duluth which helps victims/survivors of sexual assault

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and S.E.R.V.E.

Wednesday, Apr. 22
12:00-1:00pm
Brown Bag: Take Action Duluth

Liz Olson will be talking about Take Action Duluth

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

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Monday, Apr. 27th
5:30pm-7pm
Art Enrichment Workshop

Come and join Susan Meyers and psychology student, Abby Splittstoesser, in Art Enrichment Group for students, staff, faculty and community members who are vistims/survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and PTSD, regardless of creative experience or ability, who wish to use art as a healing tool in a safe setting.

Sponsored by the Women's Resource & Action Center and North Central Windows Program

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Sponsors of Women's History Month Events

UMD Women's Studies Department, Women's Resource and Action Center, Commission on Women, Health Services, School of Medicine, First Year Experience, Depeartment of Biology, Depeartment of Pyschology, Kirby Program Board, African American Student Prgrams, Black Student Association, Queer and Allied Student Union, Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Serices, Latino Chicano Student Association, Latino/Chicano Student Programs, Theatre Department, Office of Cultural Diversity, Alworth Institute, Access for All, Asian Pacific American Association; Duluth's Chapter of the AAUW; Amnesty International; YWCA; Association The Emily Program; The Junior League of Duluth; Duluth's HOTDISH Militia; and V-Day UMD

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • 50% of all women murdered in the United States are killed by a spouse or acquaintance.
  • 25-30% of adolescent relationships are abusive.
  • A woman is beaten every 9 seconds. One out of every 2 American women will be battered or physically abused by a partner in her lifetime.
  • Every 6 hours a man batters a woman partner to death.
  • Every day, 4 women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands.
  • 2/3 of all marriages will experience domestic violence at least once.
  • Family violence kills as many women every five years as the total number of Americans who dies in the Vietnam War.
  • There are 1,500 shelters for women experiencing domestic violence in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters.

Cell Phone Donation Program

Is your old cell phone collecting dust in a drawer? Put it to good use and donate it to Safe Haven Women's Shelter.

Your old phone will be refurbished and re-programmed with wireless emergency services and phone numbers and placed in the hands of a domestic abuse victim.

Drop it off at WRAC or MPIRG

Past Events

2001-2002

Fall Semester

Title
Description
Date
WRAC Presentations
Interns Mary Bue, Maggie Cho, and Heather Hamilton presented information on WRAC to Women's Studies classes.
September 9th - 13th
WRAC Open House
Refreshments, relaxation, and information with a musical performance by Haley Bonar
September 13th
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
September 19th, 20th
Volunteer Signup
Recruitment of WRAC volunteers.
September 27th
Library Display
Throughout the month of October, WRAC displayed literature relating to domestic violence in the Library Interior.
October
The Clothesline Project
Bearing witness to violence against women... borrowed from the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
October 1st - 4th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Sexual Assault and Date Rape
Information and prevention of sexual assault and date rape... presented by Saprina Matheny of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault
October 3rd
Silent Memorial
Honoring Native American Indian women killed by their intimate partners... the silhouettes came from Mending the Sacred Hoop
October 7th - 11th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Legal Aid
Attorney Brenda Denton answered legal questions about domestic abuse, restraining orders, orders of protection, harassment, single parent rights, and many others.
October 8th
Sharon Sayles Belton:
"Looking Back, Moving Forward"
Sharon Sayles Belton is the former mayor of Minneapolis. Her lecture was part of the Spectrum Lecture Series; WRAC cosponsored the event.
October 9th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Dynamics of Abusive Relationships
Presentation about the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships... presented by Lisa Radzak of Safe Haven Shelter
October 17th
Parish Masks
Masks displayed to represent victims of sexual assault... borrowed from Safe Haven Shelter
October 21st - 25th
Film:
A Woman's Place
In honor of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month... borrowed from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
October 22nd
Making Women's History Now!
WRAC was a cosponsor of this campus and community forum on the state of feminism in the Twin Ports.
October 25th
Brown Bag Lunch:
The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children
Lisa Radzak of Safe Haven Shelter discussed the impact of domestic abuse on children and preventative measures.
October 29th
Informational Table
Get Out Her Vote!
October 29th, 31st; November 4th, 5th
Women in the Weightroom
A collaboration with the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program. A two hour strength training seminar to learn the fundamentals of strength training.
November 6th
Susan Griffin:
War, Gender, and the Environment
Susan Griffin spoke about the interconnections between war, gender, and the destruction of the environment... cosponsored by WRAC.
November 11th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Women's Spirituality and the Role of Story
Presentation by Pamela Barbour, ordained United Methodist minister, organizational trainer, and collector of stories.
November 19th
Self-defense Workshop
A free self-defense workshop by Kim Campbell of On-Alert Self-defense
November 21st
Celebrating Women and Art
Art displayed by UMD folks and music by Mary Bue and Sara Softich.
December 6th
Holiday Open House
Relaxing before finals with refreshments and holiday cheer.
December 13th

Spring Semester

Brown Bag Lunch:
Stop the War in Iraq Protest... UMD Was There
A debriefing from students and faculty who attended the protest in Washington DC also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
January 27th
WRAC Presentations
Interns Mary Bue, Maggie Cho, and Heather Hamilton presented information on WRAC to Women's Studies classes.
January 27th - 31st
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
January 28th - 30th
WRAC Presentation
Intern Heather Hamilton presented the history of Women's History Month to a graduate sociology class.
January 28th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Eating Disorders and Women's Body Image
Actors from Stage II's play The Most Massive Woman Wins and Jean Baribeau-Thoennes from UMD Health Services discussed eating disorders and women's body image issues. Cosponsored by WRAC.
January 31st
Brown Bag Lunch:
Get Your Grandma into Action!
A presentation by the Northland Chapter of Grandmothers for Peace International...also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
February 3rd
Dr. Kevin Leicht:
The Future of Affirmative Action
Dr. Leicht brought into focus the core issues of the Affirmative Action debate... cosponsored by WRAC.
February 7th
Film:
The Rosa Parks Story
We celebrated Black History Month by presenting this film by director Julie Dash, featuring an Emmy-nominated performance by Angela Bassett.
February 17th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Doulas, Midwives, and Supportive Birth
Presentation by Jane Studelska... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
February 24th
Brown Bag Lunch:
The History of the American Association of University of Women
A discussion of feminism in the Twin Ports, given by Terri Griffiths, the president of the American Association of University Women... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
March 3rd
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
March 4th
Brown Bag Lunch: Hearing the Voices of Women from Nicaragua
A presentation at the Tweed Museum Lecture Gallery by Lynn Clark Pegg... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department.
March 6th
Judy Foreman presents College Women and Health Issues
As part of the Spectrum Lecture Series, Judy Foreman, a writer for The Boston Globe, discussed health issues facing college women today... cosponsored by WRAC.
March 6th
International Women's Day
Celebrating International Women's Day in the Kirby Lounge.
March 7th
Brown Bag Lunch:
The History of the Chester Creek House
Presented by Linda Estel... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
March 10th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Keeping Yourself Safe on Spring Break
A discussion of dangers on spring break and how to keep yourself and your friends safe... presented by Saprina Matheny of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault
March 12th
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
March 13th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Women Beware of Dangers to Your Reproductive Rights
Tina Welsh, the director of the Women's Health Center, discussed dangers to reproductive rights.
March 24th
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
March 25th

Brown Bag Lunch:
NOW and then... Is Activism a Lost Art?

A discussion of feminism in the Twin Ports given by Joyce Benson, president of the League of Women Voters...also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
March 31st
Films: "Dream Worlds II" and "Tough Guise"
WRAC and the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault presented these two movies toe address the media's role in gender violence and the way gender stereotypes influence sexual assault.
April 6th
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
April 8th
Self-defense Workshop
A free self-defense workshop by Kim Campbell of On-Alert Self-defense
April 8th
Mock Rape Trial
An awareness-raising event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month... cast included the Honorable Judge Gerald Martin, Attorneys Ben Stromberg and Heidi Murtonen, and Saprina Matheny of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault.
April 10th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Geography on the Masculinist Construction of Germany in the Love Parade
Presented by Olaf Kuhlke... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
April 14th
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
April 17th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Women ROCK! History of Women in Mountaineering
Presented by Kaija Webster of the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
April 21st
Informational Table
WRAC information presented at the Kirby tables.
April 22nd
Brown Bag Lunch:
Painting the Piano... Norwegian Sister Harriet Backer and Agathe Backer Grohndahl
Presented by Alison Aune and Jeanne Doty... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
April 23rd
Take Our Children to Work Day
This was WRAC's first year sponsoring the event (it was previously run by the Human Resources Department). It was also the first time that boys, as well as girls, were invited. Several different departments on campus hosted workshops to demonstrate professions available in their field.
April 24th
Take Back the Night
Rally and speak out about violence against women... cosponsored by WRAC.
April 24th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Communication- Women's Experiences with Abusive Communication in Organizations
Presented by Diane Sloane... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
April 28th
Brown Bag Lunch:
Feminist Mothers... An Open Round Table Discussion
Lead by Beth Bartlett... also sponsored by the Women's Studies Department
May 5th
International No Diet Day
Informational table in Kirby.
May 6th

 

2001-2002

Clothesline Project

7 Moons Concert

Brown Bag Lunch: Legal Aid

Clothing Drive

Silent Memorial

Brown Bag Lunch: Keeping Yourself Safe on Spring Break

Brown Bag Lunch: Dynamics of Abusive Relationships

International Women's Day

National Young Women's Day

Sheila Bland

Film: Defending Our Lives

Women's History Month

Brown Bag Lunch: Mary Hayes Grieco

Brown Bag Lunch: Body Image

Self-defense Workshop

Brown Bag Lunch: Men As Peace Makers

Brown Bag Lunch: Date Rape Drugs

Brown Bag Lunch: Date Rape

Celebrating Women in the Arts

Film: Summer Story

World AIDS Day

Take Back the Night

Holiday Open House

Women's Music Program

1999-2000

SERVE Carnival

Clothesline Project
Parish Mask Display

Annie Humphrey Concert
"Night in the Bullpub"

Magdalen Hsu-Li
Women's Health and Sexuality

Community Women's Health
Informational Tabling

Holiday Open House
FYE Newsletter

Presentation to RA's
Sexual Assault Presentation

"Aesthetics of Beauty"
International Women

Following Sprit's Flight
Celebrating Women Open House

National Women's Teleconference- Twin Cities Campus
Flower Sale to Benefit PAVSA

Hands Off!! Let's Talk!
Date Rape Play

Take Our Daughters to Work Day
Take Back the Night
 

Contact Us

Women's Resource and Action Center University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Student Center 266 1120 Kirby Drive Duluth, MN 55812-3085 (218) 726-6292 wrac@d.umn.edu

Office Hours

Monday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

If you need emergency assistance, please contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward in Kirby Student Center 233, (218) 726-8444, or swoodwar@d.umn.edu.

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