Fall 2011 Events

Body Culture & Fall 2011 Events

This term the Women's Center has decided to focus their events around a common theme, Body Culture. Body Culture will focus on the ideas, behaviors, and justices associated with our bodies and our perceptions of bodies. Body Culture encompasses a lot of things: from body image to reproductive justice. Event details will be added and updated as they are made.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Women's Center at 541-737-3186 or via email at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu


Weekly Events

Stitch & Bitch at the Women's Center!
Every Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm @ OSU Women’s Center
Bring your own project (any craft- it doesn't have to be stitching!), or use our supplies. Beginning knitting instruction offered. A short presentation at the beginning of each session will offer information on ways that crafting can be a form of activism. Come ready to craft, socialize, and have fun!
Graduate Women’s Network Thesis Support Group
Every Wednesday 5-7pm @ The WC
The GWN Thesis support group is a drop-in group for women at any stage in their thesis writing to receive and give peer feedback, brainstorm ideas, or quietly write in the company of other women.
Belly Dancing Lessons are here!
Every Wednesday at 7pm, OSU Women’s Center
Enjoy  meeting new people, training your body, and exploring international music. Stop by and dress up in beautiful belly dancing clothes. All are welcome!
Aerobics for Every Body.
Every Thursday at 4pm, The OSU Women's Center
Do you want a safe space to exercise that values all bodies and abilities? Do you want to work out but dread going to Dixon? Each Thursday afternoon the Women's Center will feature a different upbeat aerobics video. All are welcome!
Free Yoga at the Women’s Center!
Every Thursday at 5pm, OSU Women’s Center
Come together, slow down and find balance through yoga. Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s wisdom and health in a supportive environment. No experience necessary, come as you are!

Workshops & Events 

Coffee & Tea from Around the World October 13th 1-2pm
Come to the WC and join the staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women speakers give presentations on their cultural and social traditions. This includes a focus on social gathering customs and women's roles followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch.
Love your Body Day October 19th   10-2pm MU Quad
Join us as we create a body disparagement free zone in the MU Quad to explore and share the ways we love and celebrate our bodies! 
Breast Health with Courtney Everson  October 24th 5-6:30pm @ OSU Women’s Center
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Women’s Center is hosting Courtney Everson of the Human Reproductive Lab whose Masters research focused on breast health. She will be speaking about breast cancer, breast self exams, prevention efforts, treatment options, and screening methods. Stop by the Women’s Center all of October to check out the breast lump models on display to compare with healthy breasts for self exams. Alongside this event will be a breast film series on the politics of breast obsession in the U.S. and personal accounts of female body image. The series will be Tuesdays October 18th and 25th at 7pm at the Women’s Center.
Domestic Violence Awareness Panel  Tuesday October 25th  5-7pm @ OSU Women’s Center
What is a healthy relationship? What is intimate partner violence (IPV)? What can men do to help end IPV? What can you do when you, or a friend, are in an abusive relationship? Come and hear a representative from the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), a representative from Sexual Assault Support Services, a representative from Counseling and Psychological Services, answer these questions and talk about IPV and the rights and resources of survivors of IPV. This discussion will be LGBTQ inclusive.
Tricks and Treats: Halloween for Grown Ups  Wed October 26th 5:30-7
Come learn some new tips about how to spice up your sex life this Halloween – for yourself and/or a partner! Sexy communication skills, safety, and hot spots will be discussed. All are welcome!
Cross Cultural Halloween Party October 31st  7-10pm @ MU Ballroom
The OSU Women’s Center would like to invite International and American students to a cross-cultural celebration of American Halloween traditions! Activities include food, candy, music, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and more! Prizes will be given for best costumes!
Beyond the “Pro-Choice/Pro-Life” Debate: Exploring a Reproductive Justice Framework for Social Justice Organizing   
November 1, 5:30-7pm
It’s time to look beyond the “pro-choice/pro-life” debate and explore the ways in which we can create a more sustainable movement using a reproductive framework for social justice organizing.
The Graduate Women’s Network presents: $tart $mart      
Tuesday November 8, 2011 3-6pm MU 213
$tart $mart workshops provide college women who are approaching the job market the knowledge and skills to negotiate salaries and benefits so that they receive fair and realistic compensation.
The $tart $mart campus initiative covers the following topics in a three-hour workshop:
• The personal consequences of the gender wage gap throughout one’s lifetime
• A target salary for the specific job a student is pursuing
• The basics of salary negotiation including tone, tips and tactics, the sequence of salary negotiation, and practice through role-play exercises
• A bottom-line salary based on a “bare bones” budget to pay rent, buy groceries, repay student loans, and cover other basic expenses
Enrollment for this workshop is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Women’s Mental Health Series: Anxiety & Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome 
November 15, 6-8pm @ The WC
Learn how manage anxiety and anxiety attacks cause by stress, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, and more. This event focuses on exploring positive outlets and tools useful for calming anxiety. Friends of people with anxiety can benefit from this as well. Arts and Crafts will be used and created through-out the event, if you would like to participate in painting please dress accordingly. Special Guest speakers from CAPS and Active Minds. Snacks will be provided. Contact Jessica at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu for more information.
A Pregnancy Journey Series– Part 1 of 3 “Planning Your Pregnancy” November 22, 5:30-7pm Come learn how to have a truly planned pregnancy! Develop skills to track your ovulation and healthy tricks to optimize your chances of conceiving. Contraceptive options will also be discussed.
SisterScholars Socials 11/4, 12/2  12:30-2:30 at The Women’s Center
SisterScholars is a program for female-identified students to connect, learn, and socialize.  Throughout the year, SisterScholars will welcome guest speakers; sponsor workshops and educational sessions; and host socials for everyone to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and meet new friends. 

Positive Psychology
November 9, 12-1:30 @ The WC
Positive psychology is based on the idea that by dwelling on the positives in our lives we can increase our feelings of contentment. In this workshop you will learn how to cultivate mindfulness and understand positive psychology in order to enhance peace of mind. This program will provide an outlet for talking about difficulties that bring stress and a discussion of how to harness positive psychology.
Coffee & Tea from Around the World, 11/10 5:30-7pm ILLC Auditorium.
This will be an open forum for discussing global women’s issues. Our guest speakers include Simone Fobi from Cameroon, Yun Ji CHoi from South Korea, Kristina Milaj from Albania and Preedanood Prempreed from Thailand. Light refreshments provided.

Graduate Women’s Network Socials   11/9, 12/7  3-5pm @ Women’s Center
The Graduate Women’s Network (GWN) is open to any female-identified graduate student at Oregon State looking for a space to connect with other graduate students and learn from each other’s experiences.  At the GWN socials we will host round table discussions, welcome guest speakers, and get to know each other as a means of finding support and resources to help in your experience as a graduate student.  These socials, held the second Wednesday of each month from 3-5pm in the Women’s Center, will offer light refreshments before the Thesis Groups.