Intersecting Identities-Bringing the Margins to the Center

Bringing the Margins to the Center

Our theme for winter term is intersecting identities. Intersecting identities can include your gender, sex, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, size, and other identities. Our programs and events will focus on different identities and they way that they intersect with each other in people's lives and in our society. 


*Information for events and programs will be added as it is finalized. If you have any questions please call the Women's Center at 541-737-3186 or email

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: "Choose in this Crucial Moment... to Empower": Empowering Kenya's Young Women while Recognizing My Privilege
January 19th, 4-5:00pm in the Women's Center
HDFS Student Mary Kessler will share how her own crucial moment led to supporting Kenyan girls in their education by a simple solution and in the process acknowledged her own privileges as a white, American woman.

At the Intersections: Lunchtime Film Series Each week The Women’s Center will feature documentaries and films about intersecting identities with a particular focus on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. A facilitated discussion about the film will take place after each screening.  Bring your own lunch and we’ll supply the dessert!

  • Week 1 Friday January 13th @ 1-3pm will feature Real Women Have Curves
  • Week 2 Tuesday January 16th @ 12-2pm will feature Two Spirits
  • Week 3 Friday January 27th @ 1-3pm will feature Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • Week 4 Tuesday January 31st @ 12-2pm will feature Southern Comfort
  • Week 5 Friday February 10 @ 1-3pm will feature If these Walls could Talk 2
  • Week 6 Tuesday February 14 @ 12-2 will feature We Always Resist: Trust Black Women
  • Week 7 Friday February 24 @ 1-3pm will feature Live Nude Girls Unite
  • Week 8 Tuesday February 28 @ 12-2 will feature Tongues Untied
  • Week 9 Friday March 9 @ 1-3 will feature Game Over: Gender, Race, and Violence in Video Games
  • Week 10 Tuesday March 13 @ 12-2 will feature Bread & Roses

Male Ally Group
February 1,8,15,22nd @8pm in the Women's Center
Men--are you interested in social change? Come join the Male Ally Group at the Women's Center to learn about and discuss issues of masculinity, male privilege, and how men can contribute to the fight for gender equality. We will be viewing a variety of documentaries about masculinity, such as Tough Guise, Dreamworlds, and The Bro Code, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Coffee and Tea From Around the World
February 1st 2-3pm
The Women’s Center will have International women from all over the world to discuss their cultural traditions, social customs and women’s roles. Q & A session to follow

Rosa Parks Birthday Celebration
Friday February 3rd, 12-2pm in the Women's Center
Come join us as we celebrate Rosa Parks, her significance in history, and her brave actions and activism towards social justice. We will have cake, snacks, and social justice themed birthday games as well as discussions honoring Rosa Parks' history.

Graduate Women’s Network Social                                                               
Tuesday February 7, 2-4pm @ Women’s Center, Tuesday March 7, 2-4pm
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.  2/7: We will be hosting a meet and greet with the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Brenda McComb.
3/7: This month for a CV writing workshop with Marian Moore from the Career Center.

Eating Healthy on a Budget                                                                                           
Tuesday February 7, 5-6:30pm                                                                                                      
How do you eat well on a tight budget? This is a series of mini presentations on getting the best foods on this diverse campus. 

FAT: Size Discrimination Series Part 1: Deconstructing Size Discrimination, Myths, and Stereotypes
Tuesday February 7, 7-8:30pm                                                                                                 
What does it mean to be fat in our society? Come discuss, learn, and breakdown the social stigmas and stereotypes surrounding size in our country. Learn about size discrimination and ways we can beat it, bust myths about fat people, and learn more about embracing all body types, shapes, and sizes. 

Valentines Day Card Making                                                                                                          Tuesday February 14th 9am-6pm                                                                                                                  Stop by the Women’s Center during Valentine’s Day to create a card for yourself or loved ones. Show yourself some appreciation for that good grade you got on that midterm, acknowledge your friend’s support, or bring some positivity in someone’s life with a cool, DIY Valentine’s Day card. Supplies and candy will be provided.

Budgets, Credit, & Savings…OH MY!
Tuesday, February 21, 3-5pm
Come learn basics about building a budget, managing your credit and starting to save!  Anissa Arthenayake, the Director of Community Education at OSU Federal, will be at the Women’s Center to talk about managing your money so that you can make sure that money doesn’t manage your life!  Bring your questions and be prepared to learn how to take your money back!

That’s So Gay! Queer Women’s Social Gathering
Tuesdays 5-7pm starting February 21st in the Women's Center
Join us for games, movies, crafts and conversation. All lesbian, bi, gay, pansexual, queer identified women welcome.

A Pregnancy Journey, Part 2 of 3: Pregnancy & Birth                                                                 February 23, 4:30-6pm
Pregnancy and birth experiences are deeply affected by one’s culture. Immigrant women and American healthcare providers face unique challenges as they find themselves at the intersections of health, gender, race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomics and the accompanying stereotypes of ‘otherness’. Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul will discuss her research in cross-cultural medicine and we will hear birth stories from various women describing their experiences in the medical system.

Clothing Swap at the Women’s Center!                                                                                   
February 23 & 24, 9-5pm                                                                                                                
The Women’s Center is proud to be participating in OSU’s Recyclemania programming. Want a new winter wardrobe? Want to get rid of that ugly Christmas sweater your grandma gave you? Stop by the Women’s Center on February 23rd & 24th. * Donations for clothing will be accepted beginning February 20th*

FAT: Size Discrimination Series , Part 2: Embracing Your Body                                               Wednesday March 7, 6-8:00pm                                                                                                  
What does it mean to be fat in our society? Come discuss, learn, and breakdown the social stigmas and stereotypes surrounding size in our country. Learn about size discrimination and ways we can beat it, bust myths about fat people, and learn more about embracing all body types, shapes, and sizes   

B.A.R.B.I.E: Banish All Ridiculous Body Image Expectations!                                                          March 9, 11-2pm, MU Quad
Come see what Barbie would look like if she were a real person! Compare Barbie with body types of Real women and learn the effects Barbie has had on body image, diversity, and cultural norms in the United States. 

Colonize This! Book Club                                                                                                                   
Every Other Wednesday, Women's Center
ASOSU Women’s Affairs Task Force and the Women’s Center invites to you attend the Women’s Book Club Circle.
The book we will be reading, analyzing and building conversation around is “Colonize This!” by Daisy Hernandez, Ed.S. Bushra Rehman.  This book and book club will focus on pressing and provocative issues of racism, privilege, class, social location, heterosexism and the oppression that is experienced in the lives of women of color. The book club will start Spring term. To sign up or get more information please email Meleani or Virginia at

Weekly Events

Stitch & Bitch                                                                                                                              
Mondays 4:00-5:30                                                                                                                           
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!


Belly Dancing                                                                                                                                
Mondays at 5:30pm                                                                                  
Enjoy meeting new people, training your body, and exploring international music. Stop by and dress up in beautiful belly dancing clothes. All are welcome!

Thursdays at 5pm                                                                                                                    
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!