2010-2011 Past Events

Finding Balance through Yoga
5/10, 9-10a @ the Women’s Center
Spring term, we have the opportunity to come together, slow down, and practice yoga.  Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s great wisdom and health in a supportive and welcoming environment.  No experience necessary.  Come as you are!

Enjoy Your Body!
5/16, 5-7p @ the Women’s Center
Get a fresh perspective on body image and learn about size acceptance and body positivity. Come learn some new information about your body that will teach you to appreciate yourself in a whole new way!

Coffee & Tea from Around the World
5/18, 12p @ the Women’s Center

We'll have international women student from all over the world to discuss their cultural traditions, including a focus on society, social customs and women's roles. Q &A session to follow, and light snacks will be served. Please feel free to bring your lunch and take advantage of the Women’s Center’s fully stocked kitchen facilities. Bienvenidas!

GWN:  Graduate Women’s Network Social
5/20, 1-3p @ the Women’s Center
Come and relax before finals with the Graduate Women’s Network at an end of the term social! Along with good conversation we will be serving beverages and snacks. This social will give you the opportunity to network and get to know other graduate women here at Oregon State University. Families are welcome!

Relaxation through Arts and Crafts
5/20, 6-8p @ the Women’s Center
Arts and Crafts are a great way to relieve stress.  Come learn about the relaxing nature of crafts and the benefits they can have on your mental and physical health. Ever wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or quilt a basket? Did you know you can turn your favorite old t-shirt into a pillow? The therapeutic tool of art journaling will also be discussed in depth. Beginning crafters are welcome!

Recurring programs

Finding Balance through Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30a @ the Women’s Center

Spring term, we have the opportunity to come together, slow down, and practice yoga.  Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s great wisdom and health in a supportive and welcoming environment.  No experience necessary.  Come as you are!

Volunteer Orientation and Training
4/5, 4/6, 4/12, 4/13, 4p @ the Women’s Center
Want to Make a Difference in the OSU Community? Come volunteer at the Women’s Center! Volunteers fill a variety of roles at the Center, including working regular weekly shifts and assisting staff with events, programs, and special projects. You only need to attend one orientation date to become a volunteer. Contact Alea, the Volunteer Coordinator at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-3186

Coffee & Tea from Around the World
4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 12p @ the Women’s Center

We'll have international women student from all over the world to discuss their cultural traditions, including a focus on society, social customs and women's roles. Q &A session to follow, and light snacks will be served. Please feel free to bring your lunch and take advantage of the Women’s Center’s fully stocked kitchen facilities. Bienvenidas!

Weekly events

International Women’s Issues Speakers Series:  Documentary Screening – Finding Face w/ Dr. Patti Duncan
4/5, 5:30-7p @ Willamette West in Valley Library

Finding Face details the controversial case of Tat Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh's karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Cambodia's Undersecretary of State, Svay Sitha, and subsequently attacked with acid. The film contextualizes acid violence as both a human rights violation and a gendered form of violence. Marina, who was granted asylum to enter the U.S., struggles to emerge from a shattered self-image and escape a constant state of fear. She breaks her long silence with the hope that she can gain some form of justice, if not in the judicial system then at least in the court of public opinion.

Patti Duncan is associate professor of Women’s Studies at OSU where she specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color studies, and Asian Pacific American women’s writings. She is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech, and numerous articles about women of color, feminist pedagogies, transnational feminisms, and the effects of militarism on women. 

GWN:  Graduate Women’s Network Social
4/14, 4-5:30p @ the Women’s Center
Want to meet other graduate women here at Oregon State University? Then come check out our Graduate Women’s Network social! Kick off the term with a social that will give you the opportunity to network and meet other graduate women on our campus. We will be serving cookies and hot beverages. Families are welcome!

The Greatest Silence: A Documentary on Women’s Experiences in the Congo
4/18, 6-8 p @ the Native American Longhouse
Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and tens of thousands of women have been raped and tortured as a weapon of war. An Emmy Award Nominated film and winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary tells the stories of these women that have never been told before.

Jean Kilbourne: Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and the Corruption of Relationships
4/19, 7-9p @ LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.

This lecture will examine how women are depicted in the media and how addictions related to alcohol, tobacco, food and thinness are manipulated by the media. Kilbourne is one of the top 3 campus speakers in the U.S. according to the NY Times

OSU Confidence Conference
4/22, 1-5p @ the Memorial Union

This conference will raise awareness of challenges that women face in building self-confidence (body image, media representations of women, societal expectations); build skills toward improving confidence (public speaking, goal-setting, negotiating, empowerment, sexual confidence); create a shift in student attitudes and actions toward addressing inequities (activism, social justice)

Sponsored by OSU Women’s Center, Panhellenic Council, Office of Greek Life

Link for workshop schedule
Link for registration

International Women’s Issues Speakers Series:  Finding Immigrant Mothers-to-Be Justice in the Clinic - Intersectionality in Immigrant Obstetrics
5/3, 5:30-7pm @ Willamette West in Valley Library.

Very little is known about provider-patient interaction in cross-cultural medicine, especially in the matter of women’s health. Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul's case study examines cross-cultural medical interactions between immigrant women of various ethnicities/socioeconomic classes, and clinic personnel in a rapidly growing Midwestern town. Symbolic interaction, as well as acculturation and feminist theories were used to frame the study’s findings. 

The research of Dr. Fernandes-Paul revealed added stressors of pregnancy and new motherhood that are unique to positions of intersectionality, occupied by all of the immigrant women in this study. Language, race, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural beliefs and behaviors were all, among many other factors, contributing to the underlying unequal power differential that marks the interactions between clinic personnel and immigrant women.  This study also unearths the muddiness that ails our medical system and how health care providers find themselves at the crossroads of fairness and compassion while working through the unique dilemmas posed by cross-cultural medicine.

Dr. Fernandes-Paul serves as Program Associate and Assistant to the director for the Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity Office, and serves on the boards of Crossroads International, President's Commission on the Status of Womens (PCOSW) and the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Alliance (SARPA). She joined OSU in May 2008 after receiving her doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.

Women of Achievement Award Ceremony
4/26, 3:30-5:30p @ Memorial Union Lounge
Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center Advisory Board at Oregon State University (OSU) presents the Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. These awards are given to encourage women in their work and to let them know their contributions do not go unnoticed.

Fight Fair: How to Deal with Conflict in Your Intimate Relationships
4/28, 6-7:30p @ the Women's Center
In this workshop we will explore different communication styles and how they can play out in our intimate relationships. We will look at unhealthy ways to deal with conflict and offer positive alternatives that will help participants develop more effective and productive ways to talk to their partner(s).

Mom’s Weekend:  Helping Kenyan Girls, One Pad at a Time
4/30, 11-3p @ the Women’s Center
What limits women’s education in developing nations? For one, more than 1 in 10 school-aged girls either skip school while menstruating or drops out entirely. Join the cause! The Women’s Center is making reusable cloth feminine pads for the Kilgoris Girls’ school in Kenya. Collaborative stitch-in takes place Saturday 11-3pm Mom’s Weekend. No experience needed. All materials provided. 

Link to Mom's Weekend

Enjoy Your Body!
5/16, 5-7p @ the Women’s Center
Get a fresh perspective on body image and learn about size acceptance and body positivity. Come learn some new information about your body that will teach you to appreciate yourself in a whole new way!

GWN:  Graduate Women’s Network Social
5/20, 1-3p @ the Women’s Center
Come and relax before finals with the Graduate Women’s Network at an end of the term social! Along with good conversation we will be serving beverages and snacks. This social will give you the opportunity to network and get to know other graduate women here at Oregon State University. Families are welcome!

Relaxation through Arts and Crafts
5/20, 6-8p @ the Women’s Center
Arts and Crafts are a great way to relieve stress.  Come learn about the relaxing nature of crafts and the benefits they can have on your mental and physical health. Ever wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or quilt a basket? Did you know you can turn your favorite old t-shirt into a pillow? The therapeutic tool of art journaling will also be discussed in depth. Beginning crafters are welcome! 

The Women’s Center’s Annual Feminist Fair: Pockets of Feminism
5/26, 11-4p @ MU Quad
Every year the Women’s Center hosts a fair celebrating feminist organizations at OSU and in the community. Explore our very own red tent, learn international dances, and have a (root) beer with a feminist while discussing current topics affecting women. Free refreshments will be available.

Spa Night
5/27, 6-8p @ the Women’s Center
Over stressed over dead week?  Need a break to relax before finals?  Spa Night at the Women?s Center will be full of relaxing activities to make your body feel good again.  The best part about it, is that its Do it yourself, we?ll be teaching how to make your own facial scrubs, massage oils, and more!  Not only will you be able to relax, you?ll learn the skills necessary to make every night a spa night!

Recurring programs

Finding Balance through Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30a @ the Women’s Center

Starts on January 11.  This Winter term we have the opportunity to come together, slow down, and practice yoga.  Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s great wisdom and health in a supportive and welcoming environment.  No experience necessary.  Come as you are!

The Women's Leadership Initiative Speakers Series
Wednesdays, 4-5:30p @ the Women’s Center

The WLI engages students in conversation and action with women leaders from Oregon State University and from around the state. Speakers like State Representative, Sara Gelser to Dean of Student Life, Mamta Accapadi will hold seminars with students to talk about their own journeys into leadership roles. StrengthsQuest assessment training is offered to all who participate. Networking with other student leaders on campus (and emerging leaders) is one of the benefits of participation. The WLI also offers active participants a chance to attend local, regional and national conferences to advance their leadership skills.

Weekly programs

Women's Mental Health Series:  Living with ADHD & ADD
1/10, 1p @ the Women’s Center

Do you ever feel like you face some challenges in your learning? Shailagh Clark from CAPS will be presenting on ADD, ADHD, and other learning disabilities in women.  Learn some important facts and find ways you can advocate for yourself and get the most out of your learning and studying styles.
Link to CAPS

Winter Art Reception Featuring Lynda Rae
1/10, 4-5:30p @ the Women’s Center
Please join us for treats, beautiful art work, and conversation with the artist Lynda Rae!

Women’s Center Volunteer Orientation and Training
1/11 and 1/12, 11-1p @ the Women’s Center

Want to make a difference in your community? Come volunteer for the Women’s Center! Contact Alea at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Coffee & Tea from around the World
1/12, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch. Bienvenidas!

GWN:  Professional Development - Writing Workshop for Graduate Women
1/13, 12-1:30p @ the Women's Center

Want to polish your CV, resume, and cover letters? In this lunchtime writing workshop, and under the guidance of staff from the Writing Center, we will receive pointers and tips on how to improve our professional identity through writing. Be sure to bring a sample CV, resume, cover letter, or other writing sample for a chance to participate in a constructive peer-review. Light refreshments will be provided.
Link to Graduate Women’s Network

Link to Writing Center

Women's Center Volunteer Orientation and Training
1/18 and 1/19, 11-1p @ the Women’s Center

Want to make a difference in your community? Come volunteer for the Women’s Center! Contact Alea at womenscenter@oregonstate.edu for more information.

GWN:  Business and Professional Attire Clothing Swap
1/20, 6-7:30p @ the Women's Center

The Graduate Women’s Network has the perfect solution for dressing professionally on a budget—a clothing swap!  Get ready to revamp your professional wardrobe and to switch out the clothing items that aren’t quite rocking your biz-casual world anymore.  All clothing, shoes, and accessories that can be incorporated into professional attire are welcome. Bring those blazers that have migrated to the back of your closet and haven’t moved for a year.  Refresh your collection of dress shirts, skirts, and jackets. Come enjoy some tea or coffee and find some new duds. All clothing sizes welcome. Remaining clothing will be donated to Goodwill.
Link to GWN

SisterScholars Social
1/21, 4-6p @ the Women’s Center

SisterScholars Socials are networking opportunities, where mentors and mentees can mingle and share resources. Come and grab a snack, some tea and visit with your fellow SisterScholars.
Link to SisterScholars

Women's Mental Health Series:  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
1/24, 1p @ the Women’s Center

PTSD is a mental disorder commonly associated with veterans of war, particularly men.  However, many women are affected with PTSD either as a veteran of war, a survivor of sexual assault, or other traumatic experiences.  Linda Anderson from CAPS will be presenting information on women with PTSD.  Learn the facts of the disorder and how to help people living with PTSD.
Link to CAPS

DIY Series:  10 Creative Ways to Reconstruct a T-Shirt
1/24 6-7:30p @ the Women’s Center

Do you have a pile of old t-shirts lying in your closet?  Bring them to the Women's Center and learn 10 ways to reconstruct your t-shirt! There will be no-sew and simple sewing ideas so everyone is welcome! What can you make out of a plain ol' t-shirt? Well... a pillow, reusable grocery bag, scarf, leg and wrist warmers, bracelets, and head bands, OR for all you interested in learning how to sew, there are TONS of t-shrit recon ideas! 

Coffee & Tea from around the World
1/26, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch. Bienvenidas!

Roe v. Wade 38th Anniversary Event - CANCELED
1/27, 5-7p @ the Women's Center

Poet Judith Arcana will speak about her experiences as a member of the Jane Collective, a group of women in Chicago that performed abortions illegally in the 1960s and early 1970s.  Come and learn about what life was like for women before Roe v. Wade passed in 1973.

This event is free and open to all OSU students and Corvallis community members.  A collection of essays, poems, and stories written by the Jane Collective will be available for a $7 cash donation.
Link to Judith Arcana
Link to Jane Collective

DIY Series:  Money Management
1/27, 5-6:30p @ MU 213

Ever wanted to feel more in control of your finances but felt as if you didn’t have the tools to get started? OSU Federal Credit Union’s Director of Community Education Anissa Arthenayake will be introducing us to investing, saving, paying back loans, insurance and much more! The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Everyone is welcome to come and educate themselves on an important issue that affects us all.
Link to OSU Credit Union

LUNAFEST
1/29, 7p @ LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium

Filled with stories of reflection and whimsy, hope and humor, grace and perseverance, LUNAFEST films are renowned for celebrating the talents and stories of women. Collectively, LUNAFEST films captivate audiences, compel dialogue and arm those who participate with both the knowledge and the motivation to make a difference in their communities.
Link to Lunafest

Women's Mental Health Series:  Addictions and Substance Abuse
1/31, 1p @ the Women’s Center

Are you or someone you care about struggling to change an old habit or having trouble controlling addictive behaviors?  Come learn some important facts about addiction, and find some new strategies and healthy alternatives to help change destructive patterns in your life.

Dr. Sunil Khanna at International Women’s Awareness Speakers Series
2/1, 5:30-7pm @ Valley Library, Willamette East and West Conference Room
Dr. Sunil Khanna, an OSU Anthropology Professor, will discuss his latest research on patriarchy, reproductive technology and female selective abortion practices in India. Dr. Khanna's work- "Fetal/Fatal Knowledge: New Reproductive Technologies and Family-Building Strategies in India" was published by Cengage/Wadsworth in 2009.
Link to Valley Library

DIY Series:  Oil Change
2/2, 6-7:30p @ Clayton's Auto Repair 797 NE Circle Blvd

Who says that changing the oil in your car is something only boys should know?  Come learn how to change your oil, make your vehicle last longer, (you'll learn the things car manufacturers won't tell you), and the basic parts of your car's engine so next time you take it to the mechanic you'll be able to understand what he or she is talking about!  This DIY will be taught by Jonna at  Clayton’s Auto Repair in Corvallis.
Link to Clayton’s Auto Repair

DIY Series:  Knitting and Crocheting
2/4, 1p @ the Women’s Center

Does the idea of turning a skein of yarn into a coaster sound terribly intimidating? Want some tips and tricks to crotchet or knit your own coaster! The skills will translate well to scarves or hats too! We'll provide the yarn and hooks or needles, just bring a willingness to learn! There will be tea, coffee and cookies!

SS:  Professional Development Event – Strengthsquest Evaluation Training
2/4, 4-6p @ the Women’s Center

Come and learn how to use the skills you are strongest in to your advantage academically and professionally.
Link to SisterScholars

GWN:  Professional Identity Development Series—Confidence and Mental Health
2/8, 4-6pm @ the Women’s Center

Professionals from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) will present information and tips for addressing issues of self-esteem and self-worth, specifically geared toward the challenges faced by women in graduate school. The GWN Professional Development Series is focused on providing support for practical skill-building in the areas of assertiveness, confidence, and positive self-promotion.
Link to GWN

Link to CAPS

Coffee & Tea from around the World
2/9, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch. Bienvenidas!

Find Your Voice: Speak Your Truth!  Women’s Art Show Reception
2/10, 4-5p @ MU Lounge

Art submitted by female-identified OSU community members is featured in the MU Concourse every Winter term.  “Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth!” is the theme for this year.  All are invited to this reception to enjoy the art work of the OSU community.

SisterScholars Social
2/18, 4-6p @ the Women’s Center

SisterScholars Socials are networking opportunities, where mentors and mentees can mingle and share resources. Come and grab a snack, some tea and visit with your fellow SisterScholars.
Link to SisterScholars

Women's Mental Health Series:  Real Women, Real Tips for dealing with anxiety
2/21, 1p @ the Women’s Center
A panel of women students will discuss personal experiences with anxiety in life as a college student and a woman.  This honest conversation will be facilitated by women center staff with the goal of helping other students learn ways to more effectively manage anxiety.
Link to CAPS

GWN:  Cake Day!
2/22, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Attention All Graduate Women: Celebrate your accomplishments—You’ve made it halfway through the year!  Now come eat cake and celebrate with your fellow graduate women.  Take a break from your research and studying and enjoy the world beyond office, classroom, and library.  We’ve made it this far—now it’s time for dessert
Link to GWN

Coffee & Tea from around the World
2/23, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch. Bienvenidas!

Women's Mental Health Series:  The Ups and Downs of Depression
2/28, 1p @ the Women’s Center

This open discussion will address the problems women face in maintaining life balance and managing the symptoms of depression.  A panel of women will share personal stories as well as techniques for working through the challenges of having depression, being a college student, and a woman.
Link to CAPS

That Takes Ovaries! Performance and Discussion
3/1, 5p @ the Women’s Center

Come enjoy a kick-off event for Women’s History Month by celebrating the lives of women who had the courage to find their voice and speak out.  There will be a series of monologues read followed by an open mic for audience members to share stories of a time when they, or a woman they know, did something that took ovaries to accomplish.
Link to That Takes Ovaries

International Women’s Speakers Series
3/1, 5:30-7pm @ Valley Library, Willamette East and West Conference Room

Women from around the globe will speak about international women's health and social justice issues with time for Q&A and discussion afterward. Snacks and beverages served. Everyone welcome!

DIY Series:  Spring Cleaning with “Green” Products
3/2, 6-8p @ the Women’s Center

Are you avoiding spring cleaning because of the toxic smell? Hate scrubbing because it makes you dizzy? With a minimum of effort, you can make inexpensive, nontoxic, natural cleansing products for your home. This class explains the sanitizing properties of common household ingredients, and combines them into “green” recipes for attendees to sample and take home.

DIY Series:  Menstrual Products
3/3, 6p @ the Women’s Center

Tired of stuffy “sanitary napkins”? Consider homemade menstrual pads! They are comfortably customized to your use and preference, and are a healthy alternative to the variety of chemicals found in synthetic products. Nothing to buy and nothing to throw out! “On the Rag” never felt this good.  This intimately set class gets women together to design and fashion reusable cloth menstrual pads. Patterns and materials will be provided.

Coffee & Tea from around the World
3/9, 12p @ the Women’s Center

Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they'd like to bring lunch. Bienvenidas!

SisterScholars Social
3/18, 4-6p @ the Women’s Center

SisterScholars Socials are networking opportunities, where mentors and mentees can mingle and share resources. Come and grab a snack, some tea and visit with your fellow SisterScholars.
Link to SisterScholars