Events & Programs

Co-Curricular Learning

Our goal is to partner with faculty to complement their curriculum, supplement the classroom experience, and provide professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals employed in the Center for Women and Gender Equity. Many of our presentations are facilitated by paid peer educators. A partnership between Center for Women and Gender Equity staff and faculty/staff ensure a successful experience for your students. 

 Presentations 

  • Request a presentation for your course section, club, organization, or team please email us at cwge@wcupa.edu or call us at 610-436-2122!
  • Please try to be as specific as possible in your request, but we are happy to work with you to develop a presentation that will meet your needs.
  • Please allow adequate time for the CW&GE staff to prepare for each presentation; we recommend at least 2 weeks prior to the requested presentation date. 
  • A more in-depth description of each of our presentations is listed below: 

Situationships

This 50-minute presentation is dedicated to making consent the new normal, and not just when it comes to sex. The presentation includes videos, activities and audience participation. The topics build off each other, starting with personal boundaries, communication and ending with consent. The goals of Situationships is to:

  • Explore definitions and the connections between boundaries, situationships and consent
  • Identify ways YOU (as a student) can create a campus climate that prevents violence.
  • Engage peers in conversations about boundaries, situationships and consent

 

Sexy Bingo

This is not your grandparents' bingo! Join us for a night of fun as we learn about safer sex and discover helpful resources through this new twist on a classic game. Engage in conversations about healthy sexuality and learn about safer sex practices, sexual anatomy, and pleasure. 

Through this workshop, students will:

  • Recognize common sexual health vocabulary 
  • Identify and name body parts with accurate language  
  • Apply understanding of barrier methods through demonstrations & minigames 

Rams Step Up!

RAMS STEP UP! is a pro-social, peer educator led, bystander intervention education program. The goals of RAMS STEP UP! workshop are to: raise awareness of helping behavior, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems and ensuring the safety and well-being of others. RAMS STEP UP! aims to get bystanders to take action when they see a problematic event. This experience is delivered by trained undergraduate peer educators. This experience is delivered in either (1) one 120 minute part or (2) two 60-minute parts (120 minutes total), delivered sequentially via Zoom, and is highly interactive. Staff will provide a few videos and slides for students to look at and engage with before Part 1 of the program.  

  • Part 1: Introduces students to the bystander effect, engages students in considering situations where they have seen problems, encourages students to consider barriers to helping behavior in breakout rooms, and introduces strategies for helping. 
  • Part 2: Applies concepts introduced in Part 1 to develop skills and confidence when responding to problems. Students will practice identifying strategies for helping in video examples and scenarios. Allows students to practice skills in identifying harmful situations and stepping up and acting when they see a problematic event. 
  • This experience can be offered at any point during the semester 
  • Staff will provide all materials and resources needed including Zoom log in 
  • Contact:  Mx. Tess Benser, Assistant Director tbenser@wcupa.edu, x2151

 

To request Rams Step Up! delivered virtually please complete the following form

To request Rams Step Up! delivered in-person, please complete this form.

Spring 2022 Events & Initiatives (scroll through events by clicking numbers)

  • Working Toward Justice Through Body-Map Storytelling 

    Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm, via Zoom  
    The process of sharing stories helps people recognize themselves and others in an empowerment process. Join us for a body map storytelling workshop as a space to share, honor and uplift. No artistic or mapmaking experience needed. This workshop will be facilitated by noted scholar Dr. Betsy Sweet. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect at this link.  Enrolled participants will be provided a free art kit to support participation in this experience. Brought to you by WCU It's On Us, The Center for Women & Gender Equity, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & The Counseling Center. This workshop is funded by a 2021 It's On Us PA Grant. For more information, contact the Center for Women & Gender Equity via e-mail (cwge@wcupa.edu).

  • Be’s in the Trap: Migrating sound and culture, disrupting respectability and gender with Trap music 

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm, via Zoom 
    Dr. KAIA SHIVERS is a writer and media studies scholar working in Liberal Studies at New York University. She describes her work in three words—academia, artistry and activism—because these aspects of her life often intertwine. Dr. Shivers joins the Dowdy Multicultural Center as the 2022 Black History Month Cultural Month Speaker. Dr. Shivers’ research focuses on African religious traditions, black representations in media and the African diaspora. In this important community conversation, she offers a critical examination of the role of TRAP music in disrupting conceptions of respectability and gender. We hope you will join the conversation.  For more information contact dowdy@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center, Center for Women & Gender Equity, and the 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series. 

  • Student Parent Support Space

    Saturday, February 19th, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30 pm, Zoom event 
    Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the WCUPA Counseling Center as we hold space for student parents to connect, build relationships, learn about resources and inform future efforts to support their success at WCU. Registration available via RamConnect here. For more information, contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity, WCUPA Counseling Center and the Student Parent Subcommittee of the Student Success & Retention Council.  

  • EqualiTea Speaker Series- The Affirmation Queen: Resisting Their Expectations of the Black Woman in the Academy featuring Dr. Tiffany Lane  

    Monday, February 21, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Zoom event  
    Members of the WCU community are invited to explore gender justice issues, navigate pathways to success, and build community. EqualiTea Speaker Series sessions are organized thematically for the year. The theme for 2021-2022 is Gender and Jobs. In this session, Dr. Lane will share findings from their research about the experiences of Black women navigating employment in higher education.  For more info, e-mail cwge@wcupa.edu. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect at this link. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series. 

  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month Event 

    Monday, February 28th, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Location TBA  
    This event is designed to inform about myths and facts related to human and labor trafficking, what students can do to address the harm that occurs, and to understand how social media contributes to the issue. Pre-registration will be available via RamConnect in early February. For more information, contact cwge@wcupa.edu.  Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity.  

  • Beginning in March: Women’s History Month

    Join us as we commemorate the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity on social media throughout the month to find more information and events for #WHM. Contact cwge@wcupa.edu to find out how you or your organization can support Women’s History Month at WCU. 

  • Sexy Bingo

    Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Location TBA  
    This is not your grandparents’ bingo! Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity for a fun bingo game to grow your sexuality education and celebrate International Women’s Day! Engage in conversations about sexuality and learn about safer sex practices, sexual anatomy, sexual behavior and preference, and pleasure. Winners will be given prizes. Registration is not required but encouraged! Registration available via RamConnect here. For more information, contact cwge@wcupa.edu.

  • EqualiTea Speaker Series- A PhD Is Not Enough featuring Dr. Chandra Chomicki 

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:00pm-4:00pm, via Zoom  
    Members of the WCU community are invited to explore gender justice issues, navigate pathways to success, and build community. EqualiTea Speaker Series sessions are organized thematically for the year. The theme for 2021-2022 is Gender and Jobs. In this session, Dr. Chomicki will share insights and recommendations about developing a career path during massive disruptions such as economic crises and a global pandemic. For more info, e-mail cwge@wcupa.edu. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect at this link. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series. 

  • Second Annual Gender Justice Conference  

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, 10:00am-8:00pm, Sykes Student Union and Via Zoom  
    The Gender Justice Conference planning committee invites the campus community to the Second Annual Gender Justice Conference on March 30th, 2022.

    In 2021, the First Annual Gender Justice Conference was thematically organized around the groundbreaking research published in Sexual Citizens by Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Dr. Shamus Khan, which examined the ways that identity and power influenced the sexual lives and vulnerabilities to harm of college students. If you would like to learn more about last year’s conference, please look at the 2021 Virtual Conference Support Hub. There you can find session recording links, presenter bios, and our community agreement. This year we would like to build on the learning we embarked on with last year’s conference and continued into the fall semester with our It’s On Us Speaks event with Sonalee Rashatwar (they/he), whose talk spoke to the connection between diet culture and rape culture, and how this is itself rooted in anti-black racism and white supremacy.    

    Our hope for the 2nd annual conference is to continue to examine the ways that all oppressions are intrinsically linked, and work to co-create an environment where transformative justice is possible, where everyone’s safety is secured, and where everyone finds a space of connection and belonging.  Topics will include dismantling leadership barriers commonly linked to gender identities, coalition building across difference, developing strategies for engaging in social change work and cultivating a community of collaborators, mentors, and allies. Participants will critically examine social justice issues through an intersectional lens and be encouraged to apply what they learn into their day to day lives and in their communities. 

    After completing this experience, all students will be able to:  

    • Define gender justice   
    • Identify that multiple social identities are connected to social change movements   
    •  Learn effective strategies to advocate for themselves and others specifically regarding issues of oppression based on intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class status, abilities, etc.   
    •  Establish a network of allies for collaboration, support, and mentorship.  
    •  Develop an action plan for social change work on a gender justice topic 

    Additional information and registration can be found on RamConnect at this link and @wcu_cwge on Instagram. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by various campus partners, Center for Women & Gender Equity, 2021 It's On Us PA Grant and the 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series. 

    Gender Justice Conference call for proposals & artwork

    The Gender Justice Conference Planning Committee would like to invite you to submit a proposal for our Second Annual Gender Justice Conference to be held on March 30th, 2022. This conference experience is dedicated to exploring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage in social change work with a specific focus on disrupting gender oppression, particularly as it intersects with other forms of oppression. Our vision for the 2022 conference is to continue to examine the ways that all oppressions are intrinsically linked. We aim to co-create an environment where transformative justice is not merely possible but standard, where everyone’s safety is secured, and where everyone finds a space of connection and belonging. We position this conference to center the voices and lived experiences of those who have been harmed by systemic oppression, uplift those whose oppressions are often made invisible, and offer space for self-authorship and the creation of new narratives.

    The conference committee encourages proposals on topics including self-authorship and narrative building, dismantling leadership barriers commonly linked to gender identities, coalition building across difference, developing strategies for engaging in social change work, and cultivating a community of collaborators, mentors, and allies. Participants will critically examine social justice issues through an intersectional lens and be encouraged to apply what they learn into their day-to-day lives and in their communities. The conference committee encourages artistic submissions from the WCU community with themes including self-authorship and narrative building, coalition building across difference, radical self-love, finding joy and healing in resistance, and cultivating a community of care and collaboration. Participants are encouraged to submit works across a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to visual art, poetry, prose, music (recording, composition, or pre-recorded performance), dance or theatrical performance, and fashion, makeup, and nail art video or display, as well as interactive practices that incorporate artistic expression (such as yoga, ballet basics, mindfulness meditation).

    All submissions are due by February 27, 2022 by 11:59pm. Questions or concerns can be directed to Tess Benser at TBENSER@wcupa.edu.  

    Gender justice conference featured speaker chloe gong

    Wednesday, March 30th, 3:00pm, via Zoom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel Our Violent Ends. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult.

    Gender Justice Conference Keynote Speaker Ericka Hart 

    Wednesday, March 30th, 6:00pm, via Zoom 
    Ericka Hart, M.Ed., pronouns: she/they, is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Her work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications including Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Allure, Huffington Post, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Glamour, Elle, Essence, Fader, Refinery 29, and is the face of three running PSAs on the television channel VICELAND. Ericka’s voice is rooted in leading edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity. Ericka co-hosts Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast and misses Whitney more than you. Additional information and registration can be found on RamConnect at this link. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by various campus partners, Center for Women & Gender Equity, 2021 It's On Us PA Grant and the 150th Anniversary Diversity Speaker Series. 

  • Beginning in APRIL: SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH 

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity throughout the month of April as we engage the campus community in advocacy work to end sexual violence in our community and support survivors. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity on social media throughout the month to find more information and events for #SAAM. Contact the cwge@wcupa.edu to find out how you or your organization can support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Clothesline Project 

    Wednesday April 13th, 2022, via social media and on the Academic Quad (rain location: Sykes Ballrooms) 
    Stand in solidarity with survivors of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking). This living arts display was created by members of our community impacted by interpersonal violence since the 1990’s. Walk through the display and/or leave a message to honor and support survivors and their loved ones. Additional information and registration can be found on RamConnect at this link. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity. 

  • Take Back the Night 

    Thursday, April 21st, 2022, 6pm – approximately 9 pm, starting at the Rammy Statue  
    Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity, student organizations and campus partners as we support those who have experienced harm, learn about resources, and express our desire for a safer campus community for us all. The event will include a march and speakout for survivors. More information to follow. To get involved, contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sign up on RamConnect here: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1434758.

  • Denim Day  

    Wednesday April 27, 2022 
    Each year in April, Denim Day raises awareness about all forms of sexual violence. 
    Throughout the country and world, the day sets a standard of support for survivors and provides a foundation for solidarity through a simple message; there is no reason for sexual assault, not even the type of clothes a person wears. The day calls for everyone to wear denim to show support for victims and survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and rape. Wear denim and post a selfie or a group photo to social media, tagging @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook. For more information or to get involved contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity. 

 

Past Events!

55¢: The Value of Latinidad featuring Marisol Rosado-Perez: Latina workers earn 55 cents for every dollar earned by white non-Latine men, the largest income gap in the nation. Working Latinas are currently overrepresented in essential low-wage jobs and underrepresented in high-wage jobs— but the wage gap persists across the board. Latinas would have to work 33 more years to earn the same amount as white, non-Latine men would over a 40-yr career. This rampant pay discrimination disproportionately harms Latine women and puts them and their families in danger of long-term economic insecurity. This combined with the impact of COVID-19 pandemic has predisposed Latinas to be among the most hurt by the pandemic. Equal pay for Latina workers is long overdue! This interactive kick off to the Center for Women & Gender Equity EqualiTea Speaker Series and the Dowdy Multicultural Center Latinx American Heritage Month Celebration supports Latinas to stand in their power while examining the disproportionate harms faced by Latina workers. This conversation centers the economic, health, and social conditions faced by Latina workers and uplifts researched considerations for rebuilding a more just and equitable economy through advocacy and engagement. This event was hosted by West Chester University's Center for Women & Gender Equity and the Dowdy Multicultural Center. 

Antirape Activism at the Crossroads of Gender & Racial Justice with Dr. Catherine Jacquet: Dr. Catherine Jacquet (Louisiana State University), historian and author of The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950-1980, joined us in a conversation with WCU students about the history of antirape activism in the US, the complicated intersections of racial and gender justice, and how the lessons from the past can inform our activism today. 

"Big D Stands for Big Demeanor": The Link Between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Meg Thee Stallion with Dr. Emerald Christopher-Byrd: Monolithic depictions of Black and Latinx women have resulted in increased levels of misogyny, cultural backlash, and violence. This session explored the complexities of Black and Latinx womanhood and the ways women are resisting racialized gender restrictions. 

Between the Streets and the Ballot Box, featuring Jamilah Lemieux: This discussion was about the complicated relationship between Black Americans and suffrage, how protest movements and electoral politics intersect, and just what it means to give someone your vote. 

Votes for Women - Brandywine River Museum of Art: In this lively presentation, curator Dr. Amanda Burdan gave behind the scenes details about the monumental exhibition: Votes for Women: A Visual History now at the Brandywine River Museum of Art through June 7, 2020. Participants were inspired and reflected on the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment! This event was sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the History Department. 

In 2021, the First Annual Gender Justice Conference was thematically organized around the groundbreaking research published in Sexual Citizens by Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Dr. Shamus Khan, which examined the ways that identity and power influenced the sexual lives and vulnerabilities to harm of college students.  WCU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to participate in a conference experience dedicated to exploring knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage in social change work with a specific focus on disrupting gender oppression. Participants will critically examine social justice issues through an intersectional lens and be encouraged to apply what they learn into their day to day lives and in their communities.

To access the recordings of the 2021 event, please visit the Conference Support Hub.

Imagine this: You are going about your day and your period comes unexpectedly. You can go home, shower, and get the supplies you need. Now imagine getting your period while experiencing homelessness. You may not be able to do laundry or shower consistently or afford a box of tampons or pads. Contribute unopened tampons and pads for menstruating people in our community. Drop off available in Center for Women and Gender Equity and other locations on campus.  For more information or to get involved contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity.

Stand in solidarity with survivors of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking). This living arts display was created by members of our community impacted by interpersonal violence since the 1990s. Walk through the display and/or leave a message to honor and support survivors and their loved ones.

I'm Not Okay, and It's Fine: Breaking Up with “Strong Black Womanhood”: Jamilah Lemieux will address the importance of all people, Black women in particular, feeling empowered to seek mental health services as needed, as well as the power of taking off one's superwoman cape and allowing herself the space to say “I'm not okay” without feeling that she will let others down by tending to herself. For more information contact cwge@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Dowdy Multicultural Center

Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement featuring Dr. Janet Bell: During the Civil Rights Movement, African American women did not stand on ceremony; they simply did the work that needed to be done. Yet despite their significant contributions at all levels of the movement, they remain mostly invisible to the larger public. Beyond Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, most Americans would be hard-pressed to name other leaders at the community, local, and national levels. In this important keynote lecture, Dr. Janet D. Bell will shine a light on women's all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Question & Answer and opportunity to connect with Dr. Bell immediately following the event. For more information contact fdouglass@wcupa.edu. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and the Frederick Douglas Institute.  

Making Social Media Work for your Job & Internship Search: Participants joined the Twardowski Career Development Center and the Center for Women & Gender Equity to explore how mature students can leverage social media to their benefit in the job and internship search. While much of the session will focus on LinkedIn, other forms of social media and do's and don'ts will be covered as well. 

Past Collaborations:

  • With Dowdy Multicultural Center:
    • Ruby Jones Conference 2020
    • Monica Ramirez: “Seeking Justice for Migrant Communities Amidst COVID-19”.
  • With The Office of Wellness Promotion and the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy:
      • Sex After Dark: A Conversation with Sexuality Educator Erica Smith

 

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