Happy Monday. The tone today will be a bit more serious but I hope you can read the joy beneath it! I've been thinking a lot this week about being accountable and doing good work. With some great achievements this year (including the OVW grant project, the Landis House move, and lots of smaller landmarks), I've also made some big (and small) mistakes. Try to learn from them, but there they are. Folks who study social movements, social work, education, student development, and/or psychology will recognize the themes in these questions. I'm thinking:
- How can we individually and collectively be at our best without working ourselves to the fraying point? (the "burnout" question)
- How do we define success in a world that demands we spend a lot of time justifying the value of our work in the first place? (the "fighting for scraps" or "within the system" question)
- How can I do work on myself that doesn't lead me to reproduce the things I supposedly work against? (the "deal with yourself" and "know your privilege" question)
- What is the point? This is not a nihilistic question, but a way to figure out what direction my energy goes. What is your focus? What direction would you like to see for/from the Women's Center? (the "you're only human" question)
These are the things I think about when I'm not working on the tasks listed below. It's very rewarding to think about these things, by the way.
On a related note: I saw this great blog this morning and loved it so much I am excerpting below. I often tire of conversations that ask me to be accountable to rape myths when, if you care about sexual violence, it's pretty easy to educate yourself out of the lies that a rape culture reproduces. Ahem. Check it out. There are curse words in it, just FYI.
... Not to be a broken record about this, but the notion that most rapes
are a matter of women making drunken choices and regretting it later
doesn’t match the realities. It’s not like “the feminists” running the
“campus rape industry” (I can’t wait for my checks that keep not
rolling in), as MacDonald kept calling us, are just making s**t up.
There’s actual research into who rapes and why they do it,
and it looks nothing like the picture of innocent frat boys who had
consensual sex with deceitful women, as anti-feminists like to claim. --Amanda Marcotte, pandagon.net
This week I am working on...
- A Legacy of Success conference work : connecting with distinguished alumnae who will be speaking at the event, posting it on Facebook, following up with faculty, creating a short draft text for the next faculty meeting, helping to develop a poster to advertise.... these and much more!
- Assault Coalition minutes & agenda: someday soon I'll sit down and take care of these! They are important administrative work but often get pushed aside in light of meetings, student conversations, and other more urgent tasks.
- Budget review: We have specific modeling requests for how we'll be working with next year's budget cuts, so I need to write those today.
- Grade papers & Intro prep
- OVW grant writing: Still working on text for the grant writing group for the Office of Violence Against Women grant application to bring a Program Director to work against dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault on campus.
- YWCA follow-up: research project to provide resources for local women working toward economic self-sufficiency
- Student recommendations
I'm also going to be hosting a visit from the Yellow Breeches Educational Center to discuss healthy relationships. Very exciting! I welcome your thoughts, questions and feedback at email@example.com. Become a Facebook fan!