Schedule of Events

Spring 2020

ALL REMAINING SPRING EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19.

Spring 2020 Faculty Research Lunches
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Join us and learn about exciting research by Dickinson faculty and staff, followed by time for Q&A. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu. Cosponsored by the WGRC and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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  • Thursday, February 20 – (Stern 102) Claire Seiler (English)
  • CANCELLED NOTE NEW DATE AND LOCATION: Tuesday, April 14 (Althouse 201) – Jessica Vooris (Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Latina Discussion Group
Office of Equity & Inclusivity/Landis House Living Room
Thursday, January 30
Tuesday, February 25
CANCELLED: Tuesday, March 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Please join us for conversation and community. In partnership with student facilitators, the WGRC hosts a monthly Latina discussion group at Landis House. All Latina students are welcome to this space to share thoughts and experiences. Food will be provided. Use your keycard to access the building. Please contact Donna Bickford or Shantel Hernandez with any questions.

Clarke Forum Tertulia: Healthcare Discrimination Against Black Women
Friday, February 7
4:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Clarke Forum (249 W. Louther Street)

There are significant disparities in health outcomes between black women and white woman. As just one example, the CDC notes that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers. Please join us for a discussion of the multiple issues that create these disparities and explore possible solutions. Facilitated by Amanda Sowah ’22 and Donna M. Bickford, director of the Women’s and Gender Resource Center. This tertulia is co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum, and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center. Space is limited! Please RSVP to clarkeforum@dickinson.edu by Wednesday, February 5. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Prior to the conversation, be sure to read the following articles:

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why
The Health Care System and Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality
Hospital ‘risk scores’ prioritize white patients
 

**Love Your Body Week-February 10-14**

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Breakfast Cooking Demo
Presented by Courtney Hager, RD LDN
Monday, February 10
7:30 -8:30 a.m.
Stern 102 and Stern Kitchen

Some like it sweet, some like it savory. Think about breakfast as the time to set the groundwork for your day by fitting in some nutrient dense foods and key food groups before you ever change out of your PJs. Join us as we cook and taste test some delicious and health promoting breakfast recipes. Enroll and sign-up now in Totara. Hosted by Human Resource Services.

Labyrinth Walk
Monday, February 10
9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Social Hall

This is an opportunity to find a place of peace, meditation, and self-reflection amid the stress of life. Spend time in contemplation as you walk this ancient spiritual tool of pilgrimage. All are welcome. If you have questions or would like schedule a walk for your group or office, please contact Donna Hughes. Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice.

Fitness class: Spinning
Monday, February 10
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Kline Fitness Center Spin Studio

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Kickoff Soireé
Monday, February 10
Allison Community Room
7:00-9:00 p.m.

A celebration where various clubs and organizations from campus gather to promote and engage in body positive activities and performances in order to kick off Love Your Body Week.

Fitness class: Devil’s Edge
Tuesday, February 11
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Performance Fitness Center

Fitness class: Devil’s Edge
Tuesday, February 11
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Kline Fitness Center Spin Studio

Love Your Atypical Brain and Body
Wednesday, February 12

Watch for more information about the Office of Disability Access's contribution to Love Your Body Week!

Loving Our Queer & Trans Bodies
Wednesday, February 12
12:00-1:00 p.m.
HUB SR 201-202

A discussion event to encourage love, self-compassion, and pride in the queer and trans community on campus. We will discuss the stigma surrounding our bodies, but more importantly, elaborate on the rituals and codes we use to celebrate them. Queer dress codes as well as queer sex, intimacy, and vulnerability will be celebrated and tools shared among community. Register on EngageD here. Food will be provided. Hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Services.

Dance Theatre Group Open Class
Wednesday, February 12
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Social Hall

This is an opportunity for both dancers and non-dancers alike to enjoy an open dance class. This class will be led by DTG and will include stretching, strengthening, basic technique, and a short combination. All are welcome, and no dance experience is needed.

Fitness class: Spinning
Wednesday, February 12
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Kline Fitness Center Spin Studio

Fitness class: Yoga
Wednesday, February 12
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Performance Fitness Center

Fitness class: Devil’s Edge
Thursday, February 13
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Performance Fitness Center

Biometric Screening
Thursday, February 13
7:30-9:00 a.m.
HUB Mary Dickinson Room
Note: For Dickinson Employees only/Appointment Required, Register in Totara.

The Biometric Screening provides a snapshot of your health looking at your total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). It is a collective review of your risk factors for developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes known as Metabolic Syndrome.
Hosted by Human Resource Services.

Decolonizing our bodies: Zine-making workshop for QTPOC with Gabe Taylor
Thursday, February 13
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Hub SR 201-202

Zines are manifestos, utopian visions, poetry, prose, lists, and doodles, making them a perfect counterculture medium for distributing untold narratives. This workshop will teach you some of the techniques and approaches to zine-making. Participants will be invited to collectively create a zine on the theme of 'decolonizing our bodies.' How can we creatively imagine and claim our bodies from racist, cisnormative, heterosexist, ableist beauty standards? This event focuses on providing opportunities for queer and trans student of color expression. Register on EngageD here.

Gabe Taylor is a black agender femme artist based in Central Pennsylvania. Since 2014 they have been creating zines and other artforms to explore the intersectionality of their identities with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, and mental illness. They believe in existence as a form of resistance and encourage others to use art to tell their own stories. Gabe earned an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in photography from the Art Institute of Washington in 2011. In their spare time, they volunteer as a facilitator for the transgender and non-binary support group at the LGBT center of Central PA and are the Co-Director of the Center’s ARTS of PA initiative. Hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Services.

Sleeping Well to Be Well
Thursday, February 13
12:00-1:00 p.m.
HUB Social Hall East

Everyone knows that without a healthy diet your body starves, but did you know without a healthy night's sleep your body starves in a different way? Sleep deprivation has many impacts on your health including your ability to think, memory processes, metabolism, heart health and more. Register in Totara and attend this session to learn more! Sponsored by Human Resource Services.

Happy Body Hour
Thursday, February 13
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Site Dance Studio (25-27 High Street)

Professor Erin Crawley-Woods will offer Happy Body Hour incorporating Thai Bodywork and self-care practices.

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Pleasurable Sex
NOTE: New date Thursday, February 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.
NOTE: New location Weiss 235

Come join us for a discussion on safe sex, pleasure, and toys. Professor Megan Yost (Psychology) will discuss Sex for One: Exploring Our Bodies and Our Own Pleasure, joined by with special guest Linda MacDonald, Romance Enhancement Specialist. Hosted by PALS.

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LYBW Keynote: Resisting diet culture: Pseudoscientific diet fads, anti-fat bias, and the development of disordered eating
Thursday, February 13
7:00 p.m.
Stern Great Room.

Although there is growing public recognition that dieting to lose weight can increase risk for disordered eating, dieting continues to be a popular endeavor among U.S. youth and adults. But less is known about the nature and impact of dietary fads that are emerging against the backdrop of a growing wellness industrial complex. For instance, what is the nature of “clean” eating and why might it be a cause for concern? How might targeting our anti-fat, pro-diet culture mitigate eating disorder risk at a population level? And finally, what can we as individuals do to resist these norms? Following Prof. Ambwani's lecture, please join us in Stern 102 for the Let’s Eat Reception, hosted by Psych Club.

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Love at Landis
Friday, February 14
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us for snacks, crafts, and activities. Nurture your body!

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Pizza on the Plaza Paint and Sip
Friday, February 14
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Rector Atrium

The College Farm and Arts Collective presents Pizza on the Plaza Paint and Sip. Come enjoy free farm pizza, free hot beverages, painting with the Arts Collective, and tunes from WDCV. Sponsored by the Wellness Center, the Waidner-Spahr Library, the Women’s Gender & Resource Center, and Student Leadership & Campus Engagement.

Love Your Body Week is cosponsored by the Women's and Gender Resource Center, Center for Spirituality and Social Justice, Office of LGBTQ Services, Human Resource Services, Psych Club, Psi Chi, Psychology, Theatre and Dance, PALS, the College Farm, Office of Disability Access, and Campus Recreation.

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CANCELLED due to low registration. Landis Listens: Building Community across Political Differences
Thursday, February 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Althouse 109
 

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Film Screening: Code: debugging the gender gap
Thursday, February 27
7:00 p.m.
Althouse 106

Join us for a screening of Code: debugging the gender gap, a film that discusses gender discrimination and gender disparities in the field of computer science. Cosponsored by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Inclusivity in STEM planning committee.

**Gender Week: Gender and Care March 2-7**

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Gender Week Kickoff: Sustain IT Workshop-Gender and Food Choice
Monday, March 2
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Social Hall

  • Does gender play a role in who decides to engage in eco-friendly behaviors and how those choices play out?
  • Who wastes the most food, and are there connections to gender?
  • Are men more or less likely to engage in eco-friendly behavior than women?
  • Is food marketing gendered?

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for this kickoff event for Gender Week 2020; come engage in small group discussions on the intersections of gender, food marketing, food choice, and food waste. Participants will think together about the role that food waste plays in reducing carbon emissions and consider what roles gender may play in our efforts to become a carbon neutral institution. The Sustain IT Workshop Series is designed to create action on an issue of concern through education, networking, and prioritization. Students, faculty and staff participate to learn, discuss current practices and ideas for improvement, and then identify action items that can create positive change towards a more sustainable campus. Eco-Reps are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary and feel free to bring your own food. Co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and the Center for Sustainability Education

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Monday, March 2
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Althouse 207

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Make a Plant: Plant Based Eating
Presented by Courtney Hager, RD LDN
Wednesday, March 4
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Stern Great Room

If you’re trying to add more fruits and veggies to your diet while still eating meat, you’re interested in becoming vegan, or somewhere in between, let’s chat about plants in our meals. Plant-based eating can be a way to care for the body and the environment and can also be delicious! We’ll discuss the challenges of increasing plants in the diet and work through some common questions that arise including: Do I have to give up all animal products to call myself vegetarian/vegan? Can I be healthy if I’m a vegetarian? Can I be healthy if I’m NOT a vegetarian? Lunch provided. Please register in EngageD.

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Caring for Ourselves: Telling Our Stories Through How We Choose to Be Called
Thursday, March 5
12:00-1:00 p.m.
HUB SR 203

Join us for a discussion focused on mental health self-care led by Dr. Rebecca Shoemaker from the Wellness Center. Lunch will be provided. Please register in EngageD. Cosponsored by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Wellness Center.

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Gendered Doula Care: Decolonizing as Reflective Practice
Gender Week Keynote Speaker: Shaconna M. Haley
Thursday, March 5
Weiss 235
7:00 p.m.

"by decolonizing our minds… [we are] breaking with the ways in which our reality is defined and shaped by the dominant culture and asserting our understanding of that reality, of our own experience."
-- bell hooks, Sisters of Yam: black women & self-recovery, 1993
 
Shaconna M. Haley M.A., CHD explores the reflective practice of birthwork and doulaing that accesses a cultural humility necessary for decolonizing approaches to client and self-care. The act of doulaing in the midst of a popularized self-care movement is predicated on emotional, empathic care work. How does this reflective practice of doulaing foster a "decolonizing mindset"? The political ambiguity of doula work and its inherent emotional dilemmas bring about the reflective nature of doulaing. By looking at the intersection of gender, self-care and empathic concern, Haley disrupts gendered expectations of birthworkers, especially when serving communities of color, in addressing the current high rates of maternal mortality. Haley has over 25 years of experience working with women and girls’ transitions, reproductive empowerment and life coaching. Founder of InnerLight Holistic Prenatal & Birth Doula Services, she provides prenatal education, childbirth support, reproductive life cycle education and postpartum transition services. Hosted by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center.

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CANCELLED: Big Mouth: Radio Feminism in Guinea
Thursday, March 19
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Weiss 235

Over the past two decades in the Republic of Guinea, the airwaves have been lit ablaze by new forms of political commentary on private radio stations. The best known of these programs, Les Grandes Gueules (Big Mouths), is co-hosted by a journalist and feminist activist, Moussa Yéro Bah. While the program overall has introduced new levels of political debate and dissent in Guinea, Ms. Bah has also made it instrumental to her advocacy for survivors of sexual violence.

By calling out perpetrators and indifferent officials on air, she and her colleagues are re-inventing older practices of public shaming to use voice as a productive force in Guinean sexual politics today. Yet for this work, they also face accusations – and legal claims – that their words are uncontrolled and dangerous, and must be stopped. 

While voice and silence are often used as metaphors in discussions of sexual violence, scholar Nomi Dave will explore their material dimensions to consider how radio intensifies and complicates ideas of vocal authority and power in Guinea. In the context of Guinea’s current protest movements, as well as state attempts to silence its critics, new battles are being fought over how public voices are mediated and heard. Radio feminists in Guinea are revealing the public secret of sexual violence, and in doing so, are attempting to create new publics through the possibilities, and limits, of sound technology. Building on the work of Veena Das, Dave considers how the world is not only “unmade” by sexual violence, but also “remade,” through the efforts of communities of women and their allies. Hosted by the Department of Music and cosponsored by the WGRC.

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CANCELLED Book Discussion: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Thursday, March 26
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Althouse 207

Join us to discuss Caroline Criado Perez’s award-winning Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. Perez exposes the gender data gap, the ways in which it embeds discrimination, and the impact on women’s lives. Facilitated by Professors Jen Schaefer and Sarah Bryant. Light refreshments will be provided. Cosponsored by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Inclusivity in STEM planning committee.

CANCELLED Wolves in Shepherds’ Clothing
Tuesday, March 31
7:00 p.m.
ATS Auditorium

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune will discuss the problem of misconduct by faith leaders causing harm to congregants and congregations stretches across faith communities.  Finally the extent of this reality is being revealed by the courageous voices of survivors.  Our faith communities now face the challenge of responding with justice and compassion. This lecture is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice with special thanks to the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, Community Studies, and the Program in Policy Studies. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

CANCELLED: Take Back the Night
Wednesday, April 15
7:30 p.m.
Allison Hall

CANCELLED: Effects of Stereotyping and Implicit Bias on Underrepresented Minorities in STEM
Thursday, April 16
7:00 p.m.
ATS Auditorium

Denise Sekaquaptewa from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will describe social science research findings regarding the experiences of White women and underrepresented racial/ethnic minority (URM) people in STEM fields. This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of earth sciences; educational studies; mathematics & computer science; environmental studies; biology; physics & astronomy; and  women’s, gender & sexuality studies, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, the Inclusivity in STEM committee, the Neuroscience Club, the Anthropology Club and the Women of Color Summit. This event is initiated by the Clarke Forum student project managers.

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CANCELLED Womxn's Retreat: Gender and Empowerment in the Workplace
Friday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.-Saturday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
College Farm

Join us for a fun and empowering weekend, including art, Farm pizza, a bonfire, workshops, community building and more. Please register by April 6.

See our Fall 2019 Event schedule here.