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Don’t Cancel That Class

Don’t Cancel that Class provides engaging, interactive workshops on a variety of gender and diversity issues for course instructors and campus organizations.  Women’s Center staff and trained peer educators provide customizable, high-quality discussions around topics such as constructions of race and gender in the music industry, international women’s health,  intimate partner violence, power & politics in sport, & much more.

Workshops can be customized to meet the needs of your group or class.  If you don’t see a workshop that meets your needs, contact us and we can work with you to create something.

Film Facilitations

The Women’s Center has a collection of educational films on topics of gender equity and social justice. These workshops are designed to show the film and follow the film with a guided discussion. The films are most impactful when shown in their entirety. Some films, we are required to do so. Some films, however, have the capability of showing individual chapters allowing for a shorter time commitment and focused discussion. Let us know what you are interested in and we will see how we can work to meet your needs.

One Love Escalation Workshop: This is a powerful, emotionally-engaging 45minute film that meets young people where they are, educating them about relationship violence and empowering them to work for change. *followed by guided facilitation. 1.5 hr commitment

Tough Guise 2: This 80 minute films is a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. *followed by guided facilitation. 2 hr commitment

Miss Representation: This 90 minute film examines the ways mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film discusses how the media’s limited portrayals of women and girls contribute to the lack of women in leadership positions in everything from business to politics. *followed by guided facilitation. 2 hr commitment

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: This 60 minute film takes a critical look at masculinity and manhood in hip-hop. Filmmaker Byron Hurt uses interviews with up-and-coming artist and fans to talk about issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. *followed by guided facilitation. 1.5 hr commitment

Dreamworlds 3: In this 60 minute film, music videos across genres- country, rock, pop, & hip-hop are used as the backdrop for a discussion about the messages our music sends us about men, women, violence, and sex. *followed by guided facilitation. 1.5 hr commitment

Killing Us Softly 4: In this 45 minute film, scholar Jean Kilbourne uses 3 decades of ads to examine what we really mean when we say “sex sells” and shat those images tell us about men, women, relationships, and violence. *followed by guided facilitation. 1.25 hr commitment

Girl Rising: Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. *followed by guided facilitation. 2 hr commitment

Workshops

These are engaging, interactive, activity and discussion based workshops on a variety of gender equity and social justice issues. Women’s Center staff or trained peer educators provide customizable, high-quality discussions based upon your needs and interest. Most of our workshops are designed to fit within a 50 minute window. Depending on your needs and focus we can adjust the content to fill as little as 30 minutes or as much as 120 minutes.

Stalking Prevention 101: The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with introductory information regarding stalking. Learning objectives include:

  • Participants with gain a greater understanding of stalking
  • Participants will be aware of how stalking has been normalized in our culture
  • Participants will understand potential responses to being stalked
  • Participants will be able to identify a spectrum of behaviors that can be stalking
  • Participants will be aware of resources available on campus related to stalking.

 Healthy Relationships 101: The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with introductory information regarding healthy relationships. Learning objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to recognize the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Participants will know that healthy relationships are attainable.
  • Participants will have an understanding of the seriousness and impacts of relationship violence in our community
  • Participants will have an understanding of multiple barriers facing survivors leaving unhealthy relationships
  • Participants will be aware of positive ways to support survivors of relationship violence
  • Participants will be aware of resources available in regards to relationship violence

 Sexual Violence 101: The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with introductory information regarding sexual violence. Learning objectives include:

  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of rape, consent, and sexual assault
  • Participants will be aware of motivations for rape as well as
  • Participants will understand what it means to live in a rape culture
  • Participants will be able to identify barriers to bystander behavior
  • Participants will be aware of resources available on campus related to sexual violence.

Bystander Behavior: The purpose of this workshop is to help participants connect to their role as a bystander and identify ways that they can intervene to make our community a safer place given the obstacles they face. Learning objectives include:

  •         Participants will leave with an understanding of the role the bystander plays in reducing violence in our community and cultural change
  •         Participants will be able to identify personal barriers to bystander intervention
  •         Participants will develop a toolkit of realistic interventions they can use as a bystander
  •         Participants will be knowledgeable about the Women’s Center, The Movement and services offered.

Feminism: The other “F” Word: The purpose of this workshop is to explore the history, impact, and modern day examples of feminism. Learning objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to positively define feminism
  • Participants will understand the different waves of feminism and their historical impact and perspective
  • Participants will be understand some common misconceptions of feminism
  • Participants will be able to articulate the modern to include political, social, and personal implications.
Oct
23
Mon
WC Lunch and Learn: Debunking the Misconceptions of Feminism @ Women's Center Lounge
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This Lunch and Learn will host a dialogue that aims to highlight the many misconceptions of Feminism that have persisted over time and are still present today. We will explore the roots of these stereotypes and discuss ways in which we can respond to these misrepresentations as well as move forward in hopes to create a more intersectional and inclusive vision of Feminism.

Drop In Counseling Hours
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drop In Counseling Hours
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Joining us from the Counseling Center this week will be Chantal Gill and Carley Niland!

Bystander Workshop
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join The Movement Peer Educators and Student Government for a Bystander Behavior 101 workshop as part of the It’s On Us Week of Action. Participants will learn about barriers to being an active bystander, and will have the opportunity to act out scenarios in which they could be an active bystander.

Oct
24
Tue
Book Club
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This semester’s Book Club will focus on “I thought it was just me (but it isn’t)” by Brené Brown.

Oct
26
Thu
Escalation Film Screening @ Park Shops 210
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Escalation Film Screening @ Park Shops 210

Join The Movement Peer Educators and Student Government for a film screening and facilitated discussion of the film Escalation, as part of the It’s On Us Week of Action. This 40 minute film is based on a true story of relationship violence, and will be followed by a discussion about the red flags of relationship violence, as well as information about what to do as a bystander.

Counselors from the Counseling Center will be in attendance at this event.