Day of Service 2016


“On January 18th—MLK Day—millions of volunteers around the country will give back to their communities and we hope you will join them! Last year the Holden Center sent over 200 students, faculty and staff out into the community and this year will hope to make an even larger impact. We are working with 12 community partners: Walama Restoration, Hendricks Park, Arc of Lane County, Ophelia’s Place, St Vincent de Paul, and many more.

Registration is required and available online at under Service Events.

There will be two community service shifts (9-12pm and 1-4pm) on the 18th.

If you have any questions feel free to call the Holden Center at 541-346-1146 or email us at

Thank you for working with the Holden Center and helping your community!”




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The Line Up:

Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and bandleader combining powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Residing in Albany, NY, Taína Asili performs her social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her a six-piece band, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country many times, toured Europe from Ireland to Germany, and has performed in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Taína Asili has performed at many well-known festivals and venues, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Cole, Pamela Means, and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

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Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs. She’s currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian and Huffington Post, has been a guest on All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, CNN, Mother Jones, and even Fox News.

Evan Greer


When Nikole Potulsky starts to sing, the audience quiets into a focused attention that she deftly holds until she leaves the stage. With sincerity and ease, Nikole will take you to visit people you’ve never met and places you’ve never been. Strippers, fortune tellers, rural queer folks and fierce southern women. Strike lines, kitchen tables, house fires and deathbeds. Sometimes you can hear her Alabama drawl or her Great Lakes vowel shift. After a few tunes, you start to feel like you have been where she has been and you recognize yourself in her songs. Somehow by the end of the show, you feel like old friends. Nikole has performed on over 100 stages across the United States and is currently producing her debut album in Portland, Oregon.



The Mischief Mistress Jane is a 23 year old musician from Eugene, OR. Queer & trans feminist, dirty punk, dedicated basement producer. Jane does it all, she does not need your help, only your ears!


Saffron is a Eugene based rock and grunge band. Formed in 2014 when Australian guitarist/singer Alex Jackson moved permanently to Oregon. Featuring Graham Thirkil on the bass and backing vocals and Matt Kaplowitz on drums. They have played frequent shows around the Eugene area and love to entertain with original compositions and solid grooves.

About OUT/Loud:

OUT/LOUD is Eugene’s queer and trans women’s music festival, celebrating the music, culture, and art of queer women, transwomen, non-binary folks, femme identifying people, and AFAB individuals. This year we will be celebrating our 16th anniversary of the festival on May 20th with a musically diverse crew of locals and out of town artists on the Queer and Trans spectrum and from many cultures and backgrounds. This event is important to the University of Oregon’s vibrant LGBTQ scene as a space where we are not only validating the work of some of some of the most underrepresented groups, but also engaging in liberating play and enjoying community. In the wake of political unrest around Mississippi’s and North Carolina’s homophobic and transphobic policies, and concerning the reality of female queer and transwomen artists being paid historically less than their cisgender and/or male/masculine counterparts, supporting events like OUT/LOUD is fundamental to helping queer and trans women safely express their personhood. While we must honor the struggles of queer and transwomen of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and ages, OUT/LOUD offers us the opportunity to also celebrate this resilient group.

Clothing & Toy Exchange


Clothing&Toy Exchange

The ASUO Women’s Center would like to present the Clothing and Toy Exchange. 

It will be on February 28, 2015 from 11am to 3pm.

At the Spencer View Apartments Community Room(2250 Patterson St.). 

The Women’s Center is now accepting clothes/toys for the clothing/toys exchange, in our office. Let us help you clean your closet and donate your gently used items to new owners. 

There will be light snacks and drinks.


We will also be hosting a workshop “How to Coupon?” with Stephanie Torres during the Clothing/Toy Exchange at 12-1pm February, 28th 2015.


Mia McKenzie Book Club

1962238_10203700609384319_3966480379115299425_oThe ASUO Women’s Center “Lylle B. Parker Women of Color Speaker Series Presents: Mia McKenzie, on March 7, 2015.

‘Mia McKenzie is a writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian (now living in the bay area) with a deep love of fake fur collars and people of color. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety”. You can read her short stories in The Kenyon Review  and make/shift. She speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and intersectionality at universities across the country. Read more about Mia at ‘

To get excited about Mia McKenzie’s visit, we will be putting together a ‘book’ club. Where we will read some short blogs in order to become more familiar with Mia’s work. They will be on Thursdays, 4-5 (in the ASUO Women’s Center, but we are willing to relocate if necessary). We will snacks and great company! Check out the flyer above for the reading selections and dates. If you have any questions please email

“Lets get together and read some empowering and rad work”

                    -Suzanne Barrientos, Intersectionality coordinator 

Let me know if you have any questions! or if we need any more articles! 

Women of Color Retreat & Privilege Allyship Workshops


It is an opportunity for campus women of color to explore the intersections of their identities as well as increase awareness about issues that affect our communities. We’ll have workshops about anti-blackness, cissexism, ableism, selfies and art as a way of expression. Join us in empowering and building a community of women of color!

Open to all identity groups, but white identifying women are encourage to attend to the White Privilege and Allyship Workshops!

This is a series of workshops in conjunction with the Women of Color retreat. The purpose of this gathering is to raise awareness about white privilege and how it can get in the way on the path active solidarity with women of color and others who experience marginalization.

Open to all identity groups, but women of color are encouraged to go to the Women of Color Retreat: