Red Zone Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign!

THIS SUNDAY the Women’s Center and Volunteers will place 3,250 red flags on campus in the Condon Lawn off 13th that represent the number of students who, based on a university our size, will be harmed by sexual violence during the school year. The first six weeks of the school year have a heightened risk for sexual violence – this time is known as The Red Zone.

Please help us set up on Sunday, October 20th beginning at 12pm and tear down on Sunday, October 27th beginning at 12pm!

SIGN UPS: Red Zone Sign Ups

*Please note that all Volunteers will be required to sign a Volunteer Release Form in order to participate. Forms will be provided at the event.

Photo courtesy of @kaushalsapkotaphotography

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toiletry Drive!

The WC has begun our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toiletry Drive! Until November 8th we will be collecting toiletries and personal products to support survivors of dating and domestic violence as they transition to new lives. All donations will go directly to Womenspace, First Place Family Center, HIV Alliance as well as a new addition this year – Centro Latino Americano!

Please look for the purple bins around campus or stop into the Women’s Center in EMU 012 to donate!

We appreciate any assistance you can provide to support survivors of dating and domestic violence in our community.

We’re Hiring a Disability Justice Coordinator!

Women’s Center – Disability Justice Coordinator

Student Leadership Overview – 2018-19

The Women’s Center seeks to provide leadership skills through experiential learning opportunities and empowerment. Our center focuses on bridging classroom learning and student activism. The WC provides education, advocacy and support via resources, referral, event coordination, support groups, lactation space, quarterly magazine, community outreach, cultural events co-sponsored with various organizations/departments, etc. in order to promote a safe, equitable and affirming campus climate for people of all genders. Student Coordinators comprise the heart of the center’s services and programming efforts.

The Mission:

The mission of the Women’s Center is to advocate for the best educational and working environment for women and people of all genders at the University of Oregon. We accomplish this by working toward societal change, the ending of oppression and by supporting personal growth.

Yearly WC Events:

  • “The Red Zone” Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toiletry Drive
  • Women of Color Symposium/Allyship Symposium
  • Lyllye B. Parker Women of Color Speaker Series
  • International Women’s Day
  • Take Back the Night Rally, March and Speak Out Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • OUT/LOUD Queer and Trans Womxn’s Performance Fest

Disability Justice Coordinator Experiential Learning Opportunities and Goals:

  • Assisting the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator to coordinate Take Back the Night Rally, March and Speak Out Against Sexual and Domestic Violence with 2019’s theme centering Disability Justice
  • Developing collaborative relationships with the Accessible Education Center, the University Counseling and Testing Center and University Leadership to advocate for a more accessible campus
  • Developing collaborative relationships with other student organizations, including AccessABILITY Student Union, Safe Ride, LGBTQA3, the Duck Nest, etc.
  • Hosting workshops and programs designed to educate and inform the community about ableism, accessibility and inclusion
  • Initiating critical dialogue with WC Staff regarding national and international events that affect Disabled women and Non-Binary People
  • Contributing written content or artwork to The Siren Magazine

Selection Method:

Selection is based on experience with disability justice and familiarity with women’s and gender issues. This Student Leader reports to the Administrative Program Assistant of the Women’s Center.

This Student Leadership Role receives a $250 monthly stipend.

Application deadline is Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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Meet The WC Staff!

Student Coordinators

Danielle Elbaz (She/Her/Hers)

PublicRelationsWC@gmail.com

Danielle is the Public Relations Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Danielle works at the WC because “I am passionate about creating a welcoming environment for students on campus where they feel safe and supported, and the Women’s Center is one of the most powerful ways I can accomplish this even in the smallest of ways.”

 

Kiva Hanson (She/Her/Hers)

VisualDesignWC@gmail.com

Kiva is the Visual Design Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Kiva works at the WC because “it allows me to combine my passion for activism and art, and be a part of an amazing feminist collective.”

 

KW Lau (They/Them/He/His)

LGBTQWC@gmail.com

KW is the LGBTQIA+ Coordinator at the Women’s Center. KW feels that “working at the Women’s Center is so amazing because of this one of few spaces where everyone can see and realize their own self and community’s power.”

 

Makaal Williams (She/Her/Hers)

NonTradWC@gmail.com

Makaal is the Non Traditional Student Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Makaal works at the WC because “it’s a collective of amazing humans working together to create an inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for everyone. Both within the center and out in the community.”

 

Mecca Donovan (She/Her/Hers)

VolunteeringWC@gmail.com

Mecca is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at the Women’s Center. She works at the WC because “I have a passion for empowering my peers by creating a welcoming, safe and supportive environment. I take great pride and honor in peer educating, and specifically, illuminating the importance of intersectionality while simultaneously supporting womxn and all genders on campus and in our community at large.”

 

Olivia Rodriguez (She/Her/Hers)

SVPEWC@gmail.com

Olivia is the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Olivia works at the WC “to aid in creating a safe space for Survivors of Sexual or Domestic Violence who seek validation, safety, and resources. I want them to know there are people on campus who support, believe, and validate their experiences.”

 

Stasya Jackson (She/Her/Hers)

DisabilityJusticeWC@gmail.com

Stasya is the Disability Justice Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Stasya works at the WC because “I really value the work we do here and how just our presence on this campus is something that generations of women before us really had to fight for, and I want to honor that. I also care deeply for the intersectional values the WC holds and I want to make sure I’m doing as much as I can to spread that message.”

 

Violet Johnson (She/Her/Hers)

DiversityWC@gmail.com

Violet is the Racial Justice Coordinator at the Women’s Center. She works at the WC “because as a queer woman of color intersectional feminism plays a pivotal role in my and my peers success and well being. I strive to be an ally and advocate for my marginalized fellow students at the University of Oregon.”

Aqsa Khaliq Khan (She/Her/Hers)

globalfemwc@gmail.com

Aqsa is the International Student Coordinator at the Women’s Center. Aqsa works at the WC because “I want to work towards devising strategies that are more inclusive and beneficial for the international student community, especially voicing the challenges of the students who are underrepresented and forming a safe home for them at the Women’s Center.”

Office Assistants

Paula Levy (She/Her/Hers)

WomenCtr@uoregon.edu

Paula is an Office Assistant at the Women’s Center. Paula works at the WC  “because I believe in the idea that creating safe and inclusive spaces for people is a form of social justice. I want to be a part of helping students of all identities on this campus as well as learning how to develop my intersectional feminism. Thanks for making the website!”

Rubby Marquez Tellez (She/Her/Hers)

WomenCtr@uoregon.edu

Rubby is an Office Assistant at the Women’s Center. Rubby works at the WC “to stay involved with my community and educate others.”

 

Wendy is an Office Assistant at the Women’s Center. Wendy loves working at the WC because “it aligns with my personal beliefs of feminism and social justice is something very important for me. Also I really like the staff and helping others!”

 

Bryn Ardent Mapes (They/Them/She/Her)

bmapes@uoregon.edu

“I work at the WC to be a contributor to the Feminist Hive. I want to be there for somebody and I want to learn from everybody, we are all amazing and powerful people regardless of our struggles and I want to help this community continue to grow into a space for women and people of all genders.”

 

Renata Moreno Perez (She/Her/Hers)

rmorenop@uoregon.edu

“I work at the WC because it’s a safe space where I can be myself, and I love that everyone is so welcoming.”

Professional Staff

Fatima Roohi Pervaiz (She/Her/Hers)

fpervaiz@uoregon.edu

Fatima is the Director of the Women’s Center. Fatima works at the WC because “I believe that creating safe and affirming spaces established with dignity and respect is a revolutionary act.”

 

Karyn Schultz (She/Her/Hers)

karyns@uregon.edu

Karyn is the Administrative Program Assistant of the Women’s Center. Karyn works at the WC because “the Women’s Center to provide a solid foundation for our collective’s efforts to dismantle gender oppression. And because working with y’all (WC staff) gets me up in the morning!”