Past Events

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When: Take Back the Night is on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 starting at 6:00PM. The March starts at 7:00 pm, Speak Out at 8:30 pm, goes until late. SafeRide runs from 7 – 11 pm.

Where: Rally begins in the EMU Amphitheatre at 13th and University St. followed by a march from the UO campus to the downtown Atrium bldg. 99 w. 10th ave where the SpeakOut is held.

Who: The ASUO Women’s Center in collaboration with Sexual Assault Support Services.

What: The rally will feature several student and community speakers and performers regarding issues of sexual violence or living as a survivor. If you are interested in being one of those people, please contact Free to the public/ Wheelchair accessible / Translation in Spanish and ASL provided during the rally and SpeakOut

The march includes the use of anti-sexual violence/survivor supportive chants and signs in English and Spanish.

Open sign up for survivors whom wish to share their own personal experiences with sexual violence and/or life after such an experience will be available at the SpeakOut.

Rides to SpeakOut from rally through SafeRide available @ 7 pm and back to campus or homes from SpeakOut until 11 pm.

*Free food available for those who choose to stay for the SpeakOut.

“Shifting Poetics: Trans of Color Movement in Digital Media”

 February 24th at 4 pm in LOC: CLS 250.

After unprecedented visibility for trans women
of color in 2014, the number of murders of trans women more than doubled in 2015. In this talk, Cárdenas elaborates a trans of color poetics that can improve the chances of life for transgender women of color, who continue to be the number one target of murder among LGBTQ people in the US. cárdenas will discuss her practice-based research projects, including Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets), Redshift and Portalmetal and UNSTOPPABLE. 


Womxn of Color Retreat and Allyship Workshops

Who: ASUO Women’s Center

What: The Womxn of Color Retreat and Allyship workshops are an annual event that is growing every year! The retreat portion is a space for Womxn identifying and presenting folks of color to come build solidarity, community, and discuss important topics within the community. This years theme is Decolonizing our minds, body, and soul.

When and Where: Saturday, November 21st at the Living Learning Center and Knight Law School (for allyship workshops) .

Registration is from 9-10:30 am and the event ends at 6pm.

Lunch will be provided.

This year there will be a keynote by Cory Kishner-Lira. Facilitator is UO Alumni Ada Ball.

The ASUO Women’s Center Presents 


Take Back the Night

WHO: ASUO Women’s Center in collaboration with Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

WHAT: Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual violence

WHERE: Rally begins in the University of Oregon EMU Amphitheater (13th and University st.) followed by a march from the UO campus to the downtown Atrium bldg. 99w. 10th ave, followed by the SpeakOut.

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015,

Rally at 6:00PM, March at 7:00PM, SpeakOut at 8:30PM.


There are more media attention to the issues of campus sexual violence doesn’t guarantee that survivors will receive the right support and attention needed. It is urgent that we us a society reflect in the way people talk about and address sexual violence and how sexual violence cases are handled within our justice system. Take Back the Night provides a unique opportunity to clear up sexual violence misconceptions and empower survivors by providing a safe space for their voices to be heard and for community members to stand by them and announce that each individual has the right to live free from sexual violence.

Survivors need to know they are not alone. Many of us don’t even know what to do when sexual violence happens, where to go or how to support those who experience it, which often leads to many survivors feeling blamed, confused, lost, and alone. This year’s overarching theme is “Intersectionality,” in recognition of the fact that sexual violence is a complex issue that affects all identities and communities in both similar as well as different ways. Special guest speaker Jackie Sandmeyer, a self identified queer person of color and a training specialist in the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force will speak about this at the rally. Among the Rally participants are the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team, Rhythm O and the drumline from the UO Marching Band will be accompanying the march.

This event is always free to the public, will be wheelchair accessible, and will offer rides to and from the SpeakOut through Saferide starting at 7 pm. Open sign up for survivors whom wish to speak will be available at the SpeakOut. Translation in Spanish and ASL will be provided during the rally and SpeakOut. Free food will also be available at the SpeakOut.

About Take Back the Night.  

The first documented Take Back the Night occurred at The International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in 1978 in Brussels, Belgium. Two thousand women representing 40 countries marched through the streets holding a candlelight procession. There have been similar events held all throughout Europe, India, Australia and the U.S. Take Back the Night is recognized by many Universities, and used primarily to raise awareness about sexual violence.Over three decades, the University of Oregon Women’s Center and Sexual Support Services (SASS) have worked together to ensure that Lane Country is part of this worldwide movement and has continued to do so every year with the additional support of students, community members, and special guests.




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In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter The ASUO Women’s Center brings activist Mia McKenzie to the University of Oregon

WHO: ASUO Women’s Center brings Mia McKenzie to the University of Oregon

WHAT: Public talk as part of the annual Lyllye B Parker Speaker Series

WHERE: University of Oregon Global Scholar Hall room 123 (

WHEN: Tuesday April 14, 2015, AT 7:00PM

WHY: Mia McKenzie will discuss anti-blackness as part of the ASUO Women’s Center’s Lyllye B Parker Speaker Series.

About the Lyllye B. Parker Speaker Series

Now in its 4th year, the series honors the legacy that Ms. Lyllye has created at the University of Oregon and in Eugene. One of the first African American families to settle in Eugene, Ms. Lyllye was told in high school her only career options were to be a hairdresser, a nurse or a housekeeper. Against such clear discrimination, Lyllye went on to pursue a degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Oregon. Upon graduating she accepted a position in the Office of Multicultural Affairs as an Academic Advisor for 17 years where she mentored hundreds of young students of color to pursue their dreams.

“We honor Ms. Lyllye’s contributions to the University of Oregon through the Lyllye B Parker Speaker Series. Bringing speakers to campus whose work progresses the voices of communities of color empowers us to demand an educational experience that honors our histories and experiences.”– Andrea Valderrama, Former Diversity Coordinator of the ASUO Women’s Center and current Outreach and Policy Advisor for the City of Portland.

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.







The Eugene/Springfield Shadowed Production of The Vagina Monologues 2015

Presented by: The Eugene/Springfield Shadowed Production

Sponsored by: ASUO Women’s Center

Where:  University of Oregon, Global Scholars Hall

When: Saturday, February 14th at 7:00pm

Sunday, February 15th at 2:00pm

Cost: Tickets are $10 on Saturday and $8 on Sunday. May be purchased at

Eugene, OR– The ASUO Women’s Center at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that we have been granted the rights to put on a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning ensemble play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

The Eugene/Springfield Shadowed Production of The Vagina Monologues is part of the Women Center’s V-Day 2015 Campaign. Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performance of The Vagina Monologues, films, community briefings and large-scale benefits all geared towards putting an end to violence against women. The Eugene/Springfield Shadowed Production of The Vagina Monologues 2015 has joined this global movement.

For the first time ever in Eugene/Springfield The Vagina Monologues will present an all shadowed production and will be performed by two performers in simultaneously. One will be doing American Sign Language (ASL) and the other will be voicing English. This is not an interpreted production but rather a production where performers have worked together to present ASL and English together in unison.

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.  Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998.  A special edition was released in hardcover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.

The Vagina Monologues will be performed at The University of Oregon, Global Scholars Hall on Saturday, February 14th at 7pm and Sunday, February 15th at 2pm, with doors opening one hour prior.  Tickets are $10 on Saturday and $8 on Sunday with a $1.15 processing fee and may be purchased at

To learn more about The Eugene/Springfield Shadowed Production of The Vagina Monologues, e-mail us  To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit


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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: