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Spring 2018 Women's Center Events

Date/Time/Place  Event

Weekly on Tuesdays

Women's Center

6:00-8:00 PM

Level Up! A Feminist Gaming Initiative 

Level Up! provides a safe space for women and minority gamers to build community around feminist gaming while critically analyzing the media we love. During each meeting we will play games, discuss topics (like online toxicity, character development, gamer identity, and common tropes) and strategize how to make our community more inclusive.

February 1 - March 16

Reeve Union Gail F. Steinhilber Art Gallery

Check website for hours.

The ART of Infertility 

The ART of Infertility’s mission is to break the silence around the experiences of infertility, offering art and storytelling as therapeutic heuristics to capture and express the realities, pains, and joys of infertility. This project recognizes the diverse voices and perspectives that represent infertility — ranging from those in a heterosexual relationship who receive an infertility diagnosis upon trying to conceive, those who identify as single-mothers-by-choice and undergoing fertility treatment to become pregnant, even those who identify as LGBTQ and encounter many of the same infertility decisions. In this way, the project attempts to speak back to dominant perceptions and assumptions of who is infertile. Our goal in doing so is to broaden the public’s understandings of infertility, making the claim that infertility impacts far more than just the older heterosexual couple attempting to conceive.

Learn more about the project here.

February 26 - March 4

 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

The theme this year is Let’s Get Real and the goal is to expand the conversation and highlight stories we don’t often hear. Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. Learn more here.

Monday, February 26

Reeve Union Theater (307)

6:30-8:30 PM

In Our Heads About Our Hair

In Our Heads About Our Hair, produced by women, examines issues Black women confront regarding hair and self-esteem. Despite a current natural-hair trend in some urban areas, many Black women say conforming to mainstream beauty standards makes it easier to find mates and corporate employment. This feature documentary celebrates natural beauty and also offers opinions (and wisdom) from people making other hairstyling choices. There will be a panel discussion with members of BSU and the Sisterhood after the film.

Co-Sponsors: BSU, Sisterhood, WAC, African American Studies Program, Women's and Gender Studies

Month of March

Reeve Union 2nd Floor Gallery

Titan LeadHERship Photo Exhibit

To launch the Titan LeadHERship project, funded by AAUW, there will be a photo exhibit featuring female-identified leaders on campus and in the community. Be sure to check out the photo exhibit for some leadHERship inspiration!

Friday, March 2

Women's Center

2:00-4:00 PM

Body Positive Crafternoon

End National Eating Disorders Awareness Week by joining the Women's Advocacy Council for an afternoon of body positive crafting in the Women's Center! Feel free to bring snacks!

Monday, March 5

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

Masculinity Monday: Video Games

Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? We invite you to join these open conversations about masculinity. All who wish to discuss masculinity are welcome.

Topic: Masculinity and video games

Monday, March 5

Sage 1210

6:00-7:30 PM

Women with MBAs

Did you know that women with their MBA see pay gains of 55-65% of their pre-MBA salary within five years of graduation? Or that 85% of MBA graduates attribute their MBA in advancing their careers? Join us for a panel discussion with women who have earned their MBA. Panelists will share what motivated them to pursue an MBA, how earning an MBA has helped their career and advanced their path to leadership, and answer questions for those considering pursuing an MBA.

Co-Sponsors: College of Business, Alliance for Diverse Professionals

Tuesday, March 6

Reeve Union Theater (307)

6:00-7:30 PM

Coin-Operated Americans by Carly Kocurek

How did video gaming become constructed as a space for young men and boys? Carly A. Kocurek, author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, will answer this question and share valuable lessons for contemporary culture as we struggle to address pervasive sexism in the domain of video games—and in the digital working world beyond. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Co-Sponsors: Voices of Men, WAC, CALM

Wednesday, March 7

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

WOC Ally Wednesday

Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. We will discuss current events and build skills to be active allies to women of color on our campus and in our community.

Co-Sponsor: Women's Advocacy Council

Thursday,
March 8

Sage 1210

5:00-6:30 PM

International Women’s Day: Environmental Injustice of Beauty

Have you ever considered how the beauty products you use impact the environment? Join us for a virtual discussion with Dr. Ami Zota, co-author of “The environmental injustice of beauty: Framing chemical exposures from beauty products as a health disparities concern.” She will share how beauty products demonstrate a need for environmental, gender, and racial justice movements to work together. This event will be held in celebration of International Women's Day.

Co-Sponsors: WAC, SEAC, UW System Women and Science, Sisterhood, HSU/ASA, Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations

Saturday,
March 10

Reeve Union 227

8:30 AM-4:30 PM

 Titan LeadHERship: Inspiration to Action

This workshop aims to foster stronger leadership identity for female-identified students in pink collar majors (education, human services, nursing, social work) and increased participants’ knowledge of the gender leadership gap, networking, professional communication, and inclusive leadership practices.

Co-Sponsors: AAUW, AAUW-Oshkosh, Women’s Center, Reeve Union

Tuesday,
March 13

Reeve Union Ballroom (227)

7:00 PM

University Speaker Series: Isabella Springer

University Speaker Series presents Isabell Springer. Dr. Springer is a psychotherapist, relationship educator and Founder/CEO of LovEd®. She will present a fun, interactive program to teach students how to make choices in love relationships.

Co-Sponsors: University Speaker Series, Women’s Center, WAC, CARE

Wednesday, March 14

Sage 1214

6:00-8:00 PM

GEEK GIRL

Nerdy women - the "hidden half" of fan culture - open up about their lives in the world of conventions, video games, and other rife-with-misogyny pop culture touchstones. While geek communities have recently risen to prominence, very little attention is paid to geek women. Filmmaker Gina Hara, struggling with her own geek identity, explores the issue with a cast of women who live geek life up to the hilt: A feminist geek blogger, a convention-trotting cosplayer, a professional gamer, a video-game designer, and a NASA engineer. Through their personal experiences in the rich cultural explosion of nerdom, GEEK GIRLS shows both the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of being ostracized. These women, striving in their respective professions and passions, face the cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism that permeate the culture and the industry at large. The film will be followed by a talkback.

Co-sponsors: WAC, ASA/HSU, Sisterhood

Thursday,
March 15

Titan Underground

7:00 PM

RUB Pottery Night with the Fire from Appleton 

Pottery Night with the Fire is back, and happening! Don't miss your chance to design your own painting on pottery, and get it fired! Cost is $10 and under. The Women's Center will be there with Women's HERstory quotes and inspiration for your pottery!

Wednesday, March 28

Reeve 212AB

11:30 AM-
12:30 PM

 Workshop Wednesday: Allyship is Leadership Part I

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of non-binary pronouns and the opportunity to practice using them in conversation.

Register in advance here: https://goo.gl/forms/ab12dF6d6ujzkfiG3. All individuals who pre-register at least a week before a workshop will be provided a free lunch at the session. Individuals who are not able to pre-register are encouraged to bring a lunch with them.

Co-Sponsors: Reeve Union, LGBTQ Resource Center

Thursday,
March 29

Sage 1210

5:00-6:30 PM

Panel on Popular Culture: Trans Women on TV

In what ways are trans women represented in popular television shows? Join our panelists for a critical discussion on trans women in shows such as Transparent, Orange is the New Black, Doubt, Sense8, and CSI, and how we can help propel momentum toward positive representations of trans women.

Co-Sponsors: Trans Action Week Committee, LGBTQ Resource Center

Friday, 
March 30

LGBTQ Resource Center

12:00-1:00 PM

Trans Reproductive Justice 

Join us for a lunchtime discussion about barriers to reproductive care and access for trans folks and the ways in which trans individuals have overcome these barriers. 

Co-Sponsors: Trans Action Week Committee, LGBTQ Resource Center, The ART of Infertility

Monday, April 2

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

Masculinity Monday: Spirituality 

Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? We invite you to join these open conversations about masculinity. All who wish to discuss masculinity are welcome.

Topic: Masculinity and spirituality 

Tuesday, April 3

Sage 1214

6:00-8:00 PM

WAC Presents Soraya Membreno

Join WAC to learn how we can build an inclusive, intersectional community at UW Oshkosh! Soraya Membreno is Bitch Media’s Director of Community and will engage participants in dialogue about navigating predominately white institutions from her perspective as a first-generation immigrant. Participants will be encouraged to enter into open dialogue about the details of assimilation, feelings of tokenization, fitting into a new environment while still maintaining ties to home, and how being fully yourself can be an act of radical resistance. The conversation will then turn to action and Soraya will facilitate a how-to workshop for building a feminist community that is accessible, inclusive, and intergenerational. How can we build upon collective history to come together and make space for one another? And once we have, what do we do with it?

Sponsored by WAC (the Women's Advocacy Council)

Wednesday,
April 4

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

WOC Ally Wednesday

Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. We will discuss current events and build skills to be active allies to women of color on our campus and in our community.

Co-Sponsor: Women's Advocacy Council

Monday, April 9

Reeve Union Ballroom (227)

6:00-7:30 PM

The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir by Laura Jean Baker

Join us as we host Laura Jean Baker for a discussion of her first book, The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir, and a workshop on how to tell your own story! The Motherhood Affidavits portrays a woman, a marriage, a family, caught in an impossible bind. Its heartbreaking resolution raises profound questions about whether we, as a society, are governed by morals or by laws—and whether either is an adequate measure of any one person’s ability to parent and capacity for love. The book will be available for purchase and the author will do book signings. 

The author will also facilitate a workshop to teach participants how to tell their own story! 

Co-Sponsors: Women's Advocacy Council, Women's and Gender Studies, Sisterhood

Tuesday, April 10

Reeve Union 212AB

5:00-7:00 PM

Equal Pay Day / AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s pay finally “catches up” to the wages that men took home the previous year. The date represents the fact that women working full time, year-round in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid, or a gap of 20 percent. Join us for an AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop and be prepared to accept a job offer by learning how to negotiate salary and benefits.

Co-Sponsors: Reeve Union, Career Services

Wednesday, April 11

Reeve Union Ballroom (227)

5:00-7:00 PM

Creating Connections

Networking event targeted towards underrepresented groups (i.e., women, students of color, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities); all students are encouraged to attend. Students will have the opportunity to network with employers, learn about inclusion and diversity in the workplace through an employer panel, and enjoy some food.

Sponsored by Career Services

Thursday,
April 12

Reeve Union Ballroom (227)

5:00-8:00 PM

LGBTQ Ally March

The LGBTQ Ally March is the chance for all of us to step forward proudly in support of our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, next door neighbors, teachers—anyone in our community who is LGBTQ. Straight Allies are a corner-stone of the LGBTQ Community.  Additionally, the alliance is strengthened by members of the LGBTQ community supporting each other-- lesbians standing up for transgender folk standing up for their gay brothers. On this day, we celebrate allies and their dedication to making our schools, communities, nation, and world safer and more accepting of diversity.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center

Monday, April 16

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

Masculinity Monday: Environmentalism

Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? We invite you to join these open conversations about masculinity. All who wish to discuss masculinity are welcome.

Topic: Masculinity and environmentalism

Co-Sponsor: Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations, SEAC

Monday, April 16

Reeve Union Ballroom (227)

7:00-8:15 PM

Social Justice Week Keynote: Vandana Shiva

University Speaker Series and Social Justice week are hosting Indian scholar and environmental activist Vandana Shiva.

Wednesday, April 18

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

WOC Ally Wednesday

Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. We will discuss current events and build skills to be active allies to women of color on our campus and in our community.

Co-Sponsor: Women's Advocacy Council

Wednesday, April 18

Women's Center

5:00-6:00 PM

Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene

If you menstruate, have you ever calculated how much waste you accumulate due to menstrual hygiene products? What are more sustainable and earth-friendly ways to manage menstruation? Join us for a discussion on menstrual cups, cloth pads, and more! We will also help you make a cloth pad to try during your next cycle!

Co-Sponsor: Women's Advocacy Council, SEAC, Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations, Women's and Gender Studies

Wednesday, April 25

Reeve 212AB

11:30 AM -
12:30 PM

Workshop Wednesday: Allyship is Leadership Part II

In this session, participants will learn what rape culture is and how to be a leader who dismantles rather than perpetuates rape culture.

Register in advance here: https://goo.gl/forms/ab12dF6d6ujzkfiG3. All individuals who pre-register at least a week before a workshop will be provided a free lunch at the session. Individuals who are not able to pre-register are encouraged to bring a lunch with them.

Co-Sponsors: Reeve Union, LGBTQ Resource Center

Wednesday,
April 25

All Day, Everywhere

Denim Day

For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Sponsored by CARE

Wednesday, April 25

Sage 1214

6:00-7:30 PM

My Masculinity Helps Screening & Discussion

My Masculinity Helps explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. It shows African American male allies (psychologist, professor, peer educator, attorney, pastor, athlete, middle and high school students, activist) demonstrating understanding and support for survivors of sexual violence. Strategies for assistance and prevention are provided. Survivors also share their stories and what has helped them. The film serves as a counter-narrative to often inaccurate and misleading portrayals of African American masculinity. Our goal is to engage boys and men in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity, and power and in the prevention of sexual violence.

A panel discussion illuminating the role of men and boys in sexual violence prevention will follow the short film. Dr. Tony Laing, Director of the Men of Color Initiative, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Co-Sponsors: Men of Color Initiative, CARE

Monday, April 30

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

Masculinity Monday: Self-Care

Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? We invite you to join these open conversations about masculinity. All who wish to discuss masculinity are welcome.

Topic: Masculinity and self-care

Wednesday,
May 2

Women's Center

4:00-5:00 PM

WOC Ally Wednesday

Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color. We will discuss current events and build skills to be active allies to women of color on our campus and in our community.

Co-Sponsor: Women's Advocacy Council

Monday, May 7


Women’s Center

12:00 PM-
12:00 AM

Finals Survival Night

If you need a place to study or de-stress, we are here for you! We will be staying open late and have coloring books, board and video games, and other activities to help get you through the stress of finals. Survival kits filled with goodies will be available, while supplies last.

Tuesday-Wednesday,
May 15 & 16

Women’s Center

8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Faculty and Staff Unwind


We know students aren’t the only ones stressed at the end of the semester! Join us for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and a stress-free environment. Bring your colleagues and unwind while playing games, coloring, or just dropping by for a chat.

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Spring 2018 Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM -8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

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