This Week @ the Women’s Resources Center
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities are sponsored by: Counseling Center; Diversity and Social Justice Education; Office of Student Conflict Resolution; Rape Advocacy Counseling and Education Services; Sexual Health Peers; UIUC Police Department; Women’s Resources Center.
Monday/April 16 Illini Art Therapy Art-Making Session@ 7:00pm @ Women’s Resources Center, 2nd floor, 703 S. Wright Street, CH. Illini Art Therapy Association (IATA) is a registered student organization partnered with the Women’s Resources Center to provide art therapy sessions to student members and attendees. Art therapy sessions are co-facilitated by Emma Taufer and Elka Kazmierczak, two student artists and facilitators. Sessions are two hours long and feature various mediums and artistic styles, as well as, a sharing session where participants are encouraged to speak about their work and how it relates to their lives, if they so choose. All sessions are free and open to the public. IATA accepts donations to help cover the cost of art supplies. Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with art supplies and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Tuesday/April 17 NOW Meeting@ 7:30 PM @ Women’s Resources Center; 706 S. Wright St., CH. NOW: National Organization for Women/UIUC Chapter. NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, or parenthood. This meeting is open to all interested individuals.
Wednesday/April 18 Women & the Occupation@ NOON @ Women’s Resources Center; 2nd Floor, 703 S. Wright Street, CH. A week long group of events highlighting the occupation of Palestine. This will be a presentation about the status of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation. How are Palestinian women regulated by Israel? In what ways does this curtail their rights? What is the internal culture of Palestine towards Palestinian women? What role do they/don’t they play in resisting the occupation and how has this interacted with the internal growing feminist movement within Palestine. The event is FREE, alight lunch will be provided, open to everyone. Sponsored by the Students for Justice in Palestine and co-sponsored by Amnesty International; International Socialist Organization; Invisible Conflicts; Iraq Veterans Against the War; National Lawyers Guild; Urbana-Champaign Peace Initiative; Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano De Aztlan and Women’s Resources Center. Funded in part by SORF.
Wednesday/April 18 Women’s Support Group@ 5:30 pm @ 2nd Floor Resource Rm, Asian American Cultural Center; 1210 W. Nevada Street, U. The Women’s Support Group is specifically for women students who have been sexually assaulted, or abused within a relationship. It offers a mix of education and support allowing members of the group to work on trauma issues which have impacted their lives and gain support from their peers. The group will be a reflective process where members can share their feelings and experiences with other survivors. The group is facilitated by a trained staff person. Every Wednesday. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat @ 217.333.3137. Open to any woman student.
Thursday/April 19 Take Back the Night March and Rally@ 6:30pm @ Lincoln Square Mall. Join us for the 33rd Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March against sexual violence in our community and our campus!! The event begins with a “call to march”, we will march accompanied by the power of our voices, and end at the QUAD on campus with a rally. Open to everyone!
Thursday/April 19 Healing Works Art Exhibit & Opening Reception@ 6:00 to 10:00pm @ Women’s Resources Center, 2nd floor, 703 S. Wright Street, Champaign. Healing Works annual art exhibit features works about surviving sexual violence and abuse. “We have survived and in that survival is our life, our strength, our spirituality. And we are telling about it” Linda Hogan, writer, poet, playwright, Indian rights activist, educator, The Stories We Hold Secret, 1986. The exhibit includes all mediums–painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, collage, writing, performance, film, etc. The exhibit will be part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2012 open during regular hours of the women’s center. April 19 will be a reception in conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival. Refreshments will be included!
Thursday/April 19 Saying NO! to Victim Blame: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault@ 7:00pm @ South Recreation Room, Allen Hall; 1005 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana. A workshop about how to support victims/survivors by shifting the blame off them and the “coulds, woulds, shoulds” and placing the blame of the assailants!
Monday/April 23 Feminist Film Festival @ 7pm @ Art Theatre; 126 W. Church Street, CH. For the 3rd year the Women’s Resources Center will sponsor and host the Feminist Film Festival! The festival is a juried collection of films submitted by students with a theme of “feminism” as defined by their artistic creativity. The festival premieres with a RED CARPET opportunity to have you photo taken with friends, fans and local celebrities followed by a screening of the films in the historic Boardman’s Art Theatre. Screenings will be followed by the announcement of awards, including the audience selection for “favorite film”. Please join us for this fun-filled, inspiring tribute to the film buff in all of us!! This event is free but please pick up a ticket at one of the campus outlets, call the WRC to find the nearest location for a ticket @ 217.333.3137.
Wednesday/April 25 “La Operacíon” &“Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez!” @ 6pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina; 1203 W. Nevada Street, U. Film Screening and Discussion with Director/producer, Victor Cruz. Come watch the short films, have a conversation with the director/ producer, and enjoy some FREE FOOD! Co-Sponsored by: La Casa Cultural Latina; Latinos in Pre Health; Women’s Resources Center; Puerto Rican Student Association; GOLS; Lambda Theta Alpha; M.E.C.h.A.; LLSGSO; and SORF. Free—everyone welcome!
Friday/May 3 Rock Out against Rape: Benefit Concert@ 6pm – 10pm @ Jupiter’s at the Crossing; 2511 Village Green Place, CH.