Events in the CWGE!

Office Hours:The CWGE is open from 9:00am-4:30pm from Monday through FridayWednesday Evenings at 7pm:  Wednesday's Programs are offered in a hybrid model. Reserve your spot to attend in person or join us online at https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/7543382309?pwd=Y1lPSXpTRm5LUG5hbTFhRDdOeDNVZz09Thursday Morning Cafe with Guest Baristas: Join us in the CWGE/CARE Center for morning coffee. Each week, we'll host guest baristas from across campus so you can enjoy your morning coffee and connect with others in the process. At that time, our student leaders are available to answer questions, make referrals, connect you with the professional staff of either the Center for Women & Gender Equity or the CARE Center.

Zoom link for WEDNESDAY EVENING EVENTS: https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/7543382309?pwd=Y1lPSXpTRm5LUG5hbTFhRDdOeDNVZz09

SCROLL AND SEE: CWGE Fall Programs 2021-2022

 

HOW TO BE AN ALLY WHILE CHALLENGING ISLAMOPHOBIA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 7PM 

As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9-11, many questions remain and many are still feeling unsure about the future and vulnerable about the present. How do we think critically about the rhetoric we are hearing? What does allyship look like? How do we combat Islamophobia? In collaboration with the Muslim Student Association, the CWGE is sponsoring Dr. Hatem Bazian, a scholar who focuses on challenging Islamophobia to address these and other questions. 

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BACK TO THE BASICS: SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR SUCCESS WITH S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 7PM

When we think about how to care for ourselves while also succeeding in our academic, professional and personal aspirations, we can easily get overwhelmed. In the spirit of meeting ourselves where we're at, this workshop will help us break down our goals into small, attainable and measurable pieces so that we can set ourselves up for success. 

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Learn about the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the CARE Center.

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MY JOURNEY UP MT. KILAMANJARO--KARA RICHARDS

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 7PM

Author Kara Richards will share her journey of courage as she describes what she learned about herself while climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro as a person of size. 

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WEIGHT A MINUTE: GETTING BEYOND THE STIGMA OF SIZE AND BEAUTY

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 7PM

What are the implications of having a particular narrative in the mainstream media of what beauty means? Where do we get our messages from? What is it like for someone who does not fit inside the narrow definitions of beauty and size? This panel will explore these and many other questions while working toward the goal of promoting the idea of self love at every size. 

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WEIGHT A MINUTE PANELIST

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to our panelist from last night's program (Weight A Minute). Grab some coffee, pastries, and more to start off your morning.

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PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST WITH BOUNDARIES- LIFE COACH SHERRY ELLINGSON

OCTOBER 6, 2021 7PM

Meditation and groundig. Finding out the reason(s) that prevent us from putting ourselves first. Thn 3 tools to help make yourself a priority. Will include breakinf out into groups to practice usin the tools. Will also include journaling.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- VA STUDENT ORGANIZATION AND PRIDE STUDENT ORGANIZATION

OCTOBER 7, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to the VA organization about their upcoming events and what they do on campus. Join us in inviting representatives from the PRIDE student organization and learn about their organization.

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OVERCOING BARRIERS TO CHANGE: NO STRUGGLE NO STORY

OCTOBER 13, 2021 7PM

Work on and have convesations about the three steps: cycle of abuse, steps to leaving an abusive relationship, and how to write our own story and narrative. Learn how to overcome and write your own story.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WITH CE STUDENTS

OCTOBER 14, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to the Community Engagement students volunteering at the Center for Women and Gender Equity this semester.

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DESSERTS AND DV- WITH SCAAR AND LiGHT

OCTOBER 15, 2021 12-2PM

Enjoy delicious desserts and have open discussions by DLS Quad to benefit Love Never Fails. In Collaboration with SCAAR and LiGHT: Gaels agianst Human Trafficking.

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CONSENT AND BOUNDARIES- WITH CE TEAM

OCTOBER 20, 2021 7PM

Come join us in conversations about what consent and boundaries are.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WITH SCAAR AND DR.LITTLES

OCTOBER 21, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to SCAAR (Student Coalition Against Abuse and Rape) representatives about their upcoming events. Join Dr.Littles in talking about the Campus Climae Survey and the impact your voice can have.

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BODILY AUTONOMY WORKSHOP- WITH CE STUDENTS SAMANTHA FLORES AND ANGELINE WONG

OCTOBER 27, 2021 7PM

Reclaiming your right to your body. Talking about the disparities in your sexual and reproductive education and the importance of inclusive and safe sex education.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WITH CE STUDENTS

OCTOBER 28, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to the Community Engagement students volunteering at the Center for Women and Gender Equity this semester. Including our CE students that hosted a space for dialogue.

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NOT-SO-SPOOKY MENSTRUAL PARTY- DARE TO BE THERE

OCTOBER 29, 2021 2-4PM

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RECENTER TO HEAL AND HELP THE WORLD- LIFE COACH SHERRY ELLINGSON

NOVEMEBR 3, 2021 7PM

Meditation to help you relax. Digging into what is draining your energy and lening to re-centr and re-focus.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WITH SOUTHERN ASIAN SOCIETY

NOVEMBER 4, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to the Souhern Asian Society and learn about their organization and their upcoming events.

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS- WITH VA STUDENT ORGANIZATION

NOVEMBER 11, 2021 9AM

Come join us starting at 9am for coffee. Come talk to the VA Organization and learn about their organization and their upcoming events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 8-May 31, 2021 New Works Festival: Our Gendered Present in Conversation with our Past 2020-2021 marks the 50th anniversary of women at Saint Mary's College. The SMC Theatre Program's New Works Festival invites our campus community to engage with this historical marker and share our own narratives related to gender. 

This on-demand film will include short original works, created by students of all gender identities, that center women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, and gender variant characters and experiences. It is student directed, performed, and produced. It will premiere on Jan. 8th free of charge, although donations are welcome. For more info: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/new-works-festival-21

February 10---Coffee, Creativity and Community 7pm

Mayson Lord will lead students in an evening of creativity and community. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by CWGE

 

Friday February 12 at 4pm 

Resiliency: Representing the best versions of ourselves

Maya Patel and members of the CWGE team will lead a workshop on resiliency.

This will be the launch of the resilience campaign that will lead to resiliency recognition later in the semester. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by CWGE

 

February 17--Finding Your Love Language--Life Coaching with Sherry Ellingson

Life Coach Sherry Ellingson will guide us through a workshop that explores how we can identify love languages within ourselves and others and how we can use that awareness to be the best versions of ourselves. She will also share some meditative and yoga practices to help us stay centered. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by CWGE

 

Friday February 19 at 4pm

Workshop

February 24 7pm Remembering the Legacies

Wanda Johnson discusses the lives of Sandra Bland, Oscar Grant and others.

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and BSU

 

Friday February 26 at 4pm  From Student to Professor

Join Alum Professor Nicole Jackson who will share how her journey led her from being a student to being a scholar and professor, as she shares how she has navigated some of the challenges she’s experienced as a woman of color in higher education.

 

Dr. Jackson is an historian of the modern African Diaspora, Black social movements, and community activism, with a current focus on contemporary Black Britain. She is interested in everyday Black people’s work to expand the boundaries of social and political citizenship. She is also interested in the intersection between historical reality and representation in popular culture. Beginning in September 2017, Dr. Jackson became a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. While at SMC, Dr. Jackson participated in a summer study abroad program, which ignited her interest in Black British and the African Diaspora history, which has become the central focus of her research for her academic career. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and CCIE

 

 

 

March 2   1:15 - 2:45pm  Jennie Stephen's on Diversifying Power

The climate crisis is a crisis of leadership. For too long too many leaders have prioritized corporate profits over the public good, exacerbating climate vulnerabilities while reinforcing economic and racial injustice. In this talk, author and energy expert Jennie Stephens will discuss her new book, Diversifying Power, which argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucOmprT4qEtMlIJIYOwBa9o54WyDIE2lb

Use the following QR Code to access the event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3   7pm   Women Advocating For Change in the Criminal Justice System

Join Porshe Taylor, Founder of Prison From The Inside Out Inc., Courtney Morris, Organizer with No Justice Under Capitalism and Wanda Johnson, Founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation to learn what inspired each of them to take actions and what types of change they are advocating for. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity

 

Friday, March 5th     12:30-1:30pm     Fearless Friday

Join the IC, Southern Asian Society, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as we celebrate Women’s History Month and the 50th anniversary of women attending SMC. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to come together in appreciation of the women within our SMC community and beyond with creative activities and the opportunity to win raffle prizes!

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/97088141006

Sponsored by the IC, SAS, and Intervarsity

 

March 5 4pm Instituting Women Representation at SMC

Instituting Women Representation at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art

In 2018 a study revealed only 11 percent of works in the nation’s major museum collections are works by women artists. Acknowledging this gender inequity, join the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art (SMCMoA) in a discussion that addresses how museums can shift and reframe their operational and professional practices to enhance the voice and representation of women in the arts. With an emphasis on women as art collectors, artists in art history, writers and archivists, and contemporary artmakers, this discussion looks at how a small college art museum has examined its institutional history, collection practices, and exhibition curations to generate a richer, more inclusive history. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the CWGE, MoA, CCIE

 

March 6, 2021      Alumni Awards Details Forthcoming-Alumni Relations

TBD

 

March 10 1pm Wellness, Self Care & Empowerment For Communities of Color and Allies

Facilitated Discussion by Alyscia Cunningham, Author, Filmmaker & Photographer

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by BSU, Center for Women & Gender Equity, CCIE

 


March 10 7pm  Coffee, Creativity and Community

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by CWGE

 

Thurs. Mar 11        6:00pm-7:30pm    Film Discussion                      

This workshop will include a discussion of a short film made by BSU President Shilei Bell-Lipsey exploring the experiences and contributions of Black women at St. Mary’s College.  Filmmaker Shilei Bell-Lipsey will discuss her motivation for creating the film and how her process speaks to the 44 Days Theme of Telling Our Own Stories.

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/97145048157?pwd=YlpMVVN5aTFwZnMyNGMwa25UV3N5QT09

 


March 12th     4pm     Creeative Actions for Transformation: Spoken Word Workshops
https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

 

March 17  1:00pm-2:00pm A Mother & Daughter’s Gender Identity Journey: Di’ara Reid and Betty Reid Soskin

In her early 60s, Di’ara Reid began a journey of transition that she says led her to her true self. Di’ara fathered four biological children and three step children and worked as a carpenter and a little league coach in earlier life. Di’ara will speak about her process of claiming the gender identity that best represents her and her lifetime activist 99-year old mother will speak about her journey of acceptance. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and PRIDE 

 

March 17 7:00-8:00pm Gender Identity & Expression In Writing: With Professor Feito
What does our gender identity and gender expression have to do with the ways we show up in the world and how we are perceived by others? Join Professor Feito of the Psychology  and Women’s and Gender Studies department for a workshop on gender identity and expression! We will discuss a short reading that explores the spectrums of gender and share our interpretations. This is a space to share our experiences, ask questions, and learn all about how ourselves and others experience gender. 

Sponsored by the CWGE and PRIDE

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

 

March 19 6:00pm Representations of Hope & Resiliency--Our Voices: Our Stories 

CWGE Team Lead Maya Patel will host and guide us in an open-mic spoken word event as part of the One Billion Rising Campaign

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

 

March 20 - Representations  Symposium & Retreat

Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Museum of Art, the Campus Committee for Inclusive Excellence and South Asian Student Association for a day of exploring representations of ourselves, of each other and of art. Life Coach Sherry Ellingson will lead participants in a visioning workshop. Award-winning Author Mitali Perkins will lead a writing session called “How to Write a Memory while Honoring our hyphenated identities. The Art History Babes will explore the theme of representations through art. 

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

 

Wed, Mar 24        1:00-2:15pm       

Activism and Advocacy: Past Present & Future        Robin Dunn & Shilei 

  • Link: https://bit.ly/3ivC1qu

  • This event explores the divergent paths of activism pursued by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  In conversation, the c0-facilitators will consider the extent to which their quest for human dignity and social justice has progressed since the Jim Crow era. They’ll also ask what needs to happen now: to sustain that progress, alter the political landscape, and realize lasting systemic change.  With Robin Dunn & Shilei Bell-Lipsey (BSU President) Co-sponsor: Seminar Informal Curriculum

 


Wed, Mar 24, 7:00pm Embracing Age

In her new book Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Successful Aging, Anna I. Corwin reveals that human aging is not simply a biological process, a ticking on of years and wrinkling of skin. The physical experience of aging is shaped by what aging means to us. The cultural context in which one is embedded shapes each of our aging trajectories. By examining Catholic nuns, a group that ages with grace and positive health outcomes, Corwin shows how specific cultural practices shape the process of growing older. In Embracing Age, Corwin reveals the connections between culture, language, and the experience of aging.
https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

 

Wed, April 7th 7pm

The Wage Gap: Gender & Race

The wage gap in the country widens as we factor in various aspects of identity. This workshop will help us deepen our understanding and look at how these systemic factors relate to struggles ranging from food and housing insecurity to threats of poverty.

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by the CWGE

Wed, April 14  7pm Communication: Setting Boundaries & Effectively Communicating
Life coach Sherry Ellingson will lead participants through a series of yoga and meditative practices before discussing how to honor ourselves with the boundaries we set and how to honor others by communicating effectively.
https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507
Sponsored by the CWGE and CARE Center


Wed April 21st 7pm Perceptions: Moving Beyond Victim Blaming
How do our perceptions impact the way we treat others and the way we show up in any given situation? From racial profiling to the way we respond to victims of gender-based violence, perceptions left unchecked can contribute to the stereotypes to acts of violence to victim blaming. Join Wanda Johnson, Executive Director of the Oscar Grant Foundation, and Cynthia Peterson, Executive Director of Community Violence Solutions, in this conversation about intersectional dynamics of perceptions as they relate to our gender, racial, and intersectional identities, and ways that we can challenge ourselves and our communities to be allies to each other.
The event will be facilitated by Community Engagement Students in partnership with CWGE Director Sharon Sobotta and CARE Director Megan Gallagher.

 


Wed, April 28th Watch & Sip: Chanel Miller Animated Short Videos and Discussion Virtual Program

Join SMC’s SCAAR leaders, Kulia Osborne ‘22 and Sam Newman ‘21, in a viewing and discussion of the inspirational animated shorts created by Chanel Miller detailing the aftermath of her experience as a sexual assault survivor.  First 5 students to log into event receive a copy of “Know My Name” book by Chanel Miller.
Sponsored by: CWGE/CARE/SCAAR

May 5th 7pm  Coffee, Creativity and Community

https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

Sponsored by CWGE


ONGOING PROGRAMS OR MEETINGS:

Family Time on Mondays at Noon -

Are you trying to study or work at home while also trying to care for children? Join us each week for an all-ages story or activity relating to multiculturalism, gender equity, mindfulness, community, nourishment or creativity and a check in time

Wednesdays with Wanda Johnson at 7pm -

Civic Engagement/Voting-Overcoming Racial Injustice

After losing her son, Oscar Grant at the hands of BART Police Officer Johanes Mehserlee in 2009, Wanda Johnson dedicated her life to advocating for a more just world that is free of racism, racial profiling and police brutality. This year Wanda Johnson is the social justice practitioner in residence for the Center for Women & Gender  Equity. She will lead and facilitate monthly workshops on how to effectively make our voices be heard in our quest for a world that is free of racism, sexism and oppression. 

Heartwork on Fridays from 4-5pm -

Heartwork is the work that we are passionate about, inspires us, makes us happy--work that comes from the heart. Join us on Fridays for student-led activities showing off our various heartwork interests.

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

 

September 9: The Politics of Voting: A Racial/Gender Justice Perspective-Wanda Johnson

Voting is a duty and a right that has not been equally afforded to Americans throughout history. Learn from the past to advocate for a more equitable, just future--Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant.

 

October 7: Current Topix: What's in the news & what's not

What can we learn from this moment in time? How does gender and racial justice show up in the news? How do we get engaged?

 

November 11: What's Next? A post-election discussion on staying engaged

 

 

Caring for ourselves, our communities and our world in uncertain times

Life Coaching & Yoga with Sherry Ellingson

Sept. 16, Oct 14, Nov 18 at 7pm

Resiliency Workshops & Art Nights 7pm 

Sep 2, Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4

 

Check back in and follow our social media for more events and programming!