WRC Programs 2014-2015
The Gender Politics of Food is our first event of the year. Its main focus is to show how the manufacturing and advertising of food is connected to gender. We will have guest speakers from the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.
Celebrating Latinas: Reflecting on Journeys will take place in a circular discussion to give current students and alums the opportunity to openly engage in dialogue and discussion, exchange most lessons, tidbits and tools for success as students transition to the work world.
Honoring the Voices of LGBTQIA Alums will provide a forum for members of PRIDE, the general SMC student body and alums who served as agents of change while exploring and/or embracing their role within the LGBTQIA community.
Catalina Torres Night to Remember is held each year during Domestic/Dating Violence Awareness Month to honor the life of Alum Catalina Torres, while examining the local and global impact of dating and domestic violence. After overcoming domestic violence, Catalina dedicated her life to helping others find the courage to seek resources and help so that they could live healthy, violence-free lives. In 2008 Catalina was tragically shot while protecting her cousin from an abusive partner. We gather each year to retell her story, to create space for others to share their stories and to walk in her memory.
Rethinking Pink Breast Cancer Luncheon takes place to educate members of our community about the direct and indirect impact cancer, and breast cancer in particular, has on our community and the world at large. This year’s luncheon will focus specifically on the impact this epidemic has on women of color and explore what can be done to make all voices audible in the movement to fight breast cancer.
Tribute to Women of African Descent is a panel and mixer intended to connect the students of BSU and the Black Student Achievement Program with Alums who have journeyed into the work place and have found subtle but important ways to systemically challenge such issues as racism and sexism while also striving to maintain a sense of work/life balance.
The World AIDS Day open-mic coffee house night has become an annual event for individuals directly and indirectly impacted by HIV or AIDS to come together to share their art, stories and research in hopes of spreading awareness, empathy and compassion.
LUNAFEST is a film-fest comprised of short films by made women for women. It is meant to spread awareness about a wide range of experiences of women from around the world.
V-Day: Until the Violence Ends is the culmination of an intensive one-month experience, in which a group of women learn about the stories of women around the world through the monologues that Eve Ensler has written. Through the preparation process, students learn to draw modern day parallels about issues (such as violence against women, empowerment and identity) raised in the play.
During Love Your Body Week, women and men are asked to rethink the mainstream messaging they’ve been bombarded with about body image and beauty and learn to love the bodies that they have. Throughout the week programs on topics ranging from masculinity and body images to mirror-less day will take place.
Celebrating API Women is a luncheon to honor women who are part of the API community who have used their voices to advocate for others. Current students will have an opportunity to network and connect with alums during this event.
Denim Day is the result of the 1992 case, in which an 18-year-old in Italy was picked up by her driving instructor to begin a driving lesson. Soon after, she was raped on the side of the road by the instructor. She pressed charges and won her case. The instructor appealed, and the case went to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefore the victim must have willingly participated.
In April 1999 the state of California established the first Denim Day in the U.S. At SMC, we partner with Community Violence Solutions to put on a visual display either in Oliver Hall or in the Quad (depending on weather).
Take Back The Night is an evening of speaking out against sexual assault and domestic violence. Students, staff, and community members will play music, dance, read poetry, share stories, perform monologues, and honor sexual assault survivors and victims. A march around the campus and a candle light vigil will follow the performances.