As we begin wrapping up the school year and preparing for finals with summer in sight, take a moment to check out everything that the Women’s Center has accomplished this year!!
Love Your Body Day set out to change the media images and campaigns that portray the models of “perfect” individuals. Lauren Romine was head of this event which took place October 19th and started with a tabling session in Baker where students could sign a pledge vowing to love their bodies and themselves, learn about the effects of negative body image and share with others on a large poster what they love about themselves. Throughout the day hundreds of Post-It notes with inspiring quotes could be found in bathrooms campus-wide from Operation Beautiful. That night, a symposium featuring Professor of Family Studies Gregory Janson, discussed body image and advertising, eating disorders and what it means to be healthy at every size with students, staff and community members.
The 4th annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes was headed by event coordinator Thomas Raabe and on October 1st over 400 were in attendance for the event.
Men marchers made up 180 of those in attendance as they searched for the perfect fit of a women’s shoe to prepare for the walk. A rallying speech was given outside of Baker, and then the men strutted their stuff as women cheered them on along the way with signs.The walk concluded with a tailgate outside of Peden Stadium before the football game. During the third quarter, Raabe was invited to the field to receive the Student Spotlight Award that is awarded by Student Senate to a student who demonstrates leadership on campus. All of the proceeds from the day were donated to My Sister’s Place in Athens.
March 11th the 4th annual International Women’s Day took place in Baker Ballroom. Throughout the day performances of dance, spoken word, and presentations of original research were presented. This year honored the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of America with the theme of “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.”
Take Back the Night Week ran from April 16-20 and was the 33rd year the program has been present at Ohio University. Throughout the week a kickoff event, clothes line project, name burning, men’s event, bystander intervention, and Miss Representation screening all led up to the march and rally on Thursday night. Over 100 were in attendance for the event that included performances by Title IX and Tempo Tantrums, an opening speech by Director Susanne Dietzel, and a presentation from Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder, speakers on sexual assault. After the rally, women lit candles for all those affected by sexual assault and rape and marched down Court Street and around campus with signs and chanting.
This years mentoring program was made up of a total of 60 mentors and mentees. The program included an opening with Polly Bennell and a closing with Becky Lotts. Throughout the year mentors and mentees participated in workshops, one of which focused on conflict resolution. There were also several ladies nights for bonding time between the students and mentor. The program concluded with an end of the year banquet in the Multicultural Center.