Welcome back, Bobcats!
How was your winter break? I enjoyed a trip to New York City where I saw Dames at Sea on Broadway and ate way too much fabulous food with very good friends. I also spent a LOT of time with my family, which was especially meaningful this year since my little sister (who I love more than words!!) was returning home from her first semester away at college and we all got to be together again.
Spring 2016 is going to be jam packed at the Women’s Center! You can check out our full spring semester calendar here and our Facebook page here, but for now I have listed our major events and programs for the last week of January:
Jan. 26 5- 6pm (Women’s Center) Women in STEM Coffee Hour in the Women’s Center Co-sponsored by Russ College of Engineering and Technology, AAUW OHIO, and Women in Information & Telecommunication Systems. At the beginning of this coffee hour, we’ll show “The Myth of the Scientist”, presented by Crystal Dilworth at TEDxYouth@Caltech (4.18 minutes). We’ll discuss our role models (invite your role model, bring a picture, or share a story) and who has helped disrupt the notion that a scientist can only look or act one way.
Jan. 28 12-1pm (Women’s Center) Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: “Engaging Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)” with Jody Markley, M.Ed. Director of Multicultural Experiences, Russ College. Brown Bag Lunch and Learns are a casual way of learning about gender issues. Typically, they are facilitated by one speaker, and we encourage Q&A at the end of a presentation. Bring your lunch or snacks!
Jan. 27 4:40-6:30pm (Living Learning Center 130) “Changing the Face of Power: Empowering Young Women to Create Lasting Change on Campus and Beyond” Presented by Rebecca M. Thompson Co-sponsored with the Margaret Boyd Scholars. The voices of young women (especially those of color and LGBT women) are often left out of the conversations that create and change policies for our communities. Despite that, young women across the country are stepping up to lead and are at the forefront of social justice movements on campus and beyond. In this interactive workshop session participants will explore innovative strategies to develop and strengthen their own leadership skills; how to build strong organizations; and how to create lasting change through civic engagement and grassroots organizing.
Jan. 28 5:30-7pm (Tupper 107) Mentoring Women: A Toolkit for Success and Support This interactive workshop will focus on ways to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate women. This interactive workshop will focus on ways to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate women. Mentorship can be a crucial element to women’s successes, and can be a personally rewarding activity for those who function as their mentors. We’ll begin the workshop by renewing our dedication to mentoring, discuss what some of the common pitfalls are for ourselves and our mentees, and detail the gendered issues that many of our mentees will face (like salary negotiation or feeling torn between family and paid employment). Additionally, we’ll evaluate our own mentoring skills and assess what we can do to improve as mentors.
We hope to see you at the Women’s Center a lot this semester!
Hope you enjoyed your (very snowy) weekend,
Anna Bekavac and the staff of the Women’s Center at OU