Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

January 2017

Director's Message
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is excited to welcome you back to campus. As we look back over our very active semester, I wanted to highlight a few of our accomplishments. 

We began the fall semester with our Fall Open House, where students, faculty, and staff learned about how to be involved with programs and services of the women's center. We also hosted the 6th annual Womyn of Colour Retreat, whichstrives to provide students with an opportunity to explore their cultural identity, share experiences, and discuss what it means to be womyn of colour at Iowa State University. In the month of October, we observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and added a new program "Lives on the Line" which highlighted victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence in the state of Iowa. We also cosponsored Women's Equality Day, Women's Leadership Retreat, and the Gloria Steinman campus lecture. The women's center also continues to play a major role in working with campus partners on initiatives around diversity and inclusion including, sexual misconduct prevention and awareness, lactation locations implementation and guidelines, and gender equity issues.

The spring semester promises to be even more engaging as we continue to strive towards making Iowa State a more inclusive community through our programs and events. We will begin the semester by observing National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) through our online campaign. We will also be gearing up for the production of the Vagina Monologues, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Awards, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Margaret Sloss Women's Center administers four scholarship each year and four awards. I encourage you to learn more about these opportunities and submit your nominations. We will also be working with campus partners to create a men and masculinity curriculum to help redefine masculinity and interrogate male privilege and patriarchy at Iowa State. 

This semester we will also see the graduation of members of our student groups and our Equity and Social Justice Coordinator, Dominique Gant, which is always reason to celebrate! Dominique will be graduating with a Masters of Education in Student Affairs. We are so proud of the work she is doing at the women's center and will use this semester to support her through the completion of her degree. We are also extremely excited to welcome back all of our work-study students, who have been a wonderful addition to the MSWC family. 

If you would like to be an even bigger part of some of these program and events, please consider being a Women's Center volunteer. We encourage all students to take the opportunity to volunteer. Not only does this look good on your resumes, we guarantee that you will have a great time meeting new people while you learn something new. 

Please stop into the women's center for a tour of the Sloss House and to meet our staff. We look forward to seeing you.

Lorraine D. Acker
Margaret Sloss Women's Center

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it. 
By Som Mongtin
 My heart skipped a beat; I froze, and was holding my breath. As I was getting dropped off at my apartment, I saw his car parked out front. "Keep driving - don't stop!" I pleaded to the driver. There wasn't a valid reason as to why I was afraid of this person, at least one not valid "enough" to elicit concern from others. This guy was a nice guy, had a great sense of humor, and didn't want to let me go. He showed up to my apartment unannounced, manipulated me so I would give him a call, convinced my friends I was being irrational, and said I was causing him pain. He was a stalker. 

Stalking is a serious crime that affects millions of people of all identities and is not often talked about or reported. I never reported it, because I was told I didn't have a strong case against him. The emotional toll and my constant state of fear was not enough for others to intervene. 

Although the stalking behaviors ended 8 years ago, 
I continue to be hyper vigilant of my surroundings, turn off the location on my phone, and take long detours if I see the same car behind me after a few blocks. Stalking is not a crime that should be taken lightly. Luckily for me, it did not lead to physical violence or death, like it has for others.

As we recognize Stalking Awareness Month in January, I urge you to take stalking seriously. Use this month to learn more about the crime, how to recognize stalking behaviors and stop it, and ways to support victims.

There are many resources, including

The MSWC Facebook will post information and resources throughout the month. Know what stalking is, 
name it when you see it happening, and do what you can to stop it. 
No one deserves to live in constant fear.

January Joys by Som Mongtin 
Jingling my way in to January 
It's a new year - a fresh start 
Resolutions will be made - oh joy!:

This year, 2017, I will let go of people who make excuses as to why basic rights can not be afforded to all and embrace resistance. Joining the crowds as we use our voices, intelligence, energy, time, and bodies to promote equity. Giving all that I can, while still prioritizing myself - because I am important and valuable. This year, I will remember I am enough. Without a healthy mind, spirit, and body, I can't give 100% and I can already anticipate needing all of my energy for 2017. My New Year's resolution can't be complete without mention of food: Each month, I will discover one new sweet treat to satisfy my tummy! Yummy! 
 A new year - a fresh start - let's not do a repeat of the years when America wasn't great for all. 

Who Needs Feminism? 
Check out Stephanie Hernandez's submission for the "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign!

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is bringing the "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign to Iowa State University because we want to debunk myths about feminism and decrease negative associations with the word. Our hope is that the campaign will inspire dialogue about feminism and its importance in our everyday lives and encourages students, faculty, and staff to stand up and speak out.

If you want to participate in the campaign, please visit the website for the form or contact Dominique Gant at for more information.
Student Worker Spotlight:  Kennedy Marie

Kennedy   is a freshman here at Iowa State University. Her major is Child, Adult, and Family Services with a youth program option. Kennedy's  favorite season is fall and in her free time, she likes to go hiking and on adventures. 

The Gender Monologues
The Gender Monologues are monologues, poems, or short essays regarding gender oppression, identity, and privilege. Other intersecting identities may also be a focus, but the basis of the monologues should revolve around gender. The monologues will be shared on the Margaret Sloss Women's Center website and social media. 

Feminist Quote
" My coach said I ran like a girl, and I said if he ran a little faster he could too." - Mia Hamm
In This Issue
Campus Events

Workshop: Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop
When: Thursday, Jan 5 th , 1:10-4:00 PM
Where : 198 Parks Library
What : Teacher's workshop on handling inclusion and acceptance in the classroom.

P&S Council Seminar: Conflict
When: Tuesday, Jan 10 th , 2:00-3:00 PM
Where : Gallery, MU
What: The P&S Council is a representative body elected by, and responsible to, Professional and Scientific employees at Iowa State University. Meetings are open to the public.

Carillon Concert: Let Freedom Ring
When: Wednesday, Jan 11 th , 11:50 AM
Where : Central Campus
What : Concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Red - Exhibition Opening
When: Thursday, Jan 12 th , 4:30-6:00 PM
Where : Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
What : An art exhibition that explores the cultural and aesthetic diversity of this vibrant hue.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation
When: Thursday, Jan 19 th , 3:30 PM
Where : Sun Room, MU
What:  Come celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn how his global vision of equality for everyone remains relevant today. The Advancing One Community Awards will also be presented. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series.
What Are Your Rights? A Conversation
When: Monday, Jan 23 rd , 7:00 PM
Where : Sun Room, MU
What: Opening remarks will be provided by ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis, and Corey Saylor, head of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. He is a national expert on countering Islamophobia and co-authored CAIR's Islamophobia report, Confronting Fear. Then join us for a discussion of the constitutional and legal rights of Muslims. Students and others on campus are invited to share their own concerns, ask questions and help raise awareness about resources available on and off-campus during this uncertain post-election period. Clark Wolf, Iowa State professor in philosophy and political science and director of the Bioethics Program, will moderate the discussion.
Lecture: Rap, Race, Reality & Technology
When: Thursday, Jan 26 th , 8:00 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU
What: Chuck D, the leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, delivers a powerful message about race, rage and inequality.

Art + Issues - Building a Campus Community
When: Monday, Jan 30 th , 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall
What : Art + Issues is an open campus discussion facilitated by our educator of visual literacy and learning. Topics that relate to current events will be presented and attendees are encouraged to bring other discussion topics with them with a goal of generating understanding in a safe, inclusive, and inspiring space.

A Deeper Black: Race in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates
When: Monday, Jan 30 th , 7:00 PM
Where : Great Hall, MU
What:Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where his cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," struck a national chord. His latest book, Between the World and Me, is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the challenges he will face growing up black in America. Coates is also the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about growing up in Baltimore.