April 2016
Upcoming Events
MSWC Events
The Gender and Sexuality Equity Awards
When: April 6th from 3-5pm
Where: Hach Hall Atrium
Who: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services and Margaret Sloss Women's Center 
What: Each year, the Margaret Sloss Women's Center and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services Center present individuals with seven awards during the Gender & Sexuality Equity Awards Reception.

When: April 9th from 9am-5pm
Where: Memorial Union
Who: Iowa State University Women's and Gender Studies Program
What: Join participants from Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs around the state of Iowa to present topics that include original research, creative work, pedagogy, activism, and thematic discussions.

Zine Release Party
When: April 21st at 7pm
Where: Sloss House
What: Join Iota Iota Iota, the Margaret Sloss Women's Center and the Writing and Media Center for the Zine Release Party! The Zine is a grassroots, unpublished magazine that is a collection of stories, artwork, poems, etc. that focus on furthering equity and touch upon issues of privilege and oppression.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

Support Sexual Assault Awareness Month by using a filter on your Facebook Profile Picture during the month of April!

Access the filter at: http://twibbon.com/Support/sexual-assault-awareness-6#

HeARTs for Art
When: April 2 from 9am-6pm and April 3 from 1-5pm
Ames Public Library
What: Art exhibit showcasing pieces created by local survivors of crime. Coordinated by ACCESS and Ames Public Library.

When: April 5 from 7-10pm
Campanile Room, Memorial Union
What: Film followed by student discussion. Coordinated by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. and ACCESS.

Greeks Ending Violence Now (GEVN) Awareness Days
When: April 6
from 11am-1pm
South Library Lawn
What: SAAM ribbons and information about sexual assault and GEVN. 
When: April 6 from 11am-1pm
Where: South Library Lawn 
What: Get a Spring Campaign t-shirt and commit to Start By Believing. Coordinated by ISU Police Department. The campus-wide photo will be at 12pm on the steps of Beardshear Hall.
When: April 7 from 5-8pm
Where: Alpha Chi Omega - 301 Lynn Ave
What: $5 Quesadillas with sides. Profits will be donated to ACCESS.
When: April 13, 20, 27 from 11am-1pm
Where: Between Curtiss and Beardshear
What: SAAM ribbons and information about sexual assault and GEVN.
When: April 15 from 8-11pm
Where: M-Shop, Memorial Union
What: Support the 1 in 6 men who had abusive sexual experiences in childhood. Coordinated by ACCESS, Theta Chi Fraternity, and KURE 88.5.
When: April 18 from 8am-2pm
Where: Sloss House Lawn
What: Take a pledge against violence. Coordinated by Alpha Kappa Lambda.
When: April 18 from 6-8pm
Where: Forker Gym 175
What: Comfortable clothing is recommended. Coordinated by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., Cyclone Martial Arts Club, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
When: April 20 from 6-8pm
Where: Sloss House Lawn
What: Join the rally and march with a mission of ending sexual violence. Coordinated by Margaret Sloss Women's Center and ACCESS.
When: April 23 from 8-11 am
Where: Jack Trice North Parking Lot
What: $10 ISU students, $20 general public. Funds donated to ACCESS. Coordinated by ISU Army ROTC.
Pride Week
Trans Entrepreneurship and Creating Trans-Inclusive Workspaces
When: Monday, April 11th from 2:15-3:00pm
Where: 2019 Morrill Hall
What: Angelica Ross is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender-nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. Hosted by LGBTSS.

We are Worthy: Empowering Transgender Lives
When: Monday, April 11th at 8:00pm
Where: Sun Room, Memorial Union
What: Keynote Address by Angelica Ross. Angelica Ross is a leader in the movement for trans and racial equality. Hosted by LGBTSS.
Inclusion in the Workplace
When: Tuesday, April 12th from 4:00-5:00pm
Where: 1148 Gerdin Business Building
What: Join moderator, Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding, and panelists from Caterpillar, DuPont, KPMG and others. Hosted by The College of Business. Reception to follow.

Delta Lambda Phi Fighting Burrito Fundraiser
When: Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00pm
Where: Fighting Burrito

Ames PFLAG Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm
Where: Youth and Shelter Services, 420 Kellogg Avenue

#InclusiveAmes Discussion
When: Wednesday, April 13th at 12:00pm
Where: 0185 State Gym
What: Hosted by the LGBT Faculty Staff Association

LGBTA Alliance Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm
Where: 1106 Pearson Hall

SafeZone 101 Training
When: Thursday, April 14th from 8:00am-12:00pm
What: Open to all faculty, staff and graduate assistants. Sign-up at: http://tinyurl.com/IowaStateSZ

Grad School 101
When: Thursday, April 14th from 3:00-5:00pm
Where: 136 Union Drive Community Center
What: Hosted by Quuer* Graduate Student Association

Drag Dash
When: Saturday, April 16th from 12:00-3:00pm
Where: Beardshear Hall
What: The race starts in front of Beardshear Hall. Portion of the proceeds support The Trevor Project. Hosted by Gamm Rho Lambda.

Rainbow Ribbon Sales
When: April 11th-April15th from 12:00-1:00pm
Where: College of Veterinary Medicine: Fish Tank Lobby
What: Proceeds support CVM Spectrum.

Condom*grams, Etc.
When: April 11th, April 12th, April 14th, and April 15th from 12:00-2:00pm
Where: Free Speech Zone
What: Proceeds support LGBTA Alliance.
Campus Events

LGBTQIA + Mix. Mingle. Munch: Women's Night
When: April 5 from 5:30-7:00pm
Where: 1064 Student Services Building
What: Join LGBTSS for a night of fun at the LGBTSS Center! Speed mingling, games, and food will be provided! This event is intended to make space for specific identities, but friends, partners, and allies are welcome to come!

6th Annual Taco Sale
When:  April 8th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: St John Church on Lincoln Way

What: Annual Taco Sale co-hosted by Lambda Theta Nu Sorority inc. and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity inc.

5th Annual C.U.R.E Silent Auction
When: April 15th, 2016 from
5:00-8:00 pm
Where: Pioneer Room 
What: The 5th Annual C.U.R.E Silent Auction co-hosted by Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority inc. and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Contact Erica Argueta at erica3@iastate.edu fro more information.

Beyond the Gender Binary:  Developing
an Understanding of Inclusive 
Language Practices
When: April 21st 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Cardinal Room in the MU
What: A
training workshop for academic advisors, student services people and interested faculty to learn more about the importance and use of gender inclusive language when working with students and their families. Seating is limited, though, so please RSVP to clang@iastate.edu so to reserve your spot.

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 monologue should revolve around gender. The monologues will be shared on the Margaret Sloss Women's Center website and social media.

Submit your monologue at this link:
Student Worker Spotlight
The MSWC is excited to add 2 new student workers to our staff this semester.
Our student workers work downstairs in the Sloss House and can help
out with most anything people may need!
Rachel Kempker
I enjoy working at MSWC because of how accepting the house is to everyone and it's a place where students can come hangout, do homework, eat lunch and relax. I never knew much about the MSWC and always wondered what was inside the house when I passed by. But now I know what it is all about, and am excited to be a part of it! I am a transfer student, with this being my second semester here at Iowa State, and I am loving it! I was overwhelmed the first day with how many people were on campus, but my transition to Iowa State couldn't have gone any smoother than it did. I am a junior majoring in Agriculture Communications and am involved in ACT (Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow) where I have met fellow classmates who are also transfer students, who are taking this journey with me! Often women are pushed aside in agriculture, but females make up 49% of the undergraduate students in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences here at Iowa State! Watch out guys!
Tierney White
I'm a junior studying psychology at Iowa State University. My short time working with the MSWC has given me new perspectives in reference to gender equality and the equal rights and opportunities of all minorities. Feminist and other minority struggles are seen through an accepting, determined, and hopeful lens. Such issues are challenged and presented in a welcoming and academically resourceful environment. Whether you're visiting the Sloss House to study, coordinate group meetings, or make up a cup of tea and take a nap on one of the sofas, you're able to relax in the homey, safe and quiet atmosphere. I'm happy to be employed in such an inclusive, friendly workplace.

ACCESS in the Sloss House
Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) advocates will be in the Sloss House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-12:00pm through the end of the school year. The Sexual Abuse Program advocate will be at the Sloss House on Tuesdays and the Domestic Abuse Program advocate will be at the Sloss House on Thursdays.  Walk-ins are welcome, and there is no need for students to determine which program staff is best for their needs, as all of ACCESS advocates are cross trained.

The primary staff covering are Lori Allen (campus@assaultcarecenter.org) and Anasia Sturdivant (anasia@assaultcarecenter.org).
Women's Words Blog: Gender Expression through Cosplay
"Continuing the conversation of diversity within film and related industries, I am extending my emphasis to expressions of fandom. Specifically, I am focusing on cosplay and how it both encourages diversity through identity exploration and still raises some important concerns. The art of cosplay does not fix issues of diversity, and can in fact exacerbate concerns when individuals choose cultural appropriation over respect, yet the flexibility of gender expression and "playing" another character can help some explore identities beyond socially constructed 'norms.'"
Continue reading...
Who Needs Feminism
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center brought 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.

For more information about the national "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign, check out their tumblrwebsite, twitter, and facebook.

For information on how you can participate, email Dominique Gant at ddgant@iastate.edu or complete the form.
Get Involved!
There are many opportunities for you to volunteer. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in a supportive feminist environment that emphasizes the development of your interests and skills, and utilizes your talents. The MSWC believes your involvement should be valuable and rewarding for you. Participating in one of the many events, lectures and programs we coordinate throughout the year is another great way to get involved. Sign-up to get involved here: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pPWQ5ZjRqQaQkZ
Feminist Quote
"Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye...
I realized that people like me, girls with skin the color of
chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could
also exist in literature."  -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Iowa State University
(515) 294-4154 | womenctr@iastate.edu | www.mswc.dso.iastate.edu

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