February 2016
Upcoming Events
MSWC Events
The Vagina Monologues
When: February 3rd at 7pm, February 4th at 6pm and February 4th at 9pm
Where: SunRoom, Memorial Union
Who: MSWC, Society for the Advancement of Gender Equity, and Student Union Board
What: The purpose of The Vagina Monologues is to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within our community. ISU Student Ticket price: $10 ($12 day of the show). Non-student Ticket price: $13 ($15 day of the show). Purchase tickets herehttp://www.midwestix.com/organizations/iowa-state-memorial-union    
Interested in purchasing merchandise for The Vagina Monologues?
We are selling t-shirts, buttons, mirrors, uterus cookies and chocolate vulva pops! Stop by the Sloss House (any day 8-5pm) or the MU Booth across from the cafeteria February 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 11am-2pm.

Buttons......................................................$ 1
Mirrors.......................................................$ 2
Chocolate Vulva Pop.................................$ 2
Uterus Cookie ...........................................$ 3
"I <3 (respect) Vaginas" t-shirts................$ 12

The Gender Monologues: Writing Workshop
When: Friday, February 12th at 1pm
Where: Hixson-Lied 1020
What: Join the Writing & Media Center and the Margaret Sloss Women's Center for a writing workshop to help prepare your submissions to The Gender Monologues! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to wmc-writing@iastate.edu
Campus and Community Events
Cyclone Family Weekend Committee Application 2016 
When: Cyclone Family Weekend 2016 will be October 14th-16th 2016. The application review process will begin on February 3rd.
What: To be a committee member for Cyclone Family Weekend, you must have at least a 2.00 GPA and must be able to make the mandatory meetings, which will be every Wednesday at 8pm during the spring semester.
Carrie Giese at clgiese@iastate.edu for the application and/or for questions.   

Research in the Capitol
When: Tuesday, March 29th. The deadline for the application is February 12, 2016.
Where: Iowa Capitol in Des Moines
What: An annual event featuring undergraduate research at Iowa's Regent Universities
. Registration is free for ISU undergraduate students. More information and a link to the application form is available at: www.undergradresearch.iastate.edu/present/capitol.php  

Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression (URS)
When: Tuesday, April 5. The deadline for the URS application is February 12, 2016.
Where: Memorial Union
What: A day-long celebration of undergraduate research, the Symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines with an opportunity to share their research with the university community and other guests through conference-style oral and poster presentations. Registration is free for ISU undergraduate students. Information about the Symposium and the submission process for prospective participants can be found at: www.undergradresearch.iastate.edu/symposium/

CHS student to attend Camp Pride

When: July 19-24, 2016.The deadline to apply is February 15th.
What: On behalf of the College of Human Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, the CHS will be sponsoring a CHS student to attend Camp Pride this year! Any student who applies must be majoring in the CHS or have a minor. Find the application here: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2lgCqbMsGNLiQbb

Just Desserts

When: Saturday, February 20th from 7-10 pm
Where: Prairie Moon Winery
What: Join the Ames-YWCA in celebrating their 125th Anniversary in Ames and at ISU with desserts, wine, a silent auction and live music! For tickets email amerrick@iastate.edu or call 515-294-1663

What's been happening?
Stalking Awareness Month
January was
Stalking Awareness Month. To raise awareness, the MSWC created a social media campaign using the MSWC Facebook page.
Black History Month
Black Women as Activists in Contemporary Social Justice Movements
When: February 18th at 7:00 p.m
Where: 268 Carver
What: The Black Student Alliance and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a discussion that underscores the sundry ways in which Black women have (and continue to) play a pivotal role in moving the needle on civil rights and other social justice issues in the United States. Panelists include Dr. Natasha Croom, ISU School of Education; Lorraine Acker, Margaret Sloss Women's Center; and Audrey Kennis, ISU College of Design.

Social Justice Summit
When: February 19th at 6:00 p.m. and February 20th  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
What: The Social Justice Summit is an event designed for undergraduate students aimed at providing them with the opportunity to increase their awareness surrounding issues of inclusion and to develop action plans that will assist them in being agents of change on campus. The summit is a day-and-a-half workshop that will give you the chance to learn more about yourself, engage in discussion with other students on a variety of issues, and create strategies for implementing social change! Registration is required and free to students. Find out more and/or register for the summit here: http://www.sac.iastate.edu/leadership-service-center/leadership-programs-/social-justice-summit/

Find more Black History Month events here: http://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/bhm 
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 with the option to submit to Iota Iota Iota's Zine.

Submit your monologue at this link:
Staff Spotlights
New MSWC Staff Members
The MSWC had three staff members join our team! Stop by the Sloss House to meet them!
Carlie Lavin
I am a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Iowa State.  My main assistantship is in The Office of Greek Affairs and I primarily serve as the adviser to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council.  I also advise Emerging Greek Leadership Council, Greeks Ending Violence Now, and Greek Relations Executive Committee.  In my free time, you can probably find me at Crossfit West Ames or watching Grey's Anatomy in my apartment.  I am so excited to work with the MSWC staff and learn more about how to empower and instill confidence in all students.  Originally I am from Moline, Illinois, but before coming to ISU, I did my undergraduate work at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.  While I was there, I fell in love with the Billiken, Ted Drewes, and, of course, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Itzel Padron Zuniga
 I am a third year student in women's and gender studies and sociology and I just got back from a study abroad program in Europe focusing on feminist and queer theory. I'm excited to start my internship here at the MSWC and I'm looking forward to be working with a great staff on fun feminist projects!   

Norma Garcia

I am a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Iowa State.  My main assistantship is in The Department of Residence and I primarily serve as the Hall Desk Supervisor for the Cornerstone Hall Desk.  In my free time, I like to watch Netflix and work out.  I am excited to work with the MSWC staff because I want to help raise awareness and empower students to reach to their full potential.  Originally I am from Marshalltown, Iowa, but before coming to ISU, I did my undergraduate work at the University of Northern Iowa. 
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 9am-12pm 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).
Some readers may be thinking, why talk about a movie on a feminist blog? Due to the popularity of films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems worth the mild spoilers to comment on the various associated gender conversations this new work brings up. For instance, the importance of visibility or representation for women (especially women of color) within film and other mediums continues to be of vital concern, as noted in previous blogs through work by Feminist Frequency and Miss Representation. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media ( www.seejane.org) also studies and encourages gender visibility both on (main and periphery characters as well as crowd scenes) and behind the screen, emphasizing the impact of "if she can see it, she can be it."
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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
"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

-Viola Davis (after becoming the first Black womxn
to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama)
Iowa State University
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