October 2015
Margaret Sloss Women's 
Center Newsletter 
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center promotes equity and social change on the Iowa State University campus. Through a feminist lens, the center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support, referrals, community and programming; and maintains a safer space in the Sloss House.

Welcome to the Cyclone  State!! I   am excited to begin the 2015-2016 academic year.  The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is here to support the efforts and achievements of women at Iowa State University, women across the country and women around the world. Our primary goal is mission is to promote equity and social change. In doing so, we celebrate and empower not only women at ISU, but recognize all Cyclones who have chosen to call Iowa State University home.  We are a Cyclone State!!!
 
When you connect with us, you will have the opportunity to explore how to become involved in our programs and initiatives that highlight issues impacting all genders at Iowa State and beyond.  Whether you are coming to use the computer lab that offers free printing, bake cookies in our kitchen, host a meeting for your club, or meet with staff, the Sloss House offers a relaxed atmosphere for students, faculty, and staff. 
 
The Women's Center team is comprised of staff, graduate students and a host of committed undergraduate and graduate student volunteers excited to help guide you on your journey, teach you about gender equity, and help you facilitate gender-center programming within your respective organizations.
 
I look forward to working with you this academic year!
 
 
Lorraine D. Acker
Director
Meet the Staff!
Top row from left to right: Lorraine Acker, Director; Nancy Lahner, Office Manager
Bottom row from left to right: Dominique Gant, Equity and Social Justice Coordinator; Ashley Maitland, Equity and Social Justice Coordinator; Som Mongtin, Assistant Director

Upcoming Events
Iowa Women's Leadership Conference
When: October 28
Where: Iowa Events Center in Des Moines
What: Central Iowa women leaders will experience the energy, inspiration and lessons of Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC).
The locally planned conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers ( Arianna Huffington) and a Student Track Program.
Scholarships are available!  

Women's Leadership Retreat 2015
When: November 7th from 9am-5pm
Where: The Memorial Union
What: The Women's Leadership Retreat brings students together to network with each other, as well as female leaders at Iowa State and the Central Iowa community.  Participants will have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, engage in interactive discussions and networking sessions, and reflect on their own leadership qualities and what they have to offer in their respective roles at Iowa State and beyond

What's been happening?
Open House
The MSCW Open House took place on September 1st. The MSCW Open House was an event to invite students, faculty and staff to come visit the Sloss House, get a tour of the house, play trivia, take a selfie with the new director, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy some complimentary goodie bags and get to know the staff of the MSWC and the Sloss House better.
Womyn of Colour Network Retreat
The Womyn of Colour Network Retreat took place on September 18th-19th. The retreat provided community and support to women of colour at Iowa State University. The retreat was open to undergraduate and graduate Womyn of Colour who identify as Black/African Descent, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Multiracial, or International students from similar aforementioned backgrounds. The Womyn of Colour Network Retreat is a unique opportunity to bring Womyn of Colour together to create a stronger sisterhood at Iowa State University. Participants were engaged in activities and discussion and had the opportunity to network with others.
Congratulations to the winners of the Open House Scavenger Hunt!
From left to right: Ariana, Jessica, Allegra
Not pictured: Kae

Thank you to Reset Ames for the donation of a Gift Certificate! 
Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Itzel Padrón Zuñiga
Preferred Pronoun: She/Hers

"As a student at Iowa State my passion for feminism has truly become an essential part of who I am and what I want to do in my future careers. I am a third year women's and gender studies major and I am also involved with Iota Iota Iota, our women's studies honorary on campus. Our organization engages in activism focused on issues of gender and other social identities such as race, class, and sexuality. This semester I've had the opportunity to take my passion for feminism abroad with Antioch University's 'Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe' program. We are currently traveling to four European cities and visiting local NGOs focusing on various social justice issues as well as taking classes at different universities. Next semester, I hope to return to campus and continue to be involved working on issues that I care about!"
MSWC Newsletter Name Contest
The MSWC is hosting a contest to help us create the name of our newsletter! You will tell us your idea for what you think the MSWC Newsletter should be called and we will pick our favorite name idea* and that person will be the winner of the contest!

* The MSWC will either use that idea word-for-word or use it as an idea to help us with the creation of our newsletter name.

Participate here!

Women's Words Blog
Sexism within the video game industry and gaming culture continues to be an issue. Although individual gamers and the gaming community as a whole may be positive and inclusive (like any other social group), a small and loud number of people are dangerous to women, as seen by GamerGate. Those fighting against this threat have voiced concerns that include challenges getting hired or promoted for jobs in this male-dominated field, sexual harassment in the workplace, offensive behavior at conferences or conventions, violent threats online, encounters with sexist portrayals of characters and plot lines, and many others...
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shackles are very different from my own." - Audre Lorde

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