1. vcu-gsex:

    vcu-gsex:

    The VCU Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Department is hosting our spring show titled (Performing (Place Placing) Identity)Our event will explore how and why certain ‘identities’ and ‘places’ are produced. It will attempt to address the appropriation of cultural practices by fine art institutions and examine how classism, racism, and sexism are still enacted. 
     
    Ultimately, by exploring alternative and participatory forms of creative expression, this series will complicate the narrative of place and identity and show how society is formed by different categories of identity. 
     
    Opening Night is Thursday, April 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
    Panel Discussion on identity and performance will be held at 6 p.m. 
    Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. 
    Film Screenings will take place at 8 p.m. 
     
    The event will be held at the Crenshaw House
    (919 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA.) 
    This event if free and open to the public.
    There will be refreshments.

    We are installing pieces today. Get excited! This show is going to be so amazing! Don’t miss it!

    TODAY! 5-9

     


  2. A Guide to Finding the Women and Gender Studies Graduate Program for You

    thenewwomensmovement:

    thenewwomensmovement:

    I was recently asked how I went about choosing the Graduate Program I’m in. I figured this was a question several other people might be interested in, so I made a helpful little guide!

    When choosing a graduate school, it is important to keep in mind several things:

    • location
    • cost of tuition
    • cost of moving
    • cost of living (Let’s face it: there are a lot of costs. All totally worth it if you love what you’re doing.)
    • focus of the program (Is it teaching-focused?/research-focused?/etc.)
    • key aspects of the program (Do you want a program that focuses more on gender studies? Feminism? Womanism? Spirituality? Academia? etc.)
    • research interests of the professors (as you will be doing a thesis/dissertation at some point, and it is much more exciting/helpful to have professors interested in your area of work/research.)
    • Teaching/Research Assisting Opportunities 

    Essentially, just make sure you read everything you can about the programs you’re interested in. I made a list of options I was interested in, and kept adding information to it. The one left standing with the most interesting and excited notes was the program I ended up in. 

    There’s not many Women’s Studies/Gender Studies/Feminist Studies programs in the United States, so there aren’t an infinite number of options. It’s also very important to keep the name of the program in mind, as that will be how it is focused. For example, “Feminist Studies” will be more oriented towards feminism rather than all of “Women’s Studies.” “Women’s Studies” is likely to more fully explore Womanism and the various contributions of all types of women throughout history. (Feminism being included, of course.) So definitely keep the name of the program in mind. 

    Also, for my fellow Southerners growing up in states without Women’s Studies graduate programs, be sure to check out:  The Academic Common Market: Southern Regional Education Board. Through this, I got in-state tuition in Texas since Arkansas didn’t have a Women’s Studies program.

    Helpful Links:

    1. A list of Master’s and PhD Programs in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - http://graduate-school.phds.org/find/programs/gender-studies  (Though this needs to be updated because some of the names of the programs are wrong. If you find something you’re interested in, be sure to get your information from that program’s site.)

    2. Ms. Magazine has a map of the Women’s Studies PhD programs in the US - http://www.msmagazine.com/womensstudies/phd.asp - (This also needs to be updated because Texas Woman’s University does have a Women’s Studies PhD program.)

    3. A list of ALL Women’s Studies programs in the US (Graduate and Undergraduate) - http://www.artemisguide.com

    And if anyone has further questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

    Reblogging this helpful little guide I made because it’s that time of the year again!

    Good luck on your applications, everyone! :)

     

  3. vcuafam:

    Body Positivity Rally Today in the Compass!

     


  4. UPCOMING VCU EVENTS

    5/1, 12-1pm- MMEC 3-101, Marie Stopes International Lunch Lecture: We are really excited to have Meira Neggaz from Marie Stopes International. She will be speaking about how unsafe abortion still plagues a lot of the world and how both American and global politics are intertwined in women’s access to abortion across the globe as well as challenges women face in accessing and providing abortions. Please join us as this will be a very interesting and informative lunch lecture. As always, food will be provided! RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X5MBTKM

    Please contact Grace Hickam or Caitlin Francoisse at msfc.vcu@gmail.com with any questions.

    Shadowing:If you are interested in shadowing an abortion provider in Richmond, we have an opportunity perfect for you. Shadowing takes place on Saturday anytime between 9–4 PM. A 9-12 PM shift is focused on patient counseling, while a 12–4 PM shift is for those interested in procedures; however, you can stay for the full day to see a bit of everything. 

    Community Outreach:If you are interested in being a clinic escort with the Richmond Clinic Defense, just let us know and we can get you set up. Shifts take place from 9-12 PM on Saturday mornings at a local women’s health clinic in the Fan. Note: these hours can count as LINC hours.  

    Advocacy:With the General Assembly in session, it’s time for "White Coats on Call." Alternatively, partner with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecology to meet with state legislators.  

    Curriculum Reform:Interested in becoming part of a Women’s Health Curriculum Reform Task Force? Just reply to this e-mail and let us know. 

    Travel & Training:Reproductive Health Externships (RHE) & Clinical Abortion Observation (CAO) are great ways to travel to a new place and train in abortion provision. Medical Students for Choice will cover most (if not all in the case of the RHE) of your expenses. This can be completed anytime during your medical career. Also, keep a look out for e-mails advertising our all expense paid Abortion Training Institutes. Lastly, the annual Conference on Family Planning is one of our flagship programs, which brings together over 400 medical students (scholarships available). 

    Cheers, 

    Grace Hickam

    On Behalf of MSFC Leadership 

    Like us on Facebook: VCU Chapter & MSFC International.

     

  5. vcu-gsex:

    lookoutforkingtigers:

    active-rva:

    vcu-gsex:

    vcu-gsex:

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    vcu-gsex:

    Jail Mail is back on this semester!!! 

    Every Tuesday, 1-4pm 
    Crenshaw House conference room, 919 W Franklin Street, first floor!

    Open to the public!


    Don’t know about jail mail? Basically, you can come hang out in Crenshaw House with other GSEXers and friends of GSEX, and write letters or make art or whatever you want, to send to prisoners in the Richmond City Jail, or we have a list of LGBTQ folks from all over who have asked for pen pals as well. 

    We will supply paper, envelopes, names and addresses of folks you can write to, and we’ll send and receive the mail for you here at GSEX! 

    (Anyone wanna donate stamps, pleaseee?) 

    This is open to anyone who is interested in coming, you don’t have to be a VCU student, but please note that Crenshaw House is not accessible. There are a total of 9 steps to get in the front door, and no ramps. There are four steps to get in the back, and you could call us at (804) 828-6710 for us to let you in the back if that is any more accessible for you.

    TODAY!!

    Who are you gonna write to today?? ^_^

    From pinkandblack.org:

    Mail Call often happens in public spaces in the prison. When someone hears their name called by a prison guard during mail call it is a reminder that people on the outside care about that person. It is also message to the guards and other prisoners that this person has support and is not forgotten. This can be a vital harm reduction strategy for people who are locked up, especially queer and transgender folks.

    YOU know what time it is! 

    Oh, boy, it’s almost time for Jail Mail! Do you have a penpal yet?

    going to try to go to this tomorrow

    Yeah Yeah! Come to this today! 1 to 4pm! 

    Oh my! Only one more JAIL MAIL after TODAY! If you don’t have a prisoner pen pal yet, come today!

     

  6. vcu-gsex:

    The VCU Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Department is hosting our spring show titled (Performing (Place Placing) Identity)Our event will explore how and why certain ‘identities’ and ‘places’ are produced. It will attempt to address the appropriation of cultural practices by fine art institutions and examine how classism, racism, and sexism are still enacted. 
     
    Ultimately, by exploring alternative and participatory forms of creative expression, this series will complicate the narrative of place and identity and show how society is formed by different categories of identity. 
     
    Opening Night is Thursday, April 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
    Panel Discussion on identity and performance will be held at 6 p.m. 
    Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. 
    Film Screenings will take place at 8 p.m. 
     
    The event will be held at the Crenshaw House
    (919 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA.) 
    This event if free and open to the public.
    There will be refreshments.

    We are installing pieces today. Get excited! This show is going to be so amazing! Don’t miss it!

     


  7. Paws for Stress

    Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    University Counseling Services presents “Paws for Stress” in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D. Play with certified therapy dogs from the Center for Human-Animal Interaction as a way to unwind from end-of-the-semester stress. For more information, contact Victoria Keel at vakeel@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6200.

     


  8. We were happy to give a tour to some visiting students from New York the other day!

     


  9. TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

    Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students presents “Take Back the Night,” an annual event at VCU to raise awareness about sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, in the Commons Plaza. The program gives survivors a forum to share stories and will include student performances and a speak-out led by Rowena L. Briones, Ph.D., assistant professor, Robertson School of Media and Culture. A march around Monroe Park will follow. For more information, contact Tammi Slovinsky at tslovinsky@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2085.

     

  10. vcuchs:

    The Commonwealth Times is currently looking for qualified people for the paid positions of Copy Editor, Sports Editor, Opinion Editor, Online News Editor, Webmaster and a Social Media Specialist.

    Interested students should email The CT their resume and three writing samples before April 23. More details here.

     

  11. The VCU Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Department is hosting our spring show titled (Performing (Place Placing) Identity)Our event will explore how and why certain ‘identities’ and ‘places’ are produced. It will attempt to address the appropriation of cultural practices by fine art institutions and examine how classism, racism, and sexism are still enacted. 
     
    Ultimately, by exploring alternative and participatory forms of creative expression, this series will complicate the narrative of place and identity and show how society is formed by different categories of identity. 
     
    Opening Night is Thursday, April 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
    Panel Discussion on identity and performance will be held at 6 p.m. 
    Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. 
    Film Screenings will take place at 8 p.m. 
     
    The event will be held at the Crenshaw House
    (919 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA.) 
    This event if free and open to the public.
    There will be refreshments.
     

  12. VOLUNTEER!

    To get involved during the 2014 GR!RVA Summer Camp week, please check out the volunteer job descriptions in the volunteer application below.   Completed applications should be sent to us atinfo@girlsrockrva.org or mailed to

    Patty Conway

    7 N. 21st Street, Apt B

    Richmond VA 23223

    GR!RVA VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 2014

    GIRLS ROCK 2014 BROCHURE FOR VOLUNTEERS

    *please note that prior experience with playing an instrument is notmandatory as there are many volunteer opportunities available during the camp week!

    Girls Rock! RVA Non-Discrimination Policy:
    Girls Rock! RVA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity or expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.

    Rock On!

     

  13. tomorrow at 2:15 at the Fine Arts Building (1000 W. Broad)
    in critique room 1 on the first floor 
    there will be a screening of
    Community Action Center by AK Burns and AL Steiner
    ~ AK and AL request that the film is watched with different generations in a community setting so all are welcome! ~

     


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  15. Race and Society in the Atlantic World

    A Symposium

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, April 23

    9am to 5pm

    VCU Commons Theater

    907 Floyd Avenue