Love Your Body Day 2009

Join the Women’s Center to celebrate the NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Day. As NOW notes on their website:

Unrealistic Images of Women Make Love Your Body Day More Important Than Ever. For years now, advertisers and fashion magazines have airbrushed photos to turn models into the latest beauty ideal. Women and girls are constantly bombarded
with these artificial images — fantasies they can’t possibly live up to in real life.That’s why the NOW Foundation is celebrating its 12th annual Love Your Body Day on Oct. 21. This campaign is a giant shout out to the fashion, beauty, diet and advertising industries: No more fake images! Show us real women, diverse women, strong women, bold women. And to the women and girls who are targeted by messages telling them that the key to success and happiness is manufactured beauty, we say: It’s okay to “Be You” — the true you is beautiful.

In honor of Love Your Body Day, the UMKC Women’s Center will host the following events, designed to promote healthy body image:

Love Your Body Day Fashion Show
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., University Center, Pierson Auditorium
Help us kick off Love Your Body Day with a fashion show featuring models of all ages, sizes and colors! Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Co-sponsored by the Revisioning Women Project and the Counseling Center.

Love Your Body Day Tables
Wednesday, October 21, Health Sciences Building (Hospital Hill), 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & Oak Street Residence Hall, 4 – 6 p.m.
Come check out one of our information tables to learn more about how you can love your body! There will be information about body image and more as well as a chance to “trash” your fat talk.

Love Your Body Day Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 12 – 1 p.m., MindBody Connection, University Center, room 161
Attend this interactive workshop to find out more about how to Love Your Body. it will include information about being “fat talk free” and creating a maintaining a positive body image.

Sally Ride Science Festival — Volunteers Needed

The upcoming Sally Ride Science Festival, which will held at UMKC in partnership with Time Warner Cable-National on Nov. 8th, 2009 is looking for volunteers to help with the Festival.

Here is a list of the shifts and duties for volunteers:

  • Shift #1 10:30 – 2:15 these volunteers will help with set-up and helping out with street fair exhibitors
  • Shift #2 12:00 – 4:15 these volunteers will act as “Mother and Father Duckies” that take the girls to and from their workshops.
  • Shift #3 10:30 – 4:15 the all day volunteers will get a morning assignment and also lead the kids to and from the workshops

Below is more detailed information about the festival. You can also check out the website at:

The Sally Ride Science Festivals are all about making science, math, engineering and technology accessible, as well as fun and “cool” for 5th thru 8th grade girls with natural scientific curiosity. The Sally Ride Science Team is working in partnership with, Time Warner, UMKC, girls and women’s organizations, clubs, museums, science and technology businesses and organizations, public and private schools, as well as existing networks of women in science and technology to coordinate this community festival. During the festival there will be an inspiring keynote address by a famous scientist and other “cool” science and tech related women professionals; hands-on, creative and fun science, math and tech-related Discovery Workshops designed with upper-elementary and middle school girls in mind; an adult track of workshops for supporting parents, educators and others; a festive “Street Fair” atmosphere providing opportunities for girls to connect with like-minded friends (old and new), network with professional women in the diverse fields of science, explore possible vocations, visit booths sponsored by local organizations, and enjoy entertainment, food, and science-related shopping options. A schedule for the Festival at UMKC can be found at

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please send your name, phone, e-mail, and preferred shift to Brenda Bethman ( Contact Brenda with any questions.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In honor of DVAM, the Women’s Center has organized several events to increase domestic violence awareness:

These Hands Don’t Hurt and the White Ribbon Campaign Tables
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so visit our awareness tables to participate in two events: “These Hands Don’t Hurt” allows you to stamp your handprints on a banner, creating a visual statement against violence against women, while the White Ribbon Campaign symbolizes a commitment to ending violence against women. Come sign a pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. Sponsored by the Violence Prevention and Response Project.
Wednesday, October 14, Health Sciences Building, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, October 30; Royall Hall, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Click here for more details

Dating Violence 101
Thursday, October 29, UMKC University Center, Alumni Room, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Join us for this powerful and insightful presentation discussing the effects of dating violence on both women and men in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will cover myths and facts about dating violence and also provide information about where to receive assistance. Sponsored by the Violence Prevention and Response Project and Rose Brooks Center.
Click here for more details

Rain Watch: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2009

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2009 Rain Update: we are watching the forecast carefully and a decision to postpone the 2009 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March due to rain will be made no later than 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22 and announced via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and posted on the Women’s Center website and blog, so please stay tuned for the announcement. If we do need to reschedule due to rain, the new date will be Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the University Playhouse.

Thank you for your patience,

Brenda Bethman

Starr Symposium 2009

Join the UMKC Women’s Center and Women’s Council for the 2009 Starr Symposium: “Bright Past, Brilliant Futures: Launching Women and Girls in Science and Technology” with Dr. Mae C. Jemison.
Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: University Center, Pierson Auditorium
Tickets are required and are free for students, $5 for non-students (tickets purchased online will also incur a $2 service charge per ticket).
For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit

Changes at the Women's Center

We are now in the fourth week of the fall semester and it is one that has brought lots of changes to the UMKC Women’s Center. First, we are pleased to welcome our new staff members — Arzie Umali as Assistant Director, and Kerra McCorkle as Violence Prevention Coordinator, as well as our new graduate assistants and returning and new undergraduate student assistants. Our staff is bigger and more diverse than ever, so check out the bios at our staff page and stop by to say hello.

Our new student staff will also be taking over blogging duties, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as the posting rate will be much more frequent. They are also helping out with the Facebook page, so be sure to fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch YouTube for the videos that they’ll be making as well. And, of course, don’t forget to visit us the old-fashioned way by stopping by 105 Haag Hall for a cup of coffee or tea and great conversation.

Starr Women Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications

Are you a female UMKC undergraduate or high school 9th, 10th, or 11th grader majoring and/or interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or the health sciences? If so, apply now for an exciting new program at UMKC: the Starr Women Leaders Program! SWLP is a collaborative initiative of the UMKC Starr Symposium Committee, Women’s Council, Women’s Center, and Women & Gender Studies Program.

UMKC students who are accepted into the Starr Women Leaders Program will serve as e-mentors to a girl from the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade who is also interested in the possibility of studying a STEM or health science field after high school. You will also have the opportunity to meet Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut and a notable physician and engineer, at the Starr Symposium on October 1; as well as to participate in a series of events and activities that are designed to enhance your leadership skills. High school students in the program will receive mentoring, have the opportunity to visit campus on several occasions, and will also meet Dr. Jemison on October 1.

Applications and more details on program design and requirements can be found online at and are due on Friday, September 11, 2009. Feel free to contact Brenda Bethman at or 816.235.1643 with any questions.