Reentry Woman of the Year Award Applications are now available

Can you answer Yes to each of these questions?AAUW_BTB

  1. Were you out of school (high school or college) for at least 5 years before returning to school?
  2. Have you completed at least 30 hours of undergraduate credit prior to this application?
  3. Are you still working to complete your bachelor’s degree?
  4. Have you completed at least 15 hours of college credit since returning to school?
  5. Are you currently enrolled as a full time or part time student (6 hours minimum)?
  6. Do you have a grade point average of at least 3.0 since returning to school?

 

If you meet these qualifications, you are eligible to apply for the American Association of University Women’s Reentry Woman of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by the AAUW Greater Kansas City Interbranch Council. You can receive your $500 award in cash or as a scholarship paid to your college or university on your behalf.

To apply, please stop by the Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, to pick up an application. Details regarding the essay component are included on the application.

A complete application packet includes: your application, required essay, and at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or employer. Letters of recommendation must also be signed by your university Reentry Program Coordinator or an equivalent administrator. The Reentry Program Coordinator for UMKC is Arzie Umali, Assistant Director of the Women’s Center.

All application materials must be turned in to Arzie Umali at the Women’s Center by Friday, March 15, 2013.

Introducing Our Newest Student Assistant: Briana Ward

BrianaHello Everyone!! My name is Bri Ward. I am a pre-pharmacy freshmen at UMKC. This is my second semester in college and I’m enjoying everything about college life. I chose to come to UMKC because of their medical program, and I also love the campus environment. I am interested in working at the Women’s Center because it gives me a chance to network outside of my class, and interact with positive women and men. I’m looking forward to hosting events and making people aware of problems we face everyday and what we can do to prevent them. My goal of this semester is to better myself as a person, while helping others do better for themselves, and keeping a positive energy within my life.

Join the V-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Throughout February and March, the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project is presenting a series of events to spotlight V-Day, the movement to end violence against women and girls. Come to an event and make a commitment to end violence.

Feb. 1 – 28: V-Day Book Display. Stop by Miller Nichols Library to check out books and information about the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. This event is sponsored by UMKC Violence Prevention and Response and UMKC Libraries.

Wed, Feb. 6: V-Day UMKC 2013 presents a benefit screening of Until the Violence Stops. 2013-UTVS_eviteJoin us at 7 p.m. in the Oak Street Residence Hall Basement. View this documentary about the start and success of V-Day and The Vagina Monologues and learn more about this year’s event. Donations accepted. Proceeds from all activities benefit the UMKC Violence and Response Project and V-Day’s 2013 spotlight campaign. This event is sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and Residential Life.

 

2013-VDAY-Tables_eviteMon & Tues, Feb. 11 – 12: V-Day Information Tables, Mon, Feb. 11, 12 – 2 p.m. in Oak Street Residence Hall, and Tues, Feb. 12, 12 – 2 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building. Stop by our tables for V-Day information and to purchase chocolate vaginas and other V-Day items. Sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project.

 

 

Wed, Feb. 20: V-Men Workshop, 5 – 6 p.m. Join a group of dedicated V-Men and participate in a2013 VMEN conversation about ending violence against women and girls. This workshop is open to MEN ONLY. Pizza will be provided. Sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and UMKC Men of Color Campus Initiative.

 

 

Mon, Mar. 4: V-Day Information Table, 12 – 2 p.m. in Royall Hall. Stop by our tables for V-Day information and to purchase chocolate vaginas and other V-Day items. Sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project.

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Thurs, Mar 7: V-Day UMKC 2013 presents a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30. Join us as V-Day returns to UMKC’s Student Union Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for non-students in advance; $15 for students and $20 for non-students at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office. Proceeds from all activities benefit the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project and V-Day’s 2013 spotlight campaign. Sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project.

 

For more information on the Violence Prevention and Response Project’s V-Day campaign or other programs, please visit our website. For more information on the UMKC Women’s Center, please visit us on the web. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Join the V-Men Conversation About Ending Violence Against Women & Girls

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20th from 5-6 p.m. The Violence Prevention and Response Project is sponsoring a V-Men Workshop. The V-Men Workshop is co-sponsored by the UMKC Men of Color Campus Initiative. The V-Men Workshop will be held at the Student Union in room 402. RSVPs are not necessary for this event.

Join a group of dedicated V-Men and participate in a conversation about ending violence against women and girls. This workshop is open to MEN ONLY. Pizza provided. We hope to see you there!

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For more information on this or other Women’s Center events, please visit our website. For more information on the Violence Prevention and Response Project, please visit our website. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Donate Denim to Raise Awareness

2013-Demin-Day-DriveComing up in the month of February, the Violence Prevention and Response Project is sponsoring a Denim Drive. The Denim Drive is co-sponsored by MOCSA and the Office of Student Involvement. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month which officially takes place in April. Drop off denim in the red donation bins at the Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall, and at the Office of Student Involvement, 320 Student Union.

Donate gently used denim that will become the canvas for artwork for others to witness during the Denim Day display in April. All donated denim will be decorated at our Make a Statement with Denim event on Tuesday, April 4. Jeans will be designed to make a statement against sexual assault, and will be used in the Denim Day 2013 display April 15-24.

 

For more information on this or other Women’s Center and Violence Prevention and Response Project events, please visit our websites. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Meet Joseph Salazar, Our New Social Networking Assistant

I am a third-year Political Science and English Literature student at UMKC and I couldn’t be more excited to be back on campus and working at the Women’s Center. I spent my last semester studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and it feels great to be back! Joseph SalazarI’m looking forward to working at the Women’s Center and making a positive contribution to a great organization on campus. As a student, I’m interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies and recently wrote a paper on the assimilation of queer identity into normative culture. I’m hoping to get my paper published in the near future. I look at working at the Women’s Center as a way to gain experience and insight into the practical side of what I’m interested in. I hope to continue researching Queer Theory and Queer Studies as part of a Ph.D. program after I graduate from UMKC. In my spare time I enjoy going on hikes, attending music festivals, traveling, and visiting museums. My idea of a great afternoon is reading a great book. John Rechy’s City of Night is one of my favorites.

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, stalking is a “dangerous crime affecting 6.6 millon adults in the United States” each year. In 2004, the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, launched National Stalking Awareness Month. Every year the campaign grows.

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On Monday, January 28th, the Violence Prevention and Response Project is sponsoring an information table from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the first floor of Royall Hall. We will provide information about stalking and what to do if you or a friend is being stalked.

For more information on this event, or other Violence Prevention and Response Project events, visit our website.

Women’s Center Welcomes Students with Warm Up Event

Welcome back everyone. It is the start of a new semester and what better way to start your day then to Warm Up with the Women’s Center. Stop by for free coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast pastries. Come to the Women’s Center – 105 Haag Hall – from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, January 22nd. Grab some breakfast and see why the women’s center is great place to hang out and study for exams, meet friends, and make a difference.

For more information on our coming events, visit our website. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Meet Krishna K. Doddapaneni, the Graduate Assistant for Technology!

Hello! I am Krishna, the new Graduate Assistant for Technology here at the Women’s Center. I am a graduate student majoring in Computer Science in the School of Computing and Engineering. It has been about 6 weeks since I started working at the Women’s Center and I must say that the first month and a half were fantastic!  I did not know much about the Women’s Center before I started working here, but now I can say that it is a fantastic place to come hang out, study, do homework or even  just drop by to say hi. Apart from working at the Women’s Center, I am also the International Student Ambassador for the school, that gives me the opportunity to meet with many people from very diverse backgrounds. Making new friends, talking to people, cooking and working out are some of the thing I have fun doing apart from school and work. Just taking a walk outside or sitting by the fountains in the plaza area are a few things that make me feel really nice. I am a person who believes that the smallest things in life give the greatest joy. 🙂

Andrea Fowler: Our New Graduate Assistant for Programming!

I am very excited to join the staff of the Women’s Center as the Graduate Assistant for Programming. I look foward to reaching out to the campus and community to help increase awareness on women’s issues. I am currently a graduate student at the Conservatory, working on a master’s in musicology, and I have a strong interest in gender issues connected to music – including exposing the works of American women composers. I anticipate completing my degree in 2014, and then pursuing my PhD at KU. In addition to my coursework, I am a wife, mother of a beautiful daughter, and teach voice lessons.