Meet Edith: The Women’s Center’s Newest Student Assistant

Hi, my name is Edith Moreno; I am freshman at UMKC. I recently graduated from Raytown High School, and I plan to major in Theatre and minor in Spanish- I enjoy working backstage on theater productions, but my main goal is to be a make-up and hair artist. I hope to one day achieve my dreams in New York either on Broadway or in the film industry (I like to think of myself as the next Edith Head.) Apart from that I am very excited to join the Women’s Center this year, and really look forward to helping further the center’s goals and help women in any way I can. I am also looking forward to meeting new people and working with the staff as well as getting involved with this year’s school events- this looks to be a very promising year.

New Look at the Women’s Center!

By Brenda Bethman

After four years, we decided it was time to update our website and other publications here at the Women’s Center. So starting today, we have a shiny new website, a new blog template, a new brochure, a new logo, and a new e-newsletter template on the way. The design was by Teresa Mandala of Bella Designs and was based on the work we did last year for the Women’s Center’s 40th Anniversary. We are, as always, thrilled with Teresa’s work and glad to be able to support female artists in Kansas City.

Because some of our pages require coding that is beyond my (Brenda’s) skill level, you will still run into a few pages that have the old look — but they will be updated soon, so please bear with us. If you come across any broken links, please email Brenda Bethman at bethmanb@umkc.edu to let us know.

Women’s Center Internships Available for Fall 2012

Below is a list of internships available in the UMKC Women’s Center for fall 2012. All of these positions can be used to fulfill the requirements for the Women’s & Gender Studies Internship Program (WGS 484).  To apply for any of the positions, contact the Women’s & Gender Studies Internship Coordinator:

Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director, UMKC Women’s Center / Acting Director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program

105 Haag Hall / Phone: 816.235.1643 / E-Mail: bethmanb@umkc.edu

Click here for more information about the WGS Internship Program.

Hippo Project Internship

Note: This internship will be based at the UMKC Women’s Center, but will also coordinate with an outside agency and its program directors.

Hippo Project/Hippo Soap is looking for an intern to assist a young startup company with all phases of start up.  Hippo soap is a three-division project aimed at increasing economic development, wellness, and prosperity for women in developing countries and educating children about healthy behaviors that could potentially save their lives.  Division one of the project involves actual production of a product: goat’s milk soap (called Hippo Soap). The model is that the profits from the sale of soap here in the U.S. will go to fund the second and third division of the Hippo Project: economic development for women in Africa via the creation of a soap factory and soap sales to support the other phase of the project: the educational component. The third division of the project is the education of children in Mali about the important health benefits of washing hands. Soap from the economic development division of the project is then used by the educational division of the project to keep kids and families healthy.Hippo Project/Hippo Soap is looking for a motivated individual to help us with ALL components of business development and maintenance, including both administrative and creative development of this entire project.Duties include:

  • Searching for product materials;
  • Developing an accounting system;
  • Working with graphic designers to help develop the Hippo Soap product;
  • Research on other companies and charities also working to increase women’s economic development in foreign countries.
  • Interns will work closely with the two project developers to supply both research information and novel ideas to guide the development of this entirely new venture. We are looking for someone who can take very minimal direction and run with an idea.

The intern would be expected to be comfortable doing the following:

  • Research on women’s economic development in foreign countries;
  • Research on legal issues with business development in foreign countries (specifically in Africa);
  • Investigation of FDA rules and regulations in the US for cosmetics/soap;
  • Project management related to travel and special events for Hippo Soap;
  • Communication and scheduling between outside entities and Hippo Soap;
  • Investigation of financial resources for small business development in the US and abroad
  • Investigating soap production;
  • Gathering soap materials;
  • Product testing and production;
  • Working with the graphic designers to produce website and product packaging;
  • Development of interactive apps to convey the goals and function of the Hippo Project;
  • Assisting in internal finance and accounting matters.

Programming Intern

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of Women’s Center events.

 Public Relations Intern

  • Assist with design and creation of marketing materials for Women’s Center programs including fliers, posters, posters, and event calendars
  • Assist with coordinating the distribution of fliers, posters, postcards, brochures, events calendar, and other advertising/marketing material on campus and in the surrounding area.
  • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing, listing Women’s Center events on community calendars, and updating the Women’s Center events calendar

 Her Art Project Intern

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of programs for the Her Art Project including art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs
  • Background in arts and familiarity with Kansas City arts community preferred

 Violence Prevention and Response Intern

  • Work with the Violence Prevention Coordinator to assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs.
  • Assist Victim Services Adjudication Advisor with training and violence prevention education.

 Social Networking Intern

  • Assist with updating and monitoring the Women’s Center Social Networking sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.
  • Coordinate Social Networking efforts with marketing of all Women’s Center programs

 Blog Editor Intern

  • Assist with regular maintenance of the Women’s Center Blog
  • Write clear and critical blogs on relevant topics
  • Edit all staff blogs for content and grammar and post to Women’s Center blog on a regular basis
  • Strong writing skills required. Please submit writing samples.

 All interns are also responsible for:

  • Answering phones, directing calls, and taking messages. Record every incoming call onto the telephone and referral log located next to the phones.
  • Answering requests for information about the Center and our services, including referring victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and/or stalking.
  • Assisting visitors with our library, including checking out and in books/videos.
  • Posting Women’s Center flyers.
  • Running business errands around campus.
  • Typing correspondence, labels, and forms on the computer.
  • Assist in keeping the Women’s Center in an orderly fashion. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing brochures, dusting, and general cleaning.
  • Posting event reminders, relevant articles and current events regarding women’s issues, and status updates to the Women’s Center social networks
  • Writing at least one blog per week on a relevant women’s issue
  • Attending ALL staff meetings.
  • Attending Women’s Center programs as needed/available.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Annual Report 2011-12

Did you know that in 2011-12, the Women’s Center hosted 66 events? Provided 450 hours of advocacy to victims of sexual violence? Collaborated with 198 campus departments and community organizations? Learn all of that and more in our 2011-12 annual report. The video version is below and a copy of the full version can be found here.

 

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We’re Hiring at the Women’s Center!

Attention UMKC students! The Women’s Center has 4 work-study positions open this summer. If you have a passion for women’s advocacy and want to work with an awesome staff, please consider applying for these positions. We need your energy and enthusiasm to assist with events, the Her Art Project, public relations, violence prevention, and/or social networking. You MUST have a work-study award from Financial Aid to qualify. Click here to download an application. Contact Arzie Umali at 816-235-5577 or umalia@umkc.edu with questions or for more information.

We are also hiring a graduate assistant for technology to work during the upcoming academic year (starting in August). To learn more about the graduate assistantship and how to apply, please visit the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Graduate Assistantship Program page. A job description can also be found here.

Work Study Position Descriptions

Office/Events Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of Women’s Center events;
  • Assist with office duties (answering the phone, greeting visitors, etc.).

 Public Relations Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with design and creation of marketing materials for Women’s Center programs including fliers, posters, posters, and event calendars
  • Assist with coordinating the distribution of fliers, posters, postcards, brochures, events calendar, and other advertising/marketing material on campus and in the surrounding area.
  • Assist with online publicity, including, but not limited to, website editing,  listing Women’s Center events on community calendars, and updating the Women’s Center events calendar

Program Assistant – Her Art Project (Work Study)

  • Assist with the development, coordination, and execution of programs for the Her Art Project including art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs
  • Background in arts and familiarity with Kansas City arts community preferred

Violence Prevention and Response Student Assistant (Work Study)

  • Work with the Violence Prevention Coordinator to assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
  • Assist with publicity and marketing for above programs.
  • Assist Victim Services Adjudication Advisor with training and violence prevention education.

Social Networking Assistant (Work Study)

  • Assist with updating and monitoring the Women’s Center Social Networking sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.
  • Coordinate Social Networking efforts with marketing of all Women’s Center programs

Blog Editor (Work Study/Student Worker)

  • Assist with regular maintenance of the Women’s Center Blog
  • Write clear and critical blogs on relevant topics
  • Edit all staff blogs for content and grammar and post to Women’s Center blog on a regular basis
  • Strong writing skills required. Please submit writing samples.

 All Student Assistants are also responsible for:

  • Answering phones, directing calls, and taking messages. Record every incoming call onto the telephone and referral log located next to the phones.
  • Answering requests for information about the Center and our services, including referring victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/relationship violence, and/or stalking.
  • Assisting visitors with our library, including checking out and in books/videos.
  • Posting Women’s Center flyers.
  • Running business errands around campus.
  • Typing correspondence, labels, and forms on the computer.
  • Assist in keeping the Women’s Center in an orderly fashion. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing brochures, dusting, and general cleaning.
  • Posting event reminders, relevant articles and current events regarding women’s issues, and status updates to the Women’s Center social networks
  • Writing at least one blog per week on a relevant women’s issue
  • Attending ALL staff meetings.
  • Attending Women’s Center programs as needed/available.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Graduate Assistant for Technology Position Description

The Women’s Center is seeking a half-time (20 hours per week), Graduate Assistant for Academic Year 2012-13 to assist with web and publication design and office duties. Dates of employment are August 1, 2012 (tentative start date) – May 31, 2013. Continuation in the summer may be possible depending upon performance and funding availability.

Duties:

  • maintain websites, assisting with design and technical issues;
  • graphic design for logos, websites and publications;
  • revise and design publications and other promotional materials;
  • create videos of events and programs;
  • create and send biweekly e-newsletter
  • maintain library database;
  • maintain other databases as necessary and design new ones if needed;
  • assist in supervising undergraduate student workers performing data entry;
  • assist with organizing programming as necessary;
  • office duties (answering the phone, greeting visitors, etc.) as necessary;
  • perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director or Director of the Women’s Center.

The Graduate Assistant reports to the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center. Knowledge of HTML, graphic design, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Pagemaker, Flash, Premiere Pro, and ASP/PHP, along with familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (especially Word, Excel, and Power Pont) is required. An interest in or previous experience working with women’s, gender, and/or sexual violence issues is preferred.

Contact: Brenda Bethman, 235-1643, bethmanb@umkc.edu

Women Around the World

By Courtney Neaveill

[Photo credit: Seamus Murphy/VII for The New York Times]

In case you missed it, here are a few news articles from around the world that recently hit the press!

SAUDI ARABIA: A Ministerial Committee Considers Allowing Women Sport Clubs

UNITED STATES: Strong Women Take Center Stage in Tribeca Foreign Films

AFGHANISTAN: Why Afghan Women Risk Death To Write Poetry

AUSTRALIA: Australian Leader Julia Gillard Vows to Cling On to Power

SYRIA: A Look at Syrian First Lady, Asma al-Assad

 

A Memorable 40th Anniversary Gala Event!

By Tria Tatum

The mission of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri- Kansas City is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.

Congratulations to the Women’s Center on celebrating 40 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City! The Center was honored on April 20th, 2012 by families, friends, community members, and musical guest –  Barclay Martin Ensemble. Throughout the months of preparation for the gala, we at the women’s center were continually reminded of the incredible support that we receive both from the university and the community.

My experience at the gala was a memorable one. I was able to meet new people and engage in fellowship with the guests throughout the evening. I danced, laughed, and munched on great food. It was a night that I was so happy to be a part of. There were women and men –  all from diverse backgrounds who came together for an unforgettable evening of celebration. I was especially inspired by all of the culture and color in one room. I look forward to continue working for the advancement of women. I wish the UMKC Women’s Center 40 more years to come!

WEAR JEANS AND PREVENT VIOLENCE, DENIM DAY 2012!

by Armelle Djoukoue

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In Italy in 1998, an 18-year old girl was picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, dragged her out of the car, wrestled her out of her jeans and forcefully raped her. The offender was arrested and prosecuted.  The case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court and within a matter of days the case was dismissed. The driving instructor was released in a statement by the Chief Judge, which said “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”  As news of the judge’s decision spread women in Italy and all over the world joined in proteset. In 1999 the state of California established the first Denim Day in the United States. The Denim Day campaign rasies awareness and promotes education about rape and sexual assault. 

To prevent sexual assault, each year the UMKC Women’s Center holds a Denim Day display and encourages students, staff and community members to wear jeans.  Check out our Denim Day display on campus today April 25th, in the quad.  There are NO excuses for sexual violence!  It is time to raise awareness, it is time to let the victims know that they’re not alone and it’s never their fault. So how can you raise Sexual Assault Awareness this April?  Simple, wear your favorite pair of jeans and make a statement!

Check out our event page for Denim Day! https://www.facebook.com/events/271488952914506/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

 

Tickets! Get Your UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala Tickets Now!

By Courtney Neaveill

A buzz is in the air as the UMKC Women’s Center is preparing for its biggest event yet! TOMORROW at 7PM we will kick off our 40th Anniversary Gala Event! After days, weeks, months, and dare I say years of planning the members of the UMKC student body, staff, and faculty will come together with the Kansas City community to celebrate a momentous occasion. Over the past forty years, the UMKC Women’s Center has advocated, educated, and provided support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. Tomorrow’s gala gives the Women’s Center a chance to thank the hundreds of community members who have been active in our events and services throughout the years. Likewise, it will also give everyone who has been involved with the Women’s Center a chance to come together for an evening of music, fun, and, celebration!

For the event tomorrow, the UMKC Women’s Center commissioned a song in honor of the 40th Anniversary. Written by local singer/songwriter Barclay Martin, the Barclay Martin Ensemble will perform the premiere of “So Beautiful.”

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In addition to performances by the Barclay Martin Ensemble tomorrow evening, you can also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and have fun in the photobooth.

YOU will not want to miss this event! YOU still have the chance to register for tickets online until 5PM this evening. Tickets are $65 and STUDENTS TICKETS ARE $20! Click HERE to purchase tickets!

We understand that never everyone will be able to purchase tickets by 5PM this evening and therefore we will be accepting walk-in registrations at the door tomorrow, Friday April 20th!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

All proceeds benefit the UMKC Women’s Center’s programs and services. For more information or with questions, contact us at 816.235.1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center! http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

ATTENTION UMKC STUDENTS!

By Courtney Neaveill

If you haven’t already heard, on Friday, April 20th – we at the UMKC Women’s Center are celebrating our 40th Anniversary! Starting at 7pm at the River Market Event space we will begin the anniversary festivities. Savor delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and celebrate to the music of the Barclay Martin Ensemble, who will premiere a song written in honor of the 40th anniversary. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUPhR2nIWzs[/youtube]

Tickets for students are available for purchase at a bargain rate of $20 per person. (Regular tickets cost $65.) We don’t want everyone showing up in their favorite little black dress for the evening or a plain old shirt and tie – we want to see your creative side! That’s why the dress code for the evening has been deemed “creative cocktail”. Be innovative with your outfit!

Come out and mingle with UMKC students and faculty, Kansas City community members, and local artists &  musicians! Friday night’s UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala will be a night that won’t soon be forgotten! We would love to have you celebrate with us!

 

 Click HERE to purchase tickets for the event!

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center!
http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638