Introducing Miss Sarah!

By Sarah L. Jensen
Hey there, my name is Sarah and I am a new intern for the Women’s Center! My goals are to further my understanding of women from different cultural backgrounds and to promote awareness of women’s issues.
I spent three years studying English literature at the University of Kansas before transferring to UMKC so I can finish my BA with a minor in Women and Gender studies. I have a strong passion for women’s literature and the culture surrounding it. In the future I plan on pursuing a PhD in English literature and teaching at the collegiate level.
Outside of academia I enjoy geeking out with films and music, cooking, reading, spending time with my family, and exploring Kansas City.
I am looking forward to this enlightening opportunity!

Ohio Woman Wants ‘Whites Only’ Pool Sign Reinstated

By Bonnie Messbarger

A woman in Ohio continues to claim that having a ‘Whites Only’ sign hung at the public pool is not racist.  The landlord claims that young black women’s hair products make her pool cloudy. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission ruled that the sign “restricts the social contact between Caucasians and African Americans as well as reinforcing discrimination actions that are aimed at oppressing all ‘people of color.'” Despite the Commission’s ruling, the woman still insists that her sign is not racist. Now she is asking the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to reconsider their ruling, changing her argument to assert that the sign is an antique and therefore apart of her heritage. Antique or not, hopefully the Civil Rights Commission will continue to reject this woman’s plea for the right to hang this incredibly racist sign.

New Blog Editor at the Women’s Center

By  Courtney Neaveill

Greetings everyone! My name is Courtney Neaveill and I am the new Blog Editor at the UMKC Women’s Center. In the fifth grade I had a regular habit of telling people that I was going to be the first woman president. Although my plans since then have changed, I still maintain an avid interest in women’s equality and women’s issues. I am in my fourth and final semester at UMKC and plan to graduate in May with my Bachelor’s degree in Modern European History and a German Language minor. Outside of working at the Women’s Center and tutoring German at the Language Resource Center, I am also working on two research projects in the History Department. Before arriving at UMKC, I lived for two years in Berlin, Germany where I worked as an Au Pair and tutored English. My goal is to return to Germany after graduation, where I would like to pursue a Master’s degree in the field of German History. Outside of my busy work and school schedule, I always fancy a night out on the town – either exploring local eateries or attending concerts by Kansas City’s world class musicians! The Women’s Center has given me the opportunity to participate in an important organization at a local level and for that I am very thankful. Through my involvement at the Women’s Center I hope to broaden my range of knowledge about current women’s issues which I can then apply to my studies and future endeavors. There are a variety of events on the calendar this semester and I am anxious to take part in the excitement!

New Intern Brings International Perspective to UMKC Women’s Center

By Carolina Costa

Hello everyone! My name is Carolina Costa and I am an intern at the Women’s Center. This is only my second semester at UMKC where I am an exchange student for the 2011/2012 year. As much as I enjoy my time in Kansas City, I will be returning to my home university in London next fall to complete the last year of my BA degree in Political Science and International Relations. I love to travel and experience different cultures, which leaves little time to enjoy my home city of A Coruña in the North of Spain. I have always been interested in gender issues and women’s equality and I believe that working at the Women’s Center will be a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and take part in many interesting and unique events.  It will also be a valuable insight into the work of feminist organizations that will prepare me for a future career in the field of women’s rights.  I really look forward to the next couple of months and I am ready to start my time at the Women’s Center!

What’s Coming Up for the Spring Semester?

By Tria Tatum 

Welcome back UMKC students, staff, and faculty! I hope everyone’s winter break was enjoyable and you returned to campus ready to conquer another semester with success. This week the Women’s Center started off our semester of programs with Warm Up with the Women’s Center and served hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies to about 50 students who found their way to our office last Monday. In case you forgot over the break, the Women’s Center is located right here on campus in 105 Haag Hall and we are here to assist you. Please feel free to stop in for some quiet study time, to utilize the computers, to check out some books on women’s issues and empowerment (possibly for your next essay!), or to just hang out with the staff. If you can’t stop by, but you happen to be in Haag Hall heading to class, don’t forget to check out the display boards on the first floor right outside our office. We have a board titled “What’s Coming up 4 the Spring Semester?” that will give you a heads up on all the great events we have planned for you.

Here are some highlights of what we have coming up: During the month of January you will be seeing the Women’s Center staff at various locations across campus distributing information about National Stalking Awareness Month. In February we will be hosting a number of V-Day events including a benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues on Thursday, February 16 in the Student Union Theater featuring a cast of 26 UMKC students, staff, faculty and folks from the community. We will also be hosting a screening of MissRepresentation followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 28. In March we will be celebrating Women’s History Month with various events including an information table in Royall Hall on International Women’s Day, March 8. Then in April we will cap off our year-long celebration of the Women’s Center’s 40th Anniversary with our Fundraising Gala on April 20, featuring entertainment by the Barclay Martin Ensemble. As always, you can also find out about the Women’s Center and all our events on our website.

If you would like to be an even bigger part of some of these events, please consider being a Women’s Center volunteer. We encourage all students to take the opportunity to volunteer. Not only does this look good on your resumes, we guarantee that you will have a great time meeting new people while you learn something new. You can find the volunteer form in the lower right corner of the Women’s Center home page.  Simply fill it out and turn it to the Women’s Center front desk. We hope to see you this semsester!

New Face at the Women’s Center

by Armelle Djoukoue

Hello! My name is Armelle Stephanie Djoukoue and I’m a new work-study student at the Women’s Center. I’m a pre-med student majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I will graduate fall 2012 and afterwards, I am planning to pursue a master’s degree in substance abuse counseling or addiction studies. I would love to become a psychiatrist one day, but I hesitate when I think about spending 4 years in med school! I’m really excited about working at the Women’s center because it’s a new experience and great opportunity for me. I believe raising awareness on women’s issues is very important and I’m truly grateful to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to increasing my knowledge on issues such as violence against women, sexual assault and body image. I’ve always wanted to work in an environment which empowers girls and women, and I know the women center is a great place for me to learn and accomplish that. Happy New Year!

Winter Holiday Hours at the UMKC Women’s Center

The staff of the UMKC Women’s Center wish you the happiest of holidays and peace and joy in the New Year. As we look back on 2011, we are thankful for your continued support and look forward to 2012.

Click the image above to view our Holiday video.

The UMKC Women’s Center will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012. During this time we will continue to check our voicemail and email; however, our response may be delayed.

In case of emergency, please contact:

  • UMKC Police – 816.235.1515 from a campus phone, or 9-1-1 from off campus.
  • Kansas City Police – 24 hour line: 9-1-1
  • MOCSA – 24 hour crisis line: (816) 531.0233 or (913) 642.0233.
  • Rose Brooks – 24 hour crisis line (816) 861.6100

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Remembering 2011 and Looking Forward to 2012

By Maritza Gordillo

It was not too long ago when I said I was ready to come back and work at the Women’s Center for the 2011 Fall semester. Time went by so quickly due to the fact that we had approximately 14 events this semester, including some of our big events like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Women’s Equity Quilt Dedication, and Starr Symposium in which I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Huerta whom I’ve always wanted to meet. The events were really fun because I got to learn a lot more and meet new people. This semester the Women’s Center was filled with new staff members whom I enjoyed working with and hope to see when we come back from winter break. I am truly excited and look forward to coming back in the spring to plan events such as the Vagina Monologues, Stalking Awareness Month, and our 40th Anniversary Gala. I hope to see everyone soon at our spring semester events!  Happy Holidays everyone and congrats to the 2011 Fall Graduates!

Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund Now Accepting Online Applications

[The following was provided by UMKC’s Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations.]

UMKC Women’s Council (WC) Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF) is now accepting online applications for 2012 GAF fellowships to assist UMKC women students in post-baccalaureate approved programs.

Established in 1971, GAF funds are designed to assist with the completion of requirements for graduate and first professional degrees; to help facilitate studies beyond the classroom; and to enrich and encourage educational experiences.
The WC urges faculty and staff to encourage eligible women graduate students to seek this funding opportunity.

Eligible applicants are UMKC women graduate students in a post-baccalaureate approved program of study in A&S, SBS, BPA, Conservatory, SOE, SCE, Graduate Studies, Nursing and first professional women students in Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Pharmacy. A student may only submit one application to the WC per year. Students funded in previous years may reapply as long as a final report is on file in the WC office. Past recipients may call to confirm reports on file.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5:00 p.m. Visit the WC website for more information about GAF and to access the online application.