Thea says Goodbye

Today is my last day at the UMKC Women’s Center, as tomorrow, I will be walking across the stage in my cap and gown. The last four years at UMKC have truly taught me the meaning of a bittersweet goodbye. I couldn’t be more excited for the future, yet saying goodbye to this campus is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

The Women’s Center has played an integral role in my development here at UMKC. Working here has shown me how much I can learn being surrounded by smart and dedicated women. I’ve been able to learn by the examples of my superiors and my peers. Just being here exposed me to new feminist literature, new ideas, and new ways of imposing gender equity in the world around me. I plan to use feminism as a tool for success in the future. I’ve learned to use my voice, to lean in, and to never underestimate my worth. I’ve learned not to scale back my goals to make other people comfortable. I’ve learned making other people uncomfortable is necessary for change.

To anyone who is considering working or volunteering for the Women’s Center, do it. You’ll learn more than you think you could, even if you already believe you’re an expert. You’ll make friends. You’ll have fun. You’ll make a difference.

If you attend UMKC and receive federal work-study, apply here through the Roo Career Network.

If you would like to volunteer, apply here.

Welcome, Thea!

By Thea Voutiritsas

TheaHi, I’m Thea Voutiritsas. I’m a junior here at UMKC, majoring in English Language and Rhetoric. I chose UMKC because it’s not too far from my hometown in Joplin MO, but I still get to experience some city-life.

I am new to the Women’s Center this year, and I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to working in an environment that celebrates and promotes the multicultural realities of women’s lives. Not only do I want to participate in a discourse for women going through various hardships, but also offer resources to women of all ages, races and identities.

My goal in the Women’s Center this semester is to promote constructive feminist activism on the UMKC campus by making an accessible community for newcomers. Getting involved in an activist community can be daunting, so creating a welcoming and loving environment can invite people to get involved who may otherwise feel too shy or excluded.

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