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Learn about upcoming speakers, events, and more. Email rxg5421@psu.edu and indicate you want to join the listserv.

Request a Program

The Gender Equity Center can work with you to develop or present a program for your group. Complete the online request form to get started.

Ongoing Programs

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a national campaign started in 1990 to address the issue of interpersonal violence. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts created by survivors of violence or in honor of someone who has experienced violence.

The Gender Equity Center displays the Clothesline Project annually. Penn State faculty, staff, or students interested in organizing a display can contact the center to discuss borrowing shirts.

Additionally, in Fall 2020, the Gender Equity Center started the Virtual Clothesline Project initiative to foster engagement during the COVID-19 educational environment.

Honoring Survival: Transforming the Spirit

Honoring Survival: Transforming the Spirit is an annual event designed to honor the strength and resiliency of survivors of sexual, emotional, and physical violence and those who support them in their healing process. Survivors and those who support them share their stories through poetry, storytelling, and music.

Greeks CARE

Greeks CARE is a six week sexual assault prevention program offered to members of fraternities and sororities at Penn State. Participating organizations send representatives to weekly hour-long sessions, which focus on topics including supporting survivors, alcohol and consent, bystander intervention, and more.

Greeks CARE, in collaboration with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, offers fraternity and sorority members an opportunity to examine the role they play in preventing sexual assault and creating a culture of support for survivors. The program is facilitated by Gender Equity Center staff and trained fraternity and sorority members.

Love your Body Day

Love your Body Day is a campaign organized by the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.). Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media) tell women and girls that being admired, envied, and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The Love Your Body Day campaign challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her ability to embody current beauty standards.

Awareness Months

The Gender Equity Center plans programs and events around various national awareness months including:

  • January - Stalking Awareness Month
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Fall 2020 Events

Virtual Clothesline Project
Even though we cannot all be in person this year, we are taking our activism and advocacy to the virtual realm with our first ever virtual Clothesline Project!

The Clothesline Project is a national movement focused on creating a visual reminder of the impact that power-based personal violence has had on our community, turning statistics into shirts. The movement gives a voice to those who have been silenced, sending the message that help is available and there is a path to healing.

Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to create a shirt providing words of support for survivors, stories of a personal experience or that of someone close to you, or messages taking stand against power-based personal violence! Check out the link below to access the SharePoint with instructions on creating and submitting a shirt along with the t-shirt templates. Shirts will be collected throughout the month of October and displayed on our website and social media.
Click here to access the t-shirt templates and instructions
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In-Person Clothesline Project Display
October 19 through October 23
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and Pollock Cultural Lounge

We are excited to offer our Clothesline Project display in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and Pollock Cultural Lounge this Fall. Members of the campus community are encouraged to view the display while adhering to COVID guidance of masking and proper social distancing.

The Clothesline Project is a national movement focused on creating a visual reminder of the impact that power-based personal violence has had on our community, turning statistics into shirts. The movement gives a voice to those who have been silenced, sending the message that help is available and there is a path to healing. Shirts are created by members of the campus community providing words of support for survivors, stories of a personal experience or that of someone close to them, or messages taking stand against power-based personal violence!

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Center, Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, Residence Life, and Center Safe
Woman in mask looking up at Clothesline
Purple Thursday
Thursday, October 22
Everywhere

On Thursdays we wear PURPLE!! Join us in supporting survivors of relationship violence and abuse by wearing the color purple. Be sure to post a picture on social media and tag @pennstategenequ using the hashtag #PurpleThursday2020 telling us why you support survivors of relationship violence. Don't have social media? No problem! Email your pictures to genderequity@psu.edu and we will be sure to upload them to our social media.

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Center, Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, University Libraries, Center Safe, and Panhellenic Council.
Purple sweater, sneakers, beanie, and t-shirt with the words Purple Thursday Thursday October 22nd
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