Gender Equity Events and Programs
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- 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.
- 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.
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
Spring 2019 Events
The State Theatre
Filmmakers explore how pop culture shapes a new generation's beliefs about gender, sexuality, and violence on display among students on spring break. Following the FREE screening, there will be a panel discussion with the film's director, Benji Nolot, as well as other change makers. Sponsored by Gender Equity Center and AIDS Resource
Jes Baker speaks about the importance of body autonomy, self-esteem, mental health, social justice, and diversity. She is an author, international speaker, and blogger with a background in mental health. She's worked as a BHT, psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, peer navigator, and educator. Co-sponsored with Health Promotion and Wellness. www.themilitantbaker.com
MAKERS: Women in Business
6:30 p.m. March 12
Bank of America Building
Screening of film MAKERS: Women in Business and discussion with panel afterward. Part of Women’s History Month. Cosponsored with Penn State Career Services.
Rachel Cargle: Unpacking White Feminism
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20
Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center
Rachel Cargle is an activist, writer, and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of over 40k where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.
Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Ana María emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17 and has become a leading voice for racial justice, economic justice and immigrant rights in New York and nationally, first as co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY), and now as co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). CPD and its affiliates represent a powerful multi-racial alliance of immigrants, African Americans and white working class communities working to advance an agenda of racial and economic justice, and a vibrant democracy. CPD and its affiliates have played a major role in the national movement to raise the minimum wage and win family-sustaining jobs, resulting in raises for close to 11 million workers. Working with local progressive elected officials, the CPD network has helped elevate the role of cities as places for policy innovation that advances immigrant rights, workplace justice, and economic opportunity for communities of color. Co-sponsored with Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Worship Hall, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Her voice is one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling. https://www.facebook.com/events/2064513407135031/. Cosponsored with various organizations, including 3rd Way Collective.
Honoring Survival: Transforming the Spirit
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 8
Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Annual event honoring the strength and resiliency of survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence and their loved ones. Sponsored by Gender Equity Center, Centre Safe, and University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). The event is part of UPUA's Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.
What Were You Wearing? Survivor art installation
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9
134 HUB-Robeson Center
Annual display showing descriptions of outfits worn by survivors of sexual violence during their assaults. The focus is to show what someone was wearing should not lead to victim blaming. Sponsored by Gender Equity Center and University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). The event is part of UPUA's Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.
“At the time I don’t think I even knew that what happened — him using business-related situations to try and press himself sexually on a young woman in his employ — qualified as sexual harassment. But as a woman who routinely advocates for women and girls who have been victimized in my role as Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations, and as a mother of two daughters, I could no longer remain silent.”
With these words, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino recounted her personal experiences with Harvey Weinstein in TIME magazine. As one of the earliest and most prominent women in Hollywood to confront Weinstein’s years of predation, Sorvino helped empower a cascade of 90 silence breakers to come forward. Now one of the most passionate and articulate voices in the #MeToo movement alongside Tarana Burke, Sorvino fights to balance the playing field so that women and girls may pursue their goals without fear of sexual harassment in a true meritocracy, not a quid pro quo antiquated system. Her highly positive and solutions-based talk does not dwell long on the horrors of victimization. Linking #MeToo to the larger struggle of women worldwide and her longtime work fighting human trafficking, Sorvino shares what all men and women can do to end sexual harassment and patriarchal predation. Her inspiring point of view empowers all of us to stand up, speak out and forever end this ages-old injustice against women and girls.
Sponsored by Gender Equity Center, Panhellenic Council, the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). The event is part of UPUA's Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.