Gender Equity 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.
Additionally, in Fall 2020, the Gender Equity Center started the Virtual Clothesline Project initiative to foster engagement during the COVID-19 educational environment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Love Your Body Week
Love your Body Week is a collaborative campaign, organized by the Gender Equity Center, Health Promotion and Wellness, and other offices and departments across campus.
Held every fall, this week of programming is inspired by Love Your Body Day, organized by the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), and Love Your Body Week, organized by the National Eating Disorders Association (N.E.D.A.).
Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry and the media tell everyone, but especially women and girls, that being admired, envied, and desired based on their looks is a primary function of their worth and value. The Love Your Body Week campaign challenges the message that a person's value is best measured through their ability to embody current beauty standards. Events focus on body positivity, body neutrality, eating disorder prevention, and more.
- "What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation
The Installation originated at the University of Arkansas. In 2013, Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert created the project, inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling's poem, What I Was Wearing. The first "What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation was then displayed in April 2014 at the University of Arkansas.
The Gender Equity Center hosted the first installment of the What Were You Wearing Exhibit at University Park in April 2018 as part of SVAP week and it spread to the other Penn State campuses hosting their own versions of the What Were You Wearing Installation.
Additionally, in Spring 2021, the Gender Equity Center started the Virtual "What Were You Wearing?" initiative to foster engagement during the COVID-19 educational environment.
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
If there are no events listed below, please check back. New events are added each semester. For a listing of all Student Affairs events, please visit the Student Affairs events page.