Women's Empowerment Series
SCSU Women's Center
February 17 - Assertiveness & Conflict Resolution
February 24 - Body Language
March 3 - Self Esteem
March 17 - Healthy Relationships
March 24 - Sexuality
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The Vagina Monologues
7:00pm Atwood Ballroom
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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Decades of Courage and Activism
Women on Wednesday Spring 2013
Atwood Theatre 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
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The choices, opportunities and lives of women in the U.S. have changed
dramatically in the past 40 to 50 years because of visionary and active women’s
movements. Feminist activism, landmark decisions, litigation, legislation and
the sometimes quiet revolutions in homes, workplaces and religious institutions
have led to significant improvements in the rights and lives of many, but
not all, women in the U.S. This series examines the ways in which women’s
strengths, courage and activism have led to monumental systemic change in
our society. In addition, presenters will analyze and offer solutions to the many
forms of discrimination still harming women and their choices today. Learning
about the struggles and progress from the past will help women continue to
shape the course of their futures.
mp3January 30, 2013
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
Controversial from the moment it was released, Roe vs. Wade has been one
of the most politically divisive Supreme Court decisions in the nation’s history.
This revolutionary decision changed the course of women’s lives forever. It
reinforced women’s autonomy over their own bodies and held the restrictive
state regulations at the time to be unconstitutional. Come celebrate the 40th
anniversary of this landmark decision for women by learning about where
we’ve been and where we have yet to go.
Presenters: Charlotte Fisher & Linnea House
- Charlotte Fisher is a retired nurse practitioner from the St. Cloud
community. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis with
a nursing degree in 1951. Fisher went to work at General Hospital, now
Hennepin County Medical Center, on a gynecology floor where she cared
for women who had self-induced or illegal abortions. After moving back to
St. Cloud, she worked at numerous sites including the then Family Planning
Center, a program of Tri-CAP.
Linnea House is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota.
Prior to joining the staff, House served as President of the NARAL Pro-Choice
Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2007. She has worked
in the reproductive health field for over 14 years, most recently with Midwest
Health Center for Women and Pro-Choice Resources. House has a degree in
English and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College, and a Master’s in Non-
Profit Management from Hamline University
February 6, 2013:
Women of Color Students: Voices from SCSU
For decades, women of color students at SCSU have been speaking out,
rallying and serving as leaders of change against racism, sexism, and other
forms of discrimination and oppression. Representatives from our current
generation of students will discuss their experiences, perspectives and
recommendations for positive change at SCSU and beyond.
A panel of SCSU women of color students will voice their
perspectives at this session.
Moderator: Amee Vang
- Amee Vang is a junior majoring in Math Education and minoring in
Women’s Studies. She is a member of the St. Cloud chapter of the National
Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), a student employee at
the SCSU Advising Center and former Women’s Center employee. Vang was
the 2012 recipient of the Newman Civic Fellows Award for her activism and
February 13, 2013:
15 years of V-Day: “Until the Violence Stops”
one billion rising – Strike, Dance, Sing
Film: Until the Violence Stops features playwright and activist Eve Ensler
in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into
an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against
women and girls. In 2002, eight hundred cities around the world participated
in V-Day by staging benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues. Until
the Violence Stops shows women from Harlem to Ukiah, California; from
the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Philippines and Kenya, uniting and
courageously revealing their intimate and deeply painful experiences with abuse
ranging from rape to female circumcision.
More than just testimonies and performances, Until the Violence Stops is
a film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing
process. A celebration of women reclaiming their bodies and lives, this moving
documentary leaves us with hope that change can happen.
mp3February 20, 2013:
One Woman’s Role in Brown vs. Board of Education:
The life of Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark
In 1954, Thurgood Marshall put together a team of attorneys to argue the
Brown vs. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Research
performed by the educational psychologists, Drs. Mamie Phipps Clark and
Kenneth B. Clark, also influenced the Court’s decision. The Clarks’ “doll test”
studies presented substantial arguments to the Supreme Court about how
segregation had a negative impact on black schoolchildren’s psychological
well-being and, consequently, their access to an equal education with white
children. Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark’s work was substantial, not only for the
Brown case, but for progress on mental health services for African American
children overall. She was a trailblazer in her research and her efforts to address
race and sex discrimination as a black woman. We are honored to feature the
work of Dr. Phipps Clark in her behind-the-scenes work on behalf of the
Presenters: Debra Leigh
- Debra Leigh is a founder, organizer and lead educator for the C.A.R.E.
(Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative) Leadership Team at St.
Cloud State University. Professor Debra Leigh graduated from the University
of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (BA) and the
University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana (MFA.). She has been the director
of the Dance program at SCSU since 1989. Before coming to St. Cloud
State University, Professor Leigh served on the faculty of the Conservatory of
Music and Dance at UMKC and was the founding artistic director of Ailey
Camp under the direction of Alvin Ailey in Kansas City, Missouri. She has
been highly involved in the St. Cloud community in organizations such as
the Multicultural Children’s Art Connection, Full House Children’s Dance
Company and Create CommUNITY.
mp3February 27, 2013:
40 Years of Title IX: A national champion’s story
In September 2011, the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA national
championship under the leadership of head coach Cheryl Reeve, which pushed
Reeve into the national spotlight along with key Minnesota Lynx players. As a
tribute to the power and progress of Title IX, Reeve will share the story of her
life and career path as an athlete and coach, including her experience working
with young women who grew up in the midst of Title IX.
Presenter: Cheryl Reeve
- Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, just completed her third
season with the team. Under Reeve’s tutelage, the Lynx won a WNBA-best
67 games dating back to the start of the 2010 season, including reaching the
WNBA Finals in each of the last two seasons. Minnesota’s 54 regular season
wins over the past two seasons are the second highest two-season win total in
WNBA history (56 - Los Angeles, 2000-01). Her .657 winning percentage
ranks second in WNBA history and she is one of just four coaches to win at
least 60% of their games in league history.
Reeve’s coaching resume includes 21 years as both an assistant and a head
coach at the collegiate and WNBA levels. Reeve spent 12 years coaching
collegiately; she launched her coaching career as an assistant coach at her
alma matter, La Salle, for two seasons, then at George Washington University,
followed by Indiana State from 1995-2000. Reeve got her start with the WNBA
with the Charlotte Sting in 2001, joined the coaching staff in Cleveland for the
2003 season, and rejoined the Sting in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Reeve served
as an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, won WNBA titles in
2006 and 2008, and advanced to the WNBA Finals four times.
Reeve excelled athletically and academically at La Salle, graduating with
a degree in computer science/management information systems. A Rhodes
Scholar nominee, Reeve received both a MAAC Scholar-Athlete Post Graduate
Award and a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1988. She went on to earn
her master’s degree in business administration from her alma mater while also
serving two years as an assistant coach for the Explorers.
Co-sponsors include: Athletics, the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action
and the Center for Continuing Studies
In commemoration of the 27th annual National Girls and Women
in Sports Day
mp3March 6, 2013:
Recent Activism through the “Occupy” Movement
Improving Women’s Lives
Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, 2011 in New York City and
marked the beginning of revolutionary waves of demonstrations and protests
across the world. Widely believed to have been inspired by Arab Spring and
initiated by dissatisfaction with the rule of local governments, this peoplepowered
movement led the way for community organizing against social
injustice in the 21st Century. Occupy Homes MN was born out of the
Occupy Wall Street Movement. Occupy Homes organizes to defend our
neighbors and community members from foreclosures and unjust evictions.
Women have played an integral role in both of these movements, whether
in organizing or marching, but are often rendered invisible. Occupy Homes
works to make women visible by making their narratives public and central to
the movement. Due to their differentiated experiences, women in activism are
commonly met with obstacles; however, time and time again they have proven
to be powerful and effective leaders and their experiences undoubtedly add
value to these efforts.
Presenter: Cat Salonek
- Cat Salonek is a Community Organizer with Occupy Homes MN in
Minneapolis. She began organizing for social justice while a student at St.
Cloud State University, leading anti-war actions and sexual assault prevention
programs. In the fall of 2011, Salonek helped shape the Occupy movement
in Minnesota through the formation of Occupy Homes MN. Salonek
coordinates massive demonstrations and direct actions against some of the
greediest, most powerful institutions in the world, the big banks.
mp3March 20, 2013:
Responding to Clinic Violence:
Profiles of courage and the FACE Act
Violence, including the murders of abortion providers and the firebombing
and other damage done to clinics in the name of the “pro-life” movement
demonstrates an irony that’s obvious to most people no matter what their
opinion is about abortion. The fact that eight clinic workers – including four
doctors, two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard – have
been murdered in the United States since 1993 is shocking. Add to this 17
attempted murders, 6,300 reported acts of violence against abortion providers
since 1977, including bombings, arsons, death threats, kidnappings, and
assaults, and it’s apparent that the FACE Act (Freedom of Access to Clinic
Entrances), passed in 1994, is critical to women exercising their constitutional
right to abortion. Hear stories from practitioners who are responsible for the
safety and security of clinic clients and staff.
Presenters: Sonia Brummer & Terry Sallas Merritt
- Sonia Brummer is the Clinic Escort Program Coordinator for NARAL Pro-
Choice Minnesota, serving since June 2008. Prior to this internship, she was
a Fundraising Canvasser in 2005 with NARAL. Brummer recruits, trains and
schedules volunteers for the Dr. Hanson Clinic located in Minneapolis. These
volunteers act as a physical buffer to ensure women can safely access their
healthcare because regular protestors intimidate and harass patients as they
walk into this small clinic.
Terry Sallas Merritt is the Executive Director of Whole Women’s Health
of the Twin Cities. She has been working in abortion care for 33 years, since
1980, and has been a staunch supporter of the FACE Act. Sallas Merritt has
presented information to legislators and various groups about the need for
legal protections for clinic patients and staff, and the realities of clinic violence,
including bomb threats and blockades.
mp3March 27, 2013:
Challenging Violence Against Women:
Local leaders share their stories
Minnesota was an early leader in the battered women’s and anti-rape
movements in the 1970s, opening one of the first shelters in the nation in
St. Paul. In addition, Minnesota was host to the visionary Duluth Model, an
innovative model focused on systems change and interventions to help men
who batter change, which is recognized nationally and internationally. Locally,
there was progressive action as well through the opening of the first shelter,
rape crisis center and even a local community women’s center. Join us as two
long-time leaders in the movement to end men’s violence against women
discuss what it was like in the early years, areas of change and progress, and the
impact of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Presenters: Maxine Barnett & Peggy LaDue
- Maxine Barnett recently retired after 33 years as the Executive Director of
Anna Maries Alliance, formerly the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered
Women. Serving a nine-county area in central and east central Minnesota,
Anna Marie’s offers shelter and transitional housing for battered women and
their children, legal advocacy, intervention programs, education and support
groups and resources to escape domestic abuse. More than 12,000 women,
including 7,000 children have been served under Barnett’s leadership.
Peggy LaDue, LSW, is the Executive Director of the Central Minnesota
Sexual Assault Center, serving in this capacity for the last 21 years. The center
provides advocacy, support and referral services to women, children and
men whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. LaDue has worked
extensively to improve and enhance the community’s response to survivors and
provide widespread awareness and prevention education about sexual violence.
She is a member of the governing board of the Minnesota Coalition Against
Sexual Assault and a member of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network.
March Women on Wednesday sessions have been organized to commemorate National Women’s History Month
mp3April 3, 2013:
Women’s Safety and Security:
What is the status of violence against women on campus?
Did you know that a law referred to as Title IX has had as significant an
impact on women’s safety on campus as it has on opportunities for girls and
women in sport? Did you know that national and local advocacy efforts have
resulted in enormous changes in campus reporting and adjudication processes?
Learn more about the Clery Act, Victims’ Bill of Rights, the evolution of
campus protocol on sexual assault cases and a blueprint for women’s safety,
called the SAFE Act.
Presenter: Roberta Gibbons
- Roberta Gibbons is an Assistant Professor in Human Services at Metro
State University. She is the former associate director of The Aurora Center
for Advocacy and Education at the University of Minnesota, a 24-hour
student sexual assault crisis and education center. Dr. Gibbons has a Ph.D. in
organizational policy, leadership and development; an M.A. in political science
from Arizona State University and B.A. in political science from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches courses on issues related to interpersonal
violence including Family Violence Across the Lifespan and Violence:
Individual, Community and Global Responses.
mp3April 10, 2013:
Ushering in The Safe Harbor Act:
Stopping sex trafficking and prostitution
A victim-centered law for sexually exploited youth has finally designated
minors as crime victims--not criminals--when they have been exploited and
sold in prostitution and sex trafficking. On July 20, 2011, Minnesota passed
Safe Harbor legislation, a public safety bill that includes protections for
children who are commercially sexually exploited, coupled with an increase in
penalties for buyers of sex with minors. Our speakers will discuss the evolution
of attitudinal change around child sexual exploitation, criminal justice system
changes and a future that shifts consequences to sex buyers.
Presenters: Joy Friedman & Noelle Volin
- Joy Friedman is the Education/Training and Outreach Manager at Breaking
Free. Friedman knows firsthand the importance of Breaking Free’s Women’s
Program as she is one of the first women to successfully complete the
graduation process and begin working on staff at Breaking Free. For the past
10 years, Friedman has proved to be an invaluable resource and has worked
for Breaking Free as a Case Manager, Outreach Specialist, Program Manager,
and Policy Coordinator for the Offender’s Program (John’s School). She has
extensive experience in providing services to women who have been victimized
in systems of prostitution. Friedman is a sought-after public speaker and has
provided numerous trainings and presentations on prostitution/sex-trafficking
as violence against women and girls and serves as Breaking Free’s primary
liaison with the St. Paul Police/Vice Unit and FBI.
Noelle Volin is the Staff Attorney and Public Policy Manager at Breaking
Free and a graduate of Hamline University School of Law. Prior to law school,
she served in Japan as a missionary and English teacher in Tokyo. Volin was
awarded the Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and obtained her
Master’s in Public Administration and Certificate in International Peace and
Conflict Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo. She first
became aware of the pervasiveness of sex trafficking during her travels to Japan,
Croatia, and Moldova. In her position at Breaking Free, Volin is now working
to improve the administration of justice for trafficking victims through
effective court advocacy, training and awareness building for legal professionals
and law enforcement, developing partnerships with legal service providers, and
policy and legislative research.
April Women on Wednesday sessions have been organized in
commemoration of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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