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Gender & Sexuality Resource Center introduces new networks and dialogues for fall

October 19, 2016

In response to the results of the 2016 spring semester internal review of women’s programming, the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) want to say thank you for your feedback and participation. As such, we invite all students, faculty, administrators and staff to participate in our new, engaging and inclusive opportunities where we utilize a gender equity, feminist and womanist perspective to provide an intentional and supportive resource for all NIU women and men. If you have more questions or need more information about the programs offered, please contact our center at 815-753-4772 or by email at [email protected].edu.

At the Table, discussions will be held every Monday from 11 a.m.–noon in the GSRC conference room. The discussions will be dedicated to topics that impact students as they pursue their education at NIU and beyond. The first discussion, “Ain’t I a Woman? – What is Feminism & Womanism – How do we as women and larger society contextualize it?” will be held on Oct. 24. On Oct. 31, the topic will be “HIV in 2016” and on Nov. 17, the topic will be, “Masculinity – what is your narrative?”.

Women’s Cabinet will be held on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery Lounge. The next dialogues will be on Nov. 2 and 30. Women’s Cabinet is a  network for female students to share accomplishments, academic struggles, personal needs and offer advice to the GSRC. We will share information, campus and community services and support for women influenced through a gender equity and social justice lens.

Men’s Advisory Network will be held on Tuesdays at noon in the Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery Lounge. The next dialogues will be on Nov. 18 and 22. This network is for NIU male students to share accomplishments, academic struggles, personal needs and offer advice to the GSRC. We will share information, campus and community services and support for men influenced through a gender equity and social justice lens.

Trending with GSRC will be held once a month on the third Thursdays from 1-3 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glass Gallery Lounge. On Oct. 20, the topic discussion will be “Colorism” in pop culture and its impact on women and men. We will address the portrayal of gender equity in social media, advertisements, television/movies, pop-culture and other media outlets. This will be an opportunity to survey the messages and narratives about women that we as a society are creating and perpetuating.

Faculty Fridays will be held every Friday at 11 a.m., in the GSRC conference room. The next dialogue opportunity will be Oct. 21, where we will learn about college student volunteerism. This is an opportunity to share research about related and relevant topics. In the interest of opening the space for traditionally marginalized populations, we seek to offer this opportunity to those who are faculty and those who aspire to be faculty to share their research as well. If you would like to share your research or area of interests, please contact our office. Upcoming topics include “Research on Feminism and Womanism in 2016,” on Oct. 28 and “Research on HIV in 2016” on Nov. 4.