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Founded in 1976, the Women’s Resource Center is passionately dedicated to improving the lives of women and people of all genders in our community through education and support services.

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The staff and volunteers of the WRC embrace and intersectional feminist model: empowering 

people of all genders to actively stand against oppression, sexism, hate, and inequality in all areas of our lives.

Join us!


wrc@sou.edu

541-552-6216

Visit us in Stevenson Union Basement Room 102!

We provide a safe space for the SOU community to come and relax, study or find community. We provide free coffee, tea, condoms, tampons & pads. We also host a large feminist library that is free to use! We hope to see you soon! 


Information and resources on sexual and domestic violence

Southern Oregon University's Anonymous Harassment, Violence, and Interpersonal Misconduct Reporting Form


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Take a virtual tour of the SOU Women's Resource Center here!

 


FEMFEST

Wednesday, April 15th, the Women’s Resource Center is hosting the 2nd annual FemFest! It will be a day dedicated to discussing feminisms and dismantling rape culture through presentations by students, staff, faculty, and community members. 

FemFest will run from 10am-6pm in the Rogue River Room and include presentations on fetishization of bodies of color, masculinity, rape culture 101, activism in art, sexual assault prevention and so much more!  Come and go as you please! For more information, please visit facebook.com/events/1629440510625792/

10:00AM: Sasha Santo, Introduction
10:05 AM: Angela Fleischer & Casey Clithero, Campus Choice
10:30 AM: Courtney Rasmussen, How to Dismantle Rape Culture: A Strategy
10:45AM: BREAK
11:00AM: Wendy Anderson, Supporting Survivors
11:30AM: Christine Andrada-Henley, Fetishization of Bodies of Color
12:00PM: Shayna Marie, Supporting Women in Childbirth
12:30PM: Desireé Dallagiacomo: Poetry Workshop
1:30PM: Shoshana Dubiner, The Red Shoes
1:45PM: Suzanne McQueen, The Problem With Privilege
2:15PM: Matt Vogel, Bystander Empowerment and Sexual Violence Prevention
2:30PM: Mary Vest & Jaimie Armstrong, Supporting Loved Ones who are Survivors
2:45PM: Kendall Bartley, “The Switch” with discussion
3:00PM: Matt Vogel, The War on Drugs or a War on People?
3:15PM: Lydia Doleman, Human Habitat and Forest Restoration: a Feminist Approach
3:30PM: Mary Vest, Stop Telling Women to Smile: Art & Street Harassment
3:45PM: Victoria Morgan & Ahsantee Foree: Art as Activism Workshop
4:15PM: Emily Pfeiffer, Carry that Weight Campaign 
4:30PM: Sierra Faulkner, Feminisms
4:45PM: Isaac Sanstad, Deconstructing Masculinity
5:00PM Sara O’Byrne, Acupuncture for Survivors

7:00PM: Feminist Poetry Slam featuring Desireé Dallagiacomo

FemSlam

The keynote event of FemFest is a Feminist Poetry Slam, co-hosted by the Exclamation Poets. FemSlam will feature Desiree Dallagiacomo, third place champion of the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam and celebrated feminist poet and educator, as our feature performer. See her viral poetry video, "Thighs", here: Desireé Dallagiacomo - "Thighs" (WOWPS 2014) The doors will open at 6:30, and the show will start at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $3 at the door. 

If you would like to compete in FemSlam, please email wrc@sou.edu or exlcamationpoets@gmail.com by 5PM on April 14th. ANYONE is able to compete, regardless of experience. Please prepare 2 poems that last no longer than 3 minutes individually.

 

50Faggots

Randall Jenson is the Executive Director of SocialScope Productions, a Chicago multimedia non-profit focused on LGBTQ and gender documentaries. He is also the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a multi-statewide organization addressing LGBTQ youth affected by violence, trauma and neglect throughout Kansas and Missouri. Randall created both Memories of Violence project and 50Faggots web series through SocialScope Productions.

50Faggots

Wednesday, April 22, 5:30PM, Rogue River Room 

50Faggots is the documentary web series on how individual, self-identified effeminate gay men survive and thrive in today’s queer communities. Our documentary asks audiences two important questions: “Who are considered the faggots of our own communities” and what is the importance and repercussions for asking ourselves “How gay do you want to be today?”

Panel discussion to follow screening.

Queer Luncheon

Randall Jenson is the Executive Director of SocialScope Productions, a Chicago multimedia non-profit focused on LGBTQ and gender documentaries. He is also the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a multi-statewide organization addressing LGBTQ youth affected by violence, trauma and neglect throughout Kansas and Missouri. Randall created both Memories of Violence project and 50Faggots web series through SocialScope Productions.

Queer Luncheon, 

Thursday April 23, 12:30 PM Guanajuato Room (SU 315)

Join us for this incredible opportunity for queer and allied students to connect with activist Randall Jenson, who works with queer youth, multimedia projects and within the anti sexual and domestic violence movements. Please RSVP to wilsonjan@sou.edu by April 20th. 

 

Memories of Violence

Randall Jenson is the Executive Director of SocialScope Productions, a Chicago multimedia non-profit focused on LGBTQ and gender documentaries. He is also the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a multi-statewide organization addressing LGBTQ youth affected by violence, trauma and neglect throughout Kansas and Missouri. Randall created both Memories of Violence project and 50Faggots web series through SocialScope Productions.

Memories of Violence

Thursday, April 23, 5:30PM Meese Room (Library 305)

Light refreshments provided

Memories of Violence is our new multimedia project, sharing individual stories from LGBTQ survivors about their experiences of violence. Our project is about focused on healing, education and awareness; pushing past the invisibility and silencing of LGBTQ survivors and empowering queer communities to have discussions on how we can support and grow with each other.

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

Friday, April 24th 6:00 PM, Rogue River Room

Our community, our revolution! Join us for a raucous, rowdy and inspiring evening focused on empowering survivors of sexual assault and encouraging our community to take responsibility for ending sexual violence. This dynamic night of activism includes a keynote from Randall Jenson, a survivors circle, performances, craft-making and a rally to downtown Ashland demanding safety for all!

Denim Day

Denim Day

Wednesday, April 29th

Wear denim to show your solidarity in ending sexual violence and support for survivors. 

The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day will be held on April 29, 2015.


For more information: http://ddusa.peaceoverviolence.org/

 

The Hunting Ground Screening

The Hunting Ground Screening

Friday, May 1st, 6:00PM Screening, 5:30 Meet & Greet, Diversions (Basement of SU)

From the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers of The Invisible War comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on US campuses. From elite Ivy League universities, to state schools and small colleges, a shameful system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming and denial is revealed. Weaving together vérité footage and first-person accounts, the film follows a courageous group of women as they pursue justice and their education in the face of harsh retaliation and harassment.

Join the WRC & Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team for this free screening of The Hunting Ground in Diversions (located in the basement of the SU).

5:30 Meet & greet with local activists, 6:00PM screening, Q&A discussion to follow the film.