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GENDER IN THE NEWS “Still I Rise” What’s Not in the News Did You Know? WISE Spotlight In Response


Upcoming Events


Book Review Reading List Reserves

GRADUATE STUDENTS Featured Viewpoint Announcements and Events


How to Support a Friend Self Care Tip Meet a CAN Counselor Crisis Resources

Empowerment Conference 2013 By Kat Genis

Design by olives Nguyen

On Saturday, November 16, the UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center will be hosting the “Still I Rise” Empowerment Conference. The conference will be held at the UC Davis Student Community Center from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with check-in, light refreshments, and day-of-event registration at 9:30 am. Inspired by the 1978 Maya Angelou poem of the same name, the “Still I Rise” Empowerment Conference aims to support self-awareness and self-love as radical

forms of resistance and survival. Through a day of workshops, community connections, and a keynote speaker, we hope to provide a space for conference participants, organizers, and presenters to explore how self-empowerment is a key element in challenging individual and collective oppression. The “Still I Rise” Empowerment Conference focuses on people who identify with marginalized genders and is open to all who are interested in engaging in meaningful dialogs about gender equity. To pre-register, pick up an application from the WRRC in North Hall. In addition to completing an application, we ask for a deposit of $10 (cash or check), which will be returned upon checking in at the conference. No one will be turned away for lack of funds and deposit waivers will be available upon request for this purpose. To learn more, please visit North Hall or email


Working Towards Safer Spaces By Audrey Hwang On December 16, 2012, an unusually brutal act of sexual violence in India became a catalyst for change throughout the country. While the situation dominated media headlines immediately after its occurrence, its aftermath has not been as widely reported in the US. Since the atrocious crime was committed, India has seen a significant increase in the number of ‘women only’ buses, parks, and taxis. The goal of these efforts is to provide spaces for women to feel safe from any kind of molestation from men, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional. These women-only forms of transportation and public places are meant to create protected, as well as protective, areas for women to utilize. All of these new changes have emerged from good intentions. They are not, however, sustainable solutions to the problem of sexual violence in its entirety. Although these women-only facilities can provide a sense of security, they also confine women and do not directly address the true issue: that violence and harassment aimed at women should not be tolerated no matter where they are or which gender the people they are with.

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Folks who have come by the WRRC recently may have noticed we’re undergoing some exciting interior renovations! As the new paint and carpeting is being installed, those sensitive to chemicals may be affected in different ways.

The WRRC WISE Mentoring Program aims to further gender equity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing a supportive, gender-positive environment in which students work together with mentors to achieve their academic and professional goals. We believe that the recruitment and retention of students of underrepresented gender identities (women, trans*, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, etc.) is essential to promoting gender equity in STEM. This year’s Mentoring Program is off to a great start! On Saturday, October 19, 2013, mentors and mentees came together at the Kick-Off event, which begins a year-long experience. With 60 faculty, graduate students and undergraduates participating from 38 departments, it is going to be a wonderful, supportive year.

Chemical Sensitivity Supporting WISE By Kat Genis By Joy Evans

What is multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)? After being exposed to certain chemical agents (perfumes, vehicle exhaust, air fresheners, tobacco smoke, etc.) folks with MCS experience symptoms that may include, but are not limited to, headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, or breathing problems. Interior renovations are scheduled to finish up by the end of fall. In order to make our spaces more accessible in the future, the WRRC asks that folks be mindful of MCS and be scent-free whenever possible. Thank you for helping to make our space safer!


Unpacking Halloween Costumes By Stephanie Chang

This Halloween, you may have noticed a few problematic costumes; you may have even worn one. The Native Spirit. Dragon Lady. Ghetto Rapper. Sexy Firefighter. These are so widespread, hardly anyone blinks an eye to these questionable representations. I’m here to write about the implications and consequences that come with choosing and wearing such Halloween costumes. Racialized Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes and caricatures of racial groups that are inaccurate, disrespectful, and dehumanizing. For example, many of the accessories associated with these Halloween costumes, such as Native American headwear, have significant cultural meanings and should not be worn without understanding the context. The hypersexualiazation of Halloween costumes for women is also problematic. When companies sell costumes, there is a binary gender divide in the kinds of costumes offered. Halloween costumes marketed to women are sold as ‘sexy’. There is nothing wrong with dressing up as sexy, but that’s not all I want to be when I’m choosing a costume. While men tend to have more options with what they want to be for Halloween, I’m left choosing between Sexy Ghost and Sexy Pumpkin. There’s no winning here. The Cross Cultural Center has done a wonderful campaign called “I’m a Culture, Not a Costume” based on the well known STARS campaign by Ohio State University. Check them out and learn more on how you and your friends can avoid being problematic with your future Halloween costumes. 3 |

WRRC News & Events FRIDAY, NOV 8

Call for Workshops

Seeking presenters for “Still I Rise” We are looking for creative presenters participate in the 2013 Empowerment Conference! Topics should focus on issues faced by people of marginalized genders, but we will consider any workshop that fosters empowerment, visibility, and validation. Please fill out a form at:

MON, NOV 25 - TUES, NOV 26

V-Stories Casting Call

Auditions for this year’s V-Stories production Righteous Babes Lounge, North Hall, 5:00-10:00 pm Interested being part of the 2014 Vagina: OurStories cast? Come by the WRRC to pick up an application and learn more about auditions. Contact Lamia Hajani at for more details about the audition process.


Cookie Mondays

Stop by for a sweet treat WRRC Resource Room, starting at 12:00 pm All are invited to come in for cookies! While you’re munching, feel free to browse the library, chat with staff, and check out resources.


Sex Talk Tuesdays

A weekly discussion space Righteous Babes Lounge, 12:00--1:00 pm A sex-positive, confidential, and non-judgemental space to discuss sex and sexuality. Folks of all genders, sexualities, and relationship statuses are welcomed! Participate to your comfort level.

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Reproductive Justice Forum

With the American Civil Liberties Union SCC Meeting Room D, 7:30 - 9:00 pm Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, discuss current local and national reproductive health issues, and learn how politics, law, and medicine intersect. Contact for more information.


DFFF Call for Submissions

Davis Feminist Film Festival 2014 Submit short films (35 minutes or less) focusing on gender and social justice issues, created by people underrepresented in the media from the Davis/ Sacramento area. Visit the Consortium for Women and Research in 154 Kerr Hall (UC Davis) for applications and details.


Math Café

Free math tutoring at the WRRC WRRC Conference Room, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Join other students to study and discuss mathematics in a friendly, informal setting. Snacks will be provided!


Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

UCD Student Support Group North Hall, 1:10 - 2:30 pm A group confidential space where you can be all of who you are and be with others who can relate. An initial counseling intake appointment is required. Contact Susie Kisber at CAPS (skisber@shcs.ucdavis. edu) for more information.


BOOK REVIEW By Brianna Leon

Where the Girls Are

In this book, Susan Douglas takes the reader through a tour of mass media from the Baby boom Era to the 1990s and analyzes the ways in which women have been portrayed through movies, television, and the news. Douglas explains how the public’s image of the ideal women was shaped by the media more than by women themselves due to the Cold War ideal of keeping women confined to the home. The expectations for how women should appear and behave were skewed and unrealistic, and women, especially young girls coming of age, suffered the most as they discovered the discrepancy between the roles they were expected and pressured to fill and the roles they wanted to fill. Douglas intertwines a wonderful blend of history, popular culture, and feminism into one to tell the story of how women have fought to come out of the shadows of the mass media to become autonomous individuals with their own sense of purpose and fulfillment.


ONLINE Search our library online at: For books lists and more, visit

DID YOU KNOW? In addition to books and other library materials, the Joy Fergoda Library offers study space, wireless internet, public access computers, course reserves, a microwave, printing/copying services, free tea, and Skittles!



Writings on Disability •

Unruly Bodies: Life Writings by Women with Disabilities by Susannah B. Mintz (2007)

Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women’s Work Lives by Mary Grimley Mason (2004)

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment by James I. Charlton (2000)

Pushing Limits: Disabled Dykes Produce Culture by Shelley Tremain (1996)

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The Joy Fergoda Library has course readers and textbooks on reserve! Students may check out a reader or textbook from our reserves for 2 hours at a time and are welcome to make copies for $0.10/page. Reserves may not be taken outside the library. For Fall Quarter, we have materials for the following courses: • • • •

WMS 50 (Craig) WMS 102 (Mama) WMS 103 (Ho) WMS 189 (Mama)

Grad Students & Gender Equity FEATURED VIEWPOINT

Union Activity By Susan Richardson

UAW 2865, the union representing many graduate students at UC Davis, is currently in contract negotiations with the University. The UC-wide group of TAs, Readers, AIs and Tutors is pushing the University to improve access and quality of education and give graduate students more support, especially in their roles as parents and community members. The union is fighting for graduate students to be able to create and support families. Demands include full support for dependent healthcare and childcare, better parental leave policies, adequate nursing stations and all-gender bathrooms. The union has also asked for housing subsidies and affordable student housing, paid employment of undocumented TAs, and an overall improvement in graduate student compensation needed to bring us in line with competitor universities. At the bargaining table, the University had been resistant to many of these demands, despite numerous moving testimonials from studentworkers (see a few at towardsmediocrity.tumblr. com). The contract campaign is escalating, and will include a strike vote that authorizes union leaders to call a strike. The vote shows the UC that graduate students believe these demands are integral to our work. Voting takes place November 4th and 5th from 11-3 at the MU and Silo, and November 6th from 11-5 at the MU and 6-8pm at Orchard and Solano Park. Bargaining is likely to come to Davis later this month. To get involved, you can volunteer to show support for these issues. Contact for details on becoming a member or helping with the contract campaign. 6 |

CONTACTS • UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies 250 Mrak Hall (530) 752-0650 • Whitney Mollenhaur, WRRC Graduate Student Outreach Coordinator Office hours: Tuesdays 12:00--2:00 pm, SCC; Wednesdays 11:00 am--1:00 pm, North Hall • Amandeep Kaur, Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Grad Studies and Chancellor (GSADC) • Juan Miranda, Graduate Student Association (GSA) Chair


Understanding the Needs of International Grad Students

Forum and panel with light refreshments SCC Meeting Room D, 12:00 - 1:30 pm UCD administration wants to hear from international grad students about the support services needed to help them succeed. There will be opportunities to interact with a panel of UCD administration and staff. Contact Katja Herges (


Job Search Jump Start

Workshop for grad students and postdocs South Hall, Room 114, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm This one-day workshop is designed to give graduate students and postdoctoral scholars the necessary tools to conduct an effective job search for industry, non-profit, and/or governmental positions. Registration is free. StartSignUp.htm


Low Self-Esteem

Generally speaking, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself. Low selfesteem may be characterized by feelings of worthlessness, lack of confidence, and self-loathing. It can result from or contribute to other conditions including, but not limited to, abusive relationships, body image issues, eating disorders, depression, and/or anxiety. Here are some tips to help you support your friend: • You cannot argue someone better. Telling your friend how great they are will not necessarily improve their personal image. Instead, drawing attention to your friend’s negative thinking may help them recognize their low self-esteem and enable them to share their experiences. • Listen and believe. Try not to offer solutions or interrupt. Because they see others as critics, people with low self-esteem may be afraid to share their stories. Listening to your friend without giving advice or passing judgement will help your friend to realize that not everyone is looking negatively towards them. • Offer to help your friend find appropriate resources. For example, your friend may ask for your help in searching the web for information or ask you to accompany them on their first visit to a counselor. Ask your friend how you can help and respect the limits you set together. Additional Resources • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (530) 752-0871 | • The House Peer Counseling (530) 752-2790 | • Other topics in the How to Support a Friend series (available at the WRRC and online at may be relevant to your friend’s situation. Resources at the Joy Fergoda Collection • Self-Esteem: Tools for Recovery (Hall) 2001 • Be Full of Yourself! The Journey From Self-Criticism to Self-Celebration (Lynn) 1997 • In the Company of My Sisters: Black Women and Self-Esteem (Boyd) 1993

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By Jezzie Zimbardo With midterms starting, it can be difficult to find time for self care. Here are some tips for those really packed, long days: •

Set an alarm on your phone or watch to go off at intervals – every hour or two – that will remind you to stretch a bit, check if you’ve eaten lately, take a short break, and ask yourself how you’re feeling and what you need to keep going.

If you have a hard time remembering to eat, or with eating junk on the fly, make sure to carry some cheap, easy calories in the form of some energy bars, nonbruisable fruits, a handful of nuts, a smoothie-style drink, etc. If they’re already in your backpack, it’s easy to stay fueled up through a long hectic day.

Take breaks. You will study much more effectively over a four-hour period if you take a ten-minute break every hour, and a half-hour break every three or four. I know it often feels like you can’t afford to stop working for a whole halfhour, but you will actually get through much more material using this technique than attempting to study in an endless slog.

Resources at the WRRC OUR SPACE

Come by the WRRC to study, hang out, or nap in any of our great spaces, including the: • • • •

Righteous Babes Lounge Joy Fergoda Library Resource Room & Lounge Conference Room

Interested in reserving one of our spaces? Please visit the center to fill out a request form. A staff member will then contact you to confirm the reservation.

CAREER STAFF Joy Evans Mari Knuth-Bouracee Leilani Kupo Jezzie Zimbardo

STUDENT STAFF Suzanne Amor Kat Genis Lamia Hajani Whitney Mollenhaur Ayana Murakami-Freeberg olives Nguyen Nikko Reynoso Jasmine Wali


Tatum Phan

Although the newest member of the CAN team, I actually have been on campus for the last 2 years providing mental health services to students. When working with students, I use a collaborative/strengths-based approach and explore the multiple systems in which they are embedded in to identify potential barriers and supports within their cultural contexts. I work towards increasing my clients’ self-awareness, coping skills, and overall sense of empowerment. My professional interests include multiculturalism, social justice issues, identity development, grief/loss, stress and wellness, concerns impacting first generation students, and ethnic/racial and sexual minority groups. The Community Advising Network (CAN) is a team of CAPS Community Counselors. To learn more, please visit: 8 |


Campus Violence Prevention Program - Victim Advocate (530) 754-6387 UC Davis Police (530) 752-1727 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, Woodland (530) 662-1133 Counseling and Psychological Services, UC Davis (530) 752-0871


Homeless Housing & Food, Davis Community Meals 753-9204 Sexual Harassment Anonymous Call Line, UC Davis 752-2255 Cross-Cultural Center 752-4287 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center 752-2452 Student Disability Center 752-3184 Women’s Clinic at Cowell Student Health Center 752-2300 Academic and Staff Assistance 752-2727


Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1-800-656-4673 CA Youth Crisis Line 1-800-843-5200 Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-8255 GLBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564 Suicide and LGBTQ Youth Crisis Line 1-866-488-7386 EXHALE, after-abortion counseling 1-866-439-4253 Backline, pregnancy, parenting, abortion, adoption 1-888-493-0092

Women’s Writes is a monthly online newsletter that promotes events, news, and resources that contribute to women’s rights, gender equity, and social justice. Several articles and events were written and submitted by members of the larger Davis community. Opinions and events do not necessarily reflect the views of the UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center. To learn more about Women’s Writes or to contribute, visit:

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UCD Women's Writes November 2013  

Women's Writes is a monthly online newsletter that promotes events, news, and resources that contribute to women's rights, gender equity, an...

UCD Women's Writes November 2013  

Women's Writes is a monthly online newsletter that promotes events, news, and resources that contribute to women's rights, gender equity, an...