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Current Event: Gov’t Shutdown What’s Not in the News Did You Know? WISE Spotlight In Response


Letter from the Director Upcoming Events

THE JOY FERGODA LIBRARY About the Library Hours and Events Reading List


GSR Spotlight Announcements and Events


How to Support a Friend About Our Space Meet a CAN Counselor Crisis Resources

Gov’t Shutdown Impacts WIC By Katherine Genis

Photo credit: Globe Images

On October 1, after failing to enact spending legislation for the new fiscal year, the US government went into partial shutdown. During a government shutdown, all federal spending deemed non-essential is suspended until a budget is passed. For many government programs, only minimal operation costs continue to be covered. From furloughs to impacted

services, people across the country are experiencing the effects of the shutdown in different ways. With funding suspended, several states are struggling to continue financing Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a federal program administrated by the Food and Nutrition Service. WIC provides food assistance and nutritional education to low-income mothers with young children. In North Carolina, the program has been suspended entirely, and WIC continues to be threatened in other states as the shutdown enters its second week. WIC provides folks with resources they may not otherwise have access to, and cuts to WIC in any capacity can drastically compromise the wellbeing of people utilizing these services. Other federal programs that support families and children, including Head Start and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are also facing funding suspension in some states due to the shutdown.


Germany: Third Gender Option By Abrahan Tapia Starting November 2013, a German law will allow parents to opt to leave their child’s sex “blank” on their birth certificate. This law seeks to protect babies from gender-assignment surgery, which has been the standard treatment for babies born with genitalia that do not align with medical notions of male or female. Parents will be able to select a third option if their child is born intersex; later in life, the child can choose to legally identify as female, male, or neither. Germany is one of the first countries to allow a third gender option. Silvan Agius, policy director of the European chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Intersex Association, co-authored a report that found that discrimination against trans* and intersex people is still “rampant in all EU countries.” He notes that there is a lack of progress in trans* rights but says this new German law will put pressure on the European Union.

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WRRC 101 By Sarah M. Hernández

Gender Eq & STEM By Mari Knuth-Bouracee

• Did you know the WRRC welcomes people of all genders in the center? We offer resources for a variety of folks and are always working to enhance the scope and accessibility of our materials. • Did you know the WRRC Library and Righteous Babes Lounge are said to be some of the best napping locations on campus? Our library is also one of the only libraries on campus to allow food and drink while providing free tea and candies. These are some of the many ways the WRRC advocates for self-care and supports student success. • Did you know the WRRC has an on-site Community Counselor? Jezzie Zimbardo is the CAN (Community Advising Network) Counselor for the WRRC and the LGBTQIA Resource Center. Come by North Hall to set up a meeting or email Jezzie at

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is turning 10 years old at the WRRC this year! The WISE Program aims to promote gender equity in STEM fields by providing skills-building, networking, and mentoring opportunities for women and people of underrepresented gender identities. Check out the 2013-2014 WISE Programs: • Math Café: Free math tutoring in a genderpositive environment. • WISE Mentoring: Mentoring opportunities for women and folks of underrepresented gender identities in STEM. • STEM for Girls: A one-day field trip for girls from local public schools to learn about STEM fields, careers, and college opportunities. To learn more or get involved, visit and sign up for the mailing list.


Freedom of Expression By Sara Connor Earlier this year, Chancellor Katehi announced the formation of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Freedom of Expression, a campuswide initiative associated with the existing Post-Incident Reform Committee. The Blue Ribbon Committee recently released a draft for a proposed freedom of expression policy at UC Davis. I’ve read the proposed policy over and it repeatedly makes the point that freedom of expression should not interfere with the university’s duty to protect its students’ education and safety; it also includes timeplace-manner regulations, which is really encouraging! Freedom of expression is a crucial constitutional right, but it’s all too often used (and misused, I might add) as a way to excuse and defend hateful or bigoted speech. This draft policy looks like it will avoid that, but y’all should read it yourselves and send in feedback! The draft is available for review online at Students and community members are invited to send responses by October 31, and there will be four open forums where students and other members of the UC Davis community can find out more about the policy and provide feedback. What do you think about this policy? Get involved and make your voice heard!

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Leilani Kupo Greetings from the WRRC! It is difficult to believe that a new academic year is already here. The 2012-2013 year was filled with a lot of excitement and celebrations. The WRRC celebrated 40 years at UCD. In honor of the 40-year legacy on campus, the intern and career staff planned many events that included two photo essays: “I need feminism because…” and “I need gender equity because…”, an empowerment conference, a celebratory reception, and a Women of Color academic summit. Our 40th anniversary reception included reflections from current students and alumni, a keynote by Cherríe Moraga, and thoughts from Chancellor Linda Katehi. In addition, the staff developed and sponsored programs that focused on raising awareness about gender equity and social justice as well as supporting women and individuals who identify with underrepresented gender identities in the STEM fields. In addition to the celebratory activities, staff changes occurred. The director position was vacant for 18 months beginning in June 2011. An open, national search was conducted to fill the position. During the vacancy, Joy Evans, Assistant Director for Educational Programs, and Mari Knuth-Bouracee, Assistant Director for Outreach, provided leadership and direction. I joined the team in December 2012, and I am grateful to be part of a strong and passionate team. We are looking forward to a lot of exciting changes this upcoming year. We welcomed a new team of interns and peer educators and are currently recruiting for volunteers. In addition, the leadership team has worked on creating new 4 |

mission and vision statements that will help with the programmatic direction of the Center. Last, but certainly not least, we are planning for space updates and renovations that will include new carpeting, paint, and furniture. We are excited about the 2013-2014 year. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved with the WRRC activities, you can reach us at Kind regards, V. Leilani Kupo, Ph. D. Director Women’s Resources and Research Center

WRRC News & Events FRIDAY, OCT 4

Volunteer Applications Due

Fall Quarter 2013 WRRC North Hall, 12:00 pm Volunteer at the WRRC! We ask volunteers to commit to 2 consecutive hours a week. Volunteer applications are available at the beginning of each quarter in the center and on our website. Contact Suzanne (


WISE Mentoring Program

Women in Science and Engineering Apply by 9:00 am, This program aims to further gender equity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is limited space for mentees, so apply today! Contact for more information.


Run for a Safe Haven

Annual 5k walk/run benefit William Land Park, Sacramento; 8:30 am Major fundraiser for My Sister’s House, an API-focused women’s shelter in Sacramento. A delegation from the WRRC will be attending. Visit the WRRC in North Hall to register by Monday, 10/14. Contact Jasmine (


V-Stories Writing Circle

Interested in getting involved with Vagina Stories? Joy Fergoda Library, North Hall, 6:00--8:00 pm Have a story to tell? Join our first writing circle of the year and learn more about Vagina OurStories. If you did not attend the first meeting but are interested in being involved, please contact Lamia at


WRRC Book Fair

Books, books, books! North Hall Porch, 10:00 am--3:00 pm Browse our great selection of titles and find the right book(s) for you! Suggested donations range from $0.25 to $3 per book. Stop by the Joy Fergoda Library in North Hall for more information.


2014 Vagina OurStories

Call for Co-director and Stage Managers WRRC North Hall Vagina OurStories is written, produced, and performed by UCD students and community members. Apply to develop a vision for the performance and create an empowering space for the cast.



Cookie Mondays

Sex Talk Tuesdays

Stop by for a sweet treat WRRC North Hall, 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.

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Come chat with us! 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 and sexualities are welcomed! Participate to your comfort level.


ABOUT THE COLLECTION adapted by Kat Genis

Library Herstory

The WRRC library is named in honor of its first full-time librarian, Joy Fergoda, who began her work in 1975. The original collection consisted of only 150 donated books and some 1,100 vertical files. Since then, the library has grown into one of the major features of the WRRC and continues to be an invaluable community resource. The library today houses over 12,000 books and films to promote and support the creation of intersectional feminist research and scholarship at UC Davis. The library collection offers a wide range of materials, including references, zines, comics, and course reserves, as well as a Vintage Collection. Poetry and fiction in the collection are dedicated to women authors, with emphases on women of color, LGBTQIA writers, international/transnational experiences, and a forum on disabilities. More than a collection, the Joy Fergoda Library is a community space for connecting, recharging, and learning.


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!



Recently Added Titles • El Mundo Zurdo 2: Selected Works from the 2010 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (2012) edited by Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Norma Alarcó, and Rita Urquijo-Ruiz. • Policing Pleasures: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective (2010) edited by Susan Dewey and Patty Kelly. • Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Shaming (2010) edited by Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén. • Transnational Feminism in the U.S. (2013) by Leela Fernandes.

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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. 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 WHITNEY MOLLENHAUER

GSR Spotlight We’re excited to welcome a new face to the WRRC staff! Whitney Mollenhauer will be joining us as the WRRC GSR (Graduate Student Researcher) for the 2013—2014 school year. Here’s a little bit about Whitney in her own words: I’m starting my fifth year in the sociology PhD program (but don’t worry, I’ll still be around for a long time). I enjoy sociology because it pretty much covers everything, which is good because I am interested in everything. When people ask me about my research interests, I usually tell them gender, social stratification, health disparities, and health care access. I do quantitative research and hope to do policy or non-profit work after I finish school, one day in the distant future. I’ve really enjoyed TA-ing and working with undergrad students in my department, and I’m very excited to be working with the WRRC this year. I hope to use my powers for good and to make UCD a better environment for people of all genders (I’m ambitious, what can I say). When I’m not reading papers and honing my research skills, I like to watch documentaries (apparently I have to be nerdy even in my free time) and Mad Men (even though I don’t understand what’s going on half of the time). Most importantly, I am in love with my cat and look forward to the day I can have a dozen cats and be a true Cat Lady.

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CONTACTS • UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies 250 Mrak Hall (530) 752-0650 • Whitney Mollenhaur, WRRC Graduate Student Researcher 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


UPDATE: Graduate Child Care

A newly expanded Graduate Child Care Grant will be replacing the Academic Student Employee Child Care Reimbursement Program. For more detailed information about this and other child care programs at UCD, please visit:


GSA Coffee-Bagel-Donut Day

A weekly, low-key morning mixer 253 South Silo, 9:00--11:00 am Come by every Friday to mingle with other grad students, enjoy a cup of coffee, and grab a bite to eat. See you there!


Sexual Assault

Crimes of sexual violence are comprised of any form of unwanted, unwelcome, forceful, or coercive sexual contact. Characterized by a lack of informed, enthusiastic, freely given consent, sexual assault can include but is not limited to: lewdness, sexual harassment, stalking, physical assault, and rape. Here are some tips to support your friend: • Believe your friend. An assault survivor can be very sensitive to your moods, opinions, and attitudes. Examine your own attitudes about sexual assault and understand that being non-judgmental is key to providing effective support. Avoid “why” questions; they can sound blaming even if your don’t intend them to be. • Understand. No one EVER deserves to be sexually assaulted and/or raped regardless of where they were, who they were with, or what they were doing. • Listen. Let your friend know you want to listen. Let them tell you at their own pace what happened. Be an active listener by facing them, showing interest in what they are saying, and not interrupting. • Don’t embrace them without asking first. • Do offer to help your friend with decision-making, but do not make decisions for them. Additional Resources Campus Violence Prevention Program - Victim Advocate (530) 745-6387 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County Crisis Lines: (530) 662-1133 or (916) 371-1907 Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) Crisis Line: (916) 920-2952 Resources in the Joy Fergoda Library • The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help For Survivors of Sexual Assault (Matsakis) 2003 • Male on Male Rape: The Hidden Toll of Stigma and Shame (Scarce) 1997 • Sexual Violence on Campus: Policies, Programs, and Perspectives (Ottens, Hotelling) 2001

ABOUT HOW TO SUPPORT A FRIEND Wondering how to support a friend who is facing a challenge? The WRRC offers fliers that are a good place to start. Each flier contains gender-neutral, nonjudgemental information, tips for you, and additional resources available in our library. The entire series is available in North Hall, the SCC office, and online. Our current topics include: • • • • • • • •

Abusive Relationships Eating Disorders Partying Safely Self Esteem Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Stalking Unplanned Pregnancy

If you would like to see a new topic addressed in this series, please email

DID YOU KNOW? Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also located in North Hall, right above the WRRC. All registered students are eligible for individual counseling free of charge. Appointments & Information: (530) 752-0871 24-hour consultation line: (530) 752-0871 Online:

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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


Jezzie Zimbardo Jezzie Zimbardo is the Community Counselor working with the Women’s Resources & Research Center and also with the LGBTQIA Resource Center. Her office is a good starting place for students who are struggling but aren’t sure where to start or who have concerns about using mental health services. Jezzie hails from a small, poor agricultural town in Pennsylvania, got her BA from Penn State University, her MA from the University of San Francisco, and lives in Davis with her family. She spends her free time camping, hiking, and riding her motorcycle around Northern CA, or engaging in her geekier hobbies of reading, crafting, and fangirling.

The Community Advising Network (CAN) is a team of CAPS Community Counselors. To learn more, please visit: 9 |


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:

Women’s Resourc es & Research Center 113 North Hall, One Shields Avenue  530.752.3372 530.752.0222 Monday-Thursday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Closed from 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.

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