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The September 2017 issue of the Women's Resource Center newsletter is available online. Click the link above or the image below to access the newsletter.
Highlights of the September 2017 issue of the WRC Newsletter include:
Friday, September 15 - “Escape from Rape: A Cultural Change Conference” - A Special Event Conference. Now in its second year, this conference is designed to educate our campus and community in prevention, response, advocacy, and treatment of sexual assault victims. FBI Special Agent Bianca Pearson, from the Johnson City office, will be the keynote speaker. Lead coordinating office is ETSU’s Office of Professional Development.
Thursday, September 28 - “Sound Awareness Workshop”– A Women's Personal and Professional Enrichment Lunch Break Seminar with singer-songwriter and vocal activist Melanie DeMore.
Tuesday, October 31 - “ Journey of Self-Discovery: The Undelivered Letters” – A Women’s Personal Enrichment Series Lunch Break Seminar with Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A., local artist and creative coach.
- Tuesday, November 7 - “Black Lives Matter” – A Special Event Lecture with Nigerian-American writer, strategist, and community organizer Opal Tometi. Lead coordinating office is ETSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
- WRC Book Review Group sessions:
- Wednesday, September 20 - Creeker: A Woman's Journey by Linda Scott DeRosier
- Wednesday, October 18 - the book that matters most: A Novel by Ann Hood
- Wednesday, November 15 - Two Sisters: A Novel by Mary Hogan
~Upcoming Women's Resource Center Programs in October and November 2017~
“Journey of Self-Discovery: The Undelivered Letters” with Pam Murray, local artist and creative coach
Most of us long to find our unique way of being. We long to know who we are, to express and create our lives from that place of knowing. What can help us get there?
Pen, paper, and envelope . . . in other words, letter writing! By journeying inside beneath the layers, you can see what comes up onto the page. Writing by hand provides a slowing down to the present. It is a very tactile way to open up and find clarity. Letter writing is an endearing, ancient art form of communicating, conducive to disclosing private and powerful revelations from the core.
Come join me, Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A, creative coach and artist, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, for “Journey of Self-Discovery: The Undelivered Letters.” Location is the Global Understanding Video Conference Room, room 233 in the Campus Center Building. Start time is noon.
In putting pen to paper, stirring up mysteries deep within, you will explore, feel, and know your beliefs about any topic – tangible or intangible, from fun and light-hearted to more serious, no limits (I once wrote to my childhood pogo stick) – through the process of the incredible and much-forgotten art of letter writing. The type of letters you will write are most often written not for delivery through the regular mail, but for delivery in an energetic sense, sending and receiving messages in a flow of self-revelation and exploration.
Here are a few lines from an undelivered letter:
Dear Extra Weight,
. . . Maybe I know why you came. I think I may have called you in to guard me, to “prove” I was right about my unworthiness, my un-lovability. A gazillion short, sweet satisfactions or numbed eating actions over time to cover the feelings . . .
The process of writing letters in connection with your soul and heart space is a nourishing, fun and empowering journey of discovery. Adding some colorful doodles with them can deepen your awareness too. I invite you to join me. Open up, imagine, be curious, ride away on the waves of the moment with whatever topic you desire to explore! See you there!
P.S. As a participant, you will receive a little gift (from me) to take with you!
Reservations are required. To reserve a space for Murray’s Women’s Personal Enrichment Workshop, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772.
This workshop is free and open to the public.
Opal Tometi to present
"Black Lives Matter"
lecture on November 7, 2017
Opal Tometi (pictured above) is a New York-based Nigerian-American writer, strategist, and community organizer. She is a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. The historic political project was launched in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to explicitly combat implicit bias and anti-black racism and to protect and affirm the beauty and dignity of all Black lives. Tometi is credited with creating the online platforms and initiating the social media strategy during the project’s early days. The campaign has grown into a national network of approximately 40 chapters. In recognition of their contribution to human rights, Tometi and the #BlackLivesMatter co-founders received the BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award, recognition among the world’s fifty greatest leaders by Fortune and POLITICO magazines, and the first-ever Social Movement of The Year Award from the Webbys during 2016.
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Tometi is presenting a lecture entitled “Black Lives Matter” on the ETSU campus. Location is the Martha Street Culp Auditorium in the D.P. Culp University Center. Start time is 7:30 p.m.
Tometi is currently at the helm of the country’s leading Black organization for immigrant rights, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) founded in 2006, is a national organization that educates and advocates to further immigrant rights and racial justice together with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities. As the executive director at BAJI, Tometi collaborates with staff and communities in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Oakland, Washington, D.C., and communities throughout the Southern states.
Tometi has been active in social movements for over a decade. She is a student of liberation theology and her practice is in the tradition of Ella Baker, informed by Stuart Hall, bell hooks and Black Feminist thinkers. Tometi has been published in the Oxford Dictionary of African Biographies, was #10 on the 2015 Root 100 list and she was named a “New Civil Rights Leader” by the Los Angeles Times in 2015 and ESSENCE magazine in 2014, for her cutting edge movement building work which bridges immigrant and human rights work to the ever-growing Black liberation movement.
Tometi holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master of arts degree in communication and advocacy. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Tometi currently resides in the Republic of Brooklyn, New York, where she loves riding her single speed bike and collecting African art.
Sponsors for the Tometi Lecture are the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Affairs Association, the Kaldegg Lectureship, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of Equity and Diversity, Residence Hall Association, Buctainment, and Women’s Resource Center.
For more information on the Tometi Lecture contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 423-439-5872 or the Women's Resource Center at 423-439-5772.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Love to Read? So do we!
Join us for the next WRC Book Review Group!
For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at (423) 439-5772 or email email@example.com.(If you're joining us from off-campus and would like a visitor parking pass, please contact us. We will be happy to email you a pass that you can print and place in your vehicle to avoid a parking ticket.)
Book Review Group Selects New Titles
The Women's Resource Center's Book Review Group has selected the new titles for discussion for September through November 2017.
The Book Review Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon in the Women's Resource Center's conference
room, Campus Center Building, Room 220. We provide drinks and snacks - bring your
lunch and join us! New readers always welcome!
For more information, contact us at (423) 439-5772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs & Services
The Women's Resource Center facilitates programming dealing with an extensive variety
of issues and concerns affecting women. Our goal is to enrich and enlighten women
on the issues confronting them. The Center is dedicated to providing seminar and lectures
series that explore a wide spectrum of concerns.
Although programs are designed to enrich and enlighten women, they are not limited to this group. Many seminars and lectures will interest the entire campus, community, and regional populations.
- Women's Health Series
- Women's Personal Enrichment Series
- Women's Personal Finance Series
- Women's Professional Enrichment Series
- Women's Resource Center Book Review Group
Women's History Month -Nationally designated as Women's History Month, the month of March is dedicated to keynote lectures and programs highlighting the accomplishments of women, both regionally and nationally.
Women Making History Lecture Series
This lecture series, held annually in March, is designed to highlight regional women who have made significant contributions to the region through their respective careers, along with personal and community accomplishments.
Past guest speakers include:
Penny White,ETSU alumna and associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville
The Honorable Jean Stanley,First Judicial District Circuit Court judge
Anne Darden,local author and editor
Dr. Susan Gentry Williams,ETSU alumna and Belmont University professor of management
Dr. Wilsie S. Bishop,ETSU vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer
Karen J. Kemp,former Lady Buccaneers head basketball coach at East Tennessee State University
Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil - Honoring Survivors of Sexual Violence and Walk a Mile in Her Shoesare nationally recognized programs the Women's Resource Center co-sponsors with the Counseling Center at ETSU. Both programs highlight and provide insight on the domestic and sexual violence issues surrounding women today. These programs are scheduled for the March/April time frame of each year.
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