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News From the Women's Center - December 2012

It's that time of year again! Thanks for hanging out with us throughout November and the Elections! Now, for the final push through finals and toward the holidays. And the Women's Center is here to help you through it! Check out the latest news on Women of Impact, the Empower Retreat, the C.A.R.E. (Campus Assault Resources and Eduction) Program, and more!


Worker's Appreciation Lunch

In the last week of November, students, staff, and faculty came together to celebrate the hardworking people on our Facilities Management staff here at USD.

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Thank you for all you do to make our campus beautiful!

Women of Impact

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2011 Women of Impact Nominees (clockwise from top right, students, staff, and faculty).

Every year the Women’s Center recognizes a Woman of Impact whether that be a student, staff or faculty member. Anyone and everyone is invited to nominate a woman that inspires and creates new ways of thinking and doing in those around her and adhering to the core values of the university. This female student, faculty and staff have made valuable connections with those around her and encouraged others to follow in the admirable demeanor she has exemplified.

The importance of praising others in the community and celebrating in their accomplishments or impact cannot be stressed enough. Women need to know that they are in fact creating a positive impact on their community and that others are benefiting from such actions. Recognition empowers the nominees as well as those nominating others. Without celebration and commendation, we would not be able to express our gratitude to those creating an impact in our life and those creating the impact may lose heart. This award validates each individual at various positions in the university and provides an outlet for their talents and works to be publically noted.

Celebration of one another is a critical component of social change, of furthering love within our community, and of motivating others to continue their work. As a university, we must continue to take the time to recognize our fellow university members through outlets like Woman of Impact.

Check back next week to meet your 2012 Women Of Impact!

Written by Courtney Boyer, Sexual Assault Awareness Coordinator

C.A.R.E. Corner!

While C.A.R.E. Advocates have been available to students throughout the fall semester, this spring we will be introducing C.A.R.E. to the entire campus.  Resources and Education that fall under the C.A.R.E. umbrella include;

  • Advocates– who provide support to USD students who may have been impacted by sexual assault, sexual exploitation, harassment, and/or partner violence.  They can help answer questions about the multiple processes involved in reporting and facilitate appropriate referrals to resources for USD students who have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, and/or partner violence.  Advocates are available to accompany students to Public Safety, and/or an interview with Law Enforcement.
  • Educational Programs, Events & Campaigns – such as speakers, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Take Back the Night, the Clothesline Project which raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence and provide opportunities to put an end to it.
  • Counselingis available through the Counseling Center for students in need of confidential support to process their experience.
  • Peer Educatorsare trained students who can facilitate discussions around sexual violence and are available to provide individual counseling support to students

To learn more about C.A.R.E. and to become involved in this important work, please contact womenscenter@sandiego.edu.

WC for the Holidays!

The staff and faculty at the WC share thier favorite holiday moments and traditions!

What is your favorite part of the holidays?


"I love the opportunity to spend time with family.  My birthday is the 25th of December, so "Christmas is over" around 5pm and both sides of my family and friends all come together for birthday cake that night." - Stacey Williams, Graduate Assistant

"My favorite part about the holidays is bonding with all my family, especially my extended family members. All of my memories are around our bonding time and family traditions, like opening our Christmas presents at midnight!" - Miranda Stratton, Leadership Council

"The homemade food, seeing my relatives, and the competitive spirit of my family when we play games such as Jenga, Pictionary, or Loteria." - Rebecca Garcia-Rangel, Leadership Council

"I always look forward to my family's celebration of Noche Buena on Christmas Eve when the whole family comes over to our place. We have tons of yummy traditional Cuban food and catch up with everyone." - Alex Medrano, High School Outreach Coordinator

What is your favorite holiday memory?


"When I was little I would fall asleep next to the Christmas tree because I wanted to catch my parents putting down my gifts, needless to say it never worked out, I would fall asleep. And, watching the GRINCH." - Rebecca

"My mom really wanted to start the tradition of watching It's a Wonderful Life every Christmas. My brothers and I ended up falling asleep within the first 5 minutes of the movie. Now we watch Elf and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer." - Frankie Victoria, Social Media and Web Coordinator

What are your plans for the holidays and for Intersession?

"Going home to Texas and seeing my parents, relatives, and friends." - Rebecca

"I plan on taking some time to relax with my family, friends, and boyfriend over the break.  I also will be TA-ing for the Biology Department and am very excited to help our students out!

will be TA-ing for the Biology department, and am very excited to help our students out!" - Miranda


"This winter break I am going to have the opportunity to travel to El Salvador with nine other USD students to immerse ourselves in this culture and have the opportunity to learn about the issues facing the people of El Salvador. While it has not quite sunken in that I will be there in a short two months, I am so excited to have this opportunity." - Josie Gomez, Programmer 

"Josie, Yajaira, and I are going to EL SALVADOR!!" - Courtney Boyer, Sexual Assault Awareness Coordinator

"I'm going to Buenos Aires for Interssession to do an Independant Study project for Spanish." - Shannon Shumacher, Leadership Council

"Over intersesssion, I'm also going to be taking a course in D.C. and get to watch the innauguration! I am so grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to make the most of my time in D.C." - Alex

"The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. " - Helen Keller

In this newsletter...

November in Review

Worker's Appreciation Lunch

Women of Impact

Empower Applications Out NOW!

The WC and the Holidays

CARE Updates

Adopt-A-Family through SAY San Diego!


Every year, the Women's Center and SAY San Diego work together to provide holiday gifts to one family in need.

Stop by SLP 420 and pick a family member and gift to buy from our Christmas tree! Email womenscenter@sandiego.edu with questions.

Empower Leadership Retreat 2013

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The weekend for the retreat is Febuary 22-24. Apply to be a participant today! Applications are due Friday, December 7 at 5pm.

SAAW Committee


Looking for an opportunity to volunteer with the Women's Center? Are you passionate about seeking justice for those who have no voice?

Consider volunteering to be on next year's Sexual Assault Awareness Week Committee!

Volunteers will work with the Sexual Assault Awareness Coordinator to organize meaningful programming, including Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project for Sexual Assault Awareness Week in the Spring.

Contact Courtney Boyer for more information at cboyer@sandiego.edu.

Finals Study Tips!

  • Need a quiet space to study? Feel free to stop by the Women's Center for an efficient and quiet study session! Visit SLP 420 anytime during finals week. For a list of quiet study spaces, click here.
  • Feeling stressed out? Visit the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion Website for tips to deal with stress.
  • Campus Recreation offers free Fitness classes during Finals week. Check out the schedule here.
  • Therapy dogs will be on campus on Friday, December 14 between 12-2pm in front of the UC.