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News From the Women's Center - September 2012

We in the Women's Center are excited to welcome home all who have been away this summer and extend a special welcome to the Class of 2016! For those of you we met at the Alcala Bazaar, we look forward to seeing you at the many upcoming programs we have to offer, or just in our space (SLP 420). Take a moment to check out all that is happening here and we hope to see you around!


Welcome Home!


Ella Guimond, Volunteer Coordinator

Three years ago, I came to the University of San Diego ready and willing to learn. As I readied myself to travel 3,000 miles across the country from Massachusetts to San Diego, I prepared myself for the sleepless nights, 20-page papers, and excruciatingly long and difficult reading assignments. While I was ready to learn in an academic sense, never did I think that coming to USD would challenge me to learn in a different way, a way that allowed me to better understand who the "real" Ella was. Learning about myself in this way did not come easily, and my first two years at USD were a struggle and a transition, both full of doubt, fear, confusion, and a yearning to do something more. I was unsure of how to fulfill this desire until I attended the Empower Women's Leadership Retreat in the Spring of 2011, where I was exposed to a whole new community and way of thinking. The stories and strength that resonated with me from the weekend continued to brew inside of me as I finished off my sophomore year, calling me to get further involved with the Women's Center.


I am now proud to call the Women's Center my home. Through it, I have found a community of women that continue to challenge, inspire, and welcome me into a space that fosters educational dialogue regarding issues of gender, feminism, race, and identity. I'm uncertain as to what my experience would be like at USD if I had not found the Women's Center, and am forever grateful that I became involved and invested in such a unique place on campus.


If you are interested in getting involved at the Women's Center, please do not hesitate to contact me at eguimond@sandiego.edu. We also love visitors, so stop by SLP 420 anytime to get more information on our programs and how to get involved.


First Year's Corner


Welcome to USD! We hope that you can find a community here at USD and the Women's Center is here to help! Here are some of the wonderful opportunities awaiting you!


First Year Women Rock!



We invite all first year women, to develop the bonds of sisterhood by surrounding themselves with other USD women, while having the opportunity to discover who they feel called to be. First Year Women Rock serves as a community for all women new to USD to engage in authentic conversations around topics such as friendship, relationships, cultural identity, body image, and the balance between school and life.


Some of our wonderful first year women from First Year Women Rock! Kick-Off 2011


For more information, contact Miranda Stratton at mstratton@sandiego.edu or visit the webpage.


Women of Color Discussion Group

Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center, this group is for USD undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as somen of color. This group acts as a confidential space in which women can connect with others, reflect on thier experiences, and share and discuss what feels relevent and important. Topics include: dealing with racism and sexism, managing academic and family demands, maintaining cultural pride, and self-care.

Applications are being accepted now! Contact Dr. Sylvie Marques at smarques@sandiego.edu, Anna Roth aroth@sandiego.edu for more information.


Get Involved! Join us for our Volunteer Orientations!

Volunteering is a great way to get to learn about what the Women's Center does and a great way to meet people who are interested in the same things!

A lovely volunteer helping us put V-Day tags on roses for our V-Day Rose Sale, which supports the fight against violence towards women and girls.

Our first volunteer orientation of the year is on Thursday, September 27 from 12:30-2pm in SLP 424!

Contact Ella Guimond at eguimond@sandiego.edu for more information.

Get Away for the Weekend! Apply for these great retreats!

Greater Than Yourself Retreat

The annual Greater Than Yourself (GTY) Retreat is a free, two and a half day program bringing together a diverse set of students to explore personal awareness and identity, learn leadership concepts and strategies, and build campus relationships and alliances. Participants develop their knowledge of self and others, enhance their awareness of intergroup dynamics,and expand their “toolkits" of campus resources and involvement opportunities.Students return to campus relationships, organizations, and other involvements with new knowledge to promote understanding and networks for action. The retreat is co-sponsored by the United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) and the Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC).

Applications are due on Wed, September 19 in SLP 418 or emailed to Mari Hardick at marilh@sandiego.edu. If you have questions, you can contact Mandy Womack at awomack@sandiego.edu or Dr. Mayté Pérez-Franco mpf@sandiego.edu.

"Beginnings" First Year Women's Retreat

Joing University Ministry for a time of fun and relaxation while meeting new friends and forming a great community. Surfing, hiking, volleyball, yoga, prayer, and reflection await you as you begin to discover for yourself what it means to be a first-year student at the University of San Diego with its surprises, joys, challenges, and opportunities.

For more information, contact Annette Welsh at welsha@sandiego.edu or visit the University Ministry webpage.


"A journey of a thousand leagues begins with one step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, no matter how small." - Adlai E. Stevenson

In this newsletter...

Welcome Home!


First Year's Corner


While You Were Out...


Thanks for coming to the Open House!

SLP Open HouseWe hope you enjoyed the food and that we see you again at the Women's Center soon!



While You Were Out...

The Women's Center was quite empty this summer... but it was because our amazing staff and students were out in the world! Check out some of the great things that we were all doing while we were away!


This summer I worked at Bearskin Meadow Camp, a camp for type one diabetic children and their families up in the Sequoia National Forrest. It's been my home away from home for the past seven summers. I spent a month of summer this year at camp, working four sessions of family camp. Different than any other sleep away camp, family camp is for type one diabetic children and their whole families, from parents and siblings to cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents. The whole family spends a little less than a week at camp learning from medical staff and from each other on how to live with diabetes. It is the one place where diabetes is the norm and most of the staff at camp is also type one diabetic, giving children and their parents examples of young adults living their everyday lives with diabetes. Bearskin Meadow Camp is more than just a support system it’s a family.


Josie Gomez, Programmer


I think the best experience of my summer was being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding! She is a role model for me and her marriage is one I can only hope to strive for. She and her husband are the perfect example of an egalitarian relationship that is both functional and realistic. Beside all this, the wedding was just what they wanted it to be--a celebration of their love for one another and the love they have for the guests they invited. It was magic if I've ever seen it and I wish I could do it all over again.


Courtney Boyer, Leadership Council


Hello everyone!  This summer, I conducted research in the McNair Scholars Program with Dr. Benz in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  It was a wonderful experience, where I learned about graduate school and met exciting new people.  The highlight of my lab experience was when we participated in Color Me Rad, a 5K that throws colored cornstarch at you!  It was such a blast! I also went to a concert, participated on T-Squad for Torero Days, and worked on the First Year Women Program. I hope to see all you first year women there!


Miranda Stratton, Leadership Council