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News From the Women's Center - February 2013

Welcome Back to school! We hope that you had a relaxing and restorative vacation from school - but now it's time to get back to work! The Women's Center has a lot of amazing opportunities to join the movement to end violence against women, discuss our history, and celebrate women this semester! Take a look at what we have this February!


While You Were Away...

During intersession, the WC sponsored a R&R space for our busy sorority pledges on campus! Snacks, board games, comfy couches, and other activities were provided.

Some new potential new members took thier break and wrote thank you notes to the women who helped them get to where they are today!


The V-Day Movement & One Billion Rising

one billion rising logo

  • One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
  • One billion women is an atrocity.
  • One billion women dancing is a revolution.

On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, The V-Day Organization invites One Billion women and those that they love to STRIKE, DANCE, RISE, and DEMAND an end to the violence that women have underwent for far too long.

Join us and tell the USD Community about why YOU rise! For more details, check the Women's Center website next week!

"The Bluest Eye" Tickets are Available!


Join the UFMC and Women's Center for this theater performance and discussion. The Bluest Eye tells the story of one year in the life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breelove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Left to fend for herself, she blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. Adapted from the debut novel of Toni Morrison by the playwright of Mo'olelo's 2011 production of Stick Fly, The Bluest Eye paints a portrait of the legacy of racism on a young girl's psyche. During the post-show talk titled "Loving the Skin I'm In," Starla Lewis and Sherehe Hollins will discuss self-love and ways to transcend the social beauty standards that can get in the way of self acceptance.

Friday, February 15 at MOXIE Theater

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at SLP 418.


Volunteer for High School Outreach!



The High School Outreach program is one of the many ways to get involved with the Women’s Center. We use presentations and discussions on a variety of topics to promote the wellbeing and intellectual growth of local high school girls. Both the girls and volunteers have a chance to learn more about themselves, as well as the society we live in. High School Outreach strives to build connections between high school students and USD students so that each lends support and learns from one another. Some of the topics we covered in our workshops last semester were stress relief, leadership, and healthy relationships. "Speaking from personal experience, being involved with High School Outreach has been one of the most rewarding experiences. It is encouraging to see how the girls have matured throughout the years and become more conscious of various social and gender issues."

But enough from us, here s what current volunteers say:

“I LOVED working with the high school girls. Having hands-on facilitation practice was valuable, and also fun. Getting to know the girls is also very important, and part of helping them learn is getting to know them as individuals.”

“Speaking in front of strangers always helps me gain better speaking skills.”

“The meditation workshop was extremely fun for me because I rarely get opportunities to disconnect from the world like we did. The high school students seemed to get something out of it, and everyone was relaxed and at ease afterward.”

We are currently looking for more volunteers this semester. If this work sounds exciting, email us! USDWC.highschooloutreach@gmail.com


2012 Women of Impact Winners


Click on their pictures below to read the feature story on Inside USD.

Lisa Nunn

Dr. Lisa Nunn

Our faculty winner this year, Dr. Lisa Nunn is an assistant professor in the Sociology Department. She has consistently showed comittment to her students by reaching out to them outside of class and encouraging them to be advocates for social justice.


Denise Dimon

Denise Dimon

Denise Dimon, USD's associate provost of international affairs, has worked tirelessly to internationalize the USD campus by building USD int othe No. 1 university in the US for study abroad, as well as opening the door for international students, teachers, and speakers to come to USD.


Kim Heinle

Kim Heinle

In her work with the Trans-border Institute (TBI), the Center for Community Service Learning (CSL), and the International Relations Program, Kim Heinle has worked to build bridges between the USD community and communities around the world.


Ella Guimond

Ella Guimond

Ella is a senior who has made a huge impact on the San Diego community with her work at Montgomery Middle School and as a co-founder for Tortillas for Tepecoyo.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners!

"Self-care includes holding each other accountable because we are interconnected. Loving ourselves includes learning not to harm each other." - Alexis Pauline Gumbs

In this newsletter...

While You Were Away...

Sorority Recruitment

V-Day Rose Sale

One Billion Women Rises

The Bluest Eye & Post-Show Talk

High School Outreach

Violence Against Women Act Re-Introducted in the Senate!

Volunteer for the SAAW Committee

Women of Impact 2012

Step Into Your Moxie Virtual Programs

V-Day Rose Sale On February 14!


On Valentine's Day, join us for a rose sale! All the proceeds from the sale are donated to the V-Day Organization, a non-profit that works to end violence against women.

Vagina Monologues


Our Annual trip to UCSD to see the Vagina Monologues will be on February 27.

Dinner and transportation will be provided.

Violence Against Women Act Re-introduced in Senate!

Violence Against Women Act ImageFor the first time since 1994, the U.S. Senate failed to reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act. We are excited to report that reauthorization was re-introduced this week by a bi-partisan group of Senators.

The organization, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the legislation. Click here to learn more about the impact this legislation has had on working to end violence against women.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW) Planning 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 cboyer@sandiego.edu for more information.

Step Into Your Moxie Virtual Program for College Women

Our current generation of women are already earning a yearly salary that is $7,600 less than male counterparts.

Through attending 1 of 3 unique online sessions provided, young college women can develop the skills to network and build relationships as they make the transition to the world of work.

There are three sessions being provided live, online:

  • February 26th at 7pm and 10pm
  • February 27th at 10pm
  • Another date and time of your choice.

Register for the program or learn more information at Intern Bridge.