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News From the Women's Center - November 2012

Goodbye October! Hello to November, a newly elected president, Changemakers, giving thanks, and another fun month at the Women's Center! Check out everything we have to offer and we hope to see you around SLP 420 sometime soon!


Hate Crimes Awareness Week

Love EveryBODY

"All You Need is Love" is only one of the positive messages that wrote onto canvasses on Love EveryBODY day!

Thanks for making canvasses with us to promote self-love and love for EVERYBODY!

Candlelight Vigil

Students lighting thier candles for the vigil. There was a march from the SLP to Founder's Chapel, where Mass for Peace was held in prayer for victims of hate crimes.

Thanks for joining us for these events!

High School Outreach

The name of the group, Hermanas, means "sisters."

Finding a way to create change can be a difficult challenge; everyone wants to make a difference, but figuring out the details can be tricky. High School Outreach offers an amazing opportunity to become involved and leave a positive influence on our community. Once a month, a group of high school girls visits the USD campus for an interactive workshop. These sessions are designed to be a mutual learning experience for both the volunteers and students. We discuss topics that are often left out of an average curriculum: body image, nutrition, stress, leadership, healthy relationships and race. Each workshop is an opportunity to share our safe space with these girls and invite them to challenge themselves with new ideas.

For October, we invited the girls to participate in a workshop about red flags. Our discussion revolved around what red flags are in relationships, how to identify them, and how to help friends who find themselves in unhealthy relationships. To end the workshop, we watched an episode of Glee and discussed the various unhealthy relationships portrayed in the show. It is always an insightful experience to be able to listen to the individual stories of the girls and their plans on implementing what they learn into their daily lives. Our volunteers help to design the workshops and take part in facilitation training to develop their own leadership skills.

by Audrey Johnson and Alex Medrano, High School Outreach Coordinators

C.A.R.E. Sexual Assault Advocate Program

We in the Center work hard to address sexual violence at USD and are committed to making sure our efforts are survivor-focused. With this in mind, the Center has played an active role in the development and implementation of the CARE (Campus Assault Resources and Education) program, specifically CARE Advocates. Trained Advocates are available 24 hours a day to support USD students impacted by sexual assault. This includes

  • Helping answer questions about the multiple processes involved in reporting
  • Facilitating appropriate referrals to resources for USD students who have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, and/or partner violence
  • Being available to accompany students to Public Safety, and/or an interview with Law Enforcement

In development for over a year, the C.A.R.E. program is one component of University of San Diego’s efforts to provide resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation. The many educational programs and events hosted by the Women’s Center will now be included under the CARE umbrella. To learn more about upcoming programs and events and learn more about CARE, contact womenscenter@sandiego.edu.

We've Got Courses for You!

Looking to diversify your academic experience at USD? Registration is just around the corner!  Check out the following programs and courses! 

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities.  This academic program also addresses topics such as the acquisition of gender identity across cultures, the influence of gender upon spirituality, moral choice, creativity, and language, and the history of gender-related issues such as marriage, and gender-influenced social problems such as poverty.  

The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor is an 18-Unit program that includes a wide variety of disciplines such as Anthropology, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, English, French, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. 

Spring 2013

  • Comm 445 - Gender Communication
  • Comm 428W - Children and Media
  • Eng 336 - Jane Austen
  • Eng 374 - Gender and Literature
  • Eng 231 - Children’s Literature
  • Hist 126 - American Women in History
  • Hist 323 - Medieval Woman
  • Pols - Sex, Power, Politics
  • Soc - Sexuality and Borders
  • Gnds - Advanced Gender Studies

Visit http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/gender/ for more information. 

LGBTQ-Themed Courses

The following upper-division cluster of courses introduces an interdisciplinary approach to sexual diversity.

Spring 2013

  • ECON/BUSN 494 - LGBTQin Business & Economics: Out of the Closet & Into the Business World
  • PSYC 494 - An Exploration in Human Sexuality
  • SOCI 352 - Sociology & Borders
  • THRS 494 - Homosexuality & Christianity (meets UD Core requirement)

This is the first time that LGBTQ-themed courses have been offered outside of SOLES since 1997. We invite you to register &/or tell others about these courses: you can take more than one!

"An enlightened citizen is an indispensable ingredient of the infrastructure of democracy." - Barbara Jordan

In this newsletter...

Hate Crimes Awareness Week Re-Cap

Elections Corner- The Gender Gap in the Election

High School Outreach

Empower 2013

C.A.R.E. Sexual Assault Advocate Program

We've Got Courses for You!

Volunteer for Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2013

Elections Corner- The Gender Gap in the Election


The gender gap refers to the difference between the percentage of men and percentage of women who vote for the winning candidate (Center for American Women in Politics, Rutgers University).

So, how important is your vote? 

  • “If only women voted, President Obama would be on track for a landslide re-election, equaling or exceeding his margin of victory over John McCain in 2008… If only men voted, Mr. Obama would be biding his time until a crushing defeat at the hands of Mitt Romney, who might win by a similar margin to the one Ronald Reagan realized over Jimmy Carter in 1980” (NY Times)
  • Studies have shown that women tend to support the Democratic candidate over the Republican Candidate (CAWP Election Watch)

Your vote is important!  Learn more at any of the above-mentioned resources and get to the polls on NOVEMBER 6!



All first year, sophomore, or junior women are invited to participate in the 2012 Empower Retreat. This retreat is for the purpose of fostering leaders, creating a connections with the USD community of women, and reflecting on your personal story and empowerment.

The weekend for the retreat is Febuary 22-24. Applications will be available on the website on November 14.

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.