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Women's Center Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As of March 16, 2020, the physical spaces within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion will close until further notice. This includes: the LGBT Center, Multicultural Center, OMSAR, and the Women’s Center. The Women's Center remains open virtually during regular business hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Our phones are call forwarded to the Director of the Women’s Center, Dr. M. Geneva Murray. We are able to be reached in this way, or via email during normal operating hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Please reach out! 

If you would like to address your question or comment via email, please use the following to determine your best contact point: 

  • For the International Women’s Art Installation, Young Women Leaders Program, ALAANA+ cohort, reach out to Assistant Director, MaryKathyrine Tran, at tranm@ohio.edu 

  • For the Women's Mentoring Program, virtual programs, and salary negotiation, reach out to Director, Dr. M. Geneva Murray, at murraym2@ohio.edu 

  • For general questions, or programs not listed here, please reach out to the general Women’s Center email at womenscenter@ohio.edu

We appreciate everyone who participated in our events throughout the spring semester. Stay tuned as we update our services with summer programming announcements.

Office Hours | Social Support: EmpowHER: Graduate Program Experiences | Virtual Workshops in Real Time | Workshops at Your Own Pace 

Programs Occurring Virtually (Online) 

Women's Center Office Hours

We will have virtual Office Hours Tuesdays 9AM-10AM and Thursdays 3PM-4PM, beginning June 2nd and lasting until further notice. Find out how to participate here (OHIO log-in required).

How you can use office hours: 

  • Ask us questions about changes to programs 
  • Learn about opportunities for leadership in Women’s Center programming 

  • Provide us with ideas for 2020-2021 program topics 

  • Pop in for a friendly wave!  

These office hours are not private or confidential! Anyone can log-in at any time.

Social Support: EmpowHER: Graduate Program Experiences

Wednesdays, 4-5PM; June 3 – August 19 via Teams, Register online to gain access by filling out this form.

Information about further meetings will be announced for the fall semester.

This is a space where members can meet and gain support from one another. This support group will run throughout the summer on Wednesdays, 4PM-5PM, to assist those who want to discuss motivation for graduate work, dealing with isolation, and how to care for self while caring for others (children, elders, neighbors, and friends) during COVID-19. While we expect that this support group will address gendered issues that women face, everyone is welcome to participate. This support group is facilitated by Dr. Kristyn Neckles, embedded psychologist for the Division of Diversity of Inclusion. Please note that this group is not a therapy group. Feel free to utilize the variety of other resources, including telehealth services, at the Counseling and Psychological Services website: https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling

Workshops (In Real-Time)

The Women's Center has partnered with Human Resources at Ohio University to offer the following monthly workshops this summer as part of the Professional Development Platform: Crushing Imposter Syndrome: Facing Your Failure, Gender 101, and Stay Out of Your Own Way. Visit HR's professional development website for more information.

Stay tuned for more workshops, but we hope to see you at these upcoming sessions:

  • The Women’s Center and Alumni Association are hosting a two-part series on Implicit Bias and Allyship on June 16th and June 18th from noon-1PM for alumni via Zoom. Registration is required and capped. Alum will receive an email with participation information from the Alumni Association. Please register through them if you would like to participate.
  • June 30th, Noon-1PM. Active Allyship When Unpacking Your Entertainment. Have you ever found yourself singing along to a song only to stop and wonder – what did I just sing? This workshop, with a focus on gender, race and sexuality, will ask us to hold ourselves accountable for the media we consume by drawing attention to coded language and entertainment rooted in stereotypes. Register online to receive information about how to join the session: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6tlJakhTi4l0WSp
  • July 16th, Noon-1:30PM. Responding to Microaggressions within the Classroom. Within this workshop, we will define microaggressions and implicit bias. As a group, we will: build skills to facilitate conversations about diversity and inclusion and strategize approaches to conflict. Register online to receive information about how to join the session: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZBFNHn0ezYRABD This workshop is supported by the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy.
  • July 22nd and July 24th, Noon - 1PM Implicit Bias and Allyship. During this two-part series, we'll learn to recognize our own biases and how to be better allies in both our personal and professional spaces. These sessions will encourage participants to recognize bias and utilize their privilege to be an active ally and co-conspirator. Register online to receive information about how to join the session: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFF09J36g2hbmkZ Created by the Women's Center, supported by the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy.
  • August 4, 2-3PM. Identity as an Instructor: How Our Identity and Culture Shapes Our Teaching. Register by August 2 at 11:59PM at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87Y8BWKlPDkvIr3. Brought to you by the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy. This workshop will include a reflection activity to uncover our multifaceted identities, and the role they may play in how we understand dynamics in our classroom. The classroom is not colorblind, and we carry our culture with us in the classroom in the ways in which it shapes our teaching. 

  • August 6, 2-3PM. Designing Your Syllabi: Laying an Inclusive Foundation (Part 1). Register by August 4 at 11:59PM at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cI8hp9jqXq95xmB. Brought to you by the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy (IPA). This discussion will utilize the IPA syllabi checklist as a guide to discuss syllabi creation and inclusive practice. The syllabi is only a foundation for the course, and it will require a long-term engagement to make your class inclusive. IPA is here to help as you consider how you can support students in your class. 

  • August 6, 3-4PM. Inclusive Syllabi Working Group (Part 2). Register by August 4 at 11:59PM at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cI8hp9jqXq95xmB. Brought to you by the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy. This informal working group is a follow-up to the Designing Your Syllabi session. When attending, please be ready to share a copy of your syllabi with your working group. Organizers were createbreakout sessions that group participants by similar fields as much as possible. Where you are paired with folk outside of your field, we hope that participants will be able to learn from cross-discipline engagement. 

Development Opportunities That Can Be Done at Your Leisure

  • AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops scheduled for March 19th and April 23rd are cancelled. However, the AAUW offers a free, online Work Smart workshop (for those who are interested in asking for raises or promotions). You can sign up to take it at your own pace online: https://salary.aauw.org/. Once you have completed the workshop, please feel free to reach out to the Women’s Center with additional questions, or how this may apply to your own salary negotiation. Those who are hoping to complete the She Leads OHIO program can use this online workshop to fulfill the salary negotiation requirement if they email their completion of the workshop to womenscenter@ohio.edu
  • The Women's Center's Resource Page includes Educational Videos, including: 
    • Implicit Bias and Privilege (2020)
    • Modernizing Your Suffrage Sash (2020)
    • René Banglesdorf's Podcast Defying the Status Quo with Director of Women's Center as guest (2019).
    • Advocating for Yourself (2018)
    • Who's Missing from the Policy Table?: Improving NGO and State Solutions for Gender Inequality (2016)
    • Queer and Fat with Charlotte Cooper (2016)
    • Fat Activism (2015). 
  • The Women's Center's Resource Page also includes our Co-Curricular guide. There are links to readings for our events, which are great to explore if you want to know more about our programming!

Feel Connected on Campus and in the Community

Ohio University’s Women’s Center strives to be an integral part of the university’s transformative learning community and a national leader in its own right. The Women’s Center promotes inclusion, honors difference, and works with faculty, staff, students, and the larger Athens community, to promote academic achievement, active global citizenship, and substantive leadership positions for women in all professional fields, as well as building confidence within women’s personal lives, by using an intersectional, though gendered, lens.

The mission of the Ohio University Women’s Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.

In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women - while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity.

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“In This Space: Disrupted” - Invitation to Participate

Each fall semester, the Women’s Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Health Promotion, Ohio University Art Galleries, Office of Instructional Innovation, Ohio Women, and Ohio University Alumni Association, as well as other community partners, offer an arts-based survivor-centered program. These programs provide an opportunity to: centralize survivor stories in our understanding of sexual, dating, and domestic violence, and stalking; place the onus of prevention to fall on perpetrators rather than survivors; combat rape myths and stigma; and build empathy within our community for survivor stories. 

The 2020 fall exhibit, In This Space: Disrupted [working title], will focus on geographies of space. We are asking survivors to join us in making visible the places and spaces in which sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and harassment occur and how we, as a society, can create spaces of healing. The organizers encourage participation from all survivors, of all identities and backgrounds.

Learn more about how to participate here.

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