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Spring 2021 Events

April 13 - Jes Baker and the Social Impact of Body Love! To RSVP, click here 

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January

1/19 Martin Luther King Jr. March 
11 a.m., meet on the President's lawn

We will celebrate MLK’s legacy by joining the silent march hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha. All are welcome to participate. Meet on the President’s Lawn (Dixie Avenue in front of Walton House) and we will proceed in silence to Derryberry Hall. We will observe COVID safety protocols; please wear a mask.

February

2/1 Center Stage Presents An Evening with Alex Jenny, The Drag Therapist
6 p.m. via Zoom. To RSVP click here.

Alex Jenny is a trauma therapist and drag practitioner known as The Drag Therapist. They are a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in trauma recovery, identity development, gender affirming care, and changing our relationships to our younger selves. Their drag and art focuses on uplifting and celebrating trans people of color and more specifically trans women and trans feminine people of color.  This is a Center Stage event co-sponsored by Project AWAKEN and the Women’s Center.

2/2 Book Club: Know My Name
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. RSVP required.

The Peer Empowerment Program, Project AWAKEN and the Women’s Center are partnering this term for a special book club that meets twice per month. This term’s read is Know My Name by Chanel Miller, an immersive memoir of Miller’s highly publicized sexual assault by Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, the high-profile court case, and its aftermath. All students are welcome to attend. If you are interested in participating, email awaken@tntech.edu by Sunday, January 31st.

2/2 - 2/12 One Billion Rising: Rise in Solidarity 2021
One Billion Rising is the biggest global campaign to end violence against women. Tech community members will come together, rise up, and stand against sexual assault and gender-based violence in all its forms. Join Project AWAKEN and the Women’s Center for Tech’s ninth Rising as we unite with activists worldwide in this effort. 

To participate, stop by the table display in the RUC lobby and follow us on social media for artistic action options. Take a photo with an “I’m Rising For” sign, participate with one of our coloring pages, or create your own art piece such as a painting, drawing, poetry, or video.  Submit your entry to awaken@tntech.edu before 2/20. ALL submissions will earn a prize! 

2/8 Picture a Scientist Film Screening
7 p.m. via Zoom. To RSVP, click here.

Picture a Scientist takes viewers through cramped laboratories to spectacular field sites,where they will encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their experiences overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights as they work to revolutionize the culture of science. This event is cosponsored by the following departments - Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics - as well as the School of Environmental Studies, the TN Space Grant, and the Women’s Center.

2/11 Rising Guided Meditation 
10 a.m. See AWAKEN's page for Zoom details.

Join Project Awaken & the Women's Center for a guided meditation on the topic of Rising. The meditation will be led by meditation teacher, Deanna Lack, who is also the lay minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Cookeville, TN. This event is free, and open to everyone; meditation beginners welcome!

2/12 Attune article deadline
Email your pitch ideas to us at womenscenter@tntech.edu by 1/29. More info on Attune and what to pitch can be found here. Final submission deadline is February 12.

2/16 Book Club: Know My Name
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. To RSVP click here.

We will continue the discussion of this term’s common read, Know My Name by Chanel Miller. Haven't gotten very far? No problem, you can still join the discussion. See the 2/2 Book Club entry above for more details. If you are interested in participating, email awaken@tntech.edu .

2/23 Amend Together
11 a.m. via Zoom. See AWAKEN's page for Zoom info.

Join us for a keynote address from Shan Foster, Vanderbilt graduate and former NBA player, as he elevates the conversation about violence against women by engaging young men to be leaders and role models of healthy masculinity and respect. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Peer Empowerment Program, the Black Student Union, Project AWAKEN, Multicultural Affairs, and the Women's Center.

March

3/2 Book Club: Know My Name
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. RSVP required.

We will continue the discussion of this term’s common read, Know My Name by Chanel Miller. Haven't gotten very far? No problem, you can still join the discussion. See the 2/2 Book Club entry above for more details. If you are interested in participating, email awaken@tntech.edu 

3/9 Center Stage presents An Evening with Allyson Hobbs
7 p.m. via Zoom. To RSVP, click here

Director of African and African-American studies at Stanford University, Allyson Hobbs, is the author of the award-winning book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life. Hobbs examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Hobbs teaches American identity, African American history, African American women’s history, and twentieth-century American history and culture. This is a Center Stage event co-sponsored by Dr. Julia Gruber, Multicultural Affairs, and the Women’s Center.

3/23 Book Club: Know My Name
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. RSVP required.

We will continue the discussion of this term's common read, Know My Name by Channel Miller. Haven't gotten very far? No problem, you can still join the discussion. See the 2/2 Book Club entry for more details. If you are interested in participating, email awaken@tntech.edu 

3/24 Center Stage presents Beverly Gooden #WhyIStayed
7 p.m. via Zoom.  To RSVP, click here.

Beverly Gooden is a victims’ rights advocate, author, and creator of #WhyIStayed. Gooden breaks down the myths and misunderstandings around domestic violence to illuminate the complex reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships and what you can do to help. This Center Stage event is co-sponsored by the Women's Center, Multicultural Affairs, and Project AWAKEN.

April

4/5 - 4/9 The Clothesline Project
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily in the RUC & virtually

Witness and applaud these visual testimonies created by survivors of interpersonal violence from our campus and the local community. A different collection of shirts decorated to represent survivors' personal experiences with power-based violence will be displayed daily in the RUC lobby from 9-4 from April 5 through 9. Survivors may design a shirt during office hours at the Women’s Center. The Women’s Center and Project AWAKEN have created an additional virtual display, with different shirts, which is available here. Hope and healing hang on the clothesline! 

4/6 Book Club: Know My Name
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. via Zoom. RSVP required. 

We will continue the discussion of this term's common read, Know My Name by Channel Miller. Haven't gotten very far? No problem, you can still join the discussion. If you are interested in participating, email awaken@tntech.edu 

4/13 Center Stage presents Jes Baker: Change your Life, Change your World
6 p.m. via Zoom.  To RSVP, click here.  

Jes Baker is an author, speaker, body image and mental health coach, and advocate dedicated to shifting social paradigms to a place where all people are offered the opportunity to embrace themselves just as they are. She is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog "The Militant Baker," and her books Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and Landwhale. In her work, Baker highlights the importance of body autonomy, self-esteem, mental health, social justice, and diversity. This is a Center Stage event co-sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Center.

4/14 Solidarity with Survivors 
7 p.m. via Zoom.  To RSVP, email awaken@tntech.edu .  

Join us for this survivor speak out as survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking share their stories. All are welcome! Want to share your story? Share it here. It can be read anonymously at the event, or you can share it personally at the event. This event is cosponsored by Project Awaken, the Peer Empowerment Program, The Women’s Center, and the School of Human Ecology. 

4/28 Denim Day
All day and on social media

Wear denim on April 28 in support of survivors of sexual assault. Denim Day originated in the late 90s when a teenager, who was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor, was blamed for her assault since she was wearing tight jeans. Wearing jeans annually on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Post a photo of yourself wearing denim on social media and tag @TNTechAwaken, @TNTechWomensCenter, and @TNTechCounsel for a chance to win a prize!

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