Events

August

8/26 - 8/30 Women's Equality Day display
         On August 26, 1920, the women of this country won the right to vote. Tennessee played a crucial role by being the final state needed to ratify the amendment and thus, securing the right to vote for women. A display commemorating the 72-year non-violent struggle to pass the Nineteenth Amendment will be on exhibit in the RUC lobby during these days. 

September

9/3 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center 
Attend this term’s inaugural meeting of our book club. This is your chance to meet other readers and discuss books and issues of interest. Members will choose one common read for the term and discuss books that they are interested in or are currently reading. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.
 
9/5 Service Learning and Community Engagement Fair
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the RUC Tech Pride Room
Meet some of our student workers and find out what you can do to help us and other organizations. This event sponsored by the TTU Service Learning Center.  
 
9/12 Body Image and Disordered Eating Support Group
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive student-facilitated peer support group that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact  womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.
 
9/17 Equal Means Equal screening
7 p.m. in Ray Morris Hall Auditorium 150
In 1923, three years after American women earned the right to vote, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to congress. It has been reintroduced each year thereafter but was never ratified. Following real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers that a majority of women today view themselves as completely equal to men. After extensive research, Lopez found that discriminatory attitudes still influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic and sexual violence, pregnancy discrimination to the foster care system, as well as our healthcare and legal systems. Equal Means Equal contends that present laws to protect women are inadequate, and presents a succinct and compelling argument for completing the Equal Rights Amendment ratification process thereby granting women constitutional equality. 
 
9/26 Body Image and Disordered Eating Support Group
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive student-facilitated peer support group that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.
 
9/27 Attune Newsletter submissions deadline
Email to Womenscenter@tntech.edu
       Are you a person who likes to write and express themselves? Do you have a lot on your mind or want to open a dialogue on gender issues? Consider contributing a piece to the Women’s Center and Commission on the Status of Women newsletter. Click “resources” at left to see the current edition. Submissions are welcome from students, faculty and staff.
 

October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/home
Breast Cancer Awareness Month http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/index
10/1 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
We'll begin the discussion of this term's common read Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling by Becca Stevens. Haven't started it? No problem. BYOB- Bring your own book. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.
 
10/1 Dawn Schiller - Trafficking at the Intersection
7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium
Dawn Schiller is a survivor of human trafficking and abuse. In 1976, John Holmes began grooming young Schiller, and then took her captive following the infamous 1981 Wonderland murders. Holmes forced Schiller to accompany him as he fled from police and drug dealers for months. Today, her degrees in Communication and Gender Studies, combined with her personal experience, make her uniquely qualified to advocate for the prevention of sex trafficking and teen victimization. Schiller has been a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center since 2009. Schiller’s presentation will examine intersectional oppressions through the lens of difference, power and discrimination. She profiles the marginalized and impoverished who are vulnerable to sex trafficking, the predatory tactics of abusers, and offers suggestions to maintain the safety of teens. This is a Center Stage event hosted by the Women’s Center.

10/8 It Was Rape screening
7 p.m. in Ray Morris Hall Auditorium 150
Rape is a fundamental and physical violation, illegal, and still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse and personal stories of sexual assault. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to see how individuals grapple with rape’s aftermath and how this epidemic affects us all. This sixty-minute film is free and open to the public. There will be a short discussion and light refreshments afterwards. This event is cosponsored by the Women’s Center and Project AWAKEN.

10/10 Body Image and Disordered Eating Support Group
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive peer support group for students that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact  womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.
 
10/22  Daisy Hernandez - Building an Accepting & Inclusive Community
7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium
Daisy Hernandez is a journalist, memoirist, intersectional feminist, cultural activist and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Miami University in Ohio. She is the former editor of ColorLines magazine and co-edited Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She draws inspiration from her blue-collar and Latino immigrant background to advocate for political and social issues including feminism, racial justice, immigrant rights, and media representation of ethnic communities. This is a Center Stage event hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women.
 
10/24 Body Image and Disordered Eating Support Group
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive peer support group for students that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.

November

11/1 Tennessee Tech Women’s Leadership Conference
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the RUC Multipurpose Room
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us at the second annual Women’s Leadership Conference hosted by the College of Business and supported by the Women’s Center. In addition to inspirational speakers, there will be a session devoted to developing and enhancing your negotiation skills. All attendees will receive a copy of Susan Peppercorn's bestselling book entitled Ditch Your Inner Critic at Work: Evidence-Based Strategies to Thrive in Your Career and the cost includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Preregistration is required and students pay a minimal fee.  Preregistration is required. To register visit, https://www.tntech.edu/business/womensconference.php .  
 
11/4-11/6 What You Were Wearing
Time TBD
 "What You Were Wearing," is an art installation inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, “What I was Wearing,” that aims to dispel myths regarding the role clothing has in sexual assault. This visual representation of victim-blaming bears witness to the connection we have with clothing and toll on survivors of this specific rape culture myth. This installation will feature 20 stories of sexual assaults and the garments worn by the victims at the time. This is a Center Stage event hosted by the department of Human Ecology.
 
11/5 First Tuesday Book Club Meeting
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
We'll continue the discussion of this term's common read Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling by Becca Stevens. Haven't started it? No problem. BYOB- Bring your own book. Bring the book you are currently reading or one that you have read recently for discussion. All students are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.
 
11/7 Body Image and Disordered Eating Support Group
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive peer support group for students that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.
 
11/21  Body Image and Disordered Eating Student Support Group
11-11:50 in the Women's Center
BIDE is an all-inclusive student-facilitated peer support group that promotes self-growth and self-acceptance. Have a body and not sure how to feel about it? You are welcome here! For more information, contact womenscenter@tntech.edu or visit the center.

 

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