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Take Back the Week 2022

  • Healing Your Inner Child: Ceremonial Sharing Circle - 10 am-1 pm @ SDSU Alumni Center Ballroom (please note the event will no longer be in the Student Union): This event is part of the Breaking Silences: Uprooting Child Sexual Abuse series. The intention of this series is to empower survivors of child sexual abuse through dialogue, community, and holistic practices. Join us for a Sharing Circle and Healing Ceremony lead by Curandera Grace Alvarez Sesma. Allies welcome! This event is limited, so register via: bit.ly/UprootingCSA1. This event is sponsored by the Latinx Resource Center, Women's Reource Center, and Native Resource Center, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Man Up?: Masculinity and Popular Culture - 1 pm-2:30 pm @ Student Union Theatre: Join Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, director of We End Violence, to deconstruct the concept of masculinity, challenge unhealthy social norms, and engage in a cultural analysis of how masculinity is represented. This event is sponsored by Let's Talk, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • "Last Warning Shot" Film Screening and Interactive Discussion - 12 pm-1:30 pm @ Student Union Theatre: Join Free to Thrive for a screening of "Last Warning Shot" that focuses on online recruitment of sex trafficking victims. The film will be followed by an interactive panel discussion about the film, human trafficking in our community, and what you can do to help. This event is sponsored by Free to Thrive, Well-being & Health Promotion, and the Women's Resource Center, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Building Capacity for Healing, Safety, and Energetic Sovereignty in Survivors - 3 pm-5 pm @ Center for Intercultural Relations Multipurpose Room: Denise Chang (denisedimensional.com) is a somatic trauma resolution practitioner and erotic movement arts facilitator who supports survivors and femmes of color to heal from within, build nervous system capacity and resolve trauma. They will host a survivor-centered space to gently return to the body, build a relationship to what safety feels like in the body and explore embodied sovereignty and consent. This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, and is NOT eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Tabling Event: Resources on Campus - 10 am-2 pm @ Student Union Courtyard: Learn about health resources and services that are available on campus, including those related to sexual assault. This event is sponsored by Let's Talk, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • "One Night Out" Performance by interACT - 2 pm-3:15 pm @ Student Union Theatre: Join interACT, an internationally recognized performance troupe, for a proactive and thought-provoking performance focused on sexual violence prevention. This event is sponsored by Let's Talk, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Rise: A confidential support space for survivors of sexual and relationship violence - 12:30 pm-1:45 pm @ Zoom (HIPAA-compliant): Rise is a confidential support space for survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence. It is open to enrolled SDSU students of all genders. Rise welcomes survivors wherever their healing may be. To join please email [email protected]. This event is sponsored by Counseling & Psychological Services and the Women's Resource Center, and is NOT eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Release and Regain - 4 pm-5 pm @ North Education 073: An interactive event for survivors to write anything they need to release around sexual violence, whether that’s an experience, guilt, or regret, and take affirmations and resources for self-love, forgiveness, respect, and crisis line numbers. Through this event, survivors can take a step toward letting go of their harmful experiences and heal. This event is sponsored by V-Day, and is NOT eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Take Back the Night - 5 pm-7 pm @ Student Union Goldberg Courtyard: F.O.A. will organize a march around campus with anti-sexual violence chants for participants. Afterward, attendees are free to participate in a brave space open mic that allows them to share their experiences. This event is sponsored by the Andrea O’Donnell Feminist Outreach Association, the Women's Resource Center, and the Department of Women's Studies, and is NOT eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault: An Empowering Model - 1 pm-2:30 pm @ tinyurl.com/SupportingSurvivorsSA: A workshop to provide skills and resources to learn how to support survivors of sexual assault. Attendees will learn the models used by the Crisis Text Line and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for Center for Community Solutions, and create a self-care toolkit to utilize (especially when the person being confided in is a survivor themselves). This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • The Transformative Power of Storytelling to Dig Up the Roots of Childhood Sexual Abuse with Aishah Shahidah Simmons - 3 pm-6 pm @ SDSU Alumni Center Library (please note the event will no longer be in the Gateway Center): This event is part of the Breaking Silences: Uprooting Child Sexual Abuse series. The intention of this series is to empower survivors of child sexual abuse through dialogue, community, and holistic practices. Join us to learn from Aishah Shahidah Simmons about her anthology “Love WITH Accountability." Register to enter an opportunity drawing to win a copy of her book via: bit.ly/UprootingCSA2. This event is sponsored by the Latinx Resource Center, Women's Resource Center, Pride Center, and Black Resource Center, and is eligible for accredidation and/or course credit.
  • Disrupting in Action: Challenging Gendered Microaggressions and Rape Culture Language - The Center for Inclusive Excellence (@sdsucie) invites you to participate in this Instagram series to reimagine a world where there is no more violent language or sexual violence in our society. Participate by visiting bit.ly/cieseries by April 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Signature Programs

A gathering space for Black feminine centered individuals, the Black Women’s Healing Circle is a series in collaboration between the WRC and the Black Resource Center.

A brave space for those who experience the intersections of gender-based oppression, racialized oppression and/ or ethnic-based oppression. Cafe for Womxn of Color is a series in collaboration between the WRC and the Center for Intercultural Relations.

Formerly known as Les(bi)Honest, the Queer Femme Community Circle is a safe space to connect with other femmes and discuss the lived experiences of queerness and being femme-presenting. We are excited that this group will now be a collaboration between the WRC and the Pride Center.

A confidential support group for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence, Rise is a series in collaboration between the WRC and Counseling & Psychological Services. Rise meets on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm. You can see more details by clicking here.

Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each year, SDSU's Sexual Violence Task Force hosts "Take Back the Week" (TBTW) in order to raise awareness about sexual assault and provide spaces to center survivors’ healing and resilience. Campus partners such as the WRC, Wellbeing and Health Promotion, Student Life & Leadership, Counseling & Psychological Services, and multiple student organizations coordinate a rich week of content.

Women's History Month is celebrated every March in recognition of women's rights and the ongoing efforts for intersectional gender justice. During Women's History Month, students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a wide variety of programming that highlights feminist activism, centers folks who face multiple, intersecting forms of oppression, and offers spaces to celebrate our resilience.

Women's History Month

  •  "Feminist Futures Series: Jouelzy" 3/1/2021, 5 pm-6 pm - Join the SDSU Women's Resource Center, UC San Diego Women's Center, and USD Women's Commons for our Feminist Futures Series. Jouelzy celebrates the diversity of women of color through discussions on complex cultural and lifestyle topics, and empowers #SmartBrownGirls to find power in their voice.
  • "Mujer a Mujer: Consejos Sabios" 3/3/2021, 4 pm-5 pm - Join the Latina Network to celebrate the mujeres in our life.
  • "Queering Feminism: Inspiration from QTBIPOC Activists - Week 1: Intro to Queer Theory" 3/4/2021, 1 pm-2 pm - Join the WRC in learning from QTBIPOC activists who have "Queered" feminism and are building worlds of safety, freedom, transformative justice, gender-expansivity, and community for all. Each session will feature two living activists and their legacies followed by a reflective journaling space with optional discussion centered on weekly themes.
  • "Fundamental Film Screenings: Rising Power" 3/5/2021, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm - Join the WRC to see the inspiring stories of women's movements around the glove in Fundamental, a character-driven documentary film series presented in five short episodes directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Each will be followed by a guided discussion and reflection of the film and feminist activism!
  • "Sexual Health and Stretch" 3/9/2021, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm - Join the Native Resource Center and the WRC for some light stretches while we learn more about the history of gender and how colonialism has shaped its construction.
  • "Radical Healing for Womxn of Color" 3/9/2021, 4:30 pm-6 pm - Join the Center for Intercultural Relations, the Steve Fund, and the WRC for a workshop dedicated to exploring the psychology of the radical healing framework, generating a personal definition of radical healing, and imagining radical healing in action.
  • "Queering Feminism: Inspiration from QTBIPOC Activists - Week 2: Disability & Gender Non-Conformity in Feminism" 3/11/2021, 1 pm-2 pm - Join the WRC in learning from QTBIPOC activists who have "Queered" feminism and are building worlds of safety, freedom, transformative justice, gender-expansivity, and community for all. Each session will feature two living activists and their legacies followed by a reflective journaling space with optional discussion centered on weekly themes.
  • "Fundamental Film Screenings: Living Out Loud" 3/12/2021, 12:30 pm-1:30 - Join the WRC to see the inspiring stories of women's movements around the glove in Fundamental, a character-driven documentary film series presented in five short episodes directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Each will be followed by a guided discussion and reflection of the film and feminist activism!
  • "Queer Femme Community Circle: Highlighting Queer Femmes" 3/15/2021, 1 pm-2 pm - Join the Pride Center and the WRC for a space to connect with other femmes and discuss the lived experiences of queerness and being femme-presenting.
  • "Nikki Giovanni - Where Now: Poetry to Promise" 3/15/2021, 6 pm-7 pm - Join the Black Resource Center, the African American Mentoring Program, and Black Women in Academia for for this powerful guest lecture.
  • "Celebrating the Joy of Black Womxn" 3/16/2021, 3 pm-4:30 pm - Join the Black Womxn Healing Pod in this workshop as we utilize journal prompts, music, interactive activities, and enlightening conversations to highlight the beauty of the Black Womxn.
  • "Feminist Abolition and Disability Justice" 3/17/2021, 3 pm-5 pm - Join the Women's Studies Department and the Criminal Justice and Public Administration Programs as they host Liat Ben-Moshe and Subnini Annamma, who will be in conversation about critical disability perspectives on abolition. Moderated by Megan Welsh.
  • "Queering Feminism: Inspiration from QTBIPOC Activists - Week 3: Abolition, the Prison Industrial Complex, and Freedom" 3/18/2021, 1 pm-2 pm - Join the WRC in learning from QTBIPOC activists who have "Queered" feminism and are building worlds of safety, freedom, transformative justice, gender-expansivity, and community for all. Each session will feature two living activists and their legacies followed by a reflective journaling space with optional discussion centered on weekly themes.
  • "Feminist Futures Series: Kimberly Nicole Foster" 3/18/2021, 5 pm-6 pm - Join the SDSU Women's Resource Center, UC San Diego Women's Center, and USD Women's Commons for our Feminist Futures Series. Kimberly Nicole Foster is a cultural critic and founder of For Harriet, a digital Black feminist community.
  • "Fundamental Film Screenings: Defenders of Justice" 3/19/2021, 12:30 pm-1:30 - Join the WRC to see the inspiring stories of women's movements around the glove in Fundamental, a character-driven documentary film series presented in five short episodes directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Each will be followed by a guided discussion and reflection of the film and feminist activism!
  • "From Exotic to Expendable: The Stereotypes APIDA Women Fight" 3/22/2021, 2 pm-3 pm. This session, hosted by the APIDA Resource Center, will identify and unpack the stereotypes APIDA women battle every day. We are exoticized and/or eradicated by such stereotypes which negatively impact our work and personal lives. What does it mean for us? What can we do about it?
  • "Environmental Justice on the U.S.-Mexico Border" 3/23/2021, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm - Join Leslie Quintanilla and Emma Harrison from the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice as they discuss recent history of art, activism, and decolonial resistance to environmental injustice in the borderlands. Hosted by the Women's Studies Department. 
  • "Decolonizing Attraction: APIDA Stereotypes and Third-World Solidarity" 3/23/2021, 2 pm-3 pm - How has colonization and other forms of oppression influenced our attraction and relationships to other people? Join the WRC to unpack stereotypes and internalized biases against identities from the global south, and explore ways of divesting from the global hierarchies imposed by white supremacy and colonial borders. This event will follow the APIDA Resource Center's "From Exotic to Expendable".
  • "Muslimah: The Intersections of Faith, Activism, & Empowerment" 3/24/2021, 2:30 pm-4 pm. Join the Center for Intercultural Relations for a Women's History Month conversation with Ismahan Abdullahi. Ismahan is a human rights advocate, community organizer, and an unapologetic Muslim Black Somali refugee woman who is relentless in working for justice.
  • "Queering Feminism: Inspiration from QTBIPOC Activists - Week 4: Imagining Queer Feminist Communities" 3/25/2021, 1 pm-2 pm - Join the WRC in learning from QTBIPOC activists who have "Queered" feminism and are building worlds of safety, freedom, transformative justice, gender-expansivity, and community for all. Each session will feature two living activists and their legacies followed by a reflective journaling space with optional discussion centered on weekly themes.
  • "Gender and Race in the Workplace" 3/25/2021, 4 pm-5 pm - Join the WRC as we discuss how race and gender both impact our workplace experience, and how to find empowerment in who we are.
  • "Fundamental Film Screening: Girls at the Heart of It" 3/26/2021, 12:30 pm-1:30 - Join the WRC to see the inspiring stories of women's movements around the glove in Fundamental, a character-driven documentary film series presented in five short episodes directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Each will be followed by a guided discussion and reflection of the film and feminist activism!
  •  "Leveraging Your Parenting Capital for Career Readiness" 3/29/2021, 2 pm-3 pm - In this interactive session, hosted by Career Services, EOP, and the Student Parent and Allies Association, you will learn about the transferable skills and knowledge that you hold as a parent and how they relate to career development.
  • "Black Women's Healing Circle" 3/29/2021, 5 pm-6:30 pm - Join the Black Resource Center and Women's Resource Center in a discussion about what pleasure means to you, what it brings, and how we should express in the ways we deem fit for ourselves.
  • "Feminist Futures Series: Yesika Salgado" 4/1/2021, 5 pm-7 pm - Join the SDSU Women's Resource Center, UC San Diego Women's Center, and USD Women's Commons for our Feminist Futures Series. Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city, and her fat brown body.
  • "APIDA Women in San Diego" - In honor of Women's History Month and to support the SDSU Women's Resource Center, the SDSU APIDA Resource Center will be highlighting a few APIDA women in San Diego. These women amplify and empower APIDA voices. Tune in to the APIDA Resource Center Instagram and Facebook
  • "Women's History Month" - As a multicultural group, Supernova Dance Troupe strives to promote diversity and women empowerment through dance and acrobatics. This piece, which features our 14 year old prodigy, delves into embracing femininity and never being afraid to express your beautiful self. Tune in to the Supernova Instagram on International Women's Day (3/8)!
  • "Highlighting Disability Activists" - Disability justice is a gender issue too! Check out disability activists and how they have shaped YOUR experiences and campus. Tune in to the Student Ability Success Center Instagram and Women's Resource Center Instagram!
  • "The Women We Love" - The Aztec Student Union Board (ASUB) and the Women's Resource Center invite you to celebrate the women of SDSU! SDSU community members can submit a photo of the women of SDSU who have supported them on their journeys. Submissions can be any medium - digital, print, design, artwork, etc. that celebrates and uplifts women in the SDSU community. Tune in to the Aztec Student Union Instagram!
  • "Influential Black Womxn and Femme Innovators and Creators" - The Student African American Sisterhood and the WRC are partnering to bring you this social media campaign, which will highlight and briefly describe 8 notable black womxn: Andrea Jenkins, Julia Star Jamois, Mae Jamison, Marsha P. Johnson, Alice Coachman, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Misty Copeland, and Barbara Jordan. Tune in to the SAAS Instagram and WRC Instagram!

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