Tuesday

Equal Pay Day 2014



Equal Pay Day - April 8th, 2014

Equal Pay Day marks how far into the current year women have to work to earn the amount men earned in the previous year * (based on average wages for full time workers). Thus this year women worked 15.25 months to make what men earned in only 12 months of work. 

President Obama proclaimed today, that in 2014 it's an embarrassment that women make $0.77 on the dollar compared to men. He then signed executive orders to expand equal pay protection (prohibiting employer retaliation against workers who inquire about or share pay information, making it easier for workers to find out if they are being discriminated against AND calling on the Labor Department to collect pay information from federal contractors, including race and gender, to make it easier to identify employers who discriminate). Additionally, Obama implored Congress to pass the Pay Check Fairness Act, which would help to extend equal pay to all workers. 
Click on image for enlarged view of this White House Equal Pay meme
Read President Obama's Equal Pay Day proclamation here:
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PLUS, check out and share these FREE tools for pay equity activists:

Aequitas
https://itunes.apple.com/app/aequitas/id511714966

OES Data Explorer
http://www.oesdataexplorer.com

Thursday

Women's History & Culture Month Keynote 3/27/14

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Dr. Danielle Dirks, an organizer and activist in the new social movement to end rape, sexual harassment, and other forms of violence on campus; and co-author of the feature article in Ms. Magazine's Winter/Spring 2014 issue; will deliver our keynote for UAF Women's History and Culture Month 2014. 

Networked Survivors Fighting for Reform: 
The New Campus Antirape Movement
A Talk by Dr. Danielle Dirks
7:00PM Thursday, March 27th
The Gathering Room in Brooks Building
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Sponsored by:
UAF Women's Center
Women's & Gender Studies Program
Sociology Club
Social Work Department
Justice Department
Sociology Department
Betty Jo Staser Memorial Fund


Breaking the Man Box: Reconstructing Masculinity in America - Live Streamed Panel from UMN

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Join the UAF Women's Center as we LIVE Stream into a Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice series, University of Minnesota event:

Breaking the Man Box:
Reconstructing Masculinity in America
Friday, March 28th 8 10:30am-noon AK time
(followed by a recap & UAF based discussion until 1 or 2 pm for those who can stay, or want to join after noon)
Wood Center Multi-Level Lounge

What does it mean to be a man? 
Historically, certain images of masculinity have been foundational to American beliefs and values. Challenging these rigid constructs has resulted in major shifts in American society, opening up opportunities for new ideas about gender, identities, and behaviors. 
How are Women/Gender Studies challenging traditional cultural behaviors? How are ideas about masculinity shifting and helping families raise feminist sons? 
This conversation engages panelists and participants in an examination of manhood, maleness and masculinity by discussing cultural contexts such as sports, gaming and guns; male power in the marketplace; ethnic masculinities; paternity and parenting; artistic expression; and sexual expression and identity.

Panelists:
  • Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre, hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activits, and educator
  • Gavin Grivna, Residence Director, University of Minnesota Housing and Residential Life
  • Zenzele Isoke, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Jason Jackson, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office
Moderator:
Owen Marciano, Co-Chair, University of Minnesota Transgender Commission

AND join the UAF Women's Center for our LIVE Stream into this event

Wednesday

Non-Traditional Student Organization

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You are invited to join the new Non-Traditional Student Organization at UAF

Non-Traditional Students are . . .

  • Students with Life Experience (work, family, retirement, active duty, veteran)
  • Graduate/Undergraduate
  • All degree programs 
 Goals: support and social outing for Non-Traditional Students!

Meets 5:30 PM alternate Thursdays
501 Gruening (Justice Department Lounge)

contact Diane Huebner for more info
dchuebner@alaska.edu

Tuesday

In recognition of Women's History Month, the White House released President Obama's proclamation of the month of March as Women's History Month.

"American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy."

Later in the piece, President Obama reviews the steps his administration has taken, since he took office, to support gender equality and fight discrimination. He specifically pledges his administration's support of women who wish to pursue their passions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

My So Called Enemy @ UAF for Farthest North Film Festival

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Come to Murie Auditorium Thursday, Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm 

for My So Called Enemy

A heart and mind opening award winning film which documents how six young Palestinian and Israeli women's lives are transformed as they get to know their "enemies" as human beings.
The UAF Women's Center is sponsoring this 
special UAF screening for the 2014 Farthest North Jewish Film Festival
See a trailer for My So Called Enemy at

This film is a MUST SEE!
Thanks Farthest North Jewish Film Festival for this special UAF screening!



For the Full Farthest North Jewish Film Festival 2014 films,

Monday

Society of Women Engineers - Join Today

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The Society of Women Engineers at UAF is recruiting new members.
Join TODAY!
SWE meets on Mondays @ 5:00 pm in Duckering 531

Contact uafswe@gmail.com for more information.
 

Inequality for All Screening and LIVE Webcast

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The UAF Sociology Club & the IWW (Wobblies) Club are hosting a screening of the MUST SEE FILM
"Inequality for All"
Thursday, February 20th, 1-2:30 pm
in the Wood Center Ballroom
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FOLLOWED BY
a LIVE webcast with Robert Reich* 2:30-3:00 pm

*Professor Reich was Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration

For more information about this UAF event, contact Andrea @ 474-5411
To see a trailer and/or more info about the film:  

UAF One Billion Rising for Justice

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Join over ONE BILLION people the world over who will rise, release, and dance on Friday, February 14th to demand justice for all survivors of gender violence, and to call for an end to the injustice that prevails globally.

@ UAF Join us in the Great Hall, Fine Arts Building
3:30-5:00 pm Friday, February 14th for
UAF's One Billion Rising for Justice

If you are in the Fairbanks area, RSVP for our event @ 
to insure you are counted in the One Billion PLUS who are RISING.
If you aren't near Fairbanks, visit http://www.onebillionrising.org/events to find an event near you (and/or create your own event!)

PLUS, visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8519-one-billion-rising-for-justice to share a message over social media on Friday, February 14th in a simultaneous ThunderClap to demand an end to gender violence.

Share WIDELY & See you in the Great Hall on Friday, Feb 14th! 

  

Saturday

Join Us for a LIVEstreamed One Billion Rising Event

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The UAF Women's Center will be joining a LIVEstreamed One Billion Rising for Justice event in Los Angeles @ 6PM AK time on Thursday, February 6th. 

The State of Female Justice in America will explore why women experience economic, racial, environmental and cultural violence, and will ask what real justice might look like for women in America.

Join us, in the UAF Women's Center, 112 Eielson Building, UAF Central Campus @ 6PM AK time to connect into the LIVEstream. Or, if you can't make it to the Women's Center, or to UCLA Law School, watch LIVE online @ http://www.vday.org/livestream 

Thursday

Scholarships! Apply NOW for 2014-2015!

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NOW is the time to apply for scholarships for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 school year. The application deadline for most scholarships is Feb 15th. 
APPLY NOW, beat the rush!

Stop by the Women's Center (112 Eielson Building - UAF Central Campus) for questions and/or assistance in navigating the scholarship application process. We can walk you through the online application. We want to make sure you find all the scholarship opportunities that await you. 


Below are a couple of scholarships to consider:
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The AAUW Scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2014
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Applicants to the Fairbank's Branch AAUW scholarship should send a letter to the scholarship committee stating:
  • her educational background
  • why she wants to continue her education
  • her educational goals
  • her needs
  • how she plans to use her education in the future
* if the applicant wishes to pursue an "educational project" instead of taking formal classes, she should describe the project and tell how she plans to use the award money to complete it.
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Apply for these and other scholarships for which you are eligible! 
NOW is the time!

Monday

Geosciences Scholarship Opportunity


Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 
Earth Science World Image Bank

Are you, or is someone you know pursuing a Master's or a Doctorate degree in one of the geosciences? If so, here is a scholarship opportunity to consider!


The American Geosciences Institute is currently accepting applications for the new Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications are open to all women pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the geosciences. The successful applicant will be a thesis-based, full time student and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is solely merit-based and applicants will be evaluated on their probability of successfully completing a geoscience graduate program and transitioning into the geoscience profession following graduation.


Interested in applying? Visit: www.agiweb.org/scholarships/wallace/apply.html
Application deadline is January 6th, 2014. The successful applicant for the 2014-2015 Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship will be informed on February 7th and must formally accept the award by February 11th, 2014.

B-word Dialogues - Thurs Dec 5th 1PM

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The B-word Dialogues has been rescheduled!
Winter storms and power outages couldn't silence this dialogue!

Come to Wood Center C/D Thursday December 5th @ 1pm for
The B-word Dialogues 

Students from Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies, and additional disciplines will bring what they are learning in their classes to this discussion about whether words like bitch and pussy have been or can be claimed, reclaimed and/or re-purposed; whether such words are appropriate to use in any context; whether there are parameters around when, by, and with whom such words can be used.
Join the dialogue as students bring these questions and more to the Conference Room C/D upstairs in the Wood Center Thur Dec 5th at 1pm.

Gift Drive - Help us fill this MegaContainer!


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The Holiday GIFT DRIVE is ON! Stop by the Women's Center, 112 Eielson Building, UAF, now through December 20th with unwrapped gifts to help us fill this humongous box with donations for the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. * Bring gifts that are new or very lightly used. Toys, hygiene items, household items, diapers, electronics, anything really (these are families who had to leave their homes, sometimes with only the clothes on their backs, so anything is helpful!) Gift cards are also greatly appreciated! * All gifts need to be UNwrapped. (IAC needs to see the items so that the gifts can go to those who most need them.) Help us, and the fine student organizations sponsoring this gift drive fill this box to overflowing!

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Tuesday

Join us for a film screening followed by a discussion with Dr. Chris Coffman for the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: Wednesday, November 20th 
Time:  7:00 PM 
Place: Room 202 in Reichardt Building

Thursday

Traciana Graves - Say Something Beautiful - RESCHEDULED to Friday, Nov 15th 3:30 PM

Say Something Beautiful: 
Building a Strong Campus Community
featuring speaker, singer, author Traciana Graves
has been RESCHEDULED to Friday, Nov 15th @ 3:30 pm
this event will be held in the Wood Center Ballroom

"With only a few words, using your unique voice, you hold the power to change the world" - Traciana Graves -

This highly engaging, action-packed presentation tackles the key issues facing campuses today, such as the unique challenges colleges face in creating a safe campus environment that appreciates, respects and encompasses all demographics. During this multi-media event students and faculty will have the opportunity to share their voices, experiences and talents. This SPEAK OUT is designed to bring  the UAF community together to experience the power we have to BE THE CHANGE.  Come and experience first hand, the power of SPEAKING OUT! This presentation is guaranteed to ignite civility, engagement, and social justice initiatives at UAF and in the community. 
 
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B-word Dialogues POSTPONED to a not yet determined date

Our B-word dialogues event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14th has been POSTPONED to a not yet determined date due to the weather conditions in Fairbanks and the surrounding areas.

Stay tuned for the reschedule date, time & place

Students from Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies, and additional disciplines will bring what they are learning in their classes to this discussion about whether words like bitch and pussy have been or can be claimed, reclaimed and/or re-purposed; whether such words are appropriate to use in any context; whether there are parameters around when, by, and with whom such words can be used. 
Join the dialogue as students bring these questions and more to the Multi-Level Lounge in the Wood Center.
 
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Tuesday

NAMI of Fairbanks Scholarships - Application Deadline December 2

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The purpose of NAMI of Fairbanks Scholarships is to provide scholarships to part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. First preference shall be given to those who have been treated for a serious mental illness. The scholarship will also be open to other students in any field of study who are interested in education, advocacy and removal of stigma regarding mental illness, particularly those majoring in the disciplines of counseling, psychology, social work or similar fields and who intend to serve the mentally ill.  Students from rural campuses are also eligible to apply. There are two $500 scholarships for spring 2014.
The deadline for application is December 2, 2013

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Soroptimist International of Fairbanks Scholarship

The deadline to apply for the Soroptimist International of Fairbanks Scholarship is December 1st. Eligible applicants are women who: 
  • provide the primary financial support for their dependents (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • have been accepted to or enrolled in a vocational/skills training program of an undergraduate degree program
  • are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals
  • reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries or territories
  • have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; and are not a Soroptimist member, employee of Soroptimist or immediate family of either.
The application is available here  http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/apply.html

For the Fairbanks area, send your filled out application to:

Soroptimist International of Fairbanks
PO Box 70074
Fairbanks, Alaska  99707

or email completed applications to slcamarata@hotmail.com
contact 374-0253 for questions and leave a message and call back number

Thursday

Gender Justice Week - Nov 13, 14, and 15th

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Join us for Gender Justice Week at UAF  
November 13th, 14th, and 15th
Sponsored by the UAF Women's Center, 
Women's & Gender Studies, and the Concert Board
*Scroll down for more details and posters for each individual event*

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First up will be a screening of the documentary film 
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Wednesday, Nov 13th 7:00 PM
@ Wood Center Ballroom

News of incarcerated Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has flooded social media outlets in the past few weeks. Come to Wednesday night's screening to learn more about Pussy Riot members', music, activism, arrest, trial, and incarceration.
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Thursday, Nov 14th 1:00 PM
The B- word Dialogues
@ Wood Center Multi-Level Lounge

Students from Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies, and additional disciplines will bring what they are learning in their classes to this discussion about whether words like bitch and pussy have been or can be claimed, reclaimed and/or re-purposed; whether such words are appropriate to use in any context; whether there are parameters around when, by, and with whom such words can be used. 
Join the dialogue as students bring these questions and more to the Multi-Level Lounge in the Wood Center.
 
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Say Something Beautiful: 
Building a Strong Campus Community
featuring speaker, singer, author Traciana Graves
Thursday, Nov 14th 6:00 PM
@ Wood Center Ballroom

"With only a few words, using your unique voice, you hold the power to change the world" - Traciana Graves -

This highly engaging, action-packed presentation tackles the key issues facing campuses today, such as the unique challenges colleges face in creating a safe campus environment that appreciates, respects and encompasses all demographics. During this multi-media event students and faculty will have the opportunity to share their voices, experiences and talents. This SPEAK OUT is designed to bring  the UAF community together to experience the power we have to BE THE CHANGE.  Come and experience first hand, the power of SPEAKING OUT! This presentation is guaranteed to ignite civility, engagement, and social justice initiatives at UAF and in the community. 
 
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Don’t Call Me a B-: Empowerment + Civility Every Day of Every Month
featuring Traciana Graves
Friday, November 15th, 7:00 pm
@ Wood Center Ballroom


Interactive opportunity for all who are committed to social justice & advocacy to explore tools for creating equity on campus, & in the world.


Using song, storytelling, and multimedia activities, Traciana underscores why the month of March is dedicated to unsung heroines who used their voices to create a more tolerant, equitable society all. Together, we will explore how we all can benefit from, and continue the work of sung & unsung visionaries, 
 every day of every month. No need to wait until March!

 
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