Interdependence - Something to think about, honor, and celebrate this season

Watch "A Declaration of Interdependence" 
Declare your Interdependence! 
Contribute to or create a "Call to Action" 
Change the world!


Actress/Author Geri Jewell to Visit UAF

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Famous for her role on 'The Facts of Life,' Geri Jewell has written an inspiring memoir, ‘I'm Walking As Straight As I Can’. The title refers both to the struggles growing up with cerebral palsy and her sexuality. This candid memoir details her rise to stardom as a stand‐up comic and becoming the first person with a disability to act in a recurring prime‐time television role. Her journey takes her from the Comedy Store to the White House, followed by a downward spiral that almost ended her life. Through her tears and triumphs, she is transformed into a shining symbol of hope for anyone who dares to follow their dreams.

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, December 6
2:30 pm
Alumni Lounge

Presentation and Book Signing
Tuesday, December 6
3:30 pm 
Wood Center, Multi-Level Lounge

These events are sponsored by the Fairbanks Resource Agency and are presented at UAF in part by the following departments: UAF Communications Department, UAF Disability Services, UAF Women's Center, UAF Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, and UAF Theater.



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"Miss Representation," a documentary film about women, power, politics, and the media, will be shown at UAF December 1st at 6:30 PM in Room 208, Gruening Building. The FREE screening of this film, a favorite at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is sponsored by UAF Women's Center, Women's & Gender Studies Program, Northern Studies (NORS) Student Club, the SoC Club, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fairbanks Chapter.

Immediately following the screening of MISS REPRESENTATION, students from the Theories in Women's and Gender Studies class will present a Manifesto they have written. 

For additional information, check out the UAF Women's Center on Facebook, at or by phone 474-6360, or drop by 112 Eielson. 

See the MISS REPRESENTATION Trailer on YouTube 


Celebrate Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month with BOOKS!

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Still time to celebrate Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month (November) with the UAF Women's Center, by reading books by Indigenous Women from Alaska. Some of our picks (visible in the glass case outside the Women's Center) include works by Eliza Jones, Velma Wallis, and Loretta Outwater Cox. Stop by the Women's Center to view the display case, book jackets, and information about these writers. Stop in at the Women's Center (or the Rasmuson Library) to check out one of these books, or others by Indigenous Women from Alaska.

Add a comment, with your suggestions for other writers we should feature!


Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer to be Honored at UAF

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Experience mZuri Moyo, acclaimed singer and performer, who portrays 1960’s civil rights activist and “freedom fighter” legend, Fannie Lou Hamer, during a reception, as well as a presentation Thursday, November 17th at UAF.
Reception to welcome mZuri Moyo
Alumni Lounge, UAF
Thursday, November 17, 2011
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Wood Center Ballroom, UAF
Thursday, November 17, 2011
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Moyo’s UAF visit is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Action Committee with the support of Alaska Airlines, UAF Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity, Women’s Center, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

In Alaska Women Remain Behind in the Gender Pay Gap

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The Alaska Economic Trends edition on “Gender and Earnings in Alaska” and an article from the Juneau Empire entitled “In Alaska, women still trying to equal men’s pay” point out that in Alaska, women remain behind men in wages and earnings.

Check out the following links to find out more about the pay gap here in Alaska.
Alaska Economic Trends edition on “Gender and Earnings in Alaska”

Article from Juneau Empire “In Alaska, women still trying to equal men’s pay”

Video available online: Dr. Carol Gold's Keynote Speech at CSW Women Faculty Luncheon

On October 4, 2011, Dr. Carol Gold, Professor of History, Emeritus gave the keynote speech for the CSW Women Faculty Luncheon. The speech was recorded and is now available on our YouTube page. The link below will take you to the playlist for this speech, which is available in two parts. Make sure to watch both parts. The conclusion remains a topic of conversation around UAF and beyond, Enjoy.


Women Faculty Brown Bag Discussion

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The Women's Center will be hosting a Faculty Women Brown Bag Discussion on Friday, November 4 from 2pm until 3pm, in 112 Eielson Building. The topic of the discussion is "Having It All (And Feeling Good About It!)". Distance participation via computer is available. This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women and the Women's Center. For more information, please contact Kayt Sunwood at 474-6311. 


UWA Holiday Bazaar

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The holiday season is just around the corner. That means that it is time for the annual UWA Holiday Bazaar.  

November 5 & 6 10:00am - 4:00pm 
in the UAF Wood Center
The University Women’s Association’s 43rd annual Holiday Bazaar provides a retail outlet for Alaskan craftspeople who have limited opportunities to sell their products.  Vendors are limited to selling locally made, hand-crafted items either of their own making or merchandise that exhibits artistic and/or creative modification of purchased or collected items.  Books, photographs and audio or visual materials are considered acceptable crafts only if the author or the artist is the vendor.


Add Sexual Orientation and Stir Video

 An exciting and insightful discussion ensued on National Coming Out Day Tuesday, October 11th, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For those who missed the discussion, or want to enjoy the discussion again, follow the link below to a video recording of the event. 

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Women's Talking Circle

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Join the Women's Center
and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity
for our Women's Talking Circle
 the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4:30PM
in the Women's Center
112 Eielson Building - UAF

Contact the Women's Center for further info or details
phone 474-6360


Add Sexual Orientation and Stir

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In February 2011, the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted to amend its non-discrimination clause to include a prohibition against discrimination based on sexual orientation. What does this mean and what happens now? Join in the discussion facilitated by Sine Anahita and Sean Parson on October 11th from 1pm until 2pm in 306 Gruening Building UAF campus. This brown bag discussion in sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, the UAF Women's Center and the UAF Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women.


Do you like to dance, or, would you like to learn to dance? Then join the UWA and the Contra Borealis Dancers for a free Contra Dance! The dance will take place October 8th starting at 7pm in the Carol Brown Ballroom in the UAF Wood Center. No Experience Necessary! All dances will be taught. Beginners are encouraged to check out this fun and FREE activity! 

For more information please contact UWA at or the Contra Broealis Dancers at


UAF Winter Warm-up

Do you have any extra clothing, sports gear or small household appliances that you don't need, but that might be useful to others? Bring such items to the UAF Winter Warm-up. 

Drop-off items on Saturday, October 1st from 9 to 11am. Students will be there to pick-up FREE items they need from 11am to 1pm that same day. 

This is a great way to help out students who were not able to bring needed items from home. 

Clean out your drawers, closets, and storage areas. Warm UAF this winter with your donations to Winter Warm-Up! Clothing, household goods, sporting equipment, all will be greatly appreciated!


Friendship Concert to support Tohoku University, Sendai Japan

Please spread the word to those in Juneau regarding this Benefit Concert 

Original Modern Music Compositions for Two Pianos
When: September 11th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Egan Lecture Hall, Univ. of Alaska Southeast (UAS), Juneau

Free concert / donations will support Tohoku University, Sendai Japan

All music composed by Etsuko Kimura Pederson (Fairbanks composer &
pianist, and UAF Alumna.)

Pianists: Etsuko Kimura Pederson and Paul Krejci.
All music is based on Etsuko’s life experience in Alaska.

UAF and Tohoku University are Partner Universities.  This partnership celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010.  Etsuko and Paul performed a UAF Friendship Concert at Tohoku University in May 2010.  On March 11th 2011, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan severely damaged Tohoku University. Donations at this concert, and sales of Etsuko Kimura Pederson's Modern Music for Two Pianos CD will benefit Tohoku University.


Still Time to Enroll in Spectacular WGS Courses

If you are looking for excitement this Fall 2011, look to 
Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) @ UAF!

Enroll now before these WGS Fall offerings are filled. 
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Celebrate Women's Equality Day with this video from AAUW

Celebrate Women's Equality Day August 26th, and at every opportunity you have to vote! 

Watch this short video from the American Association of University Women,  "It's My Vote: I will Be Heard"

Celebrate those who worked tirelessly for Women's Right to Vote!


Celebrate Women's Equality Day August 26th

Celebrate - 40th Anniversary - Women’s Equality Day!
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women in the United States the right to vote.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. 

Read the Resolution for Women's Equality Day
Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as 
Women’s Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Come to the Women's Center, 112 Eielson 
Celebrate & test  your knowledge on the 
Women's Equality Day Quiz


AAUW House Tour July 9th

Still time to purchase your tickets for the 39th annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fairbanks House Tour. The event happens Saturday July 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards scholarships to help local women return to school and to transform their lives.
Support Scholarships!
Tour Fairbanks' Finest Innovative & Attractive Homes!

Tickets, which cost $20 and come with a map to the featured houses, are available at: If Only... A Fine Store on Cushman Street downtown, at Team Cutters on Airport Way, at HOPS Hallmark in the Shoppers' Forum, and at the Happy Trails Grooming Salon on the Old Steese near Fred Meyer.

For more details and information about the featured houses, click on the link to the News-Miner article below.
Link: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - AAUW Fairbanks House Tour July 9 


Happy 39th Birthday Title IX

Title IX (the first legislation specifically prohibiting sex discrimination in education) turns 39 years old this June.

Title IX reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance"

While Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, Title IX is not just about sports. "It prohibits discrimination against girls and boys, women and men, students and employees, in all levels of education. In accordance with the 1987 Civil Rights Restoration Act, it continues to apply to all education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. For example, it prohibits sex discrimination in facilities, access to courses, career guidance, student financial aid, health and insurance benefits, employment in educational institutions, and sexual harassment ...

Despite progress on some indicators, many inequities remain. Women earn only 20 percent of engineering degrees. Sex segregation and tracking funnel 90 percent of girls and women into traditionally female fields in vocational and technical education. Boys are two-thirds of the special education students and receive 71% of suspensions from school."
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For information on progress and challenges to Title IX see the Ms. magazine articles on “Triumphs of Title IX” (PDF) and the 2008 report, “Title IX at 35: Beyond the Headlines” by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education" summary (PDF)   full report (PDF)

Plus, this recent letter from the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights contains significant guidance for schools and universities towards meeting the obligations of Title IX. 

On this 39th birthday of Title IX there is plenty to celebrate, yet, much equity work remains to be accomplished, at UAF, and across the nation.

Check out the Happy Birthday Title IX display outside the UAF Women's Center (112 Eielson Building) and the Ms. Magazine blog posts on Title IX @

Join in celebration of AND re-commitment to equity, here at UAF and across the nation.


Really Free Market at UAF May 21st

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Join UAF staff, students, faculty, PLUS friends, neighbors and the Fairbanks Community in a Saturday, May 21st celebration of FREE-RE/CYCLING. 

Really FREE Market, Saturday May 21st
Nenana Parking Lot Across from Patty Center
10:00 am to noon for actual FREE Marketing

  • 8:00 am to 10:00 am DROP OFF clean safe items
  • Come by after 10:00 am to take what you need - the FREE Market ENDS at noon - arrive by 10:00 am to get the good stuff!
  • No selling, no bartering, no swapping 
  • By sharing we sustain each other and our community
ALSO stop by Interior Alaska Green Star’s annual Recycling Round-Up
Saturday, May 21 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds parking lot

The market is a good opportunity to share clothes and Spring Cleaning treasures with others who can use them. Please encourage your family and friends to consider participating.

Drop off clean, safe, usable items between 8-10 a.m. the day of the market. The earlier items are dropped off, the more time our volunteers will have to organize items. Look for clearly marked signs for drop off lanes. Volunteers will help you unload your donated items. PLUS, the Really FREE Jam Band will be on hand prior to the Market open for your listening and dancing pleasure, and to help you pass the time until the market opens.

Come back from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to browse the FREE "treasures" ... take what you can use. 

If you would like to volunteer your help with the market. Please contact Lydia Anderson at 474-7037


Gender Theatre 2011

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You are invited to attend Gender Theatre,
written and performed by students in
WGS/SOC 320 Sociology of Gender

Monday, May 9, 2011
3:15-4:30 PM
342 Duckering
University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • A proposal script gone awry 
  • An epic battle between the Equity Avenger, Patriarchy, and Dichotomy 
  • Hardhat women partying on the town
  • Gender roles flipped upside down 
See all this and more at this student-written live performance about the multiplicities of gender.
Mostly funny, totally sociological, and free.

More info? Contact Sine Anahita at or 474-5494



Join area restaurants for Dining Out for Life
Thursday, April 28th

Up to 50% of your bill will be donated to the
Interior AIDS Association

Lavelle's Bistro (Dinner)
Bobby's Downtown (Dinner
Ivory Jacks (11 am - 5 pm)

For an updated list of participating restaurants, visit

Take Back the Night 2011

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Saturday April 30th, 6:30 pm 
Morris Thompson Cultural Center 
101 Dunkel Street in downtown Fairbanks

Take Back the Night is an event with the mission of ending sexual violence in all forms. Take Back the Night events unify women, men, and children in raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence while lending support to survivors.  

Contact Brittany at 452-2293 if you can help out with Take Back the Night 2011, or if you have questions.


A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer - Benefit Reading

 V‑DAY FAIRBANKS 2011   & 
Members of Revive the Red Tent Productions
Present a Benefit Reading of
A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER:  Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 p.m 
Empress Theatre (in the Co-op Building Downtown Fairbanks)
Enjoy the performance, help raise funds and awareness, END violence against women and girls!
Who: V-Day Fairbanks
What: A V-Day Book Event: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer raising funds for the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living
Where: Empress Theatre (Located in the Co-Op Building Downtown Fairbanks)
When: Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 Students, $15.00 General Admission
Contact: Anna Gagne-Hawes (
Goal: To raise awareness to stop violence against women and girls and to raise funds for – The Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living
 A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS festival, which took place June 2006 in New York City. The writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, And A Prayer are a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women.
About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works.  In 2010, over 5400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $75 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 12,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. In twelve years, the V-Day movement has reached over 300 million people.


Scholarship (LGBT) - DEADLINE April 18, 5pm

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The Lesbian, Gay , Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Friends & Allies Student Scholarship was established to provide a scholarship annually to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, children of LGBT persons , or friends and allies of the LGBT community who have affected it positively.
  • Must be a full time or part-time student attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Preference will be given to students who were born in Alaska or are Alaska residents
Application Procedure:
  • Provide contact information & UA ID
  • Please submit a 500 word minimum essay responding to the question,
          "What is your relationship to the LGBT Community"

Award Amount : $1,000

Deliver, mail or email completed application materials to:
LGBT Friends & Allies Student Scholarship
c/o Scholarship coordinator, UAF Financial Aid Office
Room 107 Eielson Building
PO Box 756360
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6360

For mor info : call 474-6228


Day of Silence April 15, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of middle schools, high schools and colleges will take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

  • Because nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment in American schools each year.
  • Because 60% of LGBT youth feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.
  • Because nearly 1 out of 3 LGBT youth missed school in the past month because of safety concerns.

What are you going to do to end the silence?

Learn more at