Workshop Recap: Digital Security for Activists (or Anyone) with EFF

On May 17, we had an awesome workshop on what everyone should know about digital security with SF-based technology advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. The event was a hands-on discussion that included both suggested for tools to use and more general frameworks to think about your own security needs.

Here are a few of the key takeaways:

  • There is no such thing as perfect security. Often, there is an inherent tradeoff between security and convenience—the more convenient option is less secure, the more secure option is less convenient. However, taking even basic preventative measures to avoid being an easy target mitigates most of the risks you will face as a user.
  • Think about what you want to protect. Everyone has digital assets that they would like to protect, from devices, to personal data, to sensitive communications, to identities or associations. Thinking about your individual needs can help you prioritize where to be most cautious.
  • Think about what you want to protect against. The other part of the equation is the threat landscape: potential actors such as criminal hackers, local government, or federal government, or commercial entities that perform surveillance. At the event, we installed Signal, a secure messaging app with end-to-end encryption, and talked about the benefits of using a secure password manager to limit unwanted access to your accounts.

For more detailed information, you may read notes generously donated by an attendee of the workshop here. Additionally, for applications recommended by the EFF, please see ssd.eff.org,  and for specific inquiries you may reach out to info@eff.org.

– Maggie

Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 6

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Happy Friday! Whether or not it’s been an especially stressful week of midterms and papers for you, we hope that you find the time to recharge your batteries and treat yourself this weekend.

What’s New in the WCC

Introducing the New WCC Staff

Alicia Hu – Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference Chair

Claire Robinson – Outreach Coordinator

Ginger Gramson – Communications Coordinator

Irene Jeon – Women in STEM Coordinator

Jasmine Liu – Women at Work Coordinator

Karina Gutierrez – Graduate Program Coordinator

Lillian Bornstein – Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Lucas Lawrence – Academic Coordinator

Olivia Reyes-Becerra – Alumni and Campus Partners Coordinator

Rawley Clark – NSO/Intern/Ambassador Coordinator

Taylor Crutison – Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Valerie Troutman – Graduate Program Coordinator

Please join us in congratulating all the new and returning staff for next year!

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Events

Recap

Exploring Allyship Event on Monday

We spoke about the motivations behind being an ally in response to the Tim Wise keynote at the Sally Dickson Lecture. This fruitful discussion centered around the differences between charity and solidarity, and the differences between calling oneself an ally and practicing solidarity.

Feminism in Conversation Event on Wednesday

Dr. Marcie Bianco gave us a brief overview of the history of feminism, highlighting and centering the part woman of color played in the feminist movement (which is often left out of the history of feminism). Dr. Bianco also lead us into a powerful discussion on the difference between fighting for equality and fighting for freedom.

Institutional Change at Stanford Event on Saturday

Last Saturday, Provost Drell hosted a workshop on institutional change at Stanford. We recommend you check out the slides from the event to see how they may influence how you do your work: http://provost.stanford.edu/2017/05/08/provost-drell-hosts-workshop-on-institutional-change

Upcoming

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Upcoming events include:

Asian Images 2017 – Artists from the Grassroots (May 13, 7pm, A3C Ballroom)

One Love Escalation Workshop on warning signs of relationship abuse (May 14, 8pm, Old Union 215)

Check out the full calendar here.

Self-Care Sundae

Please come join the Haas Center for an evening of self-care, relaxation,and great food!

Tuesday, May 16th

7 – 8:30 pm

Haas Center

End-of-the-Year Ambassador Event

Wednesday, May 17th between 1:30pm and 3pm at the WCC

Something we like to do here at the WCC is express gratitude for those who have helped us along on our journeys. In that spirit, our last event of the year will be an opportunity to get together, eat pizza and write letters of gratitude to faculty doing work in gender equity.  RSVP to Lucas (blawrenc@stanford.edu) so we know how much pizza to order!

Digital Security for Activists (or Anyone)

Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30pm at the WCC

Are you engaged in activism, or just creeped out by government surveillance?

Join us for a free workshop with the Electronic Frontier Foundation on digital security and surveillance self-defense. Learn best practices on social media, at protests, and during international travel. No technical expertise needed – just bring your laptop and/or phone, and you’ll leave with new tools for ensuring the security and privacy of your communications, as well as opportunities to become further involved in digital privacy advocacy. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2pVB94E!

Interesting Reads and Other News

How will the Republican healthcare bill affect survivors of sexual assault? What protections will be removed? Click here to read more.

41 girls were recently killed in a fire in an orphanage in Guatemala, a country that has one of the highest rates of violent deaths among women. Read more here about the activists that have come together through this tragedy to fight for women’s rights.

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Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 5

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Happy Friday!

We’re sending you love during this sometimes stressful time in the quarter. We hope you find moments to laugh with a friend, take a walk in the sunshine, or listen to a good song. The weekend is here!

What’s New in the WCC

Introducing the New WCC Staff

Alicia Hu – Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference Chair

Claire Robinson – Outreach Coordinator

Ginger Gramson – Communications Coordinator

Irene Jeon – Women in STEM Coordinator

Jasmine Liu – Women at Work Coordinator

Karina Gutierrez – Graduate Program Coordinator

Lillian Bornstein – Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Lucas Lawrence – Academic Coordinator

Olivia Reyes-Becerra – Alumni and Campus Partners Coordinator

Rawley Clark – NSO/Intern/Ambassador Coordinator

Taylor Crutison – Feminist Narratives Coordinator

Valerie Troutman – Graduate Program Coordinator

Please join us in congratulating all the new and returning staff for next year!

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Upcoming Events

What does it mean to be an “ally”?: A Conversation at the Women’s Community Center

Monday, May 8th

9 pm

Following the ‘Engaging Allies’ panel and lecture with Tim Wise at 6:30 PM at CEMEX

An Evening with Stephanie Lampkin! 

Thursday, May 11th

5 pm – 7:30 pm

Women’s Community Center

RSVP at tinyurl.com/steminist-night.com

Space is Limited

Self-Care Sundae

Please come join the Haas Center for an evening of self-care, relaxation, and great food!

 Tuesday, May 16th

7 – 8:30 pm

Haas Center

Interesting Reads and Other News

A couple of boarding schools on the east coast are instituting gender neutral housing in the upcoming Fall trimester. Read more about the changes here!

As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, it’s important to revisit the history behind this monumental holiday.

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Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 4

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Happy Friday! We hope you’re all taking time to take care of yourselves amidst midterms and projects and other Week 4 craziness. What are you doing to fill your cup this weekend?

What’s New in the WCC

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Upcoming Events

Day of Feminism

Join us for an afternoon of art, community and care. Throughout the day we will have treats, activities and performances. There will be crafting and community from 2-6 and performances at 2:30 and 3:30 pm. There will be DIY screen printing! Feel free to bring your own t-shirt, tote bag etc.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

Beyond First Year: A Conversation

Is sophomore slump real? What does community look like outside the frosh dorm?

What if I haven’t started thinking about my major?

Beyond First Year: A Conversation

Join us to hear a panel of upperclass students discuss Stanford after first year, followed by Q&A and dinner with the panelists.

Monday, May 1, 2017

5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

Holistic Health & Wellness Workshop

The African American Fraternal & Sororal Association, Multicultural Greek Council, and the Men & Masculinities Project present

Byron Hurt, Award-winning filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist

A workshop on wellness in college, and its relationship to race, class, and gender

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Roble Theater

Dinner & Dialogue

A catered dinner and dialogue on masculinities, emphasizing the intersection of race and gender

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Black Community Services Center

Interesting Reads and Other News

Check out this thought-provoking piece

by Ijeoma Oluo, in which she discusses her interview with Rachel Dolezal.

Take a look at how a new Arkansas abortion ban is targeting Asian Americans.

Here’s a raw, introspective piece

in which one woman reflects on her experiences working at and leaving Uber.

Looking for some weekend reads? Check out this rad list

of essential reads by Latina authors.

Peggy Whitson officially broke the NASA record for the most days spent in space by an American.

Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 3

Happy Friday, friends!  💐🌻🌷

As I look around campus this week, I see so many beautiful gardens and new flowers. This weekend, I wish you all the opportunity to reflect on growth: both how you have grown to be the *amazing* person you are today and how you hope to continue to strive for a whole, thoughtful, feeling self.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Check out the newly released Episode 4 in collaboration with Dr. Jeanine Staples, who speaks about toxic lover identities.

Listen Here

The WCC is now hiring for 2017-18!

Apply online at bit.ly/WCC-1718 by 5pm tonight!! 

Upcoming Events

Mentoring 101

Tuesday, April 25th 12:30-1:30 PM

@ The WCC (1st floor of the Firetruck House)

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! 🙂

RSVP on Handshake here!

20 Minutes of Action

Stanford Artists on Sexual Violence, Social Justice & Political Resistance

April 27-29 | Thu-Sat | 8pm | Doors 7:30

Nitery Theater | Stanford University

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Women in Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

Speakers: Tracy Young (PlanGrid), Claire Hughes Johnson (Stripe), Sophia Parsa (toot), Sue Kwon (Honor), Valerie Wagoner (ZipDial), Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (theBoardlist)

Event details: April 29th, 1-4PM, @ Huang Mackenzie Room

Sign up: bit.ly/basesWIE by April 23

Day of Feminism 

A day of performance, creation, and community

April 29 |2-6pm

Women’s* Community Center Lounge | Stanford University

Event Recap

This week, Feminist Discussion Night focused on feminist pornography. We discussed the definition of feminist pornography, the performance of gender roles and queer-status in pornography, and the morality of consuming non-feminist pornography. 

This week we had a wonderful brainstorm session for our community resource guide. If you have thoughts to contribute, feel free to do so here

Interesting Reads and Other News

Looking for new perspectives on feminism? Check out this diverse playlist of intersectional feminist TED talks.

Adrienne Marie Brown gave an incredible talk on emergent healing this week. Check out her blog here and her book here.

Have a great weekend y’all!

Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 2

Happy Friday!  It’s beautiful weather and the beginning of the new quarter- enjoy this opportunity to be outside, enjoy the community, and look forward to an exciting Spring Quarter. Wishing everyone a productive, positive, and grounded Week 3!

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Check out the newly released Episode 4 in collaboration with Dr. Jeanine Staples, who speaks about toxic lover identities.

Listen Here

The WCC is now hiring for 2017-18!

Apply online at bit.ly/WCC-1718 by 5pm on Friday, April 21.

Upcoming Events

Feminist Discussion Night: Feminist Pornography

Women’s Community Center

Thursday, April 20 8-9:30pm

The Namesake Collective Presents: 

Hunger & Thirst 

Backyard Brew on California Avenue

Friday, April 14th and 8pm

Women’s Career Mixer 

Beam Career Center

Tuesday, April 18th, 5-7pm

TERRA BITES**: BI(SEXUALITY). (BI)MUSICALITY.

Friday 4.14 5PM | Dinner | Terra [Directions]

Facebook Event

Lucy Sanders

 CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, C106 @ the GSB

5:30-6:30, 18th April, Tuesday

Event Recap

Last weekend was the Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference! Congratulations to our wonderful conference coordinators, and thank you so much to everyone who spoke, attended, and mentored at the event! 

Interesting Reads and Other News

Check out some incredible personal narratives by trans women here

Learn more about a female-run mosque opening in Berkeley!

Enjoy cartoons exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism by Anna Bongiovanni. 

In navigating post-graduation or summer plans, check out this piece on negotiation. 

Have a great weekend y’all!

 

Mentoring 101

It was wonderful to have BEAM representatives Annie Vleck and Ahmad Wright with us at the WCC for our Mentoring 101 event! They offered valuable insight into finding and maintaining a connection with a mentor. Here is some of the advice they shared:

1. Finding the right mentor

Each person’s “right” mentor varies! Depending on what you’re looking for, a mentor may look or act in different ways. Think about what you are looking for, including the background of your potential mentor and your goals for your relationship with that mentor, and then try to outline 5 words to describe your ideal mentor. There are also numerous resources to find mentors, among which include the Stanford Alumni Mentoring Program, LinkedIn, internships/jobs, and the Alumni directory, all of which BEAM can assist you on. There are also different types of mentors someone might have at any given moment: there’s the 1-year-from-now mentor, or someone who is in a position that you’d like to be in ~12 months from now; there’s the 5-years-from-now mentor, and even a 10+-years-from-now mentor. The questions you might have for each of these types of mentors are different, and that’s good!

2. Making the ask + cultivating conversation

You don’t have to approach someone out of the blue and ask them formally to be your mentor! Oftentimes, finding a mentor can be very informal. If you have already met someone (a teacher or a recruiter), establishing a connection can be as simple as inviting your potential mentor to a follow-up meeting, coffee, or lunch. Set goals and expectations and be upfront with what you’re hoping they can help with. Over time, the trust that a mentor and mentee build can allow emotional closeness through being vulnerable. Remember, mentors want to help you succeed!

3. Maintaining the connection

Once you’ve found someone you’d like to get to know better, maintain your connection! Mentorship is a two-way street, so do not assume your mentor will drive the process. Stay in touch, be eager to learn, show gratitude, and look for knowledge–not validation! Even a quarterly/annual email to thank them and give a small update into whats happening in your life can work!

 

Mentorship can be a valuable learning resource for anyone, and we hope that these tips will guide you on your search. BEAM is also open for students looking for help finding a mentor. See https://beam.stanford.edu/students for more info!

 

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Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 1

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Happy Friday!

We hope your Week 1 was off to a stellar start. To top it off, here’s your roundup of feminist wonderfulness!

What’s up at the WCC?

We’re hiring!

We are currently seeking applicants for our 2017-2018 WCC Staff!

Find more info and the application at this link.

2017 Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference

Courage to Bloom: Embracing Your Roots and Planting Seeds for Change

April 8, 2017 9:45AM-3:30pm in Tresidder Memorial Union

Check-in for registered attendees begins at 9:45AM and ends promptly at 10AM. Please arrive early to help us stay on schedule, to sign up for mentor tables, and to ensure that you receive swag!

See the schedule and more here. Please let us know if you can no longer make it.

New Episode of the Feminist Voices Podcast!

Episode 4 | Featuring Dr. Jeanine Staples

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Click here to listen!

Community Resource Guide Brainstorming Session

3:30-4:30PM Thursday, April 13 | WCC Main Lounge

Featuring boba from Teaspoon!

We are creating a WCC Community Resource Guide to preserve institutional knowledge within our vibrant community. The guide will be available to all students, and will feature advice on topics such as how to get to know professors, recommendations for excellent Stanford experiences, ways to branch out of your friend group, can’t-miss classes, and more. Because it’s a community guide, we want *your* input via this fun brainstorming session with boba from Teaspoon!

Uplifting Feminist News and Articles

This week, astronaut Peggy Whitson completed her eighth spacewalk and set the record for number of spacewalks by a female astronaut!

“Powerhouse ballet dancer Ashley Bouder is no stranger to making headlines and spurring conversation, including last year when she was documented rehearsing dance moves mere days before giving birth to her first child. This year and right in the middle of Women’s History Month, she put together a program to point out the imbalance in ballet when it comes to the gender of choreographers and composers.” Read about it here.

Louisiana might be the next state to get rid of the “tampon tax.” Read more here.

There are currently record numbers of women and folks of color running for office in Los Angeles. Read more here!

We hope you have a great weekend!

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Femtastic Friday: Week 8

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Happy Friday!

We hope that your quarter is finishing out strong! Please remember to take times for yourself during this busy time.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Check out the newly released Episode 3 in collaboration with Three Unicorns!

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage

March 10th at 4 pm

Women’s Community Center

Snacks provided!

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

TERRA BITES**: MOONLIGHT Screening

Friday, March 3rd at 5PM

Terra [Directions]

Facebook Event

Self Care Night

Saturday, March 4th from 8-10PM

Women’s Community Center

To Thrive in the Academy, ROAR!

Lead by Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., Provost and Executive Vice President, Regents Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Texas A&M University

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Tresidder Union, Oak West

To attend, please register by March 8

Moving LGBTQ+ Youth Research Beyond the “Safe” Paradigm

Lead by Queer Perspectives Speaker of 2017: Michael Sadowski

March 9th at 4:00PM

Spilker 232

Chai Chat: Just a Piece of Cloth – Women and the Hijab 

 Thursday, Mar. 9 at 5:30 – 7 pm

The Markaz Resource Center

Dinner will be catered!

Gender Passing and Official Panic in Qing Dynasty China

Lead by Matthew Sommer, Professor of Chinese History, and Madihah Akhter, PhD candidate in modern South Asian history

Tuesday, March 7 from 6-8pm

Stanford Humanities Center Board Room.

RSVP here

Dinner will be served!

Interesting Reads and Other News

On March 8th, there will be a national “Day Without Women” strike! Read more about the movement here!

Check out this article on the woman behind Beyonce, Rihanna, and Issa Rae’s music videos and TV shows!

Have a great weekend!

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Navigating Non-Profit Careers

We were honored to have two panelists come speak at the WCC on Monday about their experiences working at non-profits. Our first panelist was Katrina Logan, JD, an immigration attorney at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), which is a non-profit specializing in housing, civil litigation, and immigration issues. Our second panelist was Alexis Paza, who works as a Tides Community Catalyzer and helps non-profits collaborate and develop relationships between each other. Alexis and Katrina both gave valuable insight into key parts of navigating non-profit careers.

Finding the right non-profit

One point emphasized was the importance of finding a non-profit that fit well, and seeking additional opportunities to either move up or move on. As Alexis described, “Trust when opportunities fall into your lap, say yes, and trust that one day you’ll look back and make sense of it.” She describe a certain instinct that she felt most people would have when a position just wasn’t the right fit, but also to trust that each position had something to learn from. Katrina echoed this, saying that it may seem there are limited jobs, but there are also indeed many positions opening.

From the get-go there are three main things to look for when finding the right non-profit to work with: mission fit, position fit, and culture fit. Does their mission and theory of change excite you? Do you think they have a good approach to solve the issue at hand? If so, you may have found a mission fit with this non-profit. Do you like what you’ll be doing there? Even though you might not enjoy every task, do you enjoy the day-to-day work? That’s position fit. And of course, do you enjoy working with folks in that position? Co-workers can make or break a positive experience at work. It’s important to know your own needs so that you can form strong connections with co-workers over the meaningful work you’re all doing.

A catalyst into a non-profit career

Both Katrina and Alexis had formative life experiences that either furthered their passion for their jobs, or helped them choose their current jobs. For example, Alexis described how she drove one of her clients home, only to discover the client lived far away from the city in horrendous conditions. This incident made her more determined to help enact social change. In Katrina’s case, Katrina watched as her mother had to navigate a divorce by herself when Katrina was a child. English was her mother’s second language, and she consequently had a very tough time navigating the legal system. However, Katrina also understood the pressure to go into a high-paying job such as law in order to support one’s family. As she said, “If you need to make money to support your family, there’s nothing wrong with going to law school to make money,” adding that what actually mattered was figuring out what to do with a law degree in a way that was meaningful.

“Figure out what gets you out of bed”

Lastly, although Katrina and Alexis both worked in non-profits, they both mentioned that anyone from any level could enact change. For example, someone more interested in fixing social problems using business and entrepreneurship could accomplish impact by working at a for-profit social capital company. There are a lot of ways to tackle issues within the world–what matters is finding something that truly motivates you and gets you out of bed each morning.

 

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