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Happy Friday from the WCC!
As we near the end of the quarter, WCC hosted a crafternoon today with ice cream sundae and waffles to appreciate the space and connect with other community members. Stay tuned for more exciting and wholesome events at the WCC. Feel free to join us at the Firetruck House for a warm cup of tea and a good company of people who appreciate your presence as you get ready to power through Week 9!
What’s New at the WCC?
1. Bridge Peer Counseling at the WCC
The WCC will be hosting a peer counselor from the Bridge on Friday afternoons from 3-6pm.
Swing by the WCC on Fridays from 3-6pm to talk to a Bridge counselor about school, family, friends, mental health issues, how your last midterm went, or anything in between. All counseling sessions are completely private and confidential.
Or, call the Bridge Peer Counseling Center anytime, day or night, at 650-723-3392.
2. Join us on every Tuesday afternoon for BEAM career advising!
Every Tuesday from 2-3:30pm BEAM Career Catalyst Joslyn Johnson will be having office hours in the WCC main lounge. Come for drop-in advising if you need help with resumes, cover letters, finding mentors, and preparing interviews. Joslyn feels passionate about helping students explore and find meaningful. We are excited to have Joslyn as your mentor and career coach!
3. Check out the Feminist Narrative Zine!
We are super excited to release the first Stanford Feminist Narratives Zine! We hope you enjoy this compilation of art and writing that aims to encompass some of the diverse feminist narratives that exist on this campus from our own peers. Hard copies will also be available for perusal at the WCC. We hope you enjoy!
4. Give a listen to the latest WCC podcast, Our Names!
Listen to episodes 1 + 2 here!
Tune in to Episode 2 of Our Names, a WCC podcast by intern Tessa Lisanti, focusing on women’s relationships with last names. Through having conversations with women on campus whose decision to keep or change their last name through marriage was meaningful to them, the podcast delves into how culture, family, and feminism play into our choices regarding our names.
Just as much of feminism has been about reclaiming history and ensuring that women’s narratives aren’t forgotten, for many women, last names serve as a way to continue their own legacies. In episode 2, we explore how a woman’s name can encapsulate her individual identity, which includes her accomplishments, her relationships, and her feminist beliefs.
5. Check out another WCC podcast, Anatomy of a Feminist Icon!
Anatomy of a Feminist Icon investigates the meaning of the term “feminist icon,” using interviews with a sampling of members of the Stanford community. What does it mean to call somebody a feminist icon? Do feminist icons have to be famous? What role should these icons have in the feminist movement as a whole? This project seeks to investigate questions like these in order to help listeners gain a deeper understanding of the implications of this term to consider as they use it in everyday life.
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Interesting News and Other Reads
Here is an empowering article that shows how Dr. Claire Karekezi, survivor of the Rwanadan Genocide, will return to her home in July as the first and only female neurosurgeon in the entire country. Take a look for heartwarming inspiration.
We were thrilled to host Melissa Harris-Perry for an evening of conversation last Thursday. She is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, Editor-at-Large, Elle.com and Author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. To celebrate her presence on campus, we have included her article for The Nation.
It’s commencement speech season at universities across the country (we’re so close, and yet so far….) and, and if you need some inspiration, check out soccer star Abby Wambach’s recent address.
Today, May 25, people in Ireland will cast their votes to decide whether the 8th amendment of the country’s constitution – which currently makes abortion illegal in almost all cases – should be repealed. And people from Ireland living all over the world are traveling long distances home to cast their vote and sharing their journeys with the hashtag #hometovote.