Event Recap: ‘Practicing for Life’ Event 1: The Power of Vulnerability

Just wanted to send out a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.
We started out with a check-in about messiness and what in our lives left us feeling vulnerable. We followed that up with Brene Brown’s TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability”. After watching the video, here are some questions we discussed:
What is the difference between insecurity and vulnerability?
 
What are some practical ways to acknowledge and practice vulnerability?
 
How is vulnerability gendered?
 
Some important takeaways included the idea that vulnerability is a daily practice and that by being vulnerable first, we make space for others to practice vulnerability. Thanks to everyone who came, and if you couldn’t make it, consider watching the TED talk anyway!
Please come through for our next event next Friday, 2/10 at 4 PM for a discussion about resilience.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback surrounding this series of events, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.
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Femtastic Fridays: Week 3

Happy Friday! We hope you’re all taking time to take care of yourselves. We at the WCC are committed to serving the Stanford community as a place to process, to learn, to develop skills, and to take action toward a more equitable and just world. This space is your space, and we are here to be in community with one another.

What’s New in the WCC

Come out to the WCC on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Feminist Narratives Podcast!

The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium.

Our inaugural interview with artist A-lan Holt focuses on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.

WCC Event Recap

The WCC hosted its Grad Winter Welcome event on Wednesday, January 25th. It was a lovely afternoon of finger painting as the graduate students took some time to decompress after completing the first few weeks of the quarter.

Upcoming Events

Microagressions: Empowerment for the Career World

The WCC is happy to co-sponsor this workshop with El Centro Chicano y Latino. It will focus on solutions to the experience of microagressions in an academic or professional setting. It has been planned with graduate students in mind, but all students are welcome to join us.

Women in Tech + Social Impact

Wondering how to combine your passions for tech with social justice? Come hear from three women who are making waves at the intersection of tech and social justice and hear their insights on constructing a fulfilling career path during this panel discussion!

Friday, February 3, 2017

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

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

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! 🙂

Interesting Reads and Other News

It is estimated that over three million people marched at the Women’s Marches worldwide last Saturday in response to Trump’s inauguration. Take a look at this inspiring piece by Black Lives Matter leader and writer Alicia Garza on directions for moving forward.

If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, Fun Home, based on the New York Times Best Seller graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, is playing at the Curran Theatre in SF now until February 19th.

Femtastic Fridays: Week 2

Today’s Femtastic Friday coincides with the final day of the Obama administration and the inauguration of Donald Trump.  It comes shortly after this Monday, when we celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

As Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” President Obama reflected on this profound statement in his farewell letter, stating “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ ”

No matter your views on today’s political climate, these words serve as a reminder that you are not alone. Whatever your feelings are on this momentous occasion, know that you are not the only one feeling them. No matter what you are fighting for, you are not fighting single-handedly. 

If you are looking for a reassurance of this togetherness, please join us at the WCC as we hold space to be in community with one another.

What’s new at the WCC:

Feminist Narratives Podcast! 

The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium. 

Our inaugural interview with artist A-lan Holt focusing on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.

We’ll be playing it in the WCC’s Self Care Corner today at 4pm!

Feminist Discussion Nights

Sundays at 9-10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Come by for some stimulating discussion, tea, and snacks!

Coordination for Bay Area Women’s Marches

Stanford students are going to be coordinating rides up to various marches for the weekend. Check out the public Facebook link here

Marches are being held across the country to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

Oakland – Meet at Oakland’s Madison Park (9th and Madison) at 10:00 am, with the march culminating at a12:30 pm rally at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway, downtown) with speakers, art and music. More info

San Francisco – Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza. Then join a 5:00 pm candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. More info

San Jose – Meet at San Jose City Hall at 10:00 am, with an 11:00 am march to Cesar Chavez Plaza where there will be a rally with speakers and music. More info

WCC Event Recap:

Women’s March Safety Meeting 

On Wednesday, the DGen Office sponsored an event to provide anyone participating in activist marches this weekend with the information to do so safely and responsibly. To learn more, view the notes from the meeting in the attached document below. 

Feminist News:

Hundreds of thousands of women will be marching in solidarity this weekend. You can learn more here

We applaud the significant work President Obama has done while in office to advance gender equity. Check out his best feminist quotes (https://www.bustle.com/p/the-best-barack-obama-feminist-quotes-during-his-time-in-office-26257) and this writer’s thoughts on what it meant to have a feminist president (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/our-feminist-president-barack-obama_us_58755eeae4b092a6cae3a393)

If you’re looking for something else to do this weekend, check out the film Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic missions, including John Glenn’s successful orbit of earth. Full review here. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/hidden-figures-review/512252/

A Note from the WCC Directors from Election Day: 

“Dear WCC community,

We see you. We love you. We are here for you. You matter.

Please take care of yourselves. Please take care of each other.

If you can’t stop by, we invite you to remember these easy self-care practices:

1. Breathe. Inhale for five counts through the nose, exhale for five counts through the mouth. Repeat.

2. Drink a glass of water.

3. Take a shower.

4. Stretch for 30 seconds, or more.

5. Take a walk to your favorite spot on campus (lake lag? cactus garden?). Leave your phone at home or on do not disturb and don’t check it til you’re back.

Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to sustain ourselves and each other. We are here for you.

Faith & Marta”

WCC Community: We stand with you. You matter, and your voice matters. 

Femtastic Fridays: Winter Quarter Week 1

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Welcome back to campus all! We hope you had a relaxing break filled with self-care.

What’s new at the WCC:

Feminist Narratives Podcast! 

The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium. It launches ~next Friday!~

Feminist Discussion Nights

Sundays at 9-10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Come by for some stimulating discussion, tea, and snacks!

Coordination for Bay Area Women’s Marches

Stanford students are going to be coordinating rides up to various marches for the weekend. Check out the public Facebook link here.

Marches are being held across the country to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

Oakland – Meet at Oakland’s Madison Park (9th and Madison) at 10:00 am, with the march culminating at a12:30 pm rally at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway, downtown) with speakers, art and music. More info

San Francisco – Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza. Then join a 5:00 pm candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. More info

San Jose – Meet at San Jose City Hall at 10:00 am, with an 11:00 am march to Cesar Chavez Plaza where there will be a rally with speakers and music. More info

WCC Event Recap:

To Be Resilient

Today, we were thrilled to have Adina Glickman of the Stanford Resilience Project join us for a workshop on resiliency in academic and personal life. 

Some key takeaways were that resilience comes in stages, and that it’s important to be gentle with yourself. 

Feminist News:

Senate votes overnight to remove contraception coverage, potentially affecting millions of women. Check it out here.

Check out these ten female directors to watch in 2017!

Wishing you a wonderful week 2 ahead!

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