Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Title IX, SARA, & CST Info Session and Q&A

Written by Gillian Dee, WCC Intern

There is a dizzying amount of resources thrown at you when you get to Stanford. Three very important resources, however, deserve a second mention.  On November 2nd, we were fortunate enough to have representatives from the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), The Confidential Support Team, and the Title IX Office come speak at the Women’s Community Center. The representatives cleared up the confusion surrounding the services they each provide.  These are all offices that respond to sexual assault, each in their own way. Here is a breakdown of what each office does and a possible roadmap to guide where you should go if you need this support.

A possible first step if you need help:

1)Confidential Support Team

This service provides a range of supportive services and is completely confidential.  The office is staffed by professional therapists.  They have a 24/7 hotline ((650) 725-9955), and help all students ranging from victims to alleged perpetrators to a victim’s support system.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231

CTS Hotline: Main office: (650) 736-6933; Hotline: (650) 725-9955


2) Title IX

This office works to facilitate the needs of students. It addresses Title IX concerns involving all students, making sure university programs/activities are free of harassment and violence based on sex/gender. They offer several services: investigations, accommodations (physical + educational), outreach and training. This organization is neutral and is not an advocate. If you want to report your assault to Stanford, this office will help you do that.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231




3) SARA Office

This office focuses on education, expression, and caring relationships.  They offer holistic healing opportunities to survivors and are responsible for the Beyond Sex Ed during NSO and other such education programs.  This is a great place to get involved on campus if you are passionate about these issues as well.  This center is made for and by students.

Kingscote Gardens (Suite 220)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305




All three offices are staffed by professionals working to help the Stanford Community.  If you need any of these services they are all located at Kingscote Gardens, in one building.

Here are some more resources:






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

Event Recap — ‘Practicing for Life’ Event #3 on Being ‘Enough’

Hi all!


Just wanted to post 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 in what areas of our life we felt we were ‘not enough’. We followed that up with a reading from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly on scarcity mentality and feeling like we will never be enough. After the reading, here are some questions we discussed:
What makes us feel like we are not enough?
Can feeling ‘not enough’ ever be motivating, or is it only damaging?
How does the act of deciding which activities to engage in set us up for feeling like certain activities will leave us feeling like we are enough?
What are some practical ways to begin from a place of feeling like we are enough?
Some important takeaways included that we can use healthy competition, not scarcity mentality, to improve ourselves while still feeling like we are enough. If you would like a PDF of the reading, please reach out to Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu for a scanned copy.
Please come through for our last event next Friday, 3.10 at 4 PM to talk about Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.

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.

Femtastic Friday: Week 6


Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

The WCC is gearing up for an amazing year! Make sure to stop by and meet our amazing staff and interns!

Join the Women’s Community Center on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Looking for help on your PWR essay?

Hume Writing Tutors at the WCC

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center



WCC Fall Gathering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

3:30pm – 5:30pm

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

(433 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA)

Enjoy treats with us as we celebrate a new year and a newly redesigned space. Enjoy a special student performance at 4:30pm, and gather to meet artist Evelyn Anderson, who we recently commissioned to paint two new murals.

Boba from Teaspoons and fall treats will be served.

Don’t forget to cast your ballot this Tuesday, November 8th!

Consider taking FEMGEN 118: Transgender Cultural Studies!

 “In the United States, we seem to be in a ‘transgender moment,’ or we’ve reached what Time magazine has called the ‘transgender tipping point.’ In this Course, we will explore what this cultural moment means for the representation of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.]

Interesting Reads and Other News

With all the stress of the upcoming election, don’t forget to practice self-care and community care. So many of the challenges of this electoral season feel deeply personal. Here are some resources for learning more about election stress, and strategies for practicing care!


Femtastic Friday: Week 5


Happy halfway-through-fall-quarter Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

With this past weekend being homecoming, the WCC saw many alumni visiting and seeing the changes in the space since their time at Stanford.

We were thrilled to hear stories about their time as WCC staff and show them the work we are doing now.



The event of the week: Solange coming to campus!

On Oct. 27, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts welcomed Solange and Melissa Harris-Perry

to CEMEX auditorium to talk about #BlackGirlMagic.


Faces Screening

Not a freshman? Somehow missed Faces during NSO?

This year’s Faces of Community is being screened this afternoon!

Friday, October 28, 2016

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium

Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Women in Leadership: What’s Next?

All members of the Stanford community are invited to discuss the findings of this task force.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

4:30 pm

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

More information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

In South Korea, a controversy was started by a magazine cover showing the bare, bound legs of a woman in a car trunk.

In a country where a feminist movement is just emerging, the attempt to protest this cover has not been without backlash.

TV show to binge watch this weekend: Insecure, created by Issa Rae (Class of ‘07).

Click here to find out why one critic loves it.


[Promotional image for TV show Insecure with close up of creator and star Issa Rae]


Femtastic Friday: Week 4


Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

Stop by to check out the new artwork in the space by Stanford alumnae Evelyn Anderson! Two of her pieces will be hanging in the WCC, the first of which is now hanging in the self-care corner. We hope the beauty in the space will encourage you all to take care of the beauty within you!


Event Recap

Yaa Gyasi, ’11 Book Talk

On Oct. 12, 2016, author and Stanford alumnae Yaa Gyasi spoke at Stanford’s Women’s Community Center in a well-attended Q&A moderated by Mysia Anderson, ’17.


“Why are some STEM* fields less gender balanced than others?”

with Sapna Cheryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Room 201, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center

Limited seating. To attend, please RSVP here!

Artist’s Salon

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research is featuring Irene Carvajal a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist who will be speaking and showing her work.

Monday, October 24, 2016

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center

The event is open to the Stanford community!

Get involved with the WCC Ambassador Program!

Find out more information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Rumor has it that the United Nations is set to appoint Wonder Woman its “Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” Though the choice is not without push back, Wonder Woman will be the face of a new social media campaign for the UN.

Donald Trump’s “nasty woman” comments about Hillary Clinton on Wednesday ignited the trending hashtag #IAmANastyWomanBecause in a show of feminist solidarity.


Femtastic Friday: Week 3


Happy Friday! We hope you’re excited :)!

Please stop by and meet our new staff! Our office hours are 11 AM – 6 PM from Monday to Friday.


Every Wednesday from October 19 – November 16, Stanford students will be invited to watch and discuss Oprah Winfrey’s BELIEF Film Series. Special guests will be in attendance each week, to be in conversation on the topics raised in each episode. Viewings and discussions will be held at 8 PM in CIRCLE, third floor, Old Union.

Check out http://events.stanford.edu/events/635/63581/ for more info!

Be on the lookout for an announcement of our new interns and for more details about the Campus Ambassador program!

Interesting Reads and Other News

A new documentary, “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World,” premiered on CNN on October 12. It depicts the visit of the first lady, the actors Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and the CNN correspondent Isha Sesay to Morocco and Liberia to meet with girls fighting to stay in school. Andra Day’s anthem “Rise Up” is the theme song.

Michelle Obama also gave a passionate and inspiring speech recently in New Hampshire, in which she denounces Trump’s bigotry and his comments about women. Read here.

This analytical article, “Election Update: Women are Defeating Donald Trump,” predicts what the polls would look like if just men or just women voted in the presidential election.

Check out this valuable video, “Building Effective Networks,” posted by Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report seeks to measure “the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics” for over 140 economies. This report has been released for a decade, so it can help measure progress of different countries over time.

Finally, here is a beautiful, inspiring video on self-confidence, “Soy Yo,” by an eleven-year-old girl in Bomba Estéreo.

Have a wonderful weekend!


The 2016 Election: What It Means for Reproductive Freedom

The Women’s Community Center hosted NARAL Pro-Choice America for The 2016 Election: What It Means for Reproductive Freedom. Donna Crane, NARAL’s lead lobbyist, and Amy Everitt, NARAL California State Director, gave an overview of the future of reproductive freedom post-election.

To learn more about the state of Roe v. Wade in the US, click here.

To learn more about the state of contraceptive coverage in the US, click here.

The speakers suggested the two following actions:

1. Call Senator Dianne Feinstein (DC Office (202) 224-3841, SF Office (415) 393-0707). Starting in January, Sen. Feinstein will be the most senior Democrat on the critically important Judiciary Committee. She needs to know that her pro-choice constituents appreciate her long time leadership, need her to play an even more important role in the months ahead, and that we have her back as the fights for reproductive freedom intensify. Please refer to the talking points below, but feel free to express what resonates with you:

  • Graciously thank Sen. Feinstein for her relentless support regarding abortion and reproductive rights.
  • We need her leadership now more than ever. 
  • We will strongly support every action she takes to protect reproductive freedom.

2. A secondary course of action is to call Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier, echoing the sentiments above.

  • Anna Eshoo (District Office): (650) 323-2984
  • Jackie Speier (District Office) : (650) 342-0300

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions

In Women at Work’s first workshop of the 2016-2017 school year, Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions, Dr. Meag-gan Walters from Stanford’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) gave examples of what microaggressions can look like in everyday life. She also gave examples of strategies for working through the negative emotional and psychological effects that microaggressions can create.

What is a Microaggression?

Microaggressions can take many forms. Dr. Walter explained that aggressions can be characterized into the following categories depending on their severity:

  • Micro-negations: Communications that subtly exclude or negate the thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of another person. For instance, a colleague asking a person of color “where are you from….no where are you really from?” implying that the person of color is a “foreigner in their own land”.
  • Micro-insults: Verbal, non-verbal, and environmental communications that subtly convey rudeness and insensitivity that demean a person’s identity. For example, a student who asks a fellow student how they got an acceptance into a prestigious university, implying that she/he may have landed it through affirmative action and that she/he is not deserving of an acceptance.
  • Micro-assaults: Conscious and intentional discriminatory actions including using racial epithets, displaying supremacist symbols, or preventing others from interacting from those outside of their race.

No matter the severity, microaggressions can have both short and long term effects. In the moment, the recipient may feel emotionally drained, as responding to an uncomfortable/hurtful situation takes energy, especially when the recipient feels as though they need to defend their identity. Long-term impacts can include lowered self esteem, increased isolation and loneliness, frustration around being perceived as too sensitive, regret for inaction in the moment, and even physical and mental health consequences including heightened cortisol levels, depression, etc.

Knowing this, Dr. Walters reminds us that we’re not alone in experiencing these aggressions and that it is not the recipient’s fault when a microaggression happens. Preparing ourselves to recognize when a microaggression is being committed and to react in our own time are forms of self-care in themselves.

Why we don’t respond?

People who experience microaggressions are put in a difficult position. Frequently, most recipients choose to do nothing out of fear, doubt, frustration, or not knowing what to do, which can further perpetuate the above-mentioned negative emotional and physical effects.

Here are some reasons Dr. Walters mentioned why people may choose not to respond:

  • Doubt as to whether a microaggression has actually occurred.
  • Indecision about how best to respond.
  • The incident may pass before a response can be made.
  • Self-deception or denial keep the recipient from making a response. Often this occurs when the offender and recipient have a close relationship that could be threatened upon responding.
  • Believing that one’s actions will have minimal effect, creating a sense of powerlessness.
  • Fear of the consequences of responding, especially in a situation where the offender is an authority figure. Consequences could include retaliation, social isolation, or affirming the negative stereotype implied in the microaggression.

So, what can we do?

In giving tips for how to respond to microaggressions, Dr. Walters emphasized that the main focus should be self-care. The goal, Dr. Walters says, is to shift the target of your response from teaching someone else the impacts of their actions to taking care of your own well-being.

Upon experiencing a microaggression, one may feel the need to:

    1. Discern the truth. Dr. Walters explained that “If you’re asking yourself whether it happened: It happened.”
    2. Protect oneself from further insults or invalidations.
    3. Consider what action to take.


To figure out how to respond, first focus on having a voice. Responding is for YOUR benefit, so it’s best to figure out what end goal you have in mind. Would approaching the aggressor be for mutual benefit, just to school somebody, to stand up for yourself? Know yourself first: are you a slow simmer or a quick fire? Then determine what is appropriate.

Understandably, opening up a dialogue with the aggressor won’t always come out the way you want. Nevertheless, Dr. Walters says; “I encourage you to keep trying.” And in situations where it’s hard to be “that” person who stands up for themselves, one student in the workshop audience reminded us, “Don’t feel guilty about it. It is okay to call out racism blatantly.”

Other take-away points from the workshop:

  • The intent behind a microaggression isn’t always malicious, but the impact is.
  • In a power differential situation, responding later is often better. Naturally, we might respond differently to a microaggression committed by a professor than by a peer. Dr. Walters recommends that in situations where the aggressor is a power figure (boss, professor, etc.), it’s best to hold your ground and stay true to what will be best for your wellbeing. This could mean talking it out with friends or people you trust and potentially reaching out to the aggressor after the fact, explaining your experience, and asking for an apology. Waiting until after the heat of the moment has passed can help in devising a profession, but firm way to address the situation with the aggressor or someone else in a position of power who may be able to help. Of course, not everyone’s situation may afford them the luxury of demanding an apology or understanding from a power figure. Take your time in figuring out what will best help you work through the experience.
  • There is no wrong way to respond. Take as much time as needed in order to figure out how to address the situation.

We hope that this post can be a resource to feel more equipped to recognize and respond to microaggressions, should they happen around or to you or your communities at school, work, or in your life. Thanks again to Dr. Walters for this solid advice!

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