Mount Holyoke, A College For White Men?

Over the weekend, Mount Holyoke College student Maya Wegerif was arrested for “breach of peace”, after repeatedly being ignored, talked over, and being antagonized by both MHC Campus Police and others claimed to be allies (read the article for the full story). There is a debate over whether or not the actions against Maya were due to gender or race discrimination. You decide for yourself after reading the article (I highly suggest you read it!). Either way, this affects not only the students at Mount Holyoke, but the entire 5-College area (and greater society). Racial and gender discrimination by anyone, let alone those whose job is to protect, is unacceptable. This is just one example of the overall cultural climate and lack of attention to diversity and inclusion within the 5-Colleges. This is further propagated by a lack of recognition and acknowledgment by not only the police, but administrators and others.

Thank Goodness she recorded the whole thing.

Balancing Life, Love, and School: Co-Ed Graduate Group

Fridays 3:30-5:00                                                                                        

Explore personal and academic concerns in the context of a supportive group. Group focus will include relationships, anxiety, family, self-esteem, career issues and the future.                                                                                                     

Sponsored by the UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
(CCPH). Contact Chris Shanky, LICSW at 413-545-2337 for more

Women’s Graduate Group

Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm
An experiential personal growth group focused on increasing
self-esteem and connection in the context of being a woman in
academia. Group members will have the opportunity to share concerns
in a safe and supportive setting. Issues addressed may include
managing stress, asserting needs, identifying obstacles to completing
dissertations and academics, balancing multiple roles and identities,
exploring career goals, relationships and family issues.
Sponsored by the UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
(CCPH). Contact Julia Moss, Ph.D., MSW at 413-545-2337 for more

Big Queer Shindig! Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30, Wilder Hall (CMASS) 201

Welcome back to a new semester!! The Stonewall Center, the Graduate Employee Organization, Graduate Queers & Allies, the Graduate Student Senate, the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success, the Graduate Women’s Network and OUT@Isenberg invite you to attend the Big Queer Shindig! This event for graduate students will take place on Thursday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in Wilder Hall (CMASS) Room 201!
There will be free food, socializing, games and dancing! Come to meet new folks, reconnect with old friends, and learn about NEW and RESTRUCTURED social and activism opportunities for queer graduate students at UMass!
See you there!
**Bring a friend to be entered into a raffle for gift certificates to local businesses, including Oh My! Sensuality Shop and Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton!**


GWN End of Semester Social Event for Female-Identified Graduate Students!! Friday December 6th- 5:30p-7:30p- Amherst Brewing Company

We’ve survived our Fall 2013 classes!!  Come celebrate surviving the semester before we get bogged down finishing final papers.  A “flight” of four samples is $4; six is $5; and twelve is $9.50.  The ABC menu can be found here and light refreshments will be provided.  This is a time for all female-identified grad students to transcend their department boundaries, make new friends, catch-up with current friends and have a nice time!

In order to order the proper amount of food, please reply to this email or contact Stefanie Robles at if you are interested in attending.

Building Healthy Relationships Workshop!

This interactive workshop invites participants to discuss the qualities of a healthy relationship. This workshop will define the qualities of a healthy relationship – both with partners and friends. Additionally, this workshop will challenge participants to apply this information to their own lives by practicing effective communication in conflict situations.

Hosted by VOX UMass: Students for Reproductive Justice.

Co-sponsored and workshop presented by the Center for Women & Community – UMass Amherst.

This event will take place in Campus Center Rm 911-915 on November 14th at 8 PM!

NOTE: This event, will be one of several events and outreach we do in the Month of November as part of our “Sex Ed Matters” Month. In this month, we will be encouraging our student body to make healthy and informed decisions about their bodies, shed light on the importance of comprehensive sex ed., and be pushing forward with advocacy work to get comprehensive sex ed. passed in MA! Got a story on your experience with sex ed. and why it matters to you? Submit it to our Tumblr page:

Vagina Monologues 2014 Auditions

It’s that time of year again!

VOX: Students for Reproductive Justice is sponsoring Umass Amherst’s 2014 performance of “The Vagina Monologues” the award winning play by Eve Ensler. The “Vagina Monologues” is based on the unique experiences from women all over the world. These witty, moving, and outrageous collection of stories gives voice to the courageous, poignant, and thoroughly human women who have told them.  A plethora of famous ladies have lent their names to “Vagina Monologues” including Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Winslet, Rosario Dawson, and Jerry Hall. It is once again the women of Umass’ turn to lend their voices and talents to the stage.

VOX is seeking Umass women interested in performing a monologue and anyone interested in joining the cast and crew. This includes lighting, music, stage managers, and a dedicated production team.  Female identified persons who want to perform a monologue are encouraged to attend auditions. No acting experience is necessary; we look forward to a diversity of talent!

Anyone interested in auditioning or joining the production crew is encouraged to attend the information session on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 pm in Campus Center 911-15.

Auditions will be held on Monday, November 18th AND Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 pm in Herter Auditorium (227).

Anyone who wants to join the production crew should also attend an audition. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please email Brittany Morgan at

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VOX is calling out to community members for the 2014 production of Vagina Monologues.

Our organization is seeking an individual with theatre experience to direct the “Vagina Monologues” for V Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. We want to give anyone who is interested an opportunity, and the ideal candidate should have theatre experience ,a flexible schedule, and is very committed.

Anyone interested please contact Brittany Morgan to submit a resume and application before Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00 pm.

Not Bread Alone: Volunteers needed THIS SATURDAY!

FYI!!  For Saturday Oct 12, 2013

Hello again, friends,
Once more we find ourselves short volunteers for this Saturday, October 12! It’s October break for many local schools, causing several of our scheduled volunteers to cancel… If you are available to come in for all or part of the shift, please let me know–the sooner the better! Shift is 9:30am to 2:00pm. I’m looking for around 5 more volunteers!
Thanks so much!!
All my best,
Hannah B. Elliott
Not Bread Alone Program Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator
401 Main St. Suite 12
PO Box 855
Amherst, MA  01002
(413) 548-1271

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