Social Justice Dialogue Series: Racism at UMass

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

Time: 7 PM

Location: Campus Center 903

Social Justice Dialogue: Racism at UMass

For the second dialogue of the GSS Social Justice Dialogue Series we will be discussing Racism at UMass. The purpose of this is to have a safe and open space to discuss some of the issues troubling us as graduate students of UMass and members of the at-large community. Our goal, as members of GSS is to hear you and gather feedback as to the issues being faced by graduate students regarding racism and prejudice at UMass.

We ask that you RSVP to Craig Bidiman at or Stefanie Robles at if you plan to attend, as space is limited. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. More information will be provided shortly on our next Dialogue Series session!

That Takes Ovaries II: More Bold Females, More Brazen

Women and girls of all ages and backgrounds
please submit your true stories for a book-to-be entitled
That Takes Ovaries II
More Bold Females, More Brazen Acts
(That Takes Ovaries is a registered trademark ®)

Seeking submissions (one paragraph to four pages — 1000 words max) of anything YOU have *ever* done — little or big — that was gutsy, bold, brazen, outrageous, audacious or courageous. It can be playful or serious, spontaneous or calculated, smart, sexy, inspirational and/or an example of leadership. It could be you having adventurous fun, or it could be an act that defies sexism and gender stereotyping. Something that, when you think about it today, makes you nod your head with pride or even disbelief and think, “Wow! I did that!”

The book will be a collection of these short first-person narratives.
(Please note: Not all submissions will result in publication)

Include with the submission(s) a short description of yourself. Could include (or not): name, age, background (culture, ethnicity, orientation, etc.), location, profession, hobbies, most loved/hated things, especially things that relate to your story. Example: “Taylor, 19, Boston, MA, Latina, college student who loves hearing true stories about strong women and gutsy girls.”

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2013
Send stories with word count, return address, phone & email to:

This book will be the sequel to an already-published book of the same name, edited by Rivka Solomon (Random House/Three Rivers Press). That exciting collection of real-life stories is jam-packed with multicultural, fun, sassy, touching true tales of estrogen-powered deeds that range from playful to political, including women fighting for their human rights. For information on that first book (including sample stories), or to request the script for our That Takes Ovaries play, or to invite us to lead our women’s empowerment event for your campus, conference or community, please visit:

Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

Center for Women and Community & the Graduate Women’s Network are offering this FREE group:

Ruled by Anxiety and Emotions?

Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

Learn skills that will help you to reduce anxiety, improve mood and relationships, relax your body, quiet your mind and
gain greater emotional balance.
This 5 session workshop series will focus on the unique stresses facing women & will offer skills for women to manage anxiety, mood and emotions and to empower women in their everyday lives.
Five Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Fall Semester, 2013. Registration is required.
To register or for more information,

Call  413-577- 0077, Center for Women & Community Counseling Services

GWN Hikes the Notch

GWN Hikes the Notch 

Friday, October 26th * 4pm-5:30pm * The Notch, 1500 West Street (Amherst)

Join the GWN on Friday, October 26th for our annual hike at the Notch! We will be departing at 4pm for a leisurely, late afternoon hike of approximately one hour. Contact Adina at or 413.545.2897 to confirm your interest, if you’d like to carpool, or if you have any questions.

For more information about the Notch, visit:

GWN Notch Hike October 26

Volunteer at Not Bread Alone — Saturday, October 6th, 9:30-1:30

Want to give back to the community? Join the GWN at Not Bread Alone on Saturday, October 6th from 9:30am-1:30pm, where we’ll be preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the non-profit soup kitchen’s afternoon meal.

Not Bread Alone is a community lunch program in Amherst that offers free  meals and groceries to anyone in need.

To sign up or learn more about this event, please contact Adina Giannelli,    GWN Coordinator, at or 413.545.2897.

For more information about Not Bread Alone, visit

LGBTQA Meet & Greet – Tuesday, October 9th, 7pm-9pm

Join LGBTQ-identified and allied grad students for a meet and greet on                             Tuesday, October 9th from 7pm-9pm in Campus Center 165-169. Food will               be provided, and fun will be had.

Co-sponsored by GEO, GSS, GWN, and the Stonewall Center.

Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

Ruled by anxiety and emotions?

Participate in Mindfulness and Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

Learn skills that will help you to reduce anxiety, improve mood and relations, relax your body, quiet yuor mind and gain greater emotional balance. This free 5 session workshop series will focus on the unique stresses facing women & will offer skills for women to manage anxiety, mood and emotions and to empower women in their everyday lives. This group is cosponsored by the Center for Women and Community (formerly EWC) and the Graduate Women’s Network (GWN).

Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm, Fall Semester                                                      

Registration is required

For more information, call CWC Counseling Services at 413-577-0077

LGBTQA Grad Student Meet and Greet

Have fun and meet new people in a relaxing, LGBTQ-friendly environment! Light refreshments will be served!

When: Thursday, March 8th, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Campus Center 165-69
*Note: Prospective graduate students over 21 are also invited to attend
Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center, Graduate Women’s Network (GWN), and Graduate Employees Organization (GEO)

For more information, contact Roberto at

Free Yoga To Resume Today, Monday January 30

Whether you’re an advanced practitioner looking to deepen your practice or a beginning student interested in reducing your stress level, the GWN Yoga Group is a great way to begin your week. The group is free and open to all women graduate students, off-campus students, and friends.

GWN Yoga
Mondays 5pm – 6:30pm
208 Lower Student Union (adjacent to the Off Campus Student Center; opposite the Hatch)

Dates: 1/30; 2/6; 2/13; 2/27; 3/5; 3/12; 3/26; 4/2; 4/9; 4/23

For additional information, e-mail Adina, GWN Coordinator, at You may also contact the GWN by telephone at 413.545.2897 or visit us on the web at

GWN Writing Group to Resume on February 1, 2012

The Graduate Women’s Network (GWN) presents the


WEDNESDAYS          5 pm-9 pm         CC 905-09

Free and open to all women graduate students on an ongoing or drop-in basis.

The GWN Writing Group will meet throughout the Spring Semester on the following dates: 2/1; 2/8; 2/15; 2/22; 2/29; 3/7; 3/14; 3/28; 4/4; 4/11; 4/18; 4/25; 5/2; 5/9.

For additional information about this group or other GWN programming, contact Adina Giannelli, GWN Coordinator at or 413.545.2897.