Celebrating Community Commitment
As the end of the school year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to celebrate the important events that you may have been involved in: Women’s Equality Day, Womyn of Color Network Retreat, Violence Leaves an Empty Chair at the Table, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, Women’s Leadership Retreat, the Vagina Monologues, Standing Up to Katie Pavlich and Rape Culture, the Gender Monologues, various activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and much more.
So what have these events (and others that weren’t listed) accomplished? Through the help of participating organizations like ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) and various groups on campus like Trio-lota and SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gender Equity), we have worked to raise awareness of important issues in our community, demonstrated our passion for gender equity, and shown support for survivors around us. These, among other great reasons, should make you proud of what you have been a part of!
I also hope that your experiences or what you have heard/read about inspires you to do more acts of volunteering and activism next year! Participating not only feels rewarding as you see the impact it has on others, but it is also personally empowering. Large crowd events like the Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night reminds us that we are not alone in our beliefs and support for gender equity. We are instead part of a community that supports one another and comes together to create meaningful change. Smaller events like wearing purple is also important because it acts as a personal sign of support that can lead to powerful, healing conversations. Showing support through small and large events and being an active volunteer also provides an opportunity for networking that can lead to additional empowering experiences and partnerships. You are not alone, your voice and actions are important, and with your help change can happen.
We may be done with events for the school year, but remember that the Sloss House will still be open over the summer. Consider coming in to show your support for the “Who Needs Feminism?” campaign or just enjoying our comfortable space on campus. For more information, please visit: http://www.dso.iastate.edu/wc/who-needs-feminism.
And to keep you connected all summer long, you can continue to enjoy the blog and keep up with the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center through Facebook, Foursquare, and twitter (https://twitter.com/isuwomenscenter). Thank you to everyone who participated in making this a great school year for the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center and have a wonderful summer!