Fall 2012

Cell Phone Donations to help victims of domestic violence

In the time it will take you to text this message to everyone you know, a victim of domestic violence will be assaulted by a partner. If this saddens or angers you, you'll be glad to know that there is something that you can do - donate your used cell phone - it will not cost you a thing! Experts estimate that there are more than 30 million inactive phones in the U.S. Your unused cell phone could literally save the life of the estimated 5,000 victims who are beaten and abused every day.

The SCSU Women's Center is participating in the Umbrella Domestic Violence Cell Phone Donation Program by collecting cell phones that are no longer being used. The phones are given to victims of domestic violence who are in need of immediate access to a 911 connection, or the phones are recycled by a company that pays the Umbrella Program up to $20 per phone.

Be sure to deactivate your phone service and erase all personal information prior to to making your donation.

Please bring any used cell phones to the Women's Center in Schwartz Hall or to the Michael J. Adanti Student Center Information Lobby collection box.

Please help protect victims of domestic violence and donate your used phone today!

For more information, contact the SCSU Women's Center at (203) 392-6946 or check out www.bghealth.org/index.html.



Politics and Sexual Violence Awareness

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center, Plaza Level

Today, in 2012, we are still living in a culture where politics has a major impact on women's rights and women's bodies. Women continue to fight to end the politicization of their bodies, and their needs. It is most crucial that women listen to the political rhetoric, and gather information on the issues impacting women's rights. Visit the Women's Center and Men's Initiative information table to receive more information about these important topics. A forum will follow on September 5 to provide the opportunity for a more in depth discussion.


Forum on Politics and Sexual Violence

: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Women's Center

This forum will provide the opportunity for a discussion on the politicization of women's bodies. Information will be provided, and an open conversation encouraged. We hope that you will join us in this important conversation. Refreshments will be provided.


Campus Safety Awareness Program

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Farnham Hall

The university campus is its own community and like any community there is a need to be safe. This event focuses on campus safety and will provide campus and community safety tips for college students. As a community, we need to watch out for one another and be vigilant about one another's well-being. This event is sponsored by the Women's Center, Men's Initiative and University Police.


Families Connected

Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center, Room 326

Students, faculty and staff, please join us at the first program in the Families Connected series being held this fall at Southern. The programs will provide you with the opportunity to share your thoughts, gather tools and information to help balance your work/school work and family life.

The series will consist of four programs being held this fall. The programs will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center, Room 326. The following are dates for the programs:

Friday, October 12, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012

Dessert and beverages will be provided, please feel free to bring your lunch with you. Please call the Women's Center at (203) 392-6946 or the Wellness Office at (203) 392-6526 to reserve your space. 


What Would You Do?

Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: ASC 233

What would you do? This is the central question of an interactive program intended to raise awareness on issues of bystander intervention. Through video clips and open conversation we will navigate through the wide range of opportunities to intervene safely and effectively as a bystander.         Refreshments and prizes will be provided!         


Equal Rights Amendment Symposium

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Engleman Hall C112

Featuring speakers: Representative from State Representative Chris Murphy's Office, State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, and Attorney Burt Weinstein
Q&A; Debate; Come and have your voice heard!

Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program with AAUP, Men's Initiative, Office of Diversity & Equity, Women's Center and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.


  Domestic violence Awareness month


Please click here to view information on Vice President Biden's 1 is 2 Many Campaign.

Also,please click here to view President Obama's memorandum on domestic violence.


Donations for the Cherish Program
October 2012

The Cherish Program is a part of the Center for Domestic Violence Services for New Haven County. All items donated will help victims and their children living in shelters due to incidents of domestic violence. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please click the image to receive information about what items are needed, or contact Ebony McClease at mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu or (203) 392-5786.

If you are unable to drop off the items at the Women's Center, please contact us and we will arrange to pick them up. Thank you in advance for your participation.



Research shows that in 1 in 5 college relationships, a partner is abused.  What are the signs of abuse?  What are the signs of an unhealthy relationship?  How do we respond as friends, family and the campus community when we the see the "red flags" of an unhealthy relationship? The Red Flag Campaign is designed to educate on ways to safely intervene as a bystander and identify signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships.                                  

                                      Monday, October 1, 2012 - Friday, October 5, 2012

Red Flag Campaign Posters (with bystander informational messages) and Red Flags will be placed all around campus. See directions below on how you can win a prize and learn how to safely intervene as a bystander.

Here is what you can do to learn more and win a prize:
Find a RED FLAG CAMPAIGN poster posted on campus.
(2) Location: All over campus!
(3) Take a photograph of a poster.
(4) Submit the photograph to one of the following:
Email: womenscenter@southernct.edu
Facebook: SCSU Women's Center
Make sure you include your full name and Southern email address when you submit the photograph of the poster.

After we receive your photograph, we will send you an email with further information, including how you can COLLECT your PRIZE!


Monday, October 1, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ASC - PL Info Table 1

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ASC - PL Info Table 1

Friday, October 5, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ASC - PL Info Table 1

Sponsored by the Women's Center and Men's Initiative and co-sponsored with the Office of Residential Life.


                                    RED FLAG CAMPAIGN EVENT

Film Screening: Telling Amy's Story 

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 1:05 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Location: Engleman Hall, Room A115

Telling Amy's Story follows the timeline of domestic violence homicide that occured in central Pennsylvania on November 8, 2001. While we will never be able to change the ending to Amy's story, we hope that it's telling can change outcomes for millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. A brief discussion will follow the movie.

Sponsored by the SCSU Men's Initiative and the Women's Center.

For additional information, please contact the Men's Initiative at (203) 392-6902.


                        SAVE THE DATE

One Step at a Time... Walking Against Domestic Violence

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Opening ceremony begins)
Location: East Rock Park, New Haven (Pavilion on Cold Spring Street) (Free parking at Wilbur Cross High School/nearby bus service)

Put on your walking shoes and show your support for domestic violence prevention! Families, kids, and people of all ages are invited to this free event. Expect raffle, giveaways, and refreshments!

To make a donation, become a sponsor, or learn of ways to get involved, please contact Kristy Jelenik, development officer, at (203) 624-2600ext. 118 or kjelenik@ccccnh.org. Donations can also be made through CCCC's secure website, www.ccccnh.org.


SCSU Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center (outside)

Help the Southern Connecticut State University community raise awareness on breast cancer by participating in the University's Breast Cancer Awareness Walk!

Walkers will rally outside the Adanti Student Center at 12:00 p.m. and the short walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. Information and Breast Cancer Awareness promotional items will be available to purchase.  All donations will be given to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New Haven being held on Sunday, October 14. This annual Southern event is sponsored by the Women's Center, Fitness Center, Wellness Center and the Psi Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Thank you for supporting the 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Southern Connecticut State University. With your help, WE CAN DO IT, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  


Families Connected

: Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center, Room 326

Students, faculty & staff, please join us at the  Families Connected gathering. Ms. Ashley Lowe,  Nurturing Connections Coordinator & Community Outreach Coordinator, from Nurturing Families Network will be speaking on behalf of their educational outreach services that are available to new parents.

Dessert and beverages will be provided, please feel free to bring your lunch with you. Please call the Women's Center at (203) 392-6946 or the Wellness Office at (203) 392-6526 to reserve your space. 


The Anatomy of a Hook-Up

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Farnham Hall Program Room

Today, the "hook-up" culture is identified as individuals that are focused on sex and sexual acts without the commitment to an interpersonal relationship.  This program will explore the nature of "hooking up", and the personal and social implications.  This interactive presentation provides a general overview of healthy relationships, communication, sexual assault, consent (including the role of consent and alcohol) and victim blaming.


Lethality of Domestic Violence

Save the date!


An educational workshop and interactive panel on domestic violence.

Date: October 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Anthony's Ocean View, New Haven
Cost: $55 standard & $35 student


Empty Place at the Table

The effects of domestic violence plagues all communities around the world. When abusers take victims' lives, a void is left in the hearts of families, loved ones, and friends leaving an empty place at the table permanently. This year we bring to you an exhibit that depicts this reality. An "Empty Place at the Table" is a reminder of the devastation, lethality, and emptiness caused by perpetrators of domestic violence. Information on how you can help to end the violence and resources will be available.

Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
Adanti Student Center Plaza Level
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Adanti Student Center Street Level
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women.  T-shirts decorated to represent a woman's experience, by the survivor or someone who cares about her, is publicly displayed for all to see.  This display honors victims' courage, and allows for the sharing of stories and breaking the silence to promote a sense of empowerment and healing.  This Project also educates others on the impact of violence on individuals, families, friends and communities while offering support and encouragement.
See below the listing of dates/times where you can view t-shirts, create your own t-shirt and receive information and resources on domestic violence.

Break the Silence!


**postponed until further notice**

For more information, please contact Ebony McClease, Women's Center, at mccleasee1@southernct.edu or call (203) 392-5786.


What Crosses the Line?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Farnham Hall Program Room

Any sexual act without consent is sexual assault. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify when the words and action of others have crossed the line falling under the definitions of sexual harassment and sexual assault. This interactive program allows participants to identify and name incidents of sexual harassment and the difference between flirting vs. hurting; and to discuss appropriate professional, educational and social boundaries by looking at everyday situations and scenarios. Join the Women's Center as we identify "WHAT CROSSES THE LINE"?



Killing Us Softly

Join us for a screening of the documentary, "Killing Us Softly 3." The screening will be followed by a discussion on the portrayal of women and men in the media.

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
7:00 pm
Chase Hall Lobby

Sponsored by Department of Residence Life, Men's Initiative, and The Women's Center.

For additional information, please contact the Men's Initiative, meninitiative@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6902.


It's My Voice: I Will Be Heard

Monday, November 5, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Engleman Hall Rotunda, Adanti Student Center Plaza Level

The Presidential, State and Local Elections of 2012 have a lot at stake. The party lines have been clearly defined, the election debates have been testy, but nevertheless the need to be active voters on all three levels is more important than ever. Stop by the tables (two locations) to gather information about candidates, voting records and some of the facts of the 2012 elections. Remember let YOUR VOICE BE HEARD because your vote matters.


Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is a campus diversity initiative which began on the campus of Western Illinois University.  The Tunnel of Oppression is a program that represents the realities of oppression in a full sensory experiential manner. The Tunnel of Oppression is a tunnel that you walk through that is designed to give participants the opportunity to see, touch, hear, and feel the realities of oppression which acts as a stepping stone towards promoting diversity awareness and change. Come join us for a life changing educational experience!

For more information contact Ebony McClease, mccleasee1@southernct.edu or check out the Tunnel of Oppression webpage.

                    Day 1                                                      Day 2
Tuesday, November 6, 2012           Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                     Time: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tours begin every hour on the hour!        Tours begin every hour on the hour!
Location: ASC Ballroom                              Location: ASC Ballroom


Tools of Empowerment

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center Theater

There are so many oppressive situations around us. We find ourselves unable to deal with the sometimes. It is important that we work to make a difference but how do we empower ourselves? What are the tools for empowerment? Join the staff of the Women's Center to learn some of the tools.

For more information, please check out http://www.southernct.edu/submitevents/submit.php or contact Ebony McClease at mccleasee1@southernct.edu or (203) 392-5786.


Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture.

Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood.

The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. This film is critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.

Film Screening
Date: Monday, November 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Farnham Hall Programming Space

There's Nothing Like Hip Hop Music
Date:Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time:12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center Plaza Level

Byron Hurt
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Englemen Hall C112

Homophobia in Communities of Color                                                        
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: ASC 303


True U: Release Social

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hickerson Hall Lobby

calling all women!

Please join us for the release of an original newsletter made by women for women! Enjoy free snacks while socializing and talking with women around campus about being empowered!

*Copies of the newsletter are now available in the following locations:

School of Health and Human Services (Lang Building, Farnham Ave.) Women's Studies Department (Engelman Hall B229)
Hickerson Hall Lobby
Student Center Info Desk
Women's Center
(basement level of Schwartz Hall)



Day of Relaxation

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Adanti Student Center - Street Level

This is a day for the Southern students to relax and kick back as you prepare for finals. It is important for students to take care of themselves all year, but especially during times of increased stress!

                  The scheduled events for the day are as follows:

Hair, Nails, & Make-Up                                          11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Creative Stress Relief Activities Table               11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Smoothies" & Stress-Free Kits                            11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Guided Meditation(ASC 309)                               11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Kick Boxing Class (ASC Fitness Center)             12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

               all events are free for southern students!

This event is sponsored by the Women's Center, Men's Initiative, Wellness Center, and Fitness Center. For more information, contact Ebony McClease at (203) 392-6946 or mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.


Global Write-a-thon 

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Join thousands around the world in writing for human rights.

This December, you can shine a light in dark corners and step up the pressure on governments around the world. Join the Women's Center and Men's Initiative as they participate in this Amnesty International program, where together we will write, tweet, blog, stand up, speak out and to make sure that Prisoners of Conscience, human rights defenders, individuals and communities at risk are not forgotten. Your letters and actions will be joined by millions of Amnesty supporters organizing for human rights around the world.