Exhibition inspired by http://whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com/
Refreshments will be served!
How do elections make a difference? What is at stake this year? How can we make our voices heard? The evening of the first presidential debate, the Women, Gender & Sexuality Department at Boston University will be hosting a panel discussion to address these questions, break for refreshments, and watch the debate. This event is FREE, open to the public, and cosponsored by the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism!
Speakers will include Dr. Denise Baer, the Director of the BU Washington, D.C. Academic CEnter; Sarah Sullivan, BU Alumna, White House Analyst and founding member of the former Women’s Resource Center (now the CGSA); and Whitney Taylor, Field Director at American Civil Liberties Union of MA.
The event will take place in COM101 this upcoming Wednesday, October 3rd 6:30pm. Any questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
This is a great opportunity not only to meet new people, but to really break apart and analyze social norms, question our own beliefs, and strengthen the community of women of color on campus.
We would really like to stress the term “women of color” and define it as ALL women of ALL colors.
Hope to see you there!
Come down to the GSU basement and check out The Center!
Here are some happenings this week:
Tuesday:Voices for Choice (VOX) @5:15
Wednesday: Leadership Meeting (all welcome!) @5
Friday: Free Bagel Friday (all day) and Queer Activist Collective @5
PRESIDENT BROWN ANNOUNCES ESTABLISHMENT OF
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE CENTER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
BOSTON, May 3– Boston University President Robert A. Brown announced via email Monday
morning the establishment of a center dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual assault on
campus. The center is expected to be operational by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
The CGSA is proud to be part of an institution that takes sexual assault and interpersonal violence
seriously. In creating this center, Boston University is proving its commitment to student safety and
wellbeing and is a true leader among higher education institutions.
The CGSA would like to recognize the group of dedicated students who worked tirelessly in
drafting a detailed proposal of the sexual assault prevention office. This 30 page proposal included
a comprehensive plan for the implementation of this center, including: staffing guides, roles of
counselors, medical services, judicial proceedings and relationship to the BU Police Department, a
projected budget and timeline. More
The CGSA is having its last volunteer training of the semester on Tuesday! We are a completely volunteer run space, and would not be able to stay open without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteer training includes an introduction to the space, and a crash course on all the wonderful things CGSA volunteers do. Facebook Event
Training starts at 6:30, in the CGSA, located in the basement of the GSA, near the Terrier Card office
The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism (CGSA) values working with student groups and academic departments to produce empowering and diverse programming at Boston University. Every event we choose to endorse must align with our core values and meet the requirements our co-sponsorship policy.
The CGSA refuses to co-sponsor the Sexual Assault/Date Rape Symposium for the following reasons:
- It is inappropriate to “role-play” sexual assault. Sexual assault is not a game. Role-playing creates a script for sexual assault by exemplifying behaviors that are dangerous and could lead to acts of sexual assault.
- Traumatizing tactics: The beginning of the event asks survivors to stand up and make themselves known, capitalizing on survivor’s experiences to make a point.
- Insensitive: The role-playing exercise is predicated on the assumption that there are multiple ways to interpret a case of sexual assault–or that there might be ambiguity or a “gray area” when it occurs. This disempowers and casts doubt on survivors.
- “Sexual Assault/Date Rape”: Separating sexual assault and “date rape” trivializes the experiences of survivors by suggesting that “date rape” is separate from and less severe than sexual assault. The term “date rape” itself is an inappropriate term for its intended meaning because it suggests that it must happen either during a “date” or be perpetrated by someone dating the survivor.
- The role-playing event, as admitted by Professor Hobert in the Task Force meeting on Wednesday, April 11th has no data to back up the success rate he claims. The event has also only been used for middle and high school students and is inappropriate for its intended audience on Saturday.
- The proposed portrayal of a sexual assault could not possibly represent the experiences of all survivors, and seeking to do so belittles their experiences.
Ever wonder how our student-run Center hosts weekly events, maintains a website, has a rotating art gallery, updated health, sexual assault and education resources in our library and keeps our doors open Monday – Friday? We have a dedicated 11 person board and over 50 volunteers, committed to gender equality, anti-oppression, empowerment, consensus, and action. We devote our time and energy to advocate for students on campus and strive to uphold our core values and mission. As the year is quickly drawing to a close, it is time to hold elections for our board positions. This is a great way to get involved in activist organizing and Center leadership. Click here for position descriptions and here for an application. Applications are due Monday, April 16th at 5:00pm to Gabrielle Newton at email@example.com.
An Open Letter to the Boston University Community:
As advocates working to educate, prevent, and respond to sexual assaults on campus, the members of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism (CGSA) find the April Fool’s print-only edition of the Daily Free Press deeply disturbing, harmful and offensive. While the responsibility for the Disney Free Press falls on the Daily Free Press editorial board, we would like to go beyond addressing this specific incident and instead focus on a deeper cultural norm that encourages this kind of humor. We have divided this letter into sections to address our problem with the Disney Free Press and ways we can move forward as a Boston University community, dedicated to addressing and preventing sexual violence.