Spring 2013 Events
The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA) provides programs and events throughout the year on issues related to interpersonal violence. The PCA also sponsor and/or supports other programs across campus. Below is a list of Spring programs, check back in early Spring for a more detailed schedule.
Bystander Intervention Workshops!! Free and open to all Auraria community members
Don’t Sit on the Sidelines!
Have you ever wanted to step in to a situation because you knew something was wrong,
particularly if it is a friend of yours who you are worried about? This session focuses on what is known as “bystander intervention” and will assist participants to develop strategies to intervene in difficult and troubling situations. The focus is on intervening in incidents of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, but the skills learned can be applied more broadly to other situations. The key thing to remember about bystander intervention is that doing nothing is not an option. Join us and learn how.
February 28th, Tivoli 444, 2:30pm-4:00pm
March 11th, Tivoli 444, 11:00am-12:30pm
April 16th, Tivoli 320A, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Please register for the workshop by calling 303-556-6011. We will take registrations up to 24 hours ahead of the Workshop date.
Stalking Awareness Table: January 24th, 10-2pm – Outside the Tivoli Turnhalle
January is Stalking Awareness Month! Join PCA staff to learn about stalking and get information to help yourself and your friends.
Stalking Awareness Table: January 28th, 10-2pm – Outside the Quick Zone, Tivoli
Your second chance to catch PCA staff to learn about what stalking is, ways to seek assistance and hold the perpetrator accountable.
Stalking Awareness Media Montage: January 30th, 10-2pm – The Tivoli Atrium/Food Court
What was your take on Twilight and There’s Something About Mary? Endearing? Funny? Creepy? Just good fun? During Stalking Awareness Month, the Phoenix Center at Auraria will present a montage of media clips that portray stalking in the Tivoli Food Court. Open your mind to consider how the media influences our beliefs about stalking. All you have to do is show up and open your eyes. A Phoenix Center at Auraria representative will be available for questions, conversations, and concerns.
CCD Welcome Back Resource Fair: February 6th, 11am-2pm
Join the Phoenix Center at Auraria and other CCD and campus resources to learn about what services are available to you. The Resource Fair will take place in the South Classroom Lobby.
V-DAY: February 14th – St Cajetan’s
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery (Vday.org).
Events all day at St Cajetan’s including a workshop on interpersonal violence from 2-3:15pm presented by the PCA’s violence prevention education team!
VDAY – One Billion Rising
Love is a Drag: February 14th, 2-6pm – Tivoli Turnhalle
Join the GLBTSS Office and its friends for the annual Auraria Drag Show “Love is a Drag”! Love is a Drag is a day devoted to dragging the campus into the new world! Drag workshops, educational speakers, and a drag show finale as a fundraiser for Rainbow Alley make this event one of our campiest on campus. If you would like specific information on the event, please call 303-556-6333.
Auraria Vagina Monologues: February 22nd, 7:30pm – St Cajetan’s
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Feminist Alliance Student Organization will present their 2013 V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s celebrated anti-gender-based violence play, The Vagina Monologues. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show will begin promptly at 7:30pm.
Tickets are now on sale online at http://
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of several different events to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities, and for the global V-Day campaign. For more information about V-Day, please visit http://www.vday.org/home.
For more information, email:feministallianceiwss
Or like our page MSU Denver Feminist Alliance on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/
“The Invisible War” Film Screening: February 25th, 5:00-6:30pm – Multicultural Lounge
Join the PCA, CU Denver’s Women’s Resource Center and CU Denver’s Veteran Student Services for the screening of “The Invisible War” – a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem-today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.
Bridge Speaker – Loretta Ross: February 28th, 11am-1pm – Tivoli Turnhalle
“Free To Be: Why the Reproductive Justice Movement is About Human Rights”
Join us for the annual Bridge Speaker. Each year the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services at MSU Denver invites an African American woman to bridge African American History month in February with Women’s History month in March. The 2013 speaker will be Loretta Ross. Loretta Ross has a 25-year history in the women’s movement, both in ending violence against women and promoting reproductive justice in the United States and internationally, and was active in the black nationalist and civil rights movements. A founding member of SisterSong, Loretta Ross became National Coordinator in 2005. In 2004, Loretta was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC, the largest protest march in US history with more than one million participants. From 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an expert on human rights, women’s issues, diversity issues, hate groups and right-wing organizations. Ross is presently writing a book on reproductive rights entitled Black Abortion. In 2003, Ross received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree from Arcadia University.
Ross was one of the first African American women to direct the first rape crisis center in the United States in the 1970s. From 1985 to 1989, she served as the Director of Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on Women of Color and Reproductive Rights in 1987. Prior to developing NCHRE in 1996, she served as the national program research director for the Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) (formerly the National Anti-Klan Network) from 1990 to 1995 and program director of the National Black Women’s Health Project from 1989-1990. She is a political commentator for Pacifica News Service, and has appeared as a political commentator on Good Morning America, The Donahue Show, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, and BET.
The Clothesline Project Decorating: All March
Decorate a t-shirt for the Clothesline Project – an annual event on campus where anyone can decorate a t-shirt for those they know who have been affected by sexual and domestic violence. These t-shirts will be displayed on a clothesline throughout the Tivoli Student Center for the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Decorating locations and times are below. Decorating a shirt is free – we provide all the supplies!
All of March:
The Phoenix Center at Auraria, Tivoli 227, 9-4 M-F
The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, 1059 Ninth Street Park, 9-4 M-F
CU Denver Women’s Resource Center/Student Life, Tivoli 303, 10-4 M-F
March 1: Women’s Leadership Conference, Interpersonal Violence Workshop, 11:15-12:45
March 4: Sex Week, Sigi’s Basement, 1-3
March 5: Sex Week, Sigi’s Basement, 10-12
March 6: Sex Week, Sigi’s Basement, 12-2
March 8: Truth in our Bodies Conference, North Classroom Atrium, 8-6
March 11: Students Fight Back, St Cajetan’s, 2-4
March 12: Healthy Moves, PE 103, 10-4
March 13: GLBTSS at Auraria, Tivoli 213, 10-4
March 14: Women’s Spirituality and Wellness Fair, Tivoli Turnhalle, 10-4
March 18-22: CCD Student Life, Tivoli 309, 10-4
April 4: Community Decorating, Tivoli 317, 10-2
Women’s Leadership Conference: March 1st, 8am to 4pm – Tivoli Turnhalle
Join the Auraria campus for its annual Women’s Leadership Conference! This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination.” Our keynote speaker is Lt. Consuela Kickbusch, is a renowned charismatic, passionate and influential speaker who carries her powerful message of what it takes to be an effective leader in today’s global marketplace to hundreds of schools, colleges/universities, corporations, and government institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. For the last ten years LTC (ret). Kickbusch has dedicated her life to empowering a new generation of Hispanic leaders and has worked with over one million children and their parents across the United States through Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS), a company she founded in 1994.
Registration is available at: www.thepca.org/wlc
50 Shades of What?? Tuesday March 5th, Time TBD, Sigi’s Cabaret
Curious what the hype is about? Join us for a panel discussion of the erotic 50 Shades of Grey trilogy by British author E. L. James. This event will explore books themes of Kink, S&M, Sex, and Relationships. Panelists include a sex educator & columnist, and a professional dominatrix. Bring your curiosity and questions for this anything goes event!
3rd Annual VOICES Film Festival: March 5-10, Denver Film Festival
Highlighting International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013
Every year International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 to honor the economic, political and social achievements of women. To commemorate this day, the Denver Film Society will host its second annual Women+Film Festival, VOICES. Through documentaries and narrative films the festival will showcase thought-provoking and inspiring stories of women around the world. www.denverfilm.org/
“Truth in our Bodies: Full-cycle Liberation”: March 8th, 8am-6pm – North Classroom Atrium
This two day conference will educate and inspire as we explore the broad spectrum of intersections within the Reproductive Justice Movement including the themes of health care reform, sex education, pregnancy and childbirth, families, race, culture, the environment, sexuality, media, and sustainability.
$tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop: March 9th, 1pm-4pm, Science Building, Rm 1086
Brought to you by AAUW. Learn how to negotiate fair pay and benefits. Women focused workshop but all students eligible.
Women’s Spirituality and Wellness Festival: March 14th, 10-4pm – Tivoli Turnhalle
Women’s Spirituality & Wellness Festival Wisdom Embodied-Awake and Aware. This 13th annual gender-inclusive celebration of women’s spirituality and wellness features local businesses and individuals offering health and wellness information, tarot and psychic readings, aura cleansings, books, arts, crafts and jewelry. A semi-private craft area upstairs is available to make t-shirts for the Clothesline Project. There are live musical and dance performances as well as workshops throughout the event. Admission is free, but please bring cash for purchasing goods or services from the vendors.
The Clothesline Project Display: April 1-31st – Throughout the Tivoli
Come and view over 150 decorated shirts for the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
The concept is simple – let each survivor tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her/his shirt. Once finished, the shirt gets hung on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who make a shirt – by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.
Red Flag Campaign: April 1-13th – Tivoli Commons
Come and see all the red flags on campus representing the number of individuals in the Auraria community who have experienced interpersonal violence in their lives.
Red Flag Campaign Rally: April 10th, 12pm-2pm – Tivoli Commons
The Red Flag Campaign, first developed in Virginia, is now a nationwide public awareness campaign address dating violence and promoting the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. At Auraria, a number of tri-institutional departments have joined together for the 3rd year to host the Red Flag Campaign and Rally on campus and expand its message to sexual violence. One of the key components of this campaign encourages us to take responsibility as a community and recognize the red flags in our friends’ relationships and “say something” instead of remaining silent. The schedule is as follows:
12:15-12:45pm: Live music by Wheelchair Sports Camp and gather for the campus march – Tivoli Commons
12:45-1:05pm: Campus march against violence – let’s be LOUD! Campus mascots and campus leadership will be there! CCD’s Urban Male Initiative will help lead the march
1:05pm-2:00pm: Live music, spoken word and slam poetry featuring Dominique Ashaheed, Danielle Brooks, and Suzi Q! – Tivoli Commons (marchers will receive a $4 ticket to use at the food trucks)
3rd Annual Higher Education Diversity Summit: April 11th, 9am – 5pm – Tivoli Turnhalle and across campus
Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas – “How do you define American?”
The Higher Education Diversity Summit is a conference held each year on the Auraria campus. Expert speakers will be featured, and a series of workshops, discussion forums, and opportunities for networking have been designed to increase understanding of and appreciation for multiple worldviews within the campus community. Topics may include inclusive excellence, cultural competency, ethnicity, privilege and class, religion and spirituality, gender identity, sexuality, ageism, immigration, and more. Registration information available in the new year.
Denim Day 2013: April 24th, 11:30am-2:30pm – Tivoli Commons and Turnhalle
Make a Social Statement with Your Fashion Statement: Wear Jeans for a Purpose!
HISTORY OF DENIM DAY
In 1997 in Rome, Italy, an 18-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor, who was later convicted and sentenced to jail. The perpetrator appealed the sentence, and his case went to the Italian Supreme Court where the case was overturned. The Head Judge released a statement arguing that because the victim wore tight jeans, he assumed that she must have helped her perpetrator remove her jeans and, therefore, consented. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building. This was the beginning of what has become a worldwide event and movement to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
Join the Auraria campus community to protest the powerful and destructive rape myths that circulate in US society and keep survivors silent. Kayla Harrison, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist for Judo will be sharing her story with the Auraria community.
Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold Medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the sport of judo. Her victory marks another step in a career characterized by success at the sport’s highest levels. Kayla’s judo career has been undeniably impressive. However, it is her perseverance through incredible personal struggles that is truly inspiring.
Kayla began judo at the age of 6. Her competitive success masked an unimaginable personal struggle. At the age of 16, Kayla revealed the fact that she had been for years sexually abused by her coach. After the story came to light, Kayla moved from Ohio to Massachusetts to train with Jimmy Pedro, a two-time Olympic Bronze medalist and his father Jim Pedro, Sr. The Pedros became Kayla’s coaches but also her surrogate family. When she arrived in Massachusetts, she entertained suicide, was depressed, hated judo and wanted to run away. Through discipline, tenacity, and the support of others she fought through the pain both on and off the mat, transforming herself into a strong, confident, articulate young woman who happens to be a world-class athlete.
She also summoned the courage to face her abuser, delivering a victim impact statement at his sentencing hearing in Federal Court in Ohio. She intends to use her Gold Medal profile, voice, and example to encourage and empower others. She also plans to maintain her dominance on the mat by remaining a competitive Judo player with sights on defending her Gold Medal in Rio in 2016.
Her story has captivated audiences everywhere and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, among many others. Kayla was awarded the OC Tanner Inspiration Award, The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Wilma Rudolph Courage Award and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2012.
Join us to hear Kayla’s story and to stand up against the silence that our culture promotes around sexual violence.
11:30-12:30pm: Rally at the Tivoli Commons to learn about sexual assault myths and facts. Also, decorate denim to contribute to our Denim Art Project!
12:30pm-1:30pm: Kayla Harrison keynote, Tivoli Turnhalle
26th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards (OWA): April 25th, 5pm-8pm, St. Cajetan’s
The centerpiece of the event is the presentation of The Outstanding Women Awards, where we celebrate the best on campus. Each year we give appreciation plaques to our Friends of the Institute. We also award plaques to our Outstanding Alumna, Classified Staff, Administrator, Faculty and Student, who are nominated by our peers on and off campus and voted on by our prestigious committee of previous winners.
This event is also a fundraiser for the Pamela McIntyre Marcum Memorial Scholarship, which is for survivors of interpersonal violence. Pamela was a Marketing Professor at Metro State who was tragically murdered on campus. We do this event in her honor and for all of the families and friends affected by interpersonal violence.
$tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop: May 4, 1pm-4pm, Science Building, Rm 1086
Brought to you by AAUW. Learn how to negotiate fair pay and benefits. Women focused workshop but all students eligible.
For information about any of these programs or if you are interested in partnering with The Phoenix Center at Auraria, please contact Jessica Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org