The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to support the University’s core value of preparing members of the USF community to be men and women for and with others; and to support the University's commitment to providing individuals with the critical reflection skills necessary to succeed in life. By providing opportunities for the USF community to continually gain greater understanding of self, we empower individuals to develop as whole persons and by extension, to honor the wholeness in others. The GSC collaborates with USF students, staff, and faculty to provide programs and resources that are focused on deeply exploring gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and develop critical thinking and multicultural leadership skills that enable social justice advocacy and promote social justice.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events:
Location: All residence halls
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sponsors: SHaRE, Residence Hall Committee
We will be “airing our dirty laundry” and supporting survivors of violence by creating shirts to be displayed across campus. Stop by any residence hall lobby to create a shirt.
SPARK: Town Hall -- Sexual Assault On Campus
Location: UC 4th Floor Lounge
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Co-sponsors: Student Advocacy (SLE) and the Gender and Sexuality Center
This event will serve to create a space in which students and other members of the USF community can come together and talk about sexual assault on campus. Topics covered will be support, prevention, and strengthening the community through awareness and bystander intervention. All are welcome to join in the conversation! Bring your lunch -- we'll provide dessert! Followed by Clothesline Session.
The Truth about Sexual Assault
Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Time: 6:00pm-7:00 pm
Sponsors: Gender and Sexuality Center
Do you know how to stop sexual assault? Would you know what to do if a friend came to you and said their were raped? Join other men in an open and honest space where we will explore sexual assault myths and facts and how to best support a friend who was sexually assaulted.
Film Screening and Discussion with the Filmmaker Lynn Philips: Flirting with Danger: Power & Choice in Heterosexual Relationships
Date: Monday, April 15
Co-sponsors: Sponsored by Gender and Sexualities Studies, Media Studies, President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Life, Philosophy Department, Performing Arts and Social Justice, The Gender and Sexuality Center, History Department, Sociology, Communication Studies, the Psychology Department, and Theology and Religious Studies
Social and developmental psychologist and author Lynn Phillips explores the line between consent and coercion in this thought-provoking look at popular culture and the ways real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups. Featuring dramatizations of interviews that Phillips conducted with hundreds of young women, the film examines how the wider culture's frequently contradictory messages about pleasure, danger, agency, and victimization enter into women's most intimate relationships with men. The result is a refreshingly candid, and nuanced, look at how young women are forced to grapple with deeply ambivalent cultural attitudes about female sexuality. Essential for courses that look at popular culture, gender norms, sexuality, and sexual violence.
Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community
Location: UC 2nd Floor Cafeteria
Date: Wednesday, April 17
The Gender and Sexuality Center will be tabling in the cafeteria to raise awareness of sexual violence and abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community with a posterboard of statistics as well as resources for educators and survivors. Candy will be distributed with further information, including a link to the "Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community" collection from the National Online Resource Center on Violence against Women (http://www.vawnet.org/special-collections/SVLGBTIQ.php).
Knowing Your Role in Relationships
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sponsors: Gender and Sexuality Center
As a MAN, do you know your role in your relationships? Do you know how to develop good relationships with friends, family, and in dating? Come and explore with other men how you develop healthier and more positive relationships with others.
Denim Day - Make a Fashion Statement Against Rape
Date: Tuesday, April 23th and Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Location: UC 2nd Floor Cafeteria and UC 1st Floor Cafeteria
Denim Day began in 1999 as a day to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault. The events began following a court decision to overturn a conviction of a rapist after a judge argued that the victim was not raped because the victim "wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Stop by the tables to learn about Denim Day, and pick up stickers and make buttons to raise awareness that there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.
Denim Day Discussion - Who is to blame for rape?
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Location: Gender and Sexuality Center, UC 412
Who do we blame for sexual assault and rape? This session examines the messages we've received through the media and in our communities about victim blaming and who should take responsibility for rape and sexual assault. Learn about resources for survivors and ways to stop the cycle of blaming.
Take Back the Night
Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Location: Speakout - Gleeson Plaza, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Community discussion- Gender and Sexuality Center, UC412, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Take Back the Night (TBTN) first appeared in Europe in 1976 and has continued throughout the world as a sign of empowerment for women, men and children. TBTN is an empowering opportunity for survivors, their supporters, and the campus community to come together to lend voices, hear stories, raise awareness for sexual violence, give support to survivors in their healing process and end sexual violence against people. Join us for a speak out in Gleeson Plaza followed by a community discussion in The Gender and Sexuality Center.
Walk Against Rape
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Location: Meet at Gleeson Plaza
Time: 9am meeting. 11am walk start-time, 1pm-3pm festival
We will be organizing USF students to participant in the SFWAR annual Walk Against Rape as part of Sexual Awareness month. The event is held on Saturday morning, April 27th 2013. The walk begins at 11am at the Women's Building and concludes at La Raza Potrero del Sol Park starting around 1pm. At the finish line at La Raza Potrero del Sol Park, participants will find performers, vendors, prizes for the highest fundraisers and several community organizations. Our goal for this event is to get USF students from around the campus and different organizations to walk together in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and to help raise awareness in both the USF community and the greater San Francisco community about issues with sexual violence.
April 1: "Current Challenges for U.S. Servicewomen"
A Lecture by Anu Bhagwati
Fromm, Maier at 6:30pm
April 22: "How Can You Tell If a War is 'Over'? Feminist Clues"
A Lecture by Cynthia Enloe
Fromm, Berman at 6:30pm
Friday 4/5, 1:30 pm
Friday 4/5, 3:30 PM
Saturday 4/6, 6:00 PM
Tri-Gamma's 48th Annual Charity Fashion Show
benefitting SF Women Against Rape
Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2013
TIme: Pre-show at 5:30 main event at 6:00 pm
Location: McLaren 250-252
Tickets are $7 for USF Students/ $12 General admission
There will be food, raffles, a silent auction, and live entertainment!
Tickets can be bought pre-sold by any sister, or at the door of the event
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campus-Wide Committee
Dawn Lee Tu (Cultural Centers/Gender and Sexuality Center)
Alejandro Covarrubias (Cultural Centers/Gender and Sexuality Center)
Katie Sadler (SHaRE)
Jenna R Recupero (OSCCR)
Melissa Barnett (SHaRE)
Arlene Nieto (undergraduate student)
Vincent Castelle (Chi Upsilon Zeta)
Marian Yee (Health Promotion Services)
Caroline Christ (ASUSF Senate, Kappa Alpha Theta)
Delaney Kennedy (Delta Zeta)
Mike Larocca (Public Safety)
We would also like to acknowledge our campus partners that made these events possible: Keegan Mills (Student Advocacy/Student Leadership and Engagement), Gleeson Library, Latinas Unidas, Annick Wibben (Davies Forum on Women, War, and Violence), Susana Kaiser and Mary Zweifel (Human Rights Film Festival), Julie Orio (Office of Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities), and Bernadette Barker-Plummer (Gender and Sexualities Studies).
Also check out:
Self Defense for Women Classes
Koret offers free, ongoing, drop-in Self Defense for Women classes every Thursday and Saturday @ 5-6:30pm. Classes are free to any female with a USF ID card that allows them to access Koret after 5pm. Current USF students, faculty and staff may RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (at least 2 days before class date).
Thursdays @ 5-6:30pm (Swig Court #3)
Saturdays @ 5-6:30pm (Combatives Room)
For more information visit http://usfca.edu/Koret/Fitness/Self_Defense/
Classes are taught by officers from the Department of Public Safety. Attendance is limited to women because the course material is Rape Aggression Defense curriculum. The RAD organization will not allow material to be taught to men for fear it will teach attackers how to outwit victims.