Below you will find descriptions of our
annual programs. However, we host many other programs throughout the school
year! Please see our Calendar of Events for dates and times. If you are interested in participating in any
of these events in any capacity please contact the Women’s Center at
270-809-3140 or by email at msu.womenscenter@murraystate.
the WALK: Walk the Walk is a fundraising event
held on National Suicide Awareness Day with the goal of raising awareness about
depression and suicide among college students.
Teams of three sign up to walk for 1 hour on a treadmill. Registration is $20 per team and
organizations may register more than one team to participate. The Women’s Center partners with the
Counseling Center to provide students with information, handouts, and resources
related to depression and suicide.
Fight Back: "Students Fight Back is Girls Fight Back with a shorter section on “How
to Be a Bad Victim” because, let’s face it, a lot of men have one up on
women in terms of being a hard target. We add to this program, “How to
Be A Good Bystander” to emphasize the importance of taking action on all
fronts, not only if you are the one being attacked or threatened. Get
involved and make it your business, make the choice to be a good
bystander. Other than that, it’s the standard kick ass presentation per
usual. We just want to make it campus/funding friendly by including all
students, even though men are absolutely encouraged to attend and often
sponsor the standard Girls Fight Back program." See the promo video here http://kirklandproductions.com/ARTISTS/Girls_Fight_Back-bio.html
Female ‘O’: Join us to laugh and learn about the
"big O!" Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome
to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot.
Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm, how to have better
ones, or how to help your girlfriend, we'll cover it all with lots of humor,
plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women's
empowerment. Are you coming?
Bash: In recognition of National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month this annual event raises money in support of breast
cancer research. Come by our booth in
the Curris Center to get a pink mustache to show your support, to make a
donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and to pick up our other
in Love Exhibit: Crazy in Love is an interactive,
walk-through program that sheds light on the issue of domestic violence. You
follow a college couple from when they start dating and follow their story as
their relationship progresses. This program helps communicate the signs of an
unhealthy relationship, and how important it is to know and understand what a
healthy relationship is and what it is not.
My Life Film: See the film trailer here: http://notmylife.org/film-synopsis
This film addresses microaggressions
based on race, disability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and
religion using everyday life examples. The narrators provide discussion
surrounding these microaggressions and address the ways people might correct
Forum: This program consists of a panel
of faculty and staff from the university speaking on the issue of stalking
specifically on college campuses and how it pertains to college students. The
Stalking Forum discusses the issues of how technology plays a role in stalking,
what steps to take if you are being stalked, and legislation that refers to
Back the Night: Take Back the Night is an annual
program that will be held in the spring this year! It is a rally that joins together the
campus, community, student organizations, and Greek organizations to raise
awareness about rape and sexual assault. This program consists of musicians,
testimonies, poetry, and speakers.
Exhibit: The Clothesline Exhibit is a
program that confronts the topic of interpersonal violence (i.e. rape, sexual
assault, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, and stalking). Students,
faculty, and staff are encouraged to create shirts that tell their story by
decorating the shirt in whichever way is beneficial for them.
Women Luncheon: This annual event occurs in the
month of March which is Women's History Month. We honor women, past and present
that have made advancements for women everywhere. Each year we gather together
as a campus community and celebrate that journey that has been made for
equality for women. We celebrate with musicians, speakers, and we also present
awards to faculty and staff members that have improved the life of women on our
Day without Shoes: One Day without Shoes is a program
that raises awareness about the issue of poverty and AIDs in Africa. During
this day in April we go without shoes in support of the thousands of men,
women, and children in Africa that are forced to go without shoes everyday and
subject themselves to diseases and infections. To us, shoes are something that
we take for granted, however, in other countries they are few and far between
and have different affects on the lives of people every minute of every
day. Visit www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/ for more information about this movement!