The WRC is proud to share the success of recent events and programs!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the fourth annual Rock Against Rape!
Rock Against Rape is a nationwide event held annually in communities and on college campuses to instill awareness and to support victim/survivors of sexual assault. This awareness initiative is held annually at Northern Illinois University by Victim Advocacy Services at the beginning of April as a kick-off for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year Rock Against Rape featured three socially conscious student bands including The Wandering Lights, The Ellevens, and Matt Muse & the Band. All three bands did an amazing job performing covers and original music to instill awareness of sexual assault. Also, both Victim Advocacy Services and Safe Passage had representatives present to share their commitment to advocacy for victim/survivors of sexual assault on campus and in the community. Cell phones were donated in support of the HopeLine project, and attendees were encouraged to paint their pinky nails red in support of Operation Jungle Red. Thank you again to everyone who attended and helped us rock out against rape!
Fashion Show: Own It! Embrace Your Beauty
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the second annual Own It! Embrace Your Beauty Fashion Show!
The Own it! Embrace your beauty Fashion Show is a celebration of 'every body' in our efforts to inform the campus and community about eating disorder awareness and promoting healthy body image. Models of all shapes and sizes, students from NIU and the DeKalb community, stood tall and walked the runway in the Holmes Student Center to help raise awareness of eating disorders and promote a healthy body image. Collaborative partners and supporters include NIU alumna Lee Ann Park, designer and owner of the Little in the Middle clothing line; the Ben Gordon Center in DeKalb; and Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville. Other highlights throughout the night included a performance by Latin dance group Tumbao; a creative children’s art display from Campus Child Care; community models from DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston high schools and Kishwaukee College; and tables of university and community resources. Thank you again to those who helped us OWN IT!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in One Voice!
One Voice is a program of expression that allows students to come together and demonstrate how their organization says in "One Voice," that they are against domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on NIU's campus and in the community. Organizations who performed in One Voice included, PRISM, Alpha Phi Gamma, Present Perfect Modeling Organization, Women's Rights Alliance, and Women's Studies. There were also several campus departments and community partners who supported the event and were featured speakers such as Health Enhancement, (Pause Off Peer Theater Troupe), Bystander Education, Safe Passage, and Victim Advocacy Services, whom hosted the event. The evening was full of entertainment and opportunities for learning and engaging with peers about initiatives and groups on campus who support the cause to end violence. VAS is looking forward to doing this program on even a larger scale next year!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Students were able to engage in a meaningful and informative program that encouraged and supported women students in the process of successfully running for an elected position through campus. The program discussed women in leadership and the charge to continue the surge, leadership beyond the elected position, and networking opportunities. Students were invited to attend several round table opportunities with 6 different leaders on campus and discuss essentials for leadership.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Women's Resource Center was proud to host another successful Clothing Swap for our students! NIU staff and faculty swapping their clothes for the students' success!
The response from student organizations who volunteered to assist us was incredibly supportive! Along with our WRC volunteers, there were over 60 students assisting throughout the day from 9:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. A special thanks to Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Black Male Initiative (BMI), Present Perfect Modeling Organization (PPMO), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Your extra hands were so appreciated!
Thanks to everyone for your donations! The event just simply couldn't happen without your contributions. Thanks to all the WRC partners and supporters who were clothing drop-off locations - we had 14 drop-off locations throughout campus including supporting offices in Athletics, Academics, and Finance & Facilities. A special thanks to Lee Ann Park, NIU alum and owner of Little in the Middle who donated a large box of jeans from her clothing line - those went quick!
Take Back the Night
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sponsored by the Women's Rights Alliance, Take Back the Night proved to be a powerful and energizing event! Inspirational speakers kicked off the event including Victim Advocacy Services Coordinator, Shana Stringfellow, who shared the message of empowerment and had the crowd pledge to take action not just tonight, but every night. Shana's pledge from that night:
"We are all going to start by making this small pledge together. These words may help to save or change someone's life. Please repeat after me:
I may not know you,
I may not know what to say or what to do right now,
But I am here for you,
I care about you,
Because you are me,
And I am you,
And you are never alone."
Embrace YOU! Supporting Healthy Body Image
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
“I learned of the many resources and services available to women” -student participant
Embrace YOU! Supporting Healthy Body Image was a successful program many students benefited from. Participants were able to come browse through the many resource tables available and speak to representative from these supporting departments and organizations. Many faculty, staff and students visited and received helpful information about women’s health. There were several faculty, students, and community visitors who were able to personally sit with Dr. Baumgart and ask questions and receive answers relative to Women’s Health.
Many thanks to Health Services, Student Health Organization, SISTERS, Counseling & Student Development Center, Health Enhancement, Delta Sigma Theta, and Women’s Studies who provided resources, information and handouts to empower and educate on various areas of women's health. Thanks to all those students who stopped by to gather these wonderful resources! We look forward to providing even more next year!
“I learned about Breast Cancer Awareness, women’s health options, and eating disorders.” -student participant
Welcome Back BBQ
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The WRC was happy to welcome back over 100 students, faculty, and staff at our annual Welcome Back BBQ! The afternoon was full of good food, games, and conversation! Special thanks goes to student organizations BMI (Black Male Initiative) and SISTERS who assisted before, during, and after the event! Thanks to all who came out to visit us!
Welcome Days 2012
Saturday of Service
August 25, 2012
The WRC was a host site along with the Asian American Center, the LGBT Resource Center, the Latino Resource Center, and the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development to provide service activities for the NIU student community. The WRC was proud to have incoming freshmen along with returning students enjoy a partial day of making awareness ribbons and WRC empowering buttons and magnets. Students had the opportunity to tour the facility to see all the resources and spaces available, sign up to be a volunteer at the WRC, and network with other students with similar interests. The Women Studies program was also present at the event; providing many of the button making materials. Staff member Rebekah Kohli was there to share information about the Women Studies program as well as upcoming events Women Studies will be hosting for fall.