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California University Women's Studies Program's Current and Future Events:

Cal U's Cutest Pet Contest

Cal U's cutest pet is in the works.  This contest allows students, faculty, and staff to enter and showcase their pets doing a variety of things.  Donations will be accepted and directly support Fayette Friends of Animals.  Be sure to submit a picture of your cutest pets, vote for your favorites, and support the Fayette Friends of Animals.  There will be several categories for the various pets across campus including the ever popular dogs and cats, as well as a few new additions including reptiles/amphibians and "other" for pets too unique to be placed into any other category.

Free the Girls

The California University Women's Studies Program would like to thank each and every person who helped us out last semester with their generous donations.  The bra drive has been a long-running success and has helped women in underdeveloped countries earn a living outside of the sex trade.  We are planning on having another bra drive in the spring semester, but we would like to start planning and collecting bras now.  Be on the lookout for upcoming posters, events, and social media postings regarding this life-changing event.  Donations can be dropped off at the Women's Studies office in Azorsky Hall, room 136.  It's never too soon to change a life.

Equal Pay Bake Sale

In recognition of Equal Pay Day in April, the California University Women's Studies Program will be hosting an equal pay bake sale in November.  This event is designed to raise awareness about the gendered pay gap which exists between men and women.  Women are often paid a different amount than men for the same work, approximately 77 cents on the dollar.  As a way of raising awareness of this phenomenon, this bake sale will have prices parallel to the wage gap: men will be charged a dollar for baked goods and warm beverages while women will be charged 75 cents.  We are planning this event for the second week of November, about the time many students will be completing their midterm examinations.  We hope to see a strong show of support for this event.  A caffeine-laden beverage or a burst of energy from a sweet treat may be just what you need to power through your midterms.

California University Women's Studies Program's Past Events:

Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference: Stepping inside the Personal, Public, and Political Experience of (Dis)Abilities

March 17th
Convocation Center - North Wing

This year’s Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference: Stepping inside the Personal, Public, and Political Experience of (Dis)Abilities.  We will be showing a film focusing on a local family’s experiences with Autism, The Family Next Door.  This film highlights the day to day challenges of having four children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum.  A panel discussion on the experience of caring for someone on the spectrum will also be presented following the movie.  The speakers will address a range of issues from the gendered nature of caregiving to the caregiver experience.  Additionally, we will be hosting a workshop presented by Rebecca Klaw to offer individual's a glimpse into the personal experiences of a person living with Autism or other disability, entitled "Square Pegs in Round Holes: Living with Autism in a Social World".  The day will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Daniel Marston examining the impact of social justice and political issues, including class/socio-economic status, can play in the lives of these people.

The film's director has graciously allowed us to show the film for free at the conference, and is requesting that we use this as a fundraising opportunity for the Autism society of Pittsbugh.  Please be generous with support and donations to this great cause.

  • 9:30am - 11:00am - The Family Next Door - Film
  • 11:00am - 11:30am - Q&A Session with film's director, Barry, and mother from film, Donna
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Break for Lunch
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Panel discussion - Caregiving
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Workshop - Rebecca Klaw to present "Square Pegs in Round Holes: Living with Autism in a Social World"
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Talk on Autism and Poverty - Dr. Daniel Marston

Last Lecture - Dr. Caryl Sheffield

March 31st
3:30 pm- 4:45pm
Convocation Center - North Wing
Supported by

Celebration of Women Dinner

March 31st
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Convocation Center - South Wing

This event is being sponsored by Interim President Geraldine M. Jones, the Women's Center, and the Women's Studies Program.

Bringing together groups who advocate for and empower women on campus.

Women's Studies Program Staff:

Graduate Assistant - Ross Nietert

Ross is currently enrolled in the school counseling program here at California University of Pennsylvania.  A sociology major in his undergrad, Ross has been exposed to numerous social theories and issues.  While representing Cal U as a THIS intern in the fall of 2012, Ross worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging where he developed an interest in the role politics and public policy impact social issues.

When he’s not fixing his bow tie or twirling his mustache, Ross enjoys community development and systems theory.

Work Study Student(s) - Jaclyn Boehnke

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