Walk for Awareness (August/September) is a commemorative walk across campus that honors the lives of two young women from Appalachian State University who were abducted and raped in 1989. The walk began as a campus response to the experience of these two women, and since then, each September, students, faculty, and staff walk as a community to remember lives lost or affected by violence and to commit to speaking out against violence in all forms.
Women's Center Retreat (September) is a weekend-long excursion taken by new and returning volunteers in the Women's Center. It's an opportunity for them to socialize and bond through team building, cooking together, and talking about their goals for and their roles in the Women's Center.
Abigail Adams Scholarship Dinner (November) is a dinner held to raise money for a scholarship fund for a nontraditional female student, usually a single mother or a woman either returning to or entering college for the first time. These students usually face significant difficulties in acquiring financial aid, making them ideal recipients of the scholarship. At the dinner, there are entertainers, homemade food, door prizes, games, and speakers. Abigail Adams is celebrated as a woman who believed that women should not settle with what they have been given, and as a result empower themselves with an education and a desire for success.
The Vagina Monologues (February) is an annual production of Eve Ensler's famous play. The play is staged around Valentine's Day, lovingly deemed V-DAY. With the help of a volunteer cast and crew, the play, performed on three consecutive nights, gives voice to some of the issues women face around the world, their victimization, and their resilience. Ticket sales for the Vagina Monologues go towards local charities and organizations benefitting women. Ten percent of ticket sales go towards the VDAY campaign, which pledges to end violence against all women and girls. The Vagina Monologues is by far the Women's Center's biggest event, often raising more than $8,000.
Women's History Month (March) is a national celebration, hosted by the Women's Center in many ways. Each year is different; past events have included a "Friends Forever" Photo Contest celebrating women and their friends, trivia nights, educational lectures, and free movie screenings.
Women of Influence Awards (April) is a yearly ceremony recognizing women who have gone "above and beyond" for others. Women are nominated via short essay in one of four categories: student, faculty, staff, and community member. Once winners are chosen, they are invited to attend an awards banquet featuring entertainers, speakers, and their nominators, all celebrating the selfless work that they do for the people in their lives.
Feminist Coming Out Day (April/May) is an outdoor event that educates people about feminism and its benefits. Educational materials are made available at a tent on Sanford Mall along with buttons, t-shirts, food, and games. A photo station encourages people to write down why they are feminists or what feminism has done for them. The goal of Feminist Coming Out Day is to break down perceptions of feminists and inform the campus and the community about the past and future of the feminist movement.
Lunch and Learns are a one-to-two hour per week series of events covering different aspects of a topic. Lunch and Learns are held on campus and usually are made up of three to four separate lunches spanning over a month's time. Visitors are encouraged to bring a snack and hear a presentation or a speaker in a casual setting. Sessions are very interactive and often include Q&As or "talkbacks," along with resources where attendees can learn more. Past topics have included stress management and relationship violence.
Dorm Talks are one-night educational sessions that take place in campus residence halls. These are scheduled through the Women's Center and include topics such as sex myths, relationship violence and prevention, on-campus resources, and eating disorders. The purpose of these events is to inform students of issues that are relevant to them, and let them know that the Women's Center is available on campus for their use. Activities include games, trivia, and panels from Center volunteers or guests.
Breast Fest (October) was held on-campus in conjunction with many other breast cancer awareness events. The Women's Center sold ribbons, buttons, and bracelets to raise money for various breast cancer foundations. We also hosted bra fittings, held a "pink" dance, and participated in tailgating to raise awareness.
Second Chance Prom (November) was a partner event with the LGBT Center, Nerd Network, TransAction, and SAGA. It gave LGBT youth as well as other college students the opportunity to create the prom experience they may have missed out on in high school. The theme was "A Night in London," and as a part of the prom, attendees were encouraged to donate their old formal wear to Pioneer Prom Boutique, an organization giving local high school students access to affordable prom attire.
Alternative Spring Break (March) was a trip taken by the Women's Center over spring break in 2011 to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Volunteers travelled to spend time assisting a thrift store and shelter with spring cleaning; they organized pantries, children's play areas, storage areas, and items for sale. The goal of the experience was to, "Help Every Woman, Everywhere."
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