AUSG Women's Initiative

AUSG Women's Initiative AUSG Women’s Initiative is a non-partisan, student-run organization that advocates for student, staff, and faculty at AU. WI is responsible for creating responsive & educational programming that addresses issues through the lens of gender and sexuality
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Throughout the summer, we’ve witnessed heat turn into flames across the West Coast. Now, the world is experiencing a dif...
11/13/2020

Throughout the summer, we’ve witnessed heat turn into flames across the West Coast. Now, the world is experiencing a different kind of fire, and there’s no part untouched. This kind of heatwave is caused by passion, political momentum, and a desperation for change.

Elbowroom invites you to write about what ignites you. Heatwave will be an issue about the transforming world and how you experience it.

Heat that scorches the earth. Heat that ignites passion for change. What type of heat will you bring into this Elbowroom issue?

We will be collecting creative pieces (from creative writing to visual arts and op-eds) are these themes for Issue VII. Submit to bit.ly/elbowroom7 by December 1.

ALT Text: background is a night sky with orangish red flame throughout the center and left of the image. From top to bottom there’s a white rectangle that says “elbowroom.space” in black above the largest word saying “HEATWAVE” in a smaller black rectangle under that it says “issue vii” a lighter orange box in the center of the image says “collecting submissions now through 12/1” on the bottom of the image it says “elbowroom” in white.

Our first issue of elbowroom this semester is now live! Checkout elbowroom.space! 1.png Elbowroom’s newest edition, Kint...
11/11/2020

Our first issue of elbowroom this semester is now live! Checkout elbowroom.space!

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Elbowroom’s newest edition, Kintsugi, explores themes of resilience, healing, and hope in the midst of unprecedented times. Check out Elbowroom: Kintsugi at elbowroom.space!

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“i started to feel queasy but still feeling tingles of something new and strange. surrounded by trees and leaves i felt the branches start to extend their arms toward me, they were just as alive as my heart beating Apparently in my chest.

the sun started to rise and the birds, synchronized swimmers in the sky started their day listening to raveena singing sweetly in my ears bridging the gap between the green and my tears” – Muskanpreet Kaur

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“Remember: the label of “racist” is not one you get to deny as the people who face it every day are the ones who are allowed to give it to you. I will leave you with this to think over: If you truly support Black Lives Matter and stand by that statement, you will not tell Black people how to mourn or how to protest. They built this county, they built white wealth, and have gotten nothing in return. Who are we to tell them how to react?” – Priyanka Koliwad

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“Who willst save the world, plea turned to decree
Retreat dares not to dwell in thy mouthpiece
Arabic — a refugee doth teach me
The meaning of Hali: ocean of peace” – Zuby Chowdhury

WI is excited to host transgender activist and LGBTQ+ advocate CeCe McDonald. CeCe McDonald shares profoundly affecting ...
10/19/2020

WI is excited to host transgender activist and LGBTQ+ advocate CeCe McDonald. CeCe McDonald shares profoundly affecting stories from her life as a trans woman of color and hate crime survivor, while inspiring audiences to stand up for acceptance, justice, and equality.

CeCe captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

Since her release, she has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implication of being both black and trans.

As one of the founders of the Black Excellence Collective and Black Excellence Tour, created with best friend Joshua Allen, she fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence. With energy and conviction, she highlights the hope she now fights for — that all LGBTQ people can live their lives free of hate and prejudice and confidently pursue their dreams without fear.

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Atop the image of Cece McDonald is white text which reads: “AUSG WOMEN’S INITIATIVE PRESENTS:”
Under the image of CeCe McDonald is white text which reads: “TOWARD A FREE FUTURE: A CONVERSATION WITH CECE MCDONALD.” The text reading “CECE MCDONALD” has a teal highlight behind the text.
Smaller white text at the bottom reads: “ZOOM EVENT OCTOBER 21ST, 6PM EST”
To the left of the image of CeCe McDonald (in order of top to bottom) are the logos of: AU’s Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, AUSG Women’s Initiative, Visible, Black Caucus Committee, and AU’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center.

Join AUSG Women’s Initiative and Public Health Association at AU on October 12 to learn about the history of bias and in...
10/05/2020

Join AUSG Women’s Initiative and Public Health Association at AU on October 12 to learn about the history of bias and inequity in healthcare. During a global health crisis, it is vital to understand the barriers that prevent us from gaining access to resources we need. Come to learn more about self advocacy within healthcare and discuss how we can reimagine spaces of health and wellness in a time of COVID-19.

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In the middle of the graphic, there is a light brown square with light beige text that reads “AUSG Women’s Initiative Presents: COVID-19 and Health Inequity”.
Below this, there is a horizontal thin beige line and under it, a smaller beige text reads “Zoom Event on Monday, October 12, 7:30-8:30pm EST”.

Join us and our friends at CDI this upcoming Friday to discuss equity and what it means to you! IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Four ...
09/28/2020

Join us and our friends at CDI this upcoming Friday to discuss equity and what it means to you!

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Bottom text reads: “FIRST FRIDAY Join to discuss: “What does equity mean to you?” October 2nd | 1 pm EST via IG Live (@AUCDI) RSVP at http://bit.ly/EquityFriday”

Due to WI’s own history of prioritizing cis experiences in past events, we’d like to hold a discussion-based event that ...
09/21/2020

Due to WI’s own history of prioritizing cis experiences in past events, we’d like to hold a discussion-based event that uplifts and centers trans and non binary voices to dismantle the harmful anti-trans premises that exist in these spaces.

As part of our Black Lives Matter Series, we are so excited to announce our first keynote speaker, civil rights leader A...
09/17/2020

As part of our Black Lives Matter Series, we are so excited to announce our first keynote speaker, civil rights leader Angela Davis! This event will be moderated by School of Education Dean Holcomb-McCoy and will be held in collaboration with the Black Caucus Committee, Students for a Just Society, and the School of Education. Be sure to RSVP on campus labs and follow us on social media platforms for updates on this event, as well as others in the series!

Announcing the Black Lives Matter Series! KPU, SUB, and WI, in collaboration with the Black Caucus Committee and the Ant...
09/09/2020

Announcing the Black Lives Matter Series! KPU, SUB, and WI, in collaboration with the Black Caucus Committee and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center are teaming up to put together a series of events dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Our organizations are committed to using our platforms to create a space for AU students to engage in discussion about racial injustice and police brutality during this pivotal time in American History. Join us 9/15-9/24 to be a part of this conversation. Swipe to see the schedule of events and stay tuned to see who the keynote speakers will be.

Kintsugi (金継ぎ) is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with a golden lacquer. With a deeper understanding of thi...
08/24/2020

Kintsugi (金継ぎ) is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with a golden lacquer. With a deeper understanding of this practice, we learn important life lessons. We avoid sweeping mistakes, imperfections, and experiences under the rug. Instead, they are highlighted and accepted for what they are. This is accountability culture; empowering and accepting, not romanticizing.

This year, we may be re-encountering trauma as we face turmoil on multiple fronts. How do we pick up the pieces and move forward? With an excess of time to ourselves, what can we do with it? How can we heal physically, emotionally, and mentally? How do we mend ourselves with the same care that Kintsugi (金継ぎ) emphasizes while recognizing that we are not less of a person?

Elbowroom is collecting creative pieces (from creative writing to visual art and op-eds) around these themes for Issue VI of our publication. Submit to tinyurl.com/elbow-room by September 23rd.

Applications close tomorrow, June 23rd, 2020 at 11:59PM EST!!! WI programming centers the core values of anti-violence, ...
06/22/2020

Applications close tomorrow, June 23rd, 2020 at 11:59PM EST!!! WI programming centers the core values of anti-violence, anti-racism, environmental & climate justice, q***r & trans inclusion, and wellness. Learn more about the work we do here: https://linktr.ee/ausg_wi . Apply here: bit.ly/apply-programming.

Women's Initiative is now accepting applications for our 2020-21 staff. WI is a programming and advocacy board within th...
06/12/2020
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Women's Initiative is now accepting applications for our 2020-21 staff. WI is a programming and advocacy board within the AUSG Vice President's Cabinet. In the past, WI has played a role in bringing creatives and activists like Tarana Burke, Emma Sulkowicz, Dominique Jackson and many more to campus! Apply here: bit.ly/apply-programming. Applications close at 11:59PM EST on June 23rd, 2020.

Within our staff we have several teams: Communications, Productions, Elbowroom, and the Breaking Ground Monologues. Elbowroom is a WI publication for marginalized and underrepresented voices to share lived experiences and ideas. The Breaking Ground Monologues is an annual student written and directed production that explores identity, wellness, and self-expression.

AUSG Women's Initiative is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Creative Director, Director of Logistics and Finance, Communication Coordinators, Graphic Designer, Photographer/Videographer, Elbowroom Editor in Chief, Elbowroom Staff Artists, Elbowroom Staff Writers, Breaking Ground Monologue Directors, Production Coordinators, Community Outreach Coordinator, Press and Media Outreach Coordinator

For more information about the application or WI check here: https://linktr.ee/ausg_wi .

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03/04/2020

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Join AUSG WI on March 4th as we assemble menstrual product kits on the quad from 11am-2pm! Help us make a Kit and get a ...
02/26/2020

Join AUSG WI on March 4th as we assemble menstrual product kits on the quad from 11am-2pm! Help us make a Kit and get a free Insomnia Cookie! Menstrual product kits will be donated to communities in Iquitos, Peru. #WHM

Elbowroom is collecting submissions for its next issue which explores the deeply personal and political nature of border...
02/25/2020

Elbowroom is collecting submissions for its next issue which explores the deeply personal and political nature of borders. How do these geopolitical lines transform and impact our daily lives? How can they be reimagined, and what might our world look like without them?

Submit pieces here to Elbowroom: Borders by March 27th at 11:59 P.M. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

http://tinyurl.com/submitelbowroom

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02/24/2020

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AUSG WI is excited to share our Women’s History Month Event Calendar! Join us throughout the month of March as we host e...
02/24/2020

AUSG WI is excited to share our Women’s History Month Event Calendar! Join us throughout the month of March as we host educational workshops, guest speakers, and activism events! #WHM

THIS THURSDAY!Join Women's Initiative along with our cosponsors Sister Sister, The Bethune Woodson Society and the Les C...
02/17/2020

THIS THURSDAY!

Join Women's Initiative along with our cosponsors Sister Sister, The Bethune Woodson Society and the Les Coeurs D'Afrique in welcoming dancer Ciera Adair!
Ciera Adair is an artist, choreographer and movement coach from Baltimore city. She is the creator of Adair Alchemy which is a teaching method where dance and movement are used as a tool to teach shameless self-love and confidence. Her work focuses on sensual dance in particular as a means to release fear, reinforce autonomy and maintain positive self-image.
Bring a friend and get ready to move unapologetically!

Missed last nights show?No problem! Come and see the Breaking Ground Monologues either tonight at 7pm, or tomorrow at 2p...
02/15/2020
AUSG WI Presents: The Breaking Ground Monologues 2020

Missed last nights show?
No problem! Come and see the Breaking Ground Monologues either tonight at 7pm, or tomorrow at 2pm!
Purchase your tickets using the link below!

Join us for this student-written, directed production!

Check out Yeabsera Mengitsu’s photo collection, “Homage” in Elbowroom’s newest edition, Roots.
02/07/2020
homage — ELBOWROOM

Check out Yeabsera Mengitsu’s photo collection, “Homage” in Elbowroom’s newest edition, Roots.

Yeabsera Semere Mengistu is a Senior studying Political Science at the School Of Public Affairs with minors in both Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Communications. This will be her second year working with AUSG Women’s Initiative team. Passionate about her “Three P Principles- Pe...

"I have learned in 22 years of life that things can only be fixed, once you address that there is a problem. You can’t c...
02/06/2020
healing begins with honesty — ELBOWROOM

"I have learned in 22 years of life that things can only be fixed, once you address that there is a problem. You can’t close your eyes and hope that somehow the fire you set will put itself out. I learned this lesson at three when I set myself on fire.” -Ofonime

I have learned in 22 years of life that things can only be fixed, once you address that there is a problem. You can’t close your eyes and hope that somehow the fire you set will put itself out.

While it has been an AU tradition to perform Eve Ensler’s “The Va**na Monologues”, we felt that to honor the diverse exp...
01/31/2020

While it has been an AU tradition to perform Eve Ensler’s “The Va**na Monologues”, we felt that to honor the diverse experiences of identity, it was time for something new. 3 years ago, the Breaking Ground Monologues was started as a way to include more narratives.
This year, we are using Breaking Ground as a platform for building community, sharing stories and as a healing space. The cast is excited to share with you stories regarding the many identities and experiences that make us who we are.
We are happy to welcome you to this collaborative program- and ask you to be open to the stories we have prepared to share with you tonight! All the stories being shared tonight are self-written and directed by AU students, all of these stories are based on the lives of the individuals who are sharing them. Please also take note of our community partners listed on the back page.
Thank you for joining us on February 14 & 15 at 7:00 PM and February 16 at 2:00 PM in MGC 2-4! -Directors Kai Walther and Rory Hayes

Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ausg-wi-presents-the-breaking-ground-monologues-2020-tickets-93408026923

“the three of us huddled closely                                                                                       a...
01/30/2020
soil — ELBOWROOM

“the three of us huddled closely
around a modest plot of land
my brother and I eager to soak in my father’s wisdom

the three of us,
we would teach this land to bear fruit
foreign to its soil.” - Sarah Duval

mangoes orphaned the streets of Pétion-Ville ripped from their branches torn from unstable trees that were pried from their roots prematurely

AUSG Women's Initiative
01/30/2020

AUSG Women's Initiative

Elbowroom’s newest edition explores our roots, from our familial and cultural ties, to our conceptions of domesticity and intergenerational trauma. Check out Elbowroom: Roots at www.elbowroom.space/roots

Elbowroom’s newest edition explores our roots, from our familial and cultural ties, to our conceptions of domesticity an...
01/29/2020

Elbowroom’s newest edition explores our roots, from our familial and cultural ties, to our conceptions of domesticity and intergenerational trauma. Check out Elbowroom: Roots at www.elbowroom.space/roots

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01/17/2020

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WI has been hard at work these past few months creating innovative and inclusive programming for the campus community. Y...
12/12/2019
AUSG WI Fall 2019 Semester Report

WI has been hard at work these past few months creating innovative and inclusive programming for the campus community. You can read more about our programming efforts in our Fall Semester Report.

AUSG WOMEN’S INITIATIVE Fall 2019 Semester Report MISSION OVERVIEW: WI is responsible for creating and delivering responsive, effective and educational programming to address a wide range of issues through the lens of gender and sexuality. WI programming reflects core values of anti-violen...

Submit Visual & Multimedia Art for The Breaking Ground Monologues exhibition curated in conjunction with the monologue s...
11/22/2019

Submit Visual & Multimedia Art for The Breaking Ground Monologues exhibition curated in conjunction with the monologue show.
The Breaking Ground Monologues is an opportunity for individuals to explore their identity and the complex relationships they have with their bodies - and ultimately an opportunity to further realize the power of artistic expression in both resistance and healing. Students are welcome to submit work and perform regardless of level of experience.
There will be a visual and multimedia exhibition curated in conjunction with the monologue show. For questions or to submit materials please email [email protected].
Deadline for submissions is 01/20/2020!

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Understanding and Overcoming The Fatherless Woman Syndrome is a 60 minute online workshop where participants will learn about the five factors of The Fatherless Woman Syndrome, gain an understanding about how it might present in their personal and professional lives while receiving information about steps that could be taken to reduce its adverse impact. The session is for women 18 and older. It is free but registration is required for this virtual events. Info at https://www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/understanding-and-overcoming-the-fatherless-woman-syndrome #targetaudience
Shout out to the incredibly talented Yeabsera Mengistu for her work on this project! An amazing way to kick off #WHM with AUSG Women's Initiative 🌻
Is anyone interested in gathering a group of AU students for the rally to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Capitol on Thursday?
Happy first day of classes! Interested in getting more involved on campus? Want to join a creative, fast-paced, hard working team that is committed to building community on campus? Want to bring your favorite feminist/activist role models to campus this year? Join the team that brought you Tarana Burke, Emma Sulkowicz, Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem (throw back!), and many more amazing people to campus! 💫✨
🔥OPEN CASTING CALL🔥 This Saturday American University Caribbean Circle will be hosting Auditions for our annual Roots and Rhythms pageant🎉🎉🎉💃🏿!! We’re looking for individuals who are ready to represent their Caribbean roots to the AU community and beyond🌴🌴. Come through for the fetê of a lifetime 🌏🌏🌏🌏🌏🌏 Casting Info: Location: SIS 300 Time: 10am-1pm Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV-OwiTqq5yeTg034FAiYBsaAUaHyVUU9kPofQw0gGxwgTMw/viewform Event Info: Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caribbean-circle-presents-roots-rhythms-pageant-tickets-44327700345
How do we navigate difference in the many contentious fractures in society and at AU? Start by talking the walk. Apply to participate in Intergroup Dialogue! Spring Dialogue Topics: *Black Issues & Experiences On & Off Campus (Mondays 6-8 p.m.) How To Talk About Race (Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.) Blame It On the Alcohol: Gender/Sexuality, Consent, & Party Culture (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.) *Student of Color Solidarity, Sense of Belonging, & Emotional Safety On Campus (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.) Immigration & Nationality (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.) Immigration & Nationality (Thursdays 6-8 p.m.) *intragroup dialogues for those that identify within the populations specified only. Intergroup Dialogue is a 7-week AU program where students and staff meet for two hours each week to talk about social issues and their personal and systemic impact. Registration forms are due February 4. For questions, please contact [email protected].
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start your Monday morning right by celebrating the new WI e-board with me!
If anyone is around and available... We are doing two It's On Us photo shoots: Tuesday, July 25th from 12 - 2pm and Thursday, July 27th from 12 - 2pm. Both shoots will be in MGC 203-205 (location pending confirmation). This year, our It's On Us posters are going to feature our SAWGy Award winners. And since Women's Initiative received a SAWGy of Appreciation, we'd love to have you there! Here is the album of last year's posters - this year's design will be similar: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AUHealthWell/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154329797622347 Hope to see you there!!
Applications close today! There is still time to apply!