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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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WI is honored to welcome Charity Blackwell on April 5th at 7 PM in McDowell Formal. Charity is a spoken word artist, hos...
03/31/2022

WI is honored to welcome Charity Blackwell on April 5th at 7 PM in McDowell Formal. Charity is a spoken word artist, host, emcee, and poetry specialist who has made significant contributions to the arts scene in DC and across national platforms. This event will include a short Q&A and a speech from Charity.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: In the top center of the post, it reads “AUSG WOMEN’S INITIATIVE PRESENTS” in black letter in a light gray text box. Below that is an image of Charity Blackwell in a gray blazer and black shirt. Slightly below the image, in white lettering it reads “CHARITY BLACKWELL.” Underneath, behind a black background, it reads “April 5th | 7 PM | McDowell Formal” in light gray lettering. WI and SUB’s logo is on the bottom left and BlackPrint’s logo is on the bottom right. At the bottom of the page, in the center, it says “@ausg_wi” in white lettering.

WI is grateful that we were given the opportunity to speak with Michelle Alexander🤍 We admire the work you do and can’t ...
03/30/2022

WI is grateful that we were given the opportunity to speak with Michelle Alexander🤍 We admire the work you do and can’t wait to read your book once it’s released!

WI is honored to have been given the opportunity to meet with the amazing Fredrika Newton. Thank you @hueypnewtonfoundat...
03/29/2022

WI is honored to have been given the opportunity to meet with the amazing Fredrika Newton. Thank you @hueypnewtonfoundation !

We’re so excited to be cosponsoring with  @theblackprintau for their Black Women in Media event!! Join us on March 28th ...
03/27/2022

We’re so excited to be cosponsoring with @theblackprintau for their Black Women in Media event!!

Join us on March 28th at 7 pm to hear from Black women graduates regarding their various careers in communications and media, including their day-to-day experiences, respective positions, career journeys, and advice for young Black women pursuing a career in media. Check the Blackprint’s bio for the zoom link!

We are so glad we got the chance to speak with @unchainedatlast founder Fraidy Reiss!
03/26/2022

We are so glad we got the chance to speak with @unchainedatlast founder Fraidy Reiss!

Join us on March 29th at 7 pm for a fun night with RHA, WI, AU Dining, and your peers! Image description: At the center ...
03/26/2022

Join us on March 29th at 7 pm for a fun night with RHA, WI, AU Dining, and your peers!

Image description: At the center of the top of the image it reads “PAINT N’ SIP” in big brown letters underneath that it a brown line. Below the line is an image of a painting with paint and paint brushes, next to that image is a image of a drink with ice and straw in it. Below the image it reads “TDR” in big brown letters. Underneath that it reads “March 29th 7PM - 9PM” in brown letters. Below that text is a brown line. Under the line it reads “DJ, SNACKS, & PAINTING MATERIALS PROVIDED” in bold brown letters. Underneath that (at the bottom) it reads “SPONSORED BY RHA, WOMEN'S INITIATIVE, & AU DINING” in brown lettering.

Learn more Women’s Initiatives Breaking Ground Monologues today at 3 pm in MGC 200 or via Zoom at 8:30 pm today.
03/16/2022

Learn more Women’s Initiatives Breaking Ground Monologues today at 3 pm in MGC 200 or via Zoom at 8:30 pm today.

Join us tonight at 7 pm via Zoom for a conversation with Michelle Alexander!! RSVP through the link in our bio!
03/15/2022

Join us tonight at 7 pm via Zoom for a conversation with Michelle Alexander!! RSVP through the link in our bio!

Join us and other community members in calling out AU's threatening andirresponsible decision on Sunday, March 20th at 1...
03/15/2022

Join us and other community members in calling out AU's threatening and
irresponsible decision on Sunday, March 20th at 1pm on the AU Quad for a protest against the ending of the mask mandate

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A protest poster. The background is a
filtered photo of the American university quad. Light blue title
text reads "JOIN US FOR A RALLY PROTESTING THE END OF
THE AU MASK MANDATE" with white text below reading
"Sunday, March 20th @ 1PM on the American University Quad.
Masking and social distancing will be enforced." The bottom
third of the graphic is white and has logos of the organizations
hosting the event in rows on it. The logos in the first row are of
the Disabled Student Union, the Public Health Association, AU
PRIDE, American University Student Government Women's
Initiative, and Heal Da Homies. The second row has the logos
of First Generation Student Union, and Abolish Greek Life at
AU.

Join us on Thursday night at 7 pm via Zoom as we welcome Abena Boamah! RSVP through the link in our bio!
03/14/2022

Join us on Thursday night at 7 pm via Zoom as we welcome Abena Boamah! RSVP through the link in our bio!

WI is so excited to announce that Civil Rights activist, Michelle Alexander, is coming to campus via Zoom on March 15th ...
03/03/2022

WI is so excited to announce that Civil Rights activist, Michelle Alexander, is coming to campus via Zoom on March 15th at 7pm!! Make sure to RSVP on engage to attend the event!

Elbowroom is currently seeking submissions for our eighth edition, Blurred Lines. Submit creative writing, art, op-eds, ...
02/23/2022

Elbowroom is currently seeking submissions for our eighth edition, Blurred Lines. Submit creative writing, art, op-eds, or another medium to us by March 16th to be featured!

alt. text: Elbowroom Issue VIII. WI Presents: Issue VIII. Blurred Lines. Accepting submissions until March 16th. @WI.ELBOWROOM

IMAGE DESC.: Over a blue, red, and orange painting, cream colored text reads, “ Elbowroom Issue VIII.” Below, a torn off paper in the same cream shake overs the bottom perimeter. Blue text over that reads, “WI Presents: Issue VIII. Blurred Lines. Accepting submissions until March 16th. @wi.elbowroom

The legendary Fraidy Reiss will be joining us on March 1st! Make sure to RSVP on engage!! Image Description: Light gray ...
02/22/2022

The legendary Fraidy Reiss will be joining us on March 1st! Make sure to RSVP on engage!!

Image Description: Light gray background with a picture of Fraidy Reiss in a red top with red lipstick in the bottom left corner. ‘Fraidy Reiss’ in big bold letters on the mid left of the screen.

We are excited to announce that Founders, Women’s Initiative, and AU PRIDE will be hosting an Open Mic Night on February...
02/20/2022

We are excited to announce that Founders, Women’s Initiative, and AU PRIDE will be hosting an Open Mic Night on February 24th at 7pm EST in The Bridge! RSVP now on Engage at the link in our bio. We hope you can join us!!!

[Image Description: The graphic has a pale pink background with blue and black text. There’s a microphone in the middle with curved text around the top reading: “Founders Week” and the logo of Founders, Women’s Initiative, and AU PRIDE at the bottom under a black line. The first line of text reads: “ Founders. AUSG WI. Au Pride.” Underlined by a black line. The next line says “Open Mic Night”, followed by: “Thursday, February 24th. 7pm. The Bridge”]

We are absolutely overjoyed to announce our co-sponsorship with @audisabledsu @americanunaacp @ausgkpu to hold a discuss...
02/19/2022

We are absolutely overjoyed to announce our co-sponsorship with @audisabledsu @americanunaacp @ausgkpu to hold a discussion with Imani Barbarin, Black Disabled activist and writer, on February 23rd at 5PM ET on Zoom. You can RSVP on Engage, and we hope to see you there!

Image description: A cream graphic with black text and teal asymmetrical top right and bottom left corners. Header reads "AU's NAACP, KPU, WI, and DSU present..." and below is a photo of Imani Barbarin, a Black Disabled woman with her name overlaid in cream text. Below the photo is a description of the event being advertised: "Hear from Imani Barbarin about her work as a Black Disabled writer and activist and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black Disabled community" along with the logos of the NAACP chapter of American University, the Kennedy Political Union, AUSG's Women's Initiative, and the Disabled Student Union. At the bottom, text reads, "February 23, 2022. 5-6:30pm. via Zoom webinar." The photo, text, and logos are encapsulated with a thin, black rectangular stroke.

Join us for a Conversation with former Deputy Legislative Director and Counsel in the Office of John Lewis, Brittany Hug...
02/16/2022

Join us for a Conversation with former Deputy Legislative Director and Counsel in the Office of John Lewis, Brittany Hughes. This will take place on Monday, February 21st at 4 pm via Zoom. RSVP through the link in our bio!

Join us tonight at The Bridge at 7 PM for our Black Affinity Mixer!
02/15/2022

Join us tonight at The Bridge at 7 PM for our Black Affinity Mixer!

We are proud to announce our collaboration with @ausg_founders to host An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Nikole Hanna...
02/14/2022

We are proud to announce our collaboration with @ausg_founders to host An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist covering racial injustice and the founder of the 1619 Project! The event will take place on Friday, February 25th in person in SOC’s Doyle Forman Theatre (in-person space limited.) RSVP now on Engage at the link in our bio! We hope to see you there!

Connect with other students at The Bridge on February 15th at 7 pm. This mixer provides students with the opportunity to...
02/10/2022

Connect with other students at The Bridge on February 15th at 7 pm. This mixer provides students with the opportunity to engage with their peers and other members of our campus community through dialogue and food. The link to RSVP is in our bio!

Join us on Thursday, February 10th as wewelcome Monica Lewinsky. The conversation will be moderated by SOC Professor Mol...
01/28/2022

Join us on Thursday, February 10th as we
welcome Monica Lewinsky. The conversation will be moderated by SOC Professor Molly O'Rourke, and will take place over zoom webinar at 7 pm EST on Thursday, February 10th. RSVP at the link in our bio!

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In the top left corner in black lettering it reads, “The Kennedy Political Union and The Women’s Initiative Present”. In the top right corner, it shows AUSG Women’s Initiative logo and AUSG Kennedy Political Union’s logo. Under the logos it reads, “Public Speaker, Writer, Producer and Contributor to Vanity Fair
MONICA
LEWINSKY
Moderated By: SOC Professor Molly O'Rourke
February 10th| Zoom Webinar 7 PM EDT” in dark blue lettering. On the left, next to the announcement is an image of Monica Lewinsky.

Join us on Thursday, February 10th as we welcome Monica Lewinsky. The conversation will be moderated by SOC Professor Mo...
01/28/2022

Join us on Thursday, February 10th as we welcome Monica Lewinsky. The conversation will be moderated by SOC Professor Molly O'Rourke, and will take
place over zoom webinar at 7 pm EST on Thursdav, February 10th. RSVP at the link in our bio!

Alt Text:

In the top right corner, it shows AUSG Women’s Initiative logo and AUSG Kennedy Political Union’s logo. Behind a gray background with black lettering it reads, “The Kennedy Political Union and The Women’s Initiative Present” on the top left. Underneath the statement behind a light blue circle shaped background it reads “Public Speaker, Writer, Producer and Contributor to Vanity Fair
MONICA
LEWINSKY
Moderated By: SOC Professor Molly O'Rourke
February 10th| Zoom Webinar 7 PM EDT” in dark blue lettering. Next to the announcement is an image of Monica Lewinsky.

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Come hang out with Jordan Alexander (a.k.a. Julien Calloway) from HBOMax’s "Gossip Girl," TONIGHT at 7:00 PM for “Breaking the Rules!” She's a dynamic and unique young artist who has hit stardom at incredible speed. Now that the secret's out, join AUSG Student Union Board and AUSG Women's Initiative as they host this event. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/7qhX50GtOAv
Come hang out with Jordan Alexander (a.k.a. Julien Calloway) from HBOMax’s "Gossip Girl," on Oct. 21 at 7:00 PM for “Breaking the Rules!” She's a dynamic and unique young artist who has hit stardom at incredible speed. Now that the secret's out, join AUSG Student Union Board and AUSG Women's Initiative as they host this event. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/ZpGF50GtOy5
Join AUSG Student Union Board & AUSG Women's Initiative TONIGHT at 7:00 PM for “Dress Up Your World” with Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Ruth Carter! Carter is known for developing an authentic story through costume and characters. She has garnered several Academy Awards for her work in Spike Lee’s MALCOM X (1993) and Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER (2018), as well as an Emmy nomination in 2016 for the reboot of ROOTS. This conversation will be moderated by #AUSOC's own Dr. Sherri Williams. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/dBIe50GtOae
Come hang out with Jordan Alexander (a.k.a. Julien Calloway) from HBOMax’s "Gossip Girl," on Oct. 21 at 7:00 PM for “Breaking the Rules!” She's a dynamic and unique young artist who has hit stardom at incredible speed. Now that the secret's out, join AUSG Student Union Board and AUSG Women's Initiative as they host this event. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/CQ4W50GtOx4
Join AUSG Student Union Board & AUSG Women's Initiative on Oct. 20 at 7:00 PM for “Dress Up Your World” with Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Ruth Carter! Carter is known for developing an authentic story through costume and characters. She has garnered several Academy Awards for her work in Spike Lee’s MALCOM X (1993) and Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER (2018), as well as an Emmy nomination in 2016 for the reboot of ROOTS. This conversation will be moderated by #AUSOC's own Dr. Sherri Williams. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/iutO50GtPPc
Author and human rights activist Chanel Miller spoke to the AU community on April 8th at a virtual event hosted by AUSG Women's Initiative. Miller discussed her book "Know My Name: A Memoir" and the power of healing through art.
The Muslim Student Association and AUSG Women's Initiative hosted a virtual discussion with activist and organizer Hoda Katebi about fast fashion and other issues in the fashion industry.
BREAKING: Activist and Politician Stacey Abrams will speak during Founders Week. Abrams will be the keynote speaker at an event with AUSG Kennedy Political Union and AUSG Women's Initiative on Feb. 22.
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
On November 10, the AUSG Women's Initiative will host Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist, #environmentalist, and former Green Party VP candidate. LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous economics, climate change, environmental justice, and food and energy policy. Register today!
AUSG Women's Initiative is excited to announce their Women’s History Month Guest Speaker: Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. On March 25, AUSG WI will welcome her to speak at the Washington College of Law. Lindsay is an accomplished fashion journalist, and is currently the only Black editor-in-chief at a major publication in the U.S. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/VIEF50yDIXs
AUSG Women's Initiative is excited to announce their Women’s History Month Guest Speaker: Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. On March 25, AUSG WI will welcome her to speak at the Washington College of Law. Lindsay is an accomplished fashion journalist, and is currently the only Black editor-in-chief at a major publication in the U.S. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/RWO850yDIMd