Are You Ready? Dialogue Series

Thursday, March 8, 2018

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Bryant Hall 111

Hosted by The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement & RASA

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #PressforProgress, and in anticipation of the Women’s Empowerment Address on March 20th featuring keynote speaker Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo Movement, this dialogue will focus on Burke’s transformational commitments to supporting survivors, and will explore Burke’s intersectional emphasis on creating conversations around how young women of color from low wealth communities are particularly affected. Join us as we explore issues raised by the #metoo Movement and question how it has impacted conversations in the public sphere, both in current news reports and in the wake of the Golden Globes. Representatives from RASA will discuss their campus efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault at UM and provide tips on how to practice active bystander intervention strategies. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement at (662) 915-1689 or inclusion@olemiss.edu.

Women’s Empowerment Awards & Reception

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:00PM

Fulton Chapel

Hosted by UM Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, the University Lecture Series, E.S.T.E.E.M., Ole Miss Athletics – Student Athlete Development, Ole Miss Panhellenic, Ole Miss Student Housing, the Associated Student Body, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, RASA, FEMISS, African American Studies Program, and the Office of Fraternal Leadership & Learning

Tarana Burke shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral ‘me too’ movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#Metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.

Women who have made outstanding contributions to the University of Mississippi, past and present, will also be recognized. A reception will follow. Tickets are available beginning March 1st at the Ole Miss Box Office (Ford Center) for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 750 attendees. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact The Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement at (662) 915-1689 or inclusion@olemiss.edu.

 Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation….” ~Audre Lorde

Friday, March 23, 2018

3:00pm-8:00pm

Lamar Hall

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

In partnership with various departments and student organizations, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will host the 2nd annual Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat. The retreat will address issues that impact African American woman on campus and in the local community while also highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with attending an institution of higher education. The mission is to provide a forum for engaging and interactive discussions regarding personal, social, and academic responsibility while attending the University of Mississippi.

The Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat is co-sponsored by the Ole Miss LuckyDay Program, UM Career Center, Ole Miss Athletics, E.S.T.E.E.M, National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities, and IMAGE. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Admission is free and open to all UM students, faculty, and staff. However, space is limited. Registration is now open: Sister2Sister Leadership Retreat Registration. Registration will close when all spaces are filled. Register TODAY! For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

For more information, contact The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at inclusion@olemiss.edu.

The Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies hosts a variety of events including the Student Gender Conference. See the full calendar of Women’s History Month events HERE!