There's Something I Like About This Year
Susannah Bartlow, Director
incredible semester so far--and it's only Week 3! A big welcome to Sara
Klemann, who has stepped ably into her role as ODI/Women's Center Program &
The title of
this blog perfectly describes how excited I am about what's in store for the
Women's Center and Dickinson in 2011-2012 (it's from Frightened Rabbit's "Square
9", which pops up frequently in my iTunes). The main goal for the
Center this year is to broaden--broaden the programs we offer, extend our
outreach, and communicate our accessibility across the campus. So I've
also been creating more inclusive gender conversations, like the drop-in "Conversations About Gender"
Discussion Group I'm co-facilitating with Don Domenici from Counseling Services
of the Wellness Center.
lovely friends at Franklin & Marshall's Women's Center, I got the notion to
do Women's Center lunch discussions. This Friday, we'll be talking about
what it means to be women from multiple perspectives; last week, we joined
forces with the Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies
to host a faculty research presentation from Assistant Professor Amy
Steinbugler. If you have a topic you want to bring forward, email
firstname.lastname@example.org and the interns will hook you up!
Internship Program: I am so excited about this that I am using Grammatically
Incorrect Punctuation. The Women's Center is offering transcript notation
for interns to serve on a street team that facilitates Women's Center programs
and develops more outreach, events, and leadership opportunities. So I've
been organizing leadership trainings for the interns, reviewing applications,
and thinking up projects that will help them develop critical leadership and
gender education skills. It's going to be Amazing. Amy Lane (2013)
and Swechha K.C. (2013), returning interns, have been instrumental in shaping
this project and I'm grateful they are hanging in to help the new interns and
coordinate fun events (like our Superhero Party in October).
I am also a
mission/vision/planning geek, so it's been powerful to develop, write, and
implement the Women's Center Strategic Plan. I did focus groups and
interviews, and solicited email feedback, to measure the consensus of folks
across the college about next steps for gender-based work on campus. It's been
a thrill to initiate the practical steps of this big vision by contacting
colleagues in Student Development to discuss their campus ecology work. [Campus
ecology: a lens for seeing how the campus culture, facilities, and
practices connect with students’ academic, social, and personal lives, enabling
a holistic approach to providing education, leadership development, and healthy
community.] This means a lot of meetings about men's initiatives, RA
training/education sessions, and other opportunities to branch out and reach
folks the Women's Center could support in building a healthy campus culture!
Last but not
least, I am teaching a so-far-fantastic Methods in Women's and Gender Studies
course. With my background in writing education it's great to return to
teaching writing intensively and focusing on students' research and writing
goals. A small class size allows us to develop in-depth understanding and
analysis that will generate some very cool research projects (I hope).
short: there's something I love about this year. Hope to see you soon for a
lunch discussion! As always, email email@example.com
to get in touch.