May 2017 Newsletter

WGS Related Events 

The HUB Events May: Click here to see a full list of events and descriptions

Campus wide diversity program

5/2, 5/16: MOCA 12pm-1pm

5/2: BCM Bible Studies 7pm-9pm

5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24: Women of Color Collective 12pm-1pm

5/3: Anthro Keynote Reception 4:30pm-6:30pm

5/1, 5/15: It’s a Guy Thing 12pm-1pm

5/17: WGS Grad Party

Club Meetings

5/3, 5/4, 5/10, 5/11: Yoga and Meditation 7:30pm-9pm

5/4, 5/11: Zes Hmoob Meeting 6pm-7pm

5/5, 5/12: QSA Meeting 12pm-1:30pm

HUB Events

5/4: Not ___ Enough 1pm-2:30pm

Open Lectures

Click here to watch SSU lecture series!

WGS 302 Queer Lecture Series

Mondays, 12:05-12:55, Ives Hall 101
All Lectures Free and Open to All

5/1 Mia Satya, “Trans Resistance to Trump”

Mia Satya is a trailblazing community organizer with over a decade of advocacy experience. Mia Satya has served on over 10 committees in 5 San Francisco city government departments and played key roles inthe reauthorization of the Children’s Fund that secured $150 million a year in critical services. Mia is the first transsexual graduate of Emerge, the premiere statewide political training program for women. In 2016 Mia was honored as San Fransisco Pride Grand Marshall and was elected
delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Mia Satya is the founder of All Out: the LGBTQ+ Political Pipeline, which educates and connects youth to create change.

34th Annual Holocaust & Genocide

Julie Ea

Professor David McCuan, Ph.D., Sonoma State University


WGS Department Newsletter

Editor/Writer: Nicole West



April 2017 Newsletter

SAAMLogoHighlighted Campus Events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Take a look at what Sonoma State has planned for this month, from self defense classes, volunteering opportunities with Verity, to the always incredible Take Back the Night Event. There are over a dozen opportunities this month to educate yourself on the issue of sexual assault.


Monday, April 3: It’s a Guy Thing: Sex and Porn @12pm in The HUB

This “It’s a Guy Thing” meeting will focus on sex, porn, and consent!

Tuesday, April 4- Thursday, April 6: Clothesline Project @10am in Salazar Plaza 

The Clothesline Project is meant to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue about the issue of violence against women. The display, which will remain up between April 4th and 6th, will act as a memorial for victims, a support for the healing of survivors, and honor countless experiences. Students and Faculty are invited to decorate a T-shirt and hang it on the clothesline.

Wednesday, April 5: The Hunting Ground Film & Discussion @7pm in the Russian River Valley Room

Come see and discuss the film that brought the issue of on-campus sexual assault into mainstream discussions.

Thursday, April 6 & Tuesday, April 11: One Love Relationship Violence Escalation Workshop @6pm in the Sonoma Valley Room

“The One Love Foundation was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks short of graduation…One Love’s focus today is changing these statistics by sparking conversations in schools and communities around the country.
One Love works to give others the information that Yeardley and her friends and family didn’t have about what unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship behaviors look like, empowering them to help themselves and their friends. To do this, One Love focuses on building emotionally engaging, powerful content and tools that meet people where they are, show them the relevance of this issue in their own lives, and inspire them to join a movement for change.” (

Wednesday, April 12: Moving From Fear to Empowerment: Awareness, Assertiveness and Physical Techniques for Self Defense @12pm in Niagara in Rec Center 

Come learn how to assess potentially unsafe situations, recognize signs of escalation, and practice techniques that interrupt harassment, intimidation, and violence at this free self defense workshop!

For more information, go to Hand to Hand website:

Wednesday, April 12: Queering Title IX @4pm in Knights Valley Room

“In this workshop, we will explore how consent culture operates in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other non-straight, non-cisgender (LGBTQ+) communities. Participants will gain tools for identifying signs of relationship violence in LGBTQ+ communities and learn tips for being an active bystander. Please email Ramy Abbady ( to sign up.” (

Wednesday, April 12: Together We Dance: Free Zumba Class @6:30pm in the Rec Center 

Thursday, April 13: Together We Paint @11:30am in the Darwin/Stevenson Quad

Thursday, April 13: Bare ALL: Sexy Trivia @5:30pm in The HUB

Tuesday, April 18: A Fierce Hope: Helping Survivors Thrive After Sexual Violence @4pm in the Student Center Ballroom C

Tuesday, April 18: A Fierce Hope: Sexual Violence and the Hero’s Journey @7:30pm in the Student Center Ballroom B

“Join Lisa Foster, founder of parillume™, to explore the Hero’s  Journey for overcomers of sexual violation: a tangible, lit path to a personal justice that is the  foundation and fuel for transforming the world.

parillume empowers victims of  sexual violation to continue past the survivor stage and heroically reclaim the treasure of their true selves shining in the world without shame. To learn more, please visit where you  can find Lisa’s recent TED talk, “Sexual Violation and The Invisible Hero   .”  Sponsored by the Office of the Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence and The School of Business and Economics. For more info email” (

Wednesday, April 19: Yeah Maybe No Film Screening and Discussion @5pm in Russian River Valley Room

“Yeah Maybe No follows Blake, a young gay man who is coming to terms with being a survivor of sexual assault and compares his experience with the filmmaker’s own rape. Blake asks whether his assault is really “that bad” since it doesn’t follow a stereotypical depiction of sexual violence. In the process, he tests the limits of what does and does not count as a crime.” (

Tuesday, April 25: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Tabling @11:30am in Seawolf Plaza

Tuesday, April 25: Treats and Trending @2pm in The HUB

Wednesday, April 26: Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day Tabling @11:30am in the Seawolf Plaza

Wear jeans on April 26 to protest destructive attitudes and conversations about sexual assault!

Wednesday, April 26: Take Back the Night @7pm in the Student Center Ballrooms

“Take Back the Night is an event aimed at raising awareness and shattering the silence surrounding sexual assault, domestic violence, and rape culture affecting all genders and sexual orientations. This event aims to empower survivors by publicly speaking up against violence through creative mediums such as open storytelling. The night strives to support, empower, and inspire the SSU community by uniting all of our voices and demanding our community to be free of all types of violence.” (

Thursday, April 27: Volunteer with Verity @1:30pm meet at the Flagpole

Come volunteer with Verity, the only rape crisis center in Sonoma County!

For more information and to sign up contact Allison Hanson at

WGS Department Alumni Panel Presentation

Wednesday, April 12 from 10am-12pm

Location: TBD

Speakers include:

Mira Fielding (c/o 2016) Circle of Sisters. Community Benefits Programs Coordinator

Susan Garcia (c/o 2016) Health Promoter/Patient Navigator at Center for Well-Being

Nick Moore (c/o 2015) Marketing Specialist at AIDS/LifeCycles

Skye Nashelsky (c/o 2008) Case Manager and Therapist Specializing in foster youth


WGS Related Events

April 4 @1:30pm: SPACES (She Provides Advocacy for Cultural Educational Support) In the Alexander Valley Room

This is a space where women of color can come together and address issues that are faced when attending a predominately white school. This discussion based event focuses on students of color, particularly women, and their process for navigating the college environment.

Hub Events April: Click here to see a full list of events and descriptions

Campus wide diversity program

4/3, 4/17: It’s a Guy Thing 12pm-1pm

4/4, 4/18: MOCA 12pm-1pm

4/4: Faces of SSU Reception 4:30pm-6pm

4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25: BCM Bible Study 7pm-9pm

4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26: Women of Color Collective 12-1pm

4/13: Poetry workshop 12-1pm

4/20: Circle of sisters 2-530pm

4/20: Alt-Break Stories 6-8pm

4/26: Take back the night 6-11pm

Club Meetings

4/4: MECha Meeting 5pm-6:30pm (weekly club meetings)

4/5, 4/6, 4/13, 4/19, 4/20, 4/26, 4/27: Yoga and Meditation 7:30pm-9pm

4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28: Queer-Straight Alliance Meeting 12pm-130pm

4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28: Zes Hmoob Meeting 2pm-3pm

HUB Events

4/11, 4/25: Treats and Trending 2pm-3pm

4/12: SPOKE 6pm-10pm

4/13: Bare it All! Sexy Trivia Night 5:30pm-7:30pm

Open Lectures

Click here to watch SSU lecture series!

WGS 302 Queer Lecture Series

Click here for a link to WGS open lecture descriptions

4/3 Faith Cheltenham, “Intersection Electric: An Interactive Tour of Black and Bisexual Histories/Culture (with games!)”

4/10 Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción and Juliana Delgado Lopera, “Unearthing Queer Latinidad”

4/17 Johanna Brieding, “Epitaph for Family”

4/24 Anna Mollow, “Fat Justice Is Totally Queer”

34th Annual Holocaust & Genocide Lecture Series, Spring 2017

Click here for Holocaust Lecture Series descriptions

Professor James Waller, Ph.D., Cohen Endowed Chair of Holcaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Underwritten by Arline Thomas and Myrna Goodman in memory of Lillian Judd

Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States
Simon Mudahogora, Genocide Survivor, and Ndahiro Bazimya, Genocide descendant

Irfan Mirza, Voices of the Bosnian Genocide

Professor Alex Avarez, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Underwritten by Lillian and Dennis Judd

Hans Angress


WGS Department Newsletter

Editor/Writer: Nicole West


March 2017 Newsletter

Department News & Information

Department Office

Rachel Carson Hall 18
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-2840
Fax: (707) 664-4202
Office Hours: Weekdays 8:30am to 5pm
(Closed for lunch from 11am to 12pm)

Department Chair

Professor Don Romesburg

Administrative Coordinator

Karen Targett

2016-2017 Excellence in Teaching Award Reception

Date: Thursday, March 2

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Ballroom B in The Student Center

Join us in honoring Dr. Lena McQuade & Dr. Lauren Morimoto, the recipients of the 2016-2017 Excellence in Teaching Award!

The Vagina Monologues

The annual production of SSU’s “The Vagina Monologues” happened Februrary 24th, 25th, and 26th! This year the show was directed by Alix Parkhurst and was a sold out performance all three days! All proceeds from the show go to Verity, which is Sonoma County’s only rape crisis center. The club was also collecting feminine hygiene products at the shows to be donated to The Living Room, a women’s and children shelter in Santa Rosa.


WGS Related Campus Events

North Bay Women of Color Conference 2017 (Cooperage Building): Click here to learn more about the conference/how to register

3/29: @10:00am-3:00pm

“Join us in creating community with SSU women of diverse and intersecting cultural identities. Share and be inspired by our collective stories and experiences in a confidential space. Explore, process, and empower each other!”

HUB Events March: Click here to see a full list of events and descriptions

Campus-Wide Diversity Programs

3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29: Women of Color Collective @12:00-1:00pm

3/7, 3/21: MOCA @12:00-1:00pm

3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28: BCM Bible Studies @7:00-9:00pm

Club Meetings

3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31: Queer-Straight Alliance Meeting @12:00-1:00pm

HUB Program

3/6, 3/20: It’s a Guy Thing @12:00-1:00pm

3/14, 3/28: Treats & Trending @2:00-3:00pm

Open Lectures

Writers at Sonoma: Cortney Charleston (GMC, Schroeder Hall)

3/30: Poet Cortney Charleston presents @7:00-8:00pm

*ticketed event

Native American Activism- Graton Rancheria (Student Center, Ballroom C)

3/27: Guest lecturer, Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris, will speak about social and environmental justice @4:00-5:50pm

Queer Studies Lecture Series (WGS 302, Ives Hall 101): Click here for more information on the lectures

3/6: Cáel Keegan, “Thick with the Future: Bound and the Utopian Queer/Trans Horizon”

“Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University.”

3/27: Aron Kantor, “Playing with Gender and Sexuality in Queer Film”

“Aron Kantor is a filmmaker and artist focused on investigating gender identity and queer sexuality through engaging visuals and absurd humor.”


WGS Newsletter

Editor/Writer: Nicole West