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Women's Center to host exciting events this quarter


The Ohio University Women's Center, which is located on the fourth floor of the Baker University Center, will continue to inform and educate the community about women, gender and diversity through a wide range of exciting events this quarter.

Highlights for the quarter include guest speaker Jessamyn Tracy from the Stalking Resource Center and a special event with the OHIO Athletic Department.

Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center, talked about some of the upcoming events the center has in store for the quarter.

Jessamyn Tracy from the National Center for Victims of Crime will present "Get the Facts about Stalking" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Baker University Center Theatre. She will discuss stalking, how to confront the issue and ways to effectively deal with it.

"All administrators are invited to a training session on how to respond more effectively to student victims of stalking," Dietzel said.

During February, the community is invited to attend an art exhibit titled "Barbie Falls on Hard Times," Feb. 6-24 with Kari Gunter Seymour from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her photographs and demonstrations feature Barbie dolls in various situations and will take place at the Women's Center. A special screening of "Barbie Nation" will follow at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, with an open discussion afterward.

Also during the month of February, the center has planned an exciting collaboration with the OHIO Athletic Department at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, titled "Celebrating Women: Leaders On and Off the Court." 

The event will take place during the women's basketball game at the Convocation Center and will showcase numerous female leaders among the students, faculty and staff at Ohio University along with a halftime ceremony honoring some of OHIO's most accomplished female leaders. Fans will have the opportunity to take part in contests throughout the game and win prizes.

"This will be a wonderful event that really shows the connections between academics and athletics," said Dietzel.

Other scheduled events in the Women's Center include "Childbirth and Childcare Options in Southeast Ohio" with guest speaker Lucy Jeudes, childbirth educator, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Jeudes, who visits the Women's Center once each quarter, will discuss various options for childbirth and the politics surrounding it.

For a complete list of winter quarter events and more information about the Women's Center, click here.