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Women's Center Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As of March 16, 2020, the physical spaces within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion will close until further notice. This includes: the LGBT Center, Multicultural Center, OMSAR, and the Women’s Center. The Women's Center remains open virtually during regular business hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Our phones are call forwarded to the Director of the Women’s Center, Dr. M. Geneva Murray. We are able to be reached in this way, or via email during normal operating hours, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Please reach out! 

If you would like to address your question or comment via email, please use the following to determine your best contact point: 

  • For the International Women’s Art Installation, Young Women Leaders Program, ALAANA+ cohort, reach out to Assistant Director, MaryKathyrine Tran, at tranm@ohio.edu 

  • For the Women's Mentoring Program, virtual programs, and salary negotiation, reach out to Director, Dr. M. Geneva Murray, at murraym2@ohio.edu 

  • For general questions, or programs not listed here, please reach out to the general Women’s Center email at womenscenter@ohio.edu

We appreciate everyone who participated in our events throughout the spring semester. Stay tuned as we update our services with summer programming announcements.

Office Hours | International Women's Coffee Hours | Virtual Workshops in Real Time | Workshops at Your Own Pace | Take Back the Night 

Programs Occurring Virtually (Online) 

Women's Center Office Hours

We will have virtual Office Hours Tuesdays 9AM-10AM and Wednesdays 4PM-5PM, beginning March 24th and lasting through April 29th. Dates may be extended. Find out how to participate here (OHIO log-in required).

How you can use office hours: 

  • Ask us questions about changes to programs 
  • Learn about opportunities for leadership in Women’s Center programming 

  • Provide us with ideas for 2020-2021 program topics 

  • Pop in for a friendly wave!  

These office hours are not private or confidential! Anyone can log-in at any time.

Social: International Women's Coffee Hours

International Women's Coffee Hour is now weekly (Tuesdays, 4PM-5PM) and online! Beginning March 24th through April 29th (dates may be extended), at 4PM, you can grab your own cup of coffee or tea and join us through Microsoft Teams (phone-in option also available). Find out how to participate here (OHIO log-in required).

These coffee hours are not intended for folk looking for workshops to complete. They are social opportunities to support our international community and allies, and will have increased frequency to support our community while we respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Workshops (In Real-Time)

Find out how to participate here (OHIO login required). If you would like to participate and do not have an OHIO login, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu.

  • March 25, Noon-1PM, "(S)hero’s Working Remote" in collaboration with Women in Networking of SEO. 

    Join Dr. Heather Lawrence-Benedict, Professor at Ohio University, for an informal talk about managing it all - while being in the middle of a a pandemic. She'll be here to listen and facilitate this conversation as participants can talk through their challenges of working remote, caring for folk at home, caring for themselves, and keeping up with (or taking a break from) the news. 

  • March 26th, Noon-1PM, Women and Career Development Series, “That’s a Great Question”: Responding to Bias in Interview Questions.
  • April 7th, 12:30PM-2:00PM (previously scheduled for 5PM-6:30PM), Stay Out of Your Own Way: How Gendered Language Threatens Our Success. 
  • April 9th, Noon-1PM, Having #WIN while you #WFH

    Join Aubrei Krummert, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Specialist as we explore What You Need while you Work From Home. Aubrei will cover many different living and working scenarios and will explore everything from functionality to aesthetics in order to make you as productive as possible through the current pandemic and even after. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Virtual 1-hour Strategy Session with Aubrei.Co-Sponsored by Women in Networking of SE Ohio. 

  • April 23rd (please note date change), Noon-1PM, Women and Career Development Series: Crushing Imposter Syndrome.
  • April 23rd, 4PM-5PM, Watching with the Women's Center: Gender in the Shows You Love to Hate (special topic: Love is Blind on Netflix).

Development Opportunities That Can Be Done at Your Leisure

  • AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops scheduled for March 19th and April 23rd are cancelled. However, the AAUW offers a free, online Work Smart workshop (for those who are interested in asking for raises or promotions). You can sign up to take it at your own pace online: https://salary.aauw.org/. Once you have completed the workshop, please feel free to reach out to the Women’s Center with additional questions, or how this may apply to your own salary negotiation. Those who are hoping to complete the She Leads OHIO program can use this online workshop to fulfill the salary negotiation requirement if they email their completion of the workshop to womenscenter@ohio.edu
  • Modernizing Your Suffrage Sash (scheduled for March 24th and April 4th) will be modified as an online presentation. We will post the link as soon as available.
  • The Women's Center's Resource Page includes Educational Videos, including: 
    • René Banglesdorf's Podcast Defying the Status Quo with Director of Women's Center as guest (2019).
    • Advocating for Yourself (2018)
    • Who's Missing from the Policy Table?: Improving NGO and State Solutions for Gender Inequality (2016)
    • Queer and Fat with Charlotte Cooper (2016)
    • Fat Activism (2015). 
  • The Women's Center's Resource Page also includes our Co-Curricular guide. There are links to readings for our events, which are great to explore if you want to know more about our programming!

Social Media Engagement

Take Back the Night: April 2, 2020

Take Back the Night will occur via hashtags on April 2, 2020. We encourage all posts to use the hashtag SurvivorsUniteTBTN. Additional hashtags that may also help communicate your message may include: #SupportSurvivorsBy #StartByBelieving #IWillWalkWithYou. This march has long been a time for campus and community to come together to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment. To represent our campus and community effort, please tag @ohiou and @CityofAthensOH and use #SurvivorsUniteTBTN in your posts.Please visit Survivor Advocacy Program’s website for reporting options and resources: https://www.ohio.edu/survivor(opens in a new window) 

International Women's Art Exhibit

The International Women's Art Exhibit will occur virtually on April 13, 2020. We will update as that information becomes available.

Women's Achievement Dinner

You also may find us celebrating Women's Achievement Dinner Awardees online throughout the month of April! Stay tuned for more information!

Cohorts Moving Online

Women Leading OHIO will meet virtually online. Participants will be emailed with further information.

Women's Mentoring Program participants will receive an email shortly about online engagement between mentors and mentees.

Programs Temporarily Suspended  

  • Inclusive Pedagogy Academy is suspended through March to allow faculty to focus on converting their classes to online platforms. Participants will be emailed with further information.
  •  ALAANA+ cohort is considering online engagement options. Participants will be emailed with further information. 

Programming Cancelled 

  • The Young Women Leaders Program is cancelled for the remainder of the semester.  
  • The International Women's Coffee Hour Passion Works field trip on March 31st has been cancelled.
  • Women’s Mentoring Program Mentor Appreciation Dinner is cancelled. We will be in touch with participants soon about how to continue engagement in the mentoring program remotely. 
  • Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 18th has been cancelled (Ohio University Libraries) and will be postponed for a future date in the next academic year. 

Feel Connected on Campus and in the Community

Ohio University’s Women’s Center strives to be an integral part of the university’s transformative learning community and a national leader in its own right. The Women’s Center promotes inclusion, honors difference, and works with faculty, staff, students, and the larger Athens community, to promote academic achievement, active global citizenship, and substantive leadership positions for women in all professional fields, as well as building confidence within women’s personal lives, by using an intersectional, though gendered, lens.

The mission of the Ohio University Women’s Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.

In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women - while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity.


“In This Space: Disrupted” - Invitation to Participate

Each fall semester, the Women’s Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Health Promotion, Ohio University Art Galleries, Office of Instructional Innovation, Ohio Women, and Ohio University Alumni Association, as well as other community partners, offer an arts-based survivor-centered program. These programs provide an opportunity to: centralize survivor stories in our understanding of sexual, dating, and domestic violence, and stalking; place the onus of prevention to fall on perpetrators rather than survivors; combat rape myths and stigma; and build empathy within our community for survivor stories. 

The 2020 fall exhibit, In This Space: Disrupted [working title], will focus on geographies of space. We are asking survivors to join us in making visible the places and spaces in which sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and harassment occur and how we, as a society, can create spaces of healing. The organizers encourage participation from all survivors, of all identities and backgrounds.

Learn more about how to participate here.

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