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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

Office Hours | Fall Programming | Workshops at Your Own Pace 

Programs Occurring Virtually (Online) 

Women's Center Office Hours

We will have virtual Fall 2020 Office Hours Mondays 3PM-4PM and Thursdays 9AM-10AM, August 24-December 11. Find out how to participate here (OHIO log-in required).

You can also book an appointment with Women's Center staff through this link or by reaching out to us through email or phone.

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.

Fall Programming

All Fall programming is virtual this year! Find out about what is being offered by visiting our calendarco-curricular guide page, or checking out the upcoming events section of the website below!

Development Opportunities That Can Be Done at Your Leisure

  • The Women's Center's Resource Page includes Educational Videos, including: 
    • Implicit Bias and Privilege (2020)
    • Modernizing Your Suffrage Sash (2020)
    • 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!

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.

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These Are The Things No One Tells You: On Navigating PWI’s and What Comes After with Soraya Membreno 

Join us January 27th, 2021, 6-7:30PM, for Soraya's Membreno's virtual talk recounting the experience of attending a predominantly white institution as a first-generation immigrant. Full of all the things no college counselor will tell you, participants will be encouraged to enter into open dialogue about the details of assimilation, feelings of tokenization, fitting into a new environment while still maintaining ties to home, and how being fully yourself can be an act of radical resistance.

Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami local. An astrophysics geek turned cultural/literary theory junkie, she eventually settled on an English major from Williams College. She obsesses (and occasionally writes) about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her professional background includes editing and production at Union Station Magazine, development for various literary nonprofits including Poets & Writers and Cave Canem, and orchestrating public call-outs for gender parity at GenderAvenger. She is currently hiding from winter in Los Angeles.

Please register online prior to January 25th at 11:59PM to receive the link and information about how to participate.

Brought to you by Ohio University's Women's Center, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and OHIO's AAUW Student Group.

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