Women's History Month - March 2019

In Support of the #METOO Movement, in Response to Recent National Setbacks, and in Solidarity with All Sexual Assault Survivors


Santa Rosa


Virgin of Guadalupe: Myth or Reality?

Monday, March 4. Reception: 1:00-1:30 p.m., Lecture: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Student Activities Center  

SRJC history instructor Laura Larqué will lead a discussion on the syncretic symbolism of Goddess Tonantzin and Virgin of Guadalupe. Larqué will analyze the intrinsic indigenous and Catholic symbolism of Guadalupe’s tunic and her mantle.


Creating Strength out of Trauma with Becky FeinCreating Strength out of Trauma: Surviving and Thriving after Sexual Assault

Tuesday, March 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Girvin Family Student Activities Center  

Becky Fein discusses her journey of recovery and resilience after experiencing sexual assault. This lively and powerful talk explores the importance of being present for a friend who is struggling, the impact of trauma on individuals and communities, and tangible steps towards making our social circles and college campuses safer, more supportive spaces. Becky Fein is the associate director of programs at Active Minds, and the founding director of the Powerful Voices Project, a documentary film series that tells stories of recovery and resilience after experiencing sexual assault. Co-sponsored by Student Equity and SGA.
Flex approved.


Beta Days and Gamma People: Afro-Eco-Poetics, New World Making, and Womanist Speech Sounds in Octavia Butler’s Post-Apocalyptic Imagination

Monday, March 11, 12-1 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

To join the Zoom webinar, click: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/356294367 (Webinar ID: 356 294 367)

Dr. Kim Hester Williams will discuss "Kindred," whose main character, a contemporary African America woman, is hurled back into the antebellum American South without explanation. Dr. Hester Williams is a professor of English literature at Sonoma State University and co-editor of "Racial Ecologies" that includes her chapter, “Earthseeds of Change: Post-Apocalyptic Mythmaking, Race, and Ecology in The Book of Eli and Octavia Butler’s Womanist Parables." "Kindred" is the current SRJC English department Work of Literary Merit. Co-sponsored by Arts & Lectures.
Flex approved.


The #METOO Movement, Sexual Violence, and the Road to Recovery: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

The #METOO movement has revealed the pervasiveness of sexual violence against women and the way in which male culture and toxic masculinity are the root causes of the problem. This panel discussion will specifically address human trafficking, rape culture, sexual assault advocacy, as well as toxic masculinity. Our focus will be on healing and the path forward. This event will be facilitated by SRJC Sociology Instructor Dr. Solen Sanli Vasquez. Panelists include SRJC Sociology Instructor Dr. John Stover, Verity’s Adult Detention Facilities Sexual Assault Advocate Johanna Allen, and Elizabeth Quiroz, SRJC student, human trafficking survivor and member of the Sonoma County Task Force on Trafficking.
Flex approved.


Trafficking in our Backyard:  A Survivor-Led Presentation

Monday, March 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

Human/Sex Trafficking has been a growing global and domestic phenomenon, impacting young women in this past decade.  This event will focus on trafficking in Sonoma County and the tragic plight of survivors. Presenters include Elizabeth Quiroz, SRJC student who is a trafficking survivor and member of the Sonoma County Task Force on Trafficking, as well as other local survivors who will share their stories.  Come learn about this harrowing epidemic and how you can help support victims. 
Flex approved.


SGA Student Life - Take Back the Night

Wednesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center quad & Girvin Family Student Activities Center

Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. The Student Government Assembly (SGA) Student Life Committee will host this year’s event that creates a safe community at SRJC and brings awareness to these topics. There will be an educational workshop on gender identity and identification, as well as use of proper gender pronouns. Survivor stories will be shared and participation will be encouraged. There will be several agencies tabling, specifically with resources for victims, and for family members. Psychological services will be available with a sectioned off cozy corner if people need a break. A nighttime vigil will follow the activities. Snacks will be provided. 


Restorative Practices for Healing from Sexual Assault with Dr. Alissa Ackerman

Thursday, March 28, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Girvin Family Student Activities Center  

Dr. Alissa Ackerman is a professor of Criminal Justice at Cal State Fullerton and sex crime expert. She recently was featured on an HBO Vice News episode on the topic of consent. She meets sexual assault perpetrators and survivors and facilitates healing conversations utilizing restorative practices. Given the recent and courageous testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Dr. Ackerman’s work is timely in the continuing growth of the #METOO Movement. Dr. Ackerman’s work is shifting the conversation about how we address sexual assault for both survivors and perpetrators. Survivors are able to share how the sexual assault has impacted their lives, and meet with the person who caused that harm. Through her work, Dr. Ackerman, is able to facilitate deeply healing conversations where survivors are heard and perpetrators have a way to join that conversation. After the event, there will be an additional opportunity to meet with local non-profit organizations who work to eliminate sexual assault and provide support for those who have experienced sex crimes, 1:30 -2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Title IX Office, the Intercultural Events Committee, and the Second Chance Club.






Petaluma Campus

Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Terisa Siagatonu

Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center (Jacobs PC 116)

Hailing from the Bay area, Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, arts educator, and community organizer whose identity as a queer Samoan woman deeply informs her work. She has performed everywhere from national poetry slams to the UN Conference on Climate Change to the White House, where she was awarded the Champion of Change Award by President Obama in 2012, recognizing her work as an artist and activist.
Flex pending.


“Girlhood in the Borderlands”: A Talk by Dr. Lilia Soto

Thursday, March 7, 1:00-2:15 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center, (Jacobs PC 116)

Dr. Lilia Soto grew up in Napa, CA, and is an associate professor in Latina/o studies and American studies at University of Wyoming. She will share findings from her new book, "Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration," a multi-site study of the lived experiences of Mexican teenage girls raised in transnational families, and the varied ways they make meaning of their lives, based in Napa and Michoacán.
Flex pending.



Aztec Female Deities

Tuesday, March 12. Reception 1:00-1:30 p.m., Lecture 1:30-2:30 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center (Jacobs PC 116)

SRJC History Instructor Laura Larqué will be giving a lecture on the Aztec female deities and the acceptance of homosexuality and transgender (duality expressions).
Flex pending.


"Assert Your Worth!" Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women

Tuesday, March 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center (Jacobs PC 116)

The gender pay gap is real: Women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. Learn the precious life skill of how to negotiate pay. Through role-play and discussion, you will learn how to identify and articulate your personal value, how to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses, and how to research and benchmark a target salary and benefits. Presented by the American Association of University Women.
Flex pending.


"The Hunting Ground" (Film Screening)

Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Richard Call Building, PC 656

In support of the #METOO Movement, SRJC Instructor Alice Roberti will be screening the film, "The Hunting Ground." After viewing the documentary, there will be a discussion regarding the programs that SRJC has implemented in the last few years to address the epidemic of campus rapes in the United States.


All events are sponsored by the SRJC Women’s History Month Committee.  Contact ssanlivasquez@santarosa.edu for more info.  
All events will take place in March 2019. All events are FREE and open to the public.  A $4/day use fee will be required to park on campus.