Over this semester, one of my mantras has been “sit with discomfort.” This has meant sitting without clear or particularly good answers for very desperate, hurt people turning to me for help and support. It’s meant holding space for tense and harmful conversations that I really don’t want to have with students. It has meant feeling inconsolably angry with a best friend. And it’s meant not having a dryer for two months. Nope, none of those things feel good, but being able to slow down and contemplate a state of anxiety has allowed me to reach new levels of knowledge, awareness, and perspective.
Alexia Petasis is an INDS intern on the Women's Center student staff team. Alexia studies social justice and dance. In the following blog post, she runs through a list of crucial self-care survival strategies for activists. Every week, the Women’s Center asks a “question of the week” available for anyone to respond to. One week… Continue reading Self Care: An Activists Survival Guide
A reflection from student intern, Sheila, about the subtle moments of life, both good and bad. A little while ago I asked someone for their life story. This is a random thing I do whenever someone new starts working at my restaurant (#serverlife), to see if they can stay on their toes.… Continue reading Let’s hear that one more time…
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Women’s Center is hosting its fifth consecutive Take Back The Night (TBTN) on Thursday, April 13th. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of questions about what Take Back the Night exactly is, why it looks the way it does, and how students can get involved. To help get… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Take Back The Night & Craftivism
A reflection written by Women's Center Special Projects Coordinator, Amelia Meman So here we are. Another day in this brave new world. Are you exhausted yet? Emotionally, physically, psychologically? If you’re not--congratulations! That’s really good and you are a sweet glowing angel. If you are, though, you’re not alone and you are also a sweet… Continue reading A Time to Resist + A Time to Take Care
A reflection of what self-care really looks like for each of us, especially during finals, by Women's Center student staff member Prachi Kochar. It’s a common refrain that we’ve all heard, especially around this time of year. “Don’t forget to take care of yourself during finals week!”, “Remember that self-care is important!”, and so on.… Continue reading What Does Self-Care Really Look Like?
A blog written by Women’s Center student staff member Ciera Earl November. It has been a month of triumph for some, but a great loss for most of us. While this month is coming to an end and the holiday season is beginning, it's important to know how to handle the obstacles that may come with going… Continue reading Self-Care for Thanksgiving
A blog reflection written by Women’s Center student staff member Meagé Clements Growing up, my mother would always remind my sister and I that we had to work twice as hard as everyone else because not only were we women, but we were Black women. Living in a society that has always had low expectations of… Continue reading “Twice as Good” On Being a Woman of Color and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Perfectionism
A Women's Center blog post by staff member Daniel Willey Note: I hope what I've learned can be applicable to other people, but I know my experience isn't universal. I use a lot of action verbs in my post, but I don't intend to make assumptions about what a body can do. I encourage readers to challenge… Continue reading Treat Your Body Lovingly: A Twelve-Step Program
Ask any of my friends who know that I’m an avid fan of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and they will tell you that I live by the motto “Treat yo’self!” Not only do I use it as an excuse to splurge on that extra pairs of shoes that I definitely don’t need or to snack… Continue reading Treat Yo’self!