May 4 by Tommydorman


									GenEq Newsletter --- May 4th, 2009
(See below for Table of Contents)

GenEq’s last event of the semester is this Wednesday, May 6th, 2009! At the Women’s Communities T-
Shirt Painting Party you bring your own shirt (or tote, shorts, pillowcase, etc) to decorate! See below for
more information.

Keep an eye on your GenEq newsletter in August for information about our Internships for the 2009-2010
academic year!


To view a PDF version of the Newsletter, see: GenEq Newsletter.pdf



1.      Women’s Community End-of-Semester Party – May 6
2.      Volunteering at GenEq during the summer!

3.      Producing Belonging: Performing Citizenship and Identity – May 7
4.      Transgender Health Coverage for Students at UCB
5.     The “Maggots and Men” Screening and Symposium – May 6
6.      Apply to live at Casa!

7.    Call for Volunteers--LGBT Seniors Housing Project
8.    Women's Health National Conference, UCSF, May 27-29
9.    Rainbow Women's Project: Seeking Lesbian and bisexual women of color for survey
10.   API LGBT Student Scholarship, Application deadline – May 30th
11.   LYRIC Internship Program for LGBTQQ Youth Orientation – May 14
12.   Sexual Orientation Public Policy Research Fellowship
13.   The Sexual Minority College Student Mental Health (SEM) Project Survey


1. Women’s Community End of Semester Party

         Wednesday, May 6, 2009
         Time TBD (either 5-7pm or 6-8pm)
         Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Cesar Chavez)

         T-shirt decorating, ice cream and community!

         It’s that hectic time of year! We know you’re all preparing for finals and looking for a summer job,
         maybe even worrying about where you’re going to live next year. We hope you’ll set your books
         and studying aside to help us celebrate the end of the academic year and the arrival of summer
         by joining us at a T-shirt making party. We’ll have supplies for you to decorate your own t-shirts.
         We hope you’ll take this time to relax from studying, get energized and reactivated for the
         summer, meet and reconnect with other campus women, as well as reflect on our concerns as
         members of diverse communities on campus. Bring your own shirt to decorate as we’ll be
         providing a limited number of t-shirts!

         Not to mention, there will be ice cream!

         Sponsored by the Women of Color Dialogues & the Women’s Caucus at GenEq
         Questions? Email Krista at

2. Volunteering at GenEq during the summer

         I will be planning for next year throughout the summer – email me if you’re in town and able to
         volunteer time to help me out! I need help with general tasks, event planning, designing
         marketing materials, getting the Community Space ready for next year, and more!

         Email Marisa at
3. Producing Belonging: Performing Citizenship and Identity – May 7

         Emine Fisek, Performance Studies, & Juan Herrera, Ethnic Studies

         Thursday, May 7th
         4:00 - 5:30 PM
         691 Barrows Hall

         Emine Fisek, Performance Studies
         Breaking Character: Women's Theater Workshops and the Incorporation of Immigrants in France

         Scholarship on the French state’s twentieth century approach to integration emphasizes the issue
         of bodily conduct as key to the figure of the “integrated immigrant”. For example, much of the
         debate surrounding the 2004 law banning veiled women from entering public primary and
         secondary schools concerned the question of proper integration. This oft-cited case begs the
         question: are the corporal habits of this “integrated immigrant” linked to specific cultural and
         gendered norms? What then is the relationship between bodily life and citizenship? This paper
         approaches these questions by way of the recent turn to theatrical practice in the work of Parisian
         organizations ranging from humanitarian groups working with asylum seekers to neighborhood-
         based community centers catering to recent immigrants. Suggesting that the alternative forms of
         bodily activism and aid offered by these groups remain in conversation with present-day
         discourses on integration and cultural incommensurability, I ask what dynamics result from
         theater workshops designed to aid non-French women. My goal is 1. to understand how varied
         notions of “female empowerment” are theatrically negotiated and their rapports with ongoing
         debates regarding secularism and gender equality and 2. to identify the capacities attributed to
         theatre practice in different pedagogical, artistic and activist contexts.

         Juan Herrera, Ethnic Studies
         Producing Fruitvale: Latindad, Immigration, and the Development of a "Village"

         This paper investigates how a geographic space comes to be defined as Latino in an urban
         context where Latino/as are not the sole inhabitants. I study the social-spatial production of the
         Fruitvale district in Oakland, California where Spanish-speaking residents have created what is
         often described as a “lively,” “vibrant,” and “quaint,” Latino community. This paper addresses the
         co-construction of two different kinds of architectural spaces in the Fruitvale: the multi-million
         dollar “modern” Fruitvale Transit Village BART station built with the almost metaphysical
         mandate of “developing” the Fruitvale District, and the City of Oakland Day Labor Center
         organized to simultaneously “help” and “manage” the day labor population. I argue that these two
         architectural spaces tell us much about residents’, city officials’, and NGOs’ attempts to racialize
         and develop Fruitvale. I ask how a district trying to develop itself fashions a certain permissible
         bandwidth of Latinidad that seeks not to eliminate the bad from the good, but rather maintain a
         particular equilibrium between the two. I demonstrate that Fruitvale’s development must be
         understood as a production of a specific milieu that sought to shape the meaning of Latinidad and
         served to solidify new relations between residents, non-profits, and local and federal state


4. Transgender Health Coverage for Students at UCB

         UCB will offer coverage for transgender students beginning Aug 15, 2009.
         I don't have the full plan coverage info but here are the basics.

         Billy Curtis, Assistant Dean of Students &
         Director, Gender Equity Resource Center

5. The “Maggots and Men” Screening and Symposium – May 6

         The Working Group in Socialisms and Sexualities presents”

         The “Maggots and Men” Screening and Symposium featuring:

         **Gender Historian, Susan Stryker**
         **Slavist & Film Scholar, Anne Nesbet**
         **Discussion Panel with the Filmmakers**

         Plus talks on socialism, sexuality, and silent film by members of the S&S Collective and
         Refreshments provided by Leninade and Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

         Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
         Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
         Location: 142 Dwinelle Nestrick room
         Street: UC Berkeley Campus
         City: Berkeley, CA

         As an extension of the intellectual labor done in the Townsend Center Working Group, Socialisms
         and Sexualities, we are curating a screening and symposium around the local independent film,
         “Maggots and Men.” The movie offers a stylized historical account of the Kronstadt Rebellion in
         revolutionary Russia, and is uniquely cast with actors from a range of masculine gender
         expressions. This provocative conjuncture situates the undoing of normative gender within a
         broader challenge to the dominant political-economic order.

         We are inspired by the movie’s mission statement regarding the film’s [bringing] together both
         transgender and queer communities as well as audience members attracted to the political and
         historical content of the film creating opportunities for cross-community dialogue. In response to
         its challenge, we have arranged a panel discussion following the screening with the filmmakers
         and Berkeley scholars of Soviet film and gender theory respectively. The event will be free and
         open to the public.

         Sponsored by:
         Beatrice Bain Research Group
         Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies
         Center for the Study of Sexual Culture
         Gender and Women’s Studies Department
         Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
         Post-Communist Politics and Societies Working Group
         Townsend Center for the Humanities

         For more info:

6. Apply to live at Casa!

         Casa is a multi-ethnic student housing cooperative for 40 students attending UC Berkeley. The
         mission of Casa is to provide both a great place to live as well as a vibrant community, defined by
         academic and personal success, leadership development, social justice, and cross-cultural

         understanding. The Greenlining Institute, a national multi-ethnic public policy organization,
         operates Casa and connects interested residents with leadership opportunities. Just two blocks
         from the campus, Casa is much more than just a place to live. And in addition to weeknight
         dinners, a computer lab, and free laundry, our rooms cost less than the dorms!

         We accept applications on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.

         For more information, contact Sergio Lara at To apply, visit:

7. Call for Volunteers--LGBT Seniors Housing Project

         Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors need a centralized place to find information about
         the affordable housing options available to them. openhouse is working hard to create a
         comprehensive senior housing database anyone can use to find information about waiting lists,
         accessible housing, LGBT-friendly communities and more.

         We are seeking dedicated volunteers to help us gather information from different senior
         residential communities in San Francisco.

         To find out more about volunteering for the project, contact Jason Alley at (415) 296-8995,
         extension 13 or email

8. Women's Health National Conference, UCSF, May 27-29

         NIH/Office of Research in Women’s Health National Conference at the University of California,
         San Francisco

         The Office of Research on Women’s Health/NIH/DHHS, the UCSF Department of Obstetrics,
         Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in
         Women's Health are co-hosting the second in a series of four public hearings and scientific
         workshops to update the NIH Women’s Health Research Agenda for the coming decade.

         This conference will include input from a variety of stakeholder groups including: researchers,
         clinicians, patients, advocacy groups, community organizations, and industry. In addition, many
         Program Officers and Leaders from NIH Institutes and Centers will actively participate in the
         event. Stakeholder commentary regarding all areas related to women's health research will be
         included. In addition, the conference will address specific Focus Areas related to women's health.
         Scientific writers are being recruited to document the discussions during the Focus Area
         segments. Follow this link for information.

         All ideas and recommendations gathered during this conference will be used to formulate future
         ORWH and NIH funding priorities, including the development of new programs, grants, and
         requests for applications (RFAs).

         The Office of Women’s Health of the NIH is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings to receive
         testimony on what are important women’s health issues and research priorities for the next ten
         years. The next one is May 27-29 at UCSF. Registration is required but there is no cost to

         Focus areas include:

             * Global Health
             * Stem Cells
             * WomenÂ’s Health and the Environment
             * HIV/AIDS and Women
             * Women in Biomedical Careers
             * Information Technology

         *Location:* All sessions will be held at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF, Robertson
         Auditorium, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

                   *Deadline for Registration
                   and Submitting Testimony
                   May 15, 2009, Midnight PDT*

         For more information:

9. Rainbow Women's Project: Seeking Lesbian and bisexual women of color for survey

We are a group of lesbian and bisexual women investigators from the University of Washington.
We are conducting an anonymous, online survey of lesbian and bisexual women of color and
their life experiences. Below is an advertisement for the survey, which takes about 30-40 minutes
to complete. Please forward this opportunity to your group and any lesbian and bisexual women
you know who might be interested.

Thanks so much and best wishes,
Rainbow Women's Project Staff

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Seeking lesbian and bisexual women of color

Are you...
• A lesbian or bisexual woman?
• African American/Black, Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Asian
American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Middle Eastern, Latina/Latino/ Hispanic, Biracial or
• Age 18 or older?

If this sounds like you, then we invite you to participate in a study focusing on your life
experiences as a lesbian, bisexual, or queer woman of color, the challenges you have faced, and
how you deal with these challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for
one of several cash prizes of $50.

The goal of the Rainbow Women’s Project is to better understand the specific experiences of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer women and promote their health and well-being. We are
especially interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities.

This is an anonymous, web-based study run through the Department of Psychology at the
University of Washington. For more information, please go to women, or contact the Rainbow Women’s Project at
wproject@u.washingt or (206) 543-9151. Please remember that we cannot guarantee the
confidentiality of any information sent by email.

Rainbow Women’s Project is funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay,
and Bisexual Issues.
         [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

10. API LGBT Student Scholarship, Deadline – May 30th

         DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2009

         APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community) is a non-profit
         consortium of more than fifteen organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area providing support
         and community for nearly 500 queer Asian and Pacific Islander individuals. The APIQWTC
         Scholarship supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of
         technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship hopes to recognize those who
         are active in the community and encourage future leaders.

         APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $400 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual,
         or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an
         undergraduate/graduate degree. High school seniors pursuing further education or training in fall
         2009 are also eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate academic commitment as well as
         community involvement. Please submit a cover letter, resume or c.v., a two-page, double-spaced
         personal statement, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The personal
         statement should address community involvement and future goals. How has your cultural
         heritage, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity influenced your life and any activities in which
         you have been involved? Discuss any relevant experiences up to the present and how you see
         yourself involved in the community in the future, either through your career or otherwise. Letters
         of reference should come from an instructor, employer, academic counselor, coach, community
         leader, or any other individual not related to you who is familiar with your personal, academic, or
         leadership qualities. Please submit statements and resumes/c.v.’s electronically no later than
         7pm May 30, 2009. Letters and transcripts must be postmarked by May 30, 2009.

         Send statement and resume/CV as electronic attachments to:

         Send letters and transcripts to:
         Amy Sueyoshi
         1879 41st Avenue
         San Francisco, CA 94122

         Feel free to direct any questions to Amy Sueyoshi at
         The selection committee reserves the right to not award the scholarships if an appropriate
         applicant can not be identified.

11. LYRIC Internship Program for LGBTQQ Youth Orientation – May 14

         Are you Young, Queer and Loud?

         The LYRIC Internship Program is offering LGBTQQ youth 14-24 years old the opportunity to work
         in a SF non-profit, gain work experience, strengthen your community and get PAID to do

         ·       Join QYTC – a Queer Training Collaborative designed for youth
         ·       Get job training (learn how to get and keep a job)!
         ·       Work 10-15 hours a week plus get an hourly wage!
         ·       Gain knowledge & experience!
         ·       Meet new friends!
         ·       Find a community or make a new one!
         ·       Have FUN!

         Orientation is the 1ststep!
         Thursday, May 14th, 2009
         4-6pm - 1st Floor

         Where: 127 Collingwood Street between 18th & 19th in the Castro
         Contact: RSVP to Mercedes at 415.703.6150 x 21 or

12. Sexual Orientation Public Policy Research Fellowship

         In 2009, the Williams Institute will offer a Public Policy Research Fellowship to a recent graduate
         school graduate who is interested in public policy research and writing on sexual orientation
         issues. The
Williams Institute is a national think tank at UCLA School of Law dedicated to advancing critical
thought in the field of sexual orientation law and public policy.

Applicants should have a graduate degree in public policy, a social science discipline, statistics,
law, or LGBT studies. Applicants should have demonstrated an outstanding aptitude for
independent public policy and/or social science research preferably demonstrated through
research and/or writing as a graduate or law student or through exceptional experience after
graduate or law school. Fellowship candidates must have strong academic records and public
speaking skills. Applicants should also have knowledge of quantitative methods (experience with
statistical software packages like Stata, SAS or SPSS is particularly helpful), strong research
skills, and knowledge of LGBT issues. In addition, Fellows are responsible for a certain amount of
general office work. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

Fellowship Requirements
The Public Policy Research Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research
projects and reports. Research tasks may include public policy and legal research; collecting,
checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics.
Attendance at relevant legislative briefings, policy seminars and meetings Is also an integral part
of the fellowship program. The fellowship program lasts one year, during which time the Fellow
will: assist Institute staff with research activities as described above; work on their own research
projects; and assist with other Williams Institute activities including publications and events.

Williams Institute research areas for 2009-2010 include:
€ sexual orientation discrimination and anti-discrimination legislation;
€ demographic and economic analysis of the LGBT community;
€ tracking and preventing violence against LGBT communities;
€ providing legal and economic support for LGBT parents; and
€ securing legal rights and obligations for same-sex couples.

Fellowship Benefits
The unique features of this Fellowship include opportunities to:
€ develop expertise in sexual orientation law and public policy;
€ work with Williams Institute faculty and staff; and
€ participate in the rich mixture of scholarly symposia, invited lectures, and conferences of the
Williams Institute and UCLA.
         Terms of the Fellowship
         The Fellowship will begin in the summer or fall of 2009 and will last for one year. At the discretion
         of the Williams Institute, the Fellowship may be extended for an additional year. The Fellowship
         offers a salary of $40,000 per year and full benefits. No degree will be offered as part of the
         Fellowship program.

         To Apply

         Please submit the following materials to the Williams Institute April 30, 2009:

         € A cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the Public Policy Research Fellowship;
         € A current resume;
         € A graduate school transcript;
         € Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a recent professor;
         € A list of published works, if any; and One writing sample.

         Send applications and any inquiries about the Public Policy Fellowship to:
         Public Policy Research Fellowship
         c/o Brad Sears, Director
         The Williams Institute
         Box 951476
         Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

13. The Sexual Minority College Student Mental Health (SEM) Project Survey

         Dear college student,

         My name is Richard Nobles, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of
         Washington in Seattle, and I am searching for participants for my dissertation project. The UW
         Institutional Review Board has approved my project.
The purpose of my research project is to learn more about the mental health and life experiences
of sexual minority (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-heterosexual, and people who have sex with
others of the same sex) undergraduate college and university students in the United States who
are aged 18 to 25. You must be 18 years of age and under 25 years of age in order to participate.
Your participation will help researchers like me to understand how particular stress factors affect
the mental health of sexual minority undergraduate students. We estimate that the survey will
take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to an electronic consent agreement followed by
the survey.

Participation in this study is anonymous (i.e., you will not be asked to disclose any identifying
information, nor will your responses be connected to any identifying information) and the survey
service will not track your Internet Protocol (IP) address. Further, you may discontinue
participation at any time without penalty. If you have any questions about this research project, or
would like to be informed of this study’s findings, please contact me, Richard Nobles, at If you would like to speak with my primary advisor about the study,
please contact Ana Mari Cauce at

To participate in this study please click on the following link:

If for some reason you are unable to connect by simply clicking on this link, please copy the entire
line of text and paste it into the address block of your Web browser.

We greatly appreciate your time and consideration!

Richard H. Nobles, M.S.
Child Clinical Psychology Graduate Student

The Sexual Minority College Student Mental Health (SEM) Project
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
(206) 543-2199
Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D.
Earl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Washington
(206) 543-5430

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