USC Center for Women and Men VOLUME 3, ISSUE 2 SPRING 2008 Dialogue Stand Up, Speak Out with Danielle April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month The Director’s Column BY DANIELLE LANÇON been wearing jeans when he assaulted her. Welcome to the spring “It is common knowl newsletter of the USC Cen edge that it is nearly im ter for Women & Men. I’m possible to even partially Danielle Lancon, the new remove jeans from a per director of the USC CWM. son without their coop I’m excited to be here at eration, since this opera USC and part of the dy tion is already very diffi namic Student Affairs cult for the wearer,” five team. I’m a licensed clini judges, all male, wrote. cal social worker with a After the decision, fe strong interest in gender male members of Italy’s issues. I look forward to Parliament wore jeans to combining my clinical work in a sign of protest. background with advocacy, In April 1999, the Los An education and program BY TODD HENNEMAN gium to denounce vio geles Commission on As ming related to issues of Designated national lence against women. saults Against Women, gender and violence. Sexual Assault Aware The mantra came to now known as Peace Over This is an exciting time ness Month since 2001, the United States in Violence, organized the on campus and we have April this year brings 1978 as part of an anti first Denim Day LA. several upcoming events more opportunities pornography confer This year will be the planned, including the than ever to learn ence. By 1980, Take first time that USC par Take Back the Night cam about preventing sex Back the Night rallies ticipates in Denim Day. paign to educate USC’s ual violence and sup comparable to those Organized by the USC community about sexual porting survivors. held annually nowa Center for Women & Men assault and violence. In The Women’s Stu days were organized in in partnership with Peace addition to Take Back the dent Assembly annu several major cities. Over Violence, USC Night, we have our annual ally organizes Take As part of Take Back Denim Day offers an op Diversity Luncheon on Back the Week, built the Week, students af portunity to continue the Wednesday, April 16, and around Take Back the fected by sexual vio conversation about sexual our USC Denim Day event. Night, a rally and lence have decorated t assault begun earlier in If you’re interested in march against sexual shirts that will be hung the month during Take helping with USC Denim violence that will be near Alumni Park in Back the Week. Day, please contact me. held Wednesday, April what’s known as The We also have the re For Take Back the Week’s 2. For the first time, Clothesline Project. schedule, please see markable Men CARE the USC community Denim Day grew Page 4. Continued on Page 3. also will participate in from outrage when It Denim Day, April 23. aly’s highest appeals The roots of contem court in 1999 over porary Take Back ex turned the rape convic tend to 1976, when tion of a 45yearold 3 Questions With … 2 Expressions of USC students 3 women lit candles and man because the 18 filled the streets of Bel yearold survivor had Resources for Parents 3 Take Back the Week Schedule 4 PAGE 2 RSVP for Center for Women & Men’s Annual Diversity Luncheon The Center for Women & Men’s The 3rd annual luncheon will Diversity Luncheon provides an be held 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednes opportunity for students, faculty day, April 16, in the Garden Court and staff to discuss the intersec at Upstairs Commons. An RSVP is tions of gender and other dimen required by April 14 to sions of diversity. firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open USC benefits from the diversity to all students, staff and faculty. of its campus community, includ Past speakers have included ing having one of the largest inter Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD; Pat Alford national student populations of any Keating, Ph.D.; Janelle Wong, university in the United Ph.D.; Judith Fossett, Ph.D.; Mary States. This event serves a time not Andres, Psy.D.; Laura Pulido, only to benefit from the experi Ph.D.; and Lori White, Ph.D. ences of others but also to share For more information, please call your experience. Ebonish Lamar at 2137404900. into professionals. visement on: their program, their Questions career, their interest in doctoral with ... 2. What differenti ates the USC Mar programs, and even on personal issues that may be affecting their Ginger riage and Family program. Therapy program Clark, Ph.D. from others? 3. If you had to pick a different career, what would it be and why? Ginger Clark is assistant profes First, we have the luxury of being sor of clinical education and pro very selective. We receive many out This is an interesting question for gram lead of the USC Marriage standing applications from highly me. I tell my Career Counseling and Family Therapy Program. qualified students from across the class that we each have a set of country, and internationally. The skills, values, and a personality that 1. What is your favorite class to teach? high caliber of students from diverse could be utilized with great success backgrounds enhances the learning in a number of different ca One of the classes I really enjoy teach environment, and contributes to the reers. My secret alternative career ing is Group Counseling. This is an academic and clinical rigor of the dreams tend to be on the darker experiential course where students program. Second, because we are a side. One area of great interest to learn about the theory and practice of professional program, Dean Galla me is the role that the mind plays in group psychotherapy, while participat gher is committed to hiring clinical deviant behavior. I am very inter ing in an actual therapy group com faculty to administer and teach in the ested in the study of neurology and posed of the students in the program. This means we have fac brain development as they apply to class. Students alternately serve as ulty who are also expert practitioners sociopaths (e.g., serial killers). I’d “clients” in the group, and “therapists” in the field. This allows us to use our like to know if, when, and how the leading the group. There are unique practice to inform our teaching, giv actual structure of their brains de dynamics that arise in a situation like ing students real world examples of velop differently (e.g., Are there this that force students to think about the concepts they are learn early traumas or events that actu their boundaries and willingness to ing. Finally, our students get a lot of ally change the structure of the take emotional risks in front of their attention. Our class sizes are rela brain, or are there genetic compo colleagues. In other words, they de tively small and the cohort moves nents to sociopathy?) I would like velop a keen understanding of what it through the program together. This to study and consult on the process is like to be in the vulnerable position fosters a supportive environment of becoming sociopathic, and would of “the client.” I enjoy helping stu that allows students to help each like to determine if it is preventable, dents integrate their knowledge of ba other, and develop lifelong relation or is a reversible process with psy sic and advanced counseling skills, ships that will follow them through chotherapeutic interventions. counseling theory, and apply these out their careers (true to the ideals of principals to the multifaceted work of the Trojan Family). Each student is For more information on the MFT pro helping a group, as a whole, make pro gram, please visit http://www.usc.edu/ assigned an advisor, and it is not un dept/education/academic/masters/ gress in therapy. This is one of those usual for us to have a student in our academic_masters_mft.htm. pivotal classes that change students office a few times a semester for ad PAGE 3 Woman Stuck Untitled BY LORENA MADRIGAL BY JESSICA MOLLO in Performance BY JESSICA MOLLO Because Repressed. those damn The same old story Undressed. curves told a thousand times What a sweaty mess. plunge your mind I’m your little actress Abuse. in directions and I double as your mime Profuse. it has never known existed. I'm about to lose. Unable to speak Foolish and weak Heartache. Because Abstract emotions Forsake. the sunlight off her lips Silly notions Words that make me and of other worlds, other lives break. the sway of her hips Freedom out of reach Contain. make you cringe Wish I could breach Profane. with anticipation. this invisible prison. Driving in the fast lane. Forget. Because Regret. Mollo is a thirdyear student your ballooning ego majoring in writing for Now there's a huge debt. as she walks screen and television. right on by Pops Resources for parents at USC Madrigal is a freshman BY MARIKO DAWSON ZARE Chair, Graduate and Professional Student Senate’s majoring in creative writing. Committee for Gender Equity Director’s Column, For information about any of the USC Childcare Center: Continued from Page 1. following, please email The USC Childcare Center offers (Men Creating Attitudes for Rape email@example.com or subsidized rates for students free Environments) program. Men visit http:// who need childcare. Because CARE involves a peer education www.usc.edu/org/gpss/ there tends to be a long waiting program about sexual assault and committees_women_conc.html. list, contact the Childcare Center prevention. If you are interested as soon as possible. The Child in membership information, or GPSS Committee for Gen care Center also provides infor would like to nominate someone der Equity: The Committee mation to help find other child for membership consideration, for Gender Equity (formerly the care options. please visit http:// Women's Concerns Committee) www.usc.edu/mencare to is committed to addressing the Lactation Room: In fall 2007, download the forms. concerns of women and men in USC opened its first lactation I’m hopeful to increase the out the graduate and professional room, located in the Lyon Cen reach and visibility of CWM in the schools. The next meeting will ter. For details, please visit the upcoming year. I look forward to be Thursday, March 27. Center for Women & Men’s continuing to meet the needs and Website at www.usc.edu/cwm. interests of students with a range Graduate Student Parent of programming, events and coun Network: The USC Graduate CGE Panel Series: The Com seling services. I want to encour Student Parent Network is an mittee for Gender Equity’s final age students to contact me or stop electronic forum for graduate panel of the year, scheduled for by the office in STU 202C to sim student parents to discuss their the first week of April, will look ply say hello or get more informa concerns, connect with other at how academic professionals tion about our services. parents and hear about events also handle the challenges of — Danielle Lancon, LCSW such as Parents Brunch. caring for their families. firstname.lastname@example.org Center for Women & Men Feminista is published University of Southern California by the USC Center Student Union, Suite 202C for Women & Men. Los Angeles, CA, 900890890 Editor: Todd Henneman Phone: 2137404900 Contributors: Danielle Lançon, Lorena Madrigal, For after hours emergencies, follow the prompts. Jessica Mollo, Mariko Dawson Zare Email: email@example.com Feminista welcomes submissions from any member http://www.usc.edu/cwm of the USC community. Take Back the Week 2008 Schedule For the most uptodate information, please visit http://wwwscf.usc.edu/~jnorozco/TBTN cases in the United States. This event WEDNESDAY, April 2 MONDAY, March 31 SEX 101: is open only to GRADUATE students. SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY TEACHIN 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. SEXUAL HEALTH FAIR @ GOULD LAW SCHOOL OF LAW ROOM 1 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. TUESDAY, April 1 @ Tommy Trojan DAY OF ACTION Listen to a panel discussion about Learn the ABCs of safe, fun, consen SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE USC’s sexual assault policy. Learn sual sex at the FMLA Sexual Health AGAINST WOMEN ACT your rights as students, statistics VIOLENCE ABROAD FAIR about sexual assault and ways to Fair. There will be games, free give 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ Tommy Trojan aways, FREE TROPICS YOGURT, ta join the fight to end sexual violence. Enjoy art displays by local students bling by the USC Center for Women and campus organizations, FREE & Men, Health Promotion & Preven TOGO'S, and learn about violence TAKE BACK THE NIGHT tion Services, SWE and Planned Par against women around the globe and 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. enthood and performances by Re sign a petition for the U.S. Congress 5:30 p.m.: free tshirts dis verse Osmosis and SoCal Vocals. to pass the International Violence tributed. Performances by MEN CARE’S VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE Against Women Act that will increase Women’s Theater Organization, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. funding and services to organizations campus and community organi @ Upper Commons Garden Court around the globe for women’s rights. zations, and USC Men CARE. Jody Armour, professor of law, and 8 p.m.: keynote address film John Hill, chief of staff to Los Ange FILM SCREENING: 'SEARCHING FOR ANGELA SHELTON' maker Angela Shelton les County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, Q&A WITH DIRECTOR ANGELA SHELTON 9 p.m.: campus march will speak, followed by FREE APPE 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ SGM 101 TIZERS and a discussion about fos 10 p.m.: speak out Come enjoy some FREE VIZTANGO tering healthy relationships. This and view this amazing documentary event is open to all USC MEN. More of selfdiscovery and a survey of THURSDAY, APRIL 3 GENDER, MEDIA & VIOLENCE information: firstname.lastname@example.org. women in the United States. On An 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ TSC 205 gela Shelton’s journey she discovered Enjoy FREE SUNDAES and discuss THE LAW OF SEXUAL ASSAULT that nearly 40% of the women she 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M. with a panel of experts the images of @ GOULD LAW SCHOOL ROOM 3 met had been molested, abused, or women and girls in the media, from A panel discussion featuring USC law raped. She will be answering your sexualized girls and brutalized professors, advocates, and policy questions and her life, film, and women in TV shows and movies to makers about the legal system and book, Finding Angela Shelton, which unbalanced reporting of rape cases, how it works in relation to the inves will be available for purchase. how do media affect perceptions tigation and prosecution of rape and violence against women? The USC Center for Women and Men provides free … ◊ 24hour confidential help for students affected by sexual assault, stalking, harassment or intimate partner violence. ◊ Workshops for your sorority, fraternity, student organization or building. ◊ Support groups for survivors of genderrelated harm. ◊ Educational events such as the annual Women’s Leadership Retreat and the annual Diversity Luncheon.