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PSU Women's Resource Center

1802 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Located in the basement of the Montgomery Residence Hall.

The Women's Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00pm. We are located in the basement of the Montgomery Housing Building. Our main (and accessible) entrance is located in the Montgomery Courtyard.

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Past events that happened here

  • Tuesday
    Nov 7 2017
    Feminist Possibilities for Imagining Otherwise

    The Feminist of Color Leadership Program Presents:

    Feminist Possibilities for Imagining Otherwise: A Leadership Cohort for Students of Color

    "Otherwise. Otherwise than this. To begin here in the otherwise, as the otherwise, is to pose a question about tears born in dreams." --Ashon Crawley

    This cohort seeks to situate Ashon Crawley's concept of "otherwise possibility" in conversation with Michelle Wright's assertion that "There is no progress. There is only the infinite possibilities of the present." Consequently, this cohort will explore, discuss and grapple with the following questions: How do we reconcile with the idea that there is no progress? How do we prepare for a future with no finite guarantees? And still, how do we develop tools to imagine otherwise? ("Otherwise than this," other than our positionality and current conditions in this world). To address this set of questions, we will call upon black radical traditions of imagining otherwise, black feminist thought, feminist of color theories, queer theory and notions of possibility and impossibility.

    THE APPLICATION OPEN NOW: TinyURL.com/IOFPLeadershipCohort Priority Deadline: December 1st, 2017 at 5:00 pm and final deadline is December 15th, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Cohort participants will be expected to complete readings, engage in introspective self-work and critical reflection. In addition, participants will be supported by one-on-one check-in's, relationship building with fellow cohorts, mentorship, access to an archive of feminist scholarship and other relevant resources.

    Who is the cohort For: This cohort is for students of color. Portland State University students and students in the Greater Portland Community are welcome to apply. There are 15 appointments for PSU students and 7 Scholars in Residency appointments for Portland Community College students, Reed students, Lewis and Clark students, University of Portland Students, Mt. Hood Community College, Pacific Northwest College of Art students, Jefferson High School Seniors and students of life (independent scholars and folks who aren't in school).

    We highly encourage ALL students of color (of all genders) to apply. Prior experience on the above-mentioned concepts and topics, or personal identification with the term 'feminism' and experience with black feminist thought is NOT required. This is a learning community.

    This cohort will take place on the second Friday of every month from 4:00-7:00 pm and the dates are: Friday January 12th Friday February 9th Friday April 13th Friday May 11th

    In addition, participants will also be encouraged to attend cohort group meet-ups in between monthly sessions as well as the Students of Color Symposium at Portland State University on Thursday March 1, 2018.

    If you are interested in the cohort: Folks who are interested in applying to the cohort are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following informational sessions:Tuesday November 7th from from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday December 1st from 12:00-1:00pm (both) at the Women's Resource Center. In the event that you are unable to attend one of the aforementioned informational sessions, please get in contact with Ebony Oldham by email at ebony@pdx.edu as soon as possible.

    Deadlines: The priority deadline for the Feminist Possibilities for Imagining Otherwise Leadership Cohort for Students of Color is Friday December 1, 2017 at 5:00pm and the final deadline is Friday December 15th at 5:00pm.

    Otherwise, Feguson (Crawley) http://interfictions.com/otherwise-fergusonashon-crawley/ The Physics of Blackness [lecture] (Wright) https://vimeo.com/32223377

    For more information about the application process or this cohort, please contact the Feminist of Color Leadership Development Coordinator, Ebony Oldham by email at ebony@pdx.edu

  • Wednesday
    Oct 25 2017
    Panel Discussion: Domestic Violence, Houselessness, & Reproductive Justice

    Join the Reproductive Justice Action Team, Rose Haven, and Portland Menstrual Society for a panel discussion on the intersection sof Domestic Violence, housing stability, and reproductive justice.

    Portland State Women's Resource Center is located in the basement of Montgomery Hall. For accessibility requests, please contact wrcreproductivejustice@gmail.com

    This event is in congruence with the campus wide hygiene and menstrual product donation drive. Bins are located at the WRC, SMSU, Campus Rec, Helen Gordon Center, Blumel, Ondine, and Montgomery Lobbies.

  • Friday
    Oct 20 2017
    Open House: Feminist of Color Leadership Project

    The Feminist Leadership Project works to develop student leadership through intellectual dialogue, social engagement, and exploring feminist possibilities. This work is done by deepening understanding of feminist of color theories, expanding feminist praxis, and building relationships with peers of color.

    We will be hosting an Open House of October 20th from 3:00-5:00 pm! Come learn how to get involved.

    Feminists of Color Action Team
    College & University · Portland, Oregon
    Empowerment Project: Feminists of Color Action Team

  • Tuesday
    Oct 17 2017
    A Discussion on Anti-Blackness and Colorism for Black Folks only

    Join Black Lives Matter Portland Chapter for a contination for our Hurt People Hurt People Series focuson on intra-racial discourse within African/Black Communities on Tuesday October 17th from 6:00-8:30pm at PSU's Women's Resource Center and part I of our discussion on colorism and anti-blackness within the Black community.

    This space is for African/Black folks of the Diaspora only You will be turned away otherwise.

    This event is free and children and youth are affirmed and welcome in all Black Lives Matter Portland spaces.

  • Thursday
    Jun 29 2017
    Community Forum with Catholics for Choice

    Join us for a community forum with Catholics for Choice, ACLU of Oregon, Center for Women's Health, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

    We're excited to hear from experts in the field and start a community conversation with you about these important topics. • Debunk myths about abortion & the Catholic faith • Hear updates on the 2017 Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB 3391) in Oregon • Start a dialogue about how Catholic health insurance & hospitals may impact the reproductive care you receive

    All are welcome to join!
    Women's Resource Center at Portland State University.

    Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health - Advancing reproductive rights and advocating for health equity

    NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon - We are committed to protecting reproductive people's right to choose in Oregon! Email Cherie@prochoiceoregon.org to volunteer!

  • Thursday
    Apr 27 2017
    Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

    Join PSU’s School of Social Work, Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, and Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion as we welcome Jennifer Patterson, editor of Queering Sexual Violence, and contributor Angie River for a discussion that centers queer, trans, and gender non-conforming survivors within the anti-violence movement. The evening will also feature a panel of community advocates who are working on issues of sexual assault in queer communities. Panelists include Stephanie Ng Ping Cheung from Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ Program, Choya Adkison-Stevens from the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Alex Herrera from Portland State University. Please see below for more information regarding accesibility*

    About Culture & Conversation: The School of Social Work at Portland State University is proud to present "Culture & Conversation," a month-long series of events designed to spark campus and community dialogue around identity, equity, and community. Now entering its sixth year and scheduled throughout the month of April, the series welcomes thinkers, activists, and community leaders in lively discussions around topics impacting communities in Oregon. All events are free and open to the community.

    About Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! The Women's Resource Center at Portland State University collaborates with internal and external departments and organizations to host a wide array of events to both honor the existence of sexual violence in our communities as well as create the change we need in order to evolve away from rape culture. We hope you will join us in this effort, as we strive for individual and collective healing and transformation through this work.

    *At Portland State University we strive to be inclusive to all members of our community. The accessible entrance is through the front door of the Montgomery building, which is to the right of the WRC entrance. After entering the building, the elevator is on your right. Select basement. Once in the basement, follow the signs down the hall to the WRC space, which you will enter from a maintenance room. Call 503-725-5672 with any questions or concerns about access.

  • Tuesday
    Apr 18 2017
    SAAM: Creating Space for Self

    In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month you're invited to Portland State University's Women's Resource Center to create a space for survivors & allies to sit in community, engage in artwork, chat, and practice self care.

    We will be creating discussion around all the various ways people practice self-care with the mentality that there is no wrong or right way to do self-care

    For accessibility requests please email sheino@pdx.edu.

  • Thursday
    Apr 13 2017
    Take Back the Night: Consent Culture and the Freedom to Change

    Take Back the Night: Consent Culture and the Freedom to Change

    Portland State University has been hosting a student lead Take Back the Night since 1999. Take Back the Night is an important community event due to the awareness that it sheds in solidarity with survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Take Back the Night has an extensive history in the US as well as globally. Portland State University's Take Back the Night is a space for students of all genders working to end gender based violence.

    Feminista Jones will the keynote speaker for Take Back the Night 2017! FJ is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, and community activist from New York City. She is an award-winning blogger and author. For two years, she hosted a sex-positive feminist podcast called This Week In Blackness: After Dark, which discussed topics related to sex and sexuality, race, and feminism. She launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism. Jones describes herself "as a post-modern sex-positive, Black feminist woman, which basically means that i'm multi-faceted, at least in my expression of myself and my embodiment of feminism. I exist in a new era of critical thinking and self-identification. I promote the positive aspects of sex, sexuality, and sexual liberation." #pdxtbtn

    Take Back the Night's signature is to include tabling from community and campus organizations, a rally and march, a clothesline project, a keynote speaker, performers, a vigil, and a survivor speak out. TBTN happens during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and will happen on April 13th, 2016.

    For more information, please contact Sheena Ino at sheino@pdx.edu

  • Monday
    Apr 10 2017
    Consent: Participation & Anticipation

    In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month you're invited to come to Portland State University's Women's Resource Center to build zines and community while we discuss how we practice consent in our everyday lives.

    For accessibility requests please email sheino@pdx.edu.