Spring Quarter Organizing Meetings

Hi ya’ll!

This quarter we are having our organizing meetings on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm in HUB 131R (my office!)

Join us this Thursday as we start to plan for Women’s Health Week and other great events for this quarter!



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The _____________ Monologues 2014!!!


The ASUW Women’s Action Commission presents the production of

The ___________ Monologues
previously known as The Vagina Monologues

The ___________ Monologues is an entirely student written and organized production featuring eleven UW students. Cast members will share personal stories of survival, identity, and resistance through a range of performances. As a challenge to the widely-known Vagina Monologues, The ___________ Monologues asserts that people can tell their own stories in their own voices. Please join us for a powerful evening of truth telling.

WHERE: Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum
4001 NE Stevens Way Seattle, WA 98195

WHEN: Doors @ 6:30pm, Show @ 7pm
Thursday, February 13th
Friday, February 14th
Saturday, February 15th

$8 General Public
(There is an additional $2 service charge)


You can buy tickets online at the link above or at the HUB!

***For any folks unable to pay, free tickets are available, email asuwomn@uw.edu to reserve one. No questions, no class shaming, and no proof required. ♥

Co-sponsored by: The Q Center and The Women’s Center

Directions and detailed accessibility info here: http://women.asuw.org/monologues/.

**The HUB’s front entrance is wheelchair accessible and the Lyceum is on the first floor, to the right of the main desk, at the end of the hallway.

**We ask that you do not wear scented/fragranced products (e.g. perfume, hair products) or essential oils the day of the event in order to make the event accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity.

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Empower Hour!

Join us for our second Empower Hour! January 21st @ 3pm. Location TBD.


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Open Calls for The __________ Monologues

There are only 2 more open call sessions for The ___________ Monologues!

Sign up by December 1st @ 5pm if you want to perform and/or write a monologue! https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/asuwomn/219013

The Monologues Poster 2

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Check Your Boobies Party!

Who: You!

What: CYB Party!

When: November 19th @ 5pm

Where: HUB 145






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First Meeting of the Year!

Join us tomorrow for our first WAC meeting of the year! We will be meeting from 12-1pm on Wednesdays in the ASUW + Hallway!

Hope to see you there :)

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Internship Applications!

Internship applications are now available! Applications will close October 9th.


The ASUW Women’s Action Commission is one of eight diversity commissions founded by the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Each commission has a mandate to put on educational programs each quarter, as well as serve and advocate for its constituency within the student government and the administration. The WAC seeks a social justice framework that recognizes and affirms the multiple and intersecting identities held by woman-identified and/or female-identified-at-birth constituents. For our more detailed mission and vision statements, visit http://women.asuw.org/about/.

Students of all gender identities, races, classes, sexual orientations, minds and bodies are encouraged to apply.

For all intern positions, there will be a 2 – 5 hour weekly time commitment (hours will vary based upon need) that includes the weekly 1-hr WAC meeting. The commission will work to schedule around interns’ personal and academic availabilities. In addition to the tasks specified below, interns [and volunteers] will have the opportunity to provide critiques and feedback, plan and execute existing programming and initiate their own programs/projects.

The commission director will practice consistent communication and transparency with all interns and volunteers. Each weekly meeting will be a space where the director will report programming and advocacy updates.

Though these internships are unpaid, the WAC emphasizes the value of these internship positions. They will provide interns concrete skills, professional/organizing experience, networking and community building opportunities. Beyond these concrete benefits, the WAC aims to push their internship positions to be spaces of radical learning (and unlearning!), healing, and celebration.

If you have questions or comments about these positions, please email asuwomn@uw.edu 

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darkmatterposterASUW Queer Student Commission and Women’s Action Commission and Queer Youth Space presents:


1) “PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT” WORKSHOP @ 3:30 pm on May 17th at the UW Q Center  (info & accessibility below)
2) “BECAUSE YOU’RE BROWN HONEY GURL” PERFORMANCE @ 8:00 pm on May 17th at Queer Youth Space (info & accessibility below)

Alok Vaid-Menon is a South Asian artivist who has performed & organized with queer movements around the world. They are committed to building radical queer movements and bodies that resist white supremacy and imperialism and like making art that thinks about these, and other what ifs. You can read some of their work at http://returnthegayze.tumblr.com/andhttp://queerlibido.tumblr.com/.Janani is a South Asian electron spinning around the Bay Area making art and scholarship. They like thinking about apocalypse, decolonizing the food system, and making space for quantum queers everywhere. You can read some of their poetry at http://queerdarkenergy.posterous.com/. They’re also assistant editor over at http://blackgirldangerous.org/.

For more information, see their website:

–1) WORKSHOP: Protect Me From What I Want

MAY 17TH @ 3:30 – 5:30 PM

This workshop is a space for us to gather and discuss how we desire and are desired in the context of violent power inequalities.

Some of us have chosen romantic separatism as a result of racist trauma, personal-political enactments, or both. Others of us find ourselves fetishized and mobilize that fetish as a site of power and subversion. Still others find ourselves falling always for the white queers or other bodies that possess dominant power, wishing we could have more agency in the process, be more intentional about who we desire and how.

We begin with art: performances of two spoken word pieces on the mental gymnastics of anti-racist queer POCs attempting to politicize our desires. We continue with collective storytelling, and challenge ourselves and each other to explore the difficult questions. We are invested in generating a politics of sexuality that compels us to interrogate beauty as privilege and constructed by systems of white supremacy, ableism, capitalism, and heteronormativity. Awareness is not sufficient — we will focus on strategies we can implement to protect ourselves from what we want and envision our individual desires as part of a collective project of liberation.

Into what kind of relationships are we willing to extend our politics? What does it mean for each of us to politicize our desires? Is it possible to enact allyship in the bedroom or is intimacy designed to bring out unequal power? What are the boundaries we are each always negotiating? How do we desire in ways that are both authentic and nourishing to our psyches and bodies?

Both QPOC and white folks are encouraged to participate. We will break into POC and White caucus groups for a part of the workshop to unpack some of our specific experiences of racialized desire. This will be an intentional, anti-racist, and feminist space.

**The HUB’s front entrance is ADA wheelchair accessible. The Q Center is on the third floor, accessible by elevators right beside the front entrance.

**The HUB is not scent free but we are asking people to refrain from wearing fragrances or essential oils the day of the event. We ask that everyone do this so that folks with MCS and chemical injury are able to attend the event. Smokers should wash their hands and mouths with baking soda before the event. We will provide baking soda and scent free soap on site. We will ask attendees to wash off with baking soda before entering the space.

To learn more:

**The third floor of the HUB has ADA accessible gendered stalled bathrooms as well as a single stall all-genders bathroom.

**The HUB is located on the UW campus, near Stevens Way and Benton Lane. To view it on a campus map: http://www.washington.edu/maps/?hub
For a list of buses that serve the U-District, go here: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/neighborhoods/university_district.html
To plan your trip to campus on King County Metro, go here: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl

**The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability
accommodations contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (206) 543-6450/V, (206) 543-6452/TTY, (206) 685-7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu.

**If you wish to request captioning and/or ASL interpretation, please contact the above.

**If you wish to request childcare, please email asuwomn@uw.edu.

2) Queer Youth Space, ASUW Queer Student Commission and Women’s Action Commission presents:BECAUSE YOU’RE BROWN HONEY GURL: A QPOC INTERVENTION ~*
FRIDAY, MAY 17TH @ 8:00 – 10:00 PM


‘Because you’re brown honey gurl’ is a queer of color artistic intervention in the gaystream. How do we distinguish our ways of desiring, thinking, feeling, relating, and creating from the economies of white supremacy? How do we turn to sex, intimacy, and desire in response to histories of ancestral violence and contemporary violent racialization? How do we use art as a way to heal and decolonize from legacies of violence and actually re-imagine this violence as sites of resilience and fabulosity? How do we envision a (a)sexual praxis that is about solidarity and revolution rather than manipulation and capitalism? We’re not tryna get gay married honey gurl. We’re building solidarity outside those refracted beams of white light we call rainbows. And renegotiating ways of loving our bodies. Join us for an evening of poetry, discussion, and community. Decolonize//queer//repeat.

get all our accessibility info at queeryouthspace.org (click “the space”)
or call (206)495-9963 during open hours
always free: near the 2, 9, 10, 11, 49, and 60 buslines
General Space Accessibility: Queer Youth Space is wheelchair accessible. Elevator is around the stairs to the right!
Bathroom Accessibility: There is an all-gender, single-stall bathroom in the space (no grab bars yet!), and multi-stall male and female restrooms (ADA accessible) down the hall.
Scent/Fragrance: QYS is currently a reduced fragrance/scent space. Please do not wear fragrances or essential oils when you come to QYS so that folks with chemical sensitivities can be here, too. Check out our website for more info!
Childcare: During open hours, kids are totally welcome! We provide childcare at our events by request.
Buddies: You can email us at info@queeryouthspace.org to get signed up with a buddy for your first visit to the space!
Interpretation: Unless otherwise specified, our events are presented in English without interpretation.
Accessibility or interpretation requests? Contact info@queeryouthspace.com

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Mes De La Mujer, Feminist Study Group & MORE!

Greetings all,

We have so many exciting events ahead… check them out!!
Thanks so much,
Feminist Study Group, you say? What is that? This isn’t your average study group, we are not prepping for the Chemistry final or the Psych quiz but rather….
we will be reading social justice texts and discussing them!

The WAC Intern team invites you to take part in this conversation space. We welcome folks of all experience levels with these issues! Students of all gender identities, races, classes, sexual orientations, minds, bodies, ages and religions are encouraged to attend.

In three sessions, we hope to explore some exciting topics…




1) Audre Lorde’s Age, Race, Class & Sex: Women Redefining Differences:www.clc.wvu.edu/r/download/29781

2) Becky Thompson’s Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism: http://carwseattle.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/1st-sun-multiracial-feminism.pdf

OPTIONAL: Audre Lorde’s The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House: http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/margins-to-centre/2006-March/000794.html

SESSION 2 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH @ 3:30 – 5P, LOCATION TBA (For updates, see the Facebook event, linked above!)


La Raza Commission, MEChA de UW, Unidas Seremos, Women Action Commission, Xicana Living Pedagogies, Queer Student Commission present the 3rd annual Mes de la Mujer.

Join us in celebrating womyn and self-identifying womyn; come to engage in dialogue about healing, self-expression, music, art, and challenging traditions.

Monday April 15, 2013 @ 5pm in the Native Room in the Ethnic Cultural Center – La Mujer and Gender and Sexuality Caucus:

Workshops designed to talk about gender and sexuality to start a dialogue on machismo, patriarchy, gender roles etc.


- Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 5pm in the Native room in the Ethnic Cultural Center – amARTE Colectivo

Art as a form of resistance and healing. A space created to jam out with artivistas and create arte!


- Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 6 – 8 PM, @ the Q Center – “Fill In Your Blank” – Writing Workshop

In this writing workshop, we aim to create a brave space to express our stories of survival, identity and resistance. Based off of the first ever production of The _______ Monologues, the workshop will ask attendees to ‘fill in the blank’ for themselves. And for those interested in participating in next year’s production of The _____ Monologues, this is an amazing opportunity to begin the writing process!
**Open to women, trans*, genderqueer and gender non-conforming folks of all races, classes, sexual orientations, minds, bodies, ages and religions.

Friday, April 26th @ 7pm – Ethnic Cultural Theatre
-2nd annual Quinceañero

Join La Raza Commission, MEChA de UW present the 2nd annual Quinceañero; challenging tradition never looked this good.

Monday, May 6th @ 5pm- Palabra de Mujer @ Native Room @ 5pm

Come hear HERstories by alumni from each respective organization share their stories, and experiences!


Thursday, May 9th @ 7pm- Ethnic Cultural Theatre-Teatro Milagro Frida Retablo:

For more information on the play check out….

3) Kink 101 
Curious about BDSM? Passionate about consent? Bored with your sex life? Kink 101 is an amazing workshop lead by the co-founder and director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture, Allena Gabosch. Allena has been active in the Seattle BDSM and polyamory communities for many years. She has led countless workshops and frequently speaks at local colleges. In this workshop, we will explore consent, boundaries and safety using the approach of BDSM and kink, as well as giving an introduction to kink. The negotiation methods used in BDSM can be used in all types of sexual activity! Curious newcomers, experienced kinksters, and consent loving “vanilla” (non-kinky) folks will all find something in this workshop.
4) Babeland Moregasm Workshop
This is a free event and will cover boundary setting, communication during, before, and after sex, incorporating safer sex in a fun and confident way, and general sex tips. Join us to learn how to be a better partner and get what you want out of sex!

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****UPDATE: ON THURSDAY NIGHT OF THE _________ MONOLOGUES, free childcare with be provided by the Q Center’s Director and their partner (and adorable lil child!), as well as some other Q Center employees.

We will have sheets for you to fill out to give us info on your children when you drop them off (important info like allergies, age, needs, etc!). Trustworthy queer parent/kid lovin’ folks able to watch your little ones – please email asuwomn@uw.edu if you’ll be attending with your babes and want them to looked after during The ___________ Monologues!

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