Women & Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity College Hosts Many Events This Fall

Schedule for the Semester Includes Outings, Discussions, and ‘Voices Raised in Power’

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 18, 2017—Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) will be hosting film screenings, outings, discussions, and other events this semester, culminating in December’s “Voices Raised in Power” program, which honors survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence.

The film Birthrite: A War Story will be screened on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:20 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts, and religious doctrine to govern whether, when, and how women will bear children. Order tickets in advance here. For rides to Real Arts Ways, contact laura.lockwood@trincoll.edu or sarah.raskin@trincoll.edu.

WGRAC’s Big Sister-Little Sister program will enjoy its first outing to Rogers Orchard in Southington on Saturday, September 23, for apple-picking. The program connects incoming first-year female-identified students with upper-year students to ease their transition to Trinity College. The bus is full and there currently is a wait list.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Red Flag Campaign, hosted by WGRAC organization Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), raises awareness of abusive relationship “red flags” and how friends and others can be active bystanders. Students will be tabling in Mather Hall lobby to disseminate information; Red Flag Campaign posters will be seen throughout the campus; and actual red flags will be planted on Gates Quad to call attention to the campaign. On- and off-campus resources addressing dating violence will be available at the home football game on Saturday, October 21.

The lecture “Refugees and Immigrants at Risk: The Trump Era” will be held on Tuesday, October 3, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Rooms B and C in Mather Hall. Speaker Lizzie Foydel, policy counsel for the International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP), is a Stanford Law School graduate who participated in Stanford’s Rwanda Legal Development Project and Human Rights Pro Bono Project. At the International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic she conducted research on violations of armed conflict laws and developed trainings around human trafficking. She interned at Columbia’s Human Rights Institute; the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch; and was a Presidential Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. A light lunch will be served.

Mary Collins and Donald Collins will talk about their book, At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces, on Monday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall. Their memoir focuses on a parent and a transgender son wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

“Voices Raised in Power” is hosted by SECS in December as an evening of student performances and testimonies to celebrate surviving and thriving after sexual and interpersonal violence. The performances and stories raise awareness while creating a safe space of support and celebration for survivors and secondary survivors (friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, or family). The event is free and open to all. Time, date, and location to be announced.

For more information about WGRAC, its upcoming events, student organizations, and services, please click here. To learn more about these individual programs, please contact laura.lockwood@trincoll.edu or monique.daley@trincoll.edu

Written by Bhumika Choudhary ’18

October 3 event flyer designed by Elisabed Gedevanishvili ’20