Women's Resource Center

Hands Around The World

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD INITIATIVES

The Women's Resource Center is committed to strengthening global partnerships on campus and with external organizations aimed at acknowledging and celebrating diversity through inclusive, holistic, interdisciplinary, educational programming. These initiatives will be focused on increased student, faculty and staff diversity awareness, social justice, effective leadership and economic empowerment programming.


MULTICULTURAL HEALTH FAIRS. Tuesday, September 17 10am—2pm.

Polsky Building, 3rd Floor Atrium and Thursday, September 19 10am—2pm. UA Student Union, 2nd Floor Concourse

The Multicultural Health Fairs aim to connect community health agencies and organizations with students, faculty, and staff to share information on topics related to health equity, multicultural health care, and social determinants of health.  Exhibits will address issues such as diseases or disorders that affect some populations disproportionately, access to health care services, and building healthy communities.

PARKING 9:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M. Polsky Building: 275 S High St, Akron, OH 44308. Student Union: East Campus Deck, 188 Spicer St, Akron, OH 44304.

Health Fair Exhibitors: Akron AIDS Collaborative. Providing information on rapid HIV testing, as well as food pantry resources; Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program-Raising sickle cell disease awareness, promoting the Mychal Clayton Sickle Cell Awareness Walk (9/21), and sharing how to be tested for sickle cell trait, which can be passed on to children; Buckeye Community Health Plan-A Medicaid Managed Care Plan that will be distributing information on benefits offered. Extra Benefits include: Start Smart for your Baby; Be Well! and Adolescent Well Care, where members are rewarded for taking an active part in their healthcare; Transportation up to 30 one way trips to medically necessary appointments; Respite for caregivers who provide 24 hour care to a member; Vision Services; Adult Dental; Asthma Management program for children; NurseWise, a 24 hour medical advise phone line; and MemberConnections, a program which keeps members connected to healthcare and social services; Community AIDS Network-Providing education and housing for individuals who are HIV positive, risk reduction education, HIV testing, community outreach, and community referrals; County of Summit ADM Board- The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health will share mental health resources, including agencies and programs for new and expecting mothers, veterans and their families, education on suicide prevention, and on the mental health effects of bullying and stress; Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Introducing recreational opportunities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park related to Health & Wellness; Lifebanc- Addressing the myths and misconceptions about organ, eye, and tissue donation. Greater diversity of donors increases access to available organs for the nearly 120,000 men, women, and children in need of a transplant– more than 50% of whom are minorities. Provides free educational programming; Highland Insurance Agency LLC- Providing information on health plans available under the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchange, information on government financial assistance available, and how to sign up for plans on the Marketplace Exchange. (certified navigator); Ohio Benefits Bank- THURSDAY 9/19: A representative from Community AIDS Network will be available to sign attendees up for the OBB to determine eligibility for programs and resources that can stabilize a household, AND benefit the community as a whole: programs address food and nutrition, healthcare assistance, taxes and student aid, home energy assistance, etc.; Ohio Organizing Collaborative- Table Topics will surround policy issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and a monthly Caregiver's Circle that aims at building support, voice and power for caregivers; Project RISE-Providing local resources and school programs that can make a difference in the homeless population. Project RISE provides the following resources: Enrollment, transportation coordination, education and enrichment services. Also, school supplies, McKinney-Vinto interpretation, community collaboration, professional development and tutoring sessions to promote healthy choices; Safe Landing Youth Shelter- A youth crisis shelter (ages 11-17) and an outreach program (SOS– Street Outreach Services) for homeless and at-risk youth (ages 18-22). Connecting youth to services: counseling, housing, food assistance, and more; Summit County Public Health- Providing information on infant safe sleep, infant mortality, healthy eating, care coordination, SCPH services including immunizations, dental, minority health, maternal depression, and stress management; The Way of Mind and Body- Reshaping the language around holistic health and wellness in a way urban communities can relate and apply to their everyday life styles. Connecting urban life with health through policy and life skills. Connecting the dots between economic and health disparities through such topics as gardening, abandoned properties, food deserts, health access, self knowledge, self esteem, and the war on drugs.

Hosted by: Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC)www.uakron.edu/ahec and The University of Akron, The Multicultural Center www.uakron.edu/multicultural-center.

Contact: Ms. Greta Lax or Dr. Rosa Githiora

CHINA WEEK. GLOBALIZATION: EAST MEETS WEST. OCTOBER 6-11, 2013

The University of Akron’s China Week, sponsored by the Confucius Institute, is an invitation to explore China’s culture, politics, economics, history, philosophy, language, martial arts, cuisine and more. The University of Akron’s Confucius Institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to “enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture” around the world.

Sponsored by: Confucius Institute

Contact: Nancy Easterling at 330-972-2013 or nee@uakron.edu

http://www.uakron.edu/ci/china-week/

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON & NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ARTISTS SYMPOSIUM “DIVERSITY AND THE ARTS”.  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th 8:00 AM ‐ 4:00 PM & SATURDAY OCTOBER 26th, 2013 8:00 AM ‐ 4:00 PM. THE QUAKER SQUARE MAIN BALLROOM. 

The National Conference of Artists is the oldest and largest continuously operating national African American visual art organization based in the United States whose mission is to preserve, promote, inspire and support African American Art and Culture through the visual arts.

For Registration and Program Information click on: http://www.nationalconferenceofartists.com/?section=15  

Contact Information: Brandon Laster lbrando@uakron.edu  

MLK JR. DAY ACTIVITIES. JANUARY 20th, 2014. The University of Akron. Student Union Ballrooms. 

The University of Akron’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair enables the community to mark the King holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off”! It also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families.

The celebration has been very well-received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus. Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences, and the importance of education.

Activities include the following:

  • Biographic information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • A variety of childrens activities
  • Buchtel High CLC Step Team and Rygt Step Urban Line Dancers
  • Martin L. King Jr. pictorial gallery and other visual displays
  • Information about a diverse group of organizations

 Dr. CONSUELA WARD. ‘POWER AND PRIVILEGE’.  FEBRUARY 6, 2014. STUDENT UNION.

Dr. Consuela Ward has more than 15 years of experience in the field of diversity as a speaker, consultant, trainer, instructor, administrator, and coach. Her workshop will tackle the ways in which ‘race affects our view of the world like a pair of glasses or perhaps shades. We see through a lens based on a perspective influenced by power dynamics in lived experience’.

Sponsored by: The Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Multicultural Center and The Student Union.

 

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR. FEBRUARY 26, 2014. E.J. THOMAS HALL.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is heralded as one of the most exciting groups to emerge in world music in recent years. Under the direction of choirmaster David Mulovhedzi, the choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa. Since its first international performances in Australia in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has become a worldwide phenomenon performing to sold-out audiences throughout the world.          

Tickets: EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street Akron, OH 44325-0501. A - $36.50, B - $26.50, UA Students - $11.50. Ticket Office: (330) 972-7570.  

Sponsors: The Multicultural Center, The Office of Inclusion & Equity & EJ Thomas Hall.  


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 22- MARCH 2, 2012

Serving as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and study abroad initiatives. These initiatives serve as an educational tool and prepare students to be globally aware and professionally prepared through international experiences and exchange programs. All interersted individuals are encouraged to participate in set programming, exchange activities and speaker engagements.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SPEAKER - ROBINA NIAZ. "MUSLIM WOMEN: EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT AS A TURNING POINT FOR MUSLIM WOMEN AND FAMILIES". MARCH 7, 2012 EJ THOMAS HALL

2011 CNN Hero, Robina Niaz is Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families, a community based, non-profit organization founded in 2005 to address the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. Robina's efforts to found this important resource have been recognized by several awards, including a current Soros Fellowship and the Union Square Awards in November 2005.

General Public - $6.00

UA Faculty-Staff with Zip Card - $5.00                  

UA Students - $4.00  

Sponsored by: Women's Resource Center, The Office of Inclusion and Equity, Women's Studies Academic Program and Office of International Programs

Contact Information:

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu

WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 AND SEPTEMBER 6, 2012. 9:00A.M.-11:00A.M. STUDENT UNION CONCOURSE

Information tables on wellness and available resources will be set up for The Women's Resource Center, Women's Studies Academic Program, Rape Crisis Centers of Medina and Summit Counties and Battered Women's Shelter.

Sponsored by Women's Resource Center 

Contact Information:

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu  

DIVERSITY WEEK: KEYNOTE ADDRESS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH BY DR. GINA PEREZ. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012. 3:00P.M. LEIGH HALL 107.

Topic: Puerto Rican/Latino Youth, Citizenship, and the New American Militarism. 

Dr. Pérez is Associate Professor and Director of Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College.

This event is part of the Culture Quest Main events. See Link Here: http://www.uakron.edu/cq/

Sponsors: H.A.L.O. (Hispanics and Latinos Organized).

Contact Information:

Dr. Martha Santos santos@uakron.edu

LGBTU DIVERSITY SPEAKER: JESSICA PETTIT. SEPTEMBER 20, 2012.

Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy stage to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and reclaim our responsibility to make change. This speaker takes participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling with large doses of humor.

Sponsors: LGBTU student group, The Women’s Resource Center and Choose Ohio First.

Contact Information:

Chris Kuhn kuhn1@zips.uakron.edu


2011 INITIATIVES


SUMMIT COUNTY SEXUAL ASSAULT SYMPOSIUM AUGUST 5, 2011 8:00A.M.-4:00P.M.

The Summit County Sexual Assault Coalition in conjunction with Greenleaf Family Center is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Sexual Assault Symposium at The Student Union Ballrooom. Jessamyn Tracy from the National Center for Victims of Crime will be the plenary speaker. The following will be in attendance: Advocates, teachers, law enforcement, legal professionals, health care workers, clergy, legislators, social service providers and concerned citizens. Join us in learning the latest information in the field of sexual assault services. 

The $25 fee includes a boxed lunch, parking, and up to 5.75 CEUs for Counselors (RCX088906) and Social Workers (RSX088731). All registration forms are due by July 29th, 2011. Contact person: Deb Costa, Director of The Rape Crisis Center DebC@scmcbws.org

Please click on the links below for more information:

Sponsored by UA Police Demartment and The Summit County Sexual Assault Coalition

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTER HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN. DONATION BOX WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM, SHRANK NORTH ROOM 58. AUGUST 22, 2011- OCTOBER 31, 2011. 9:00A.M.-4:30P.M.

The University of Akron's Women's Resource Center and Women's Studies Academic Program are working collaboratively with local groups in assisting the Battered Women's Shelter in providing supplies for high school age children. All donations are appreciated and can be brought to The Women's Studies Program office Shrank Hall North Room 58.

Below are the items conducive to what  Akron Public School expects the children to have:

Back packs
Pencils
Sharpeners
Ink pens, Blue and Black
Graphic calculators
Three ring binders
Protractors
College- ruled notebook and notebook paper
Pencil case/ carrier
Post it notes
Markers, color pencils, ruler with standard and metric units.

Sponsored by Women's Resource Center, Office of Inclusion and Equity and The Women's Studies Academic Program

Contact Information:

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu 

WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES AUGUST 22, 2011- AUGUST 26, 2011(WELCOME WEEK) 10:00A.M.-2:00P.M. STUDENT UNION CONCOURSE

Information tables on wellness and available resources will be set up for The Women's Resource Center, Women's Studies Academic Program, Rape Crisis Centers of Medina and Summit Counties and Battered Women's Shelter.

Sponsored by Women's Resource Center  

Contact Information:

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu 

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 2:00P.M. - 3:30P.M. STUDENT UNION ROOM 312.

This program aims at addressing mental health issues on campus as well as raising awareness about available resources and inspiring future mental health advocacy initiatives. This program is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Sponsored by Women's Resource Center and The Counseling Center

Contact Information:

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu and Dr. Juanita Martin juanita@uakron.edu  

DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY OCTOBER 6, 2011 10:00A.M.- 4:00P.M.

This program is open to all students, faculty and staff in support of mental health and welllness and will be held at The Student Union.

Sponsored by The Counseling Center

Contact Information:

Dr. Juanita Martin juanita@uakron.edu  

CHINA WEEK OCTOBER 10th-14th, 2011

http://www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/1954090.pdf

The University of Akron's Confucius Institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to "enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture" around the world.

Contact Information:

Phone: 330-972-2013

Email: nee@uakron.edu 

http://www.uakron.edu/ci/

MODEL AFRICAN UNION SYMPOSIUM, OCTOBER 27, 2011 9:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M. STUDENT UNION BALLROOMS C, D and E and ROOMS 308 and 335

The Model African Union Program provides a unique opportunity for university and college students and faculty to study Africa and the African Union. It aims at highlighting economic, social and political-security issues facing the African continent; generate understanding of the multi-various determinants, capabilities and constraints shaping the foreign policies of Member States of the African Union; Demonstrate the need for effective diplomatic and collaborative socio-economic and military strategies in crisis intervention; and The role and performance of the African Union.

Sponsored by African Student Association (ASA), The Women's Resource Center, Pan African Studies Program and The Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Contact Information: 

Dr. Rosa Githiora rmg25@uakron.edu and Dr. Enoch Damson damson@uakron.edu

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