From: Tess Benser
Date: November 6, 2020
Subject: Center For Women & Gender Equity Newsletter - November 2020

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Greetings Golden Rams! 


Welcome to November! We are only a few days in and a lot has already happened. This year has been one of a lot of uncertainty, and this month is no different. We know many of you have been watching the election returns anxiously awaiting the outcome of the presidential race - the staff at the Center for Women & Gender Equity has been watching along with you. And while it can be disheartening that there is so much we still do not know about the outcome of this election, we want to pause and congratulate everyone who participated in this election. Voting is a complex and often challenging, but voting is not the only means to participate in this process, and we want to offer our thanks to everyone who has engaged throughout this election cycle. 

With so much uncertainty in the presidential race, it can be challenging to focus on some of the known outcomes of this election, but there have been some historic changes to come out of this election. We have seen some historic firsts for people of color, queer and trans people, and some progressive policies have been passed across the U.S. 

Our neighbor Delaware has elected the nation's first transgender state senator, Sarah McBride

Ritchie Torres has been elected as the first LGBTQ Afro-Latino member of Congress. Mondaire Jones will be the first openly gay Black man in Congress, making them the first gay Black Congressmen. 

New Mexico elected all women of color to the House.  

Mauree Turner has been elected as Oklahoma’s first Muslim lawmarker AND the first non-binary state legislator in U.S. history. 

Stephanie Byers also broke boundaries twice over: she became the first openly trans person of color ever elected to a state legislature in the U.S. and the first openly trans person elected to the Kansas state legislature.

Taylor Small became the first openly trans person elected to the Vermont state legislature.

Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush became the first Black woman to represent Missouri. 

Nevada became the first state to protect same-sex marriage in their state constitution.  

We can both be proud of the progress being made and hold space for the very real sadness that it has taken so much time to reach these milestones. Take good care over these next weeks. We don’t know when we will know the outcome of the presidential race, but we do know that there will always be more work to do in the name of justice and liberation. To do the work of liberation, we need to take care of ourselves and each other. 

Mx. Tess Benser
Assistant Director of Outreach & Engagement

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Sex Education

Check out this episode the podcast Queer Ambition featuring sexuality educator Erica Smith! The topic of conversation for this segment is having sex on your period - how to do it safely, myths about period sex, and conversations about why sex while menstruating is sometimes considered taboo. 

Like what Erica Smith has to say about sex and sexuality? Join us, The Office of Wellness Promotion, and The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy for Sex After Dark featuring Erica Smith on Tuesday, November 10th. You will find details below!

Rams Step Up Skill Building: 

Because the pandemic still has most of us at home, a lot of our interactions are happening virtually. However virtual environments do not mean that harm can not occur. Here are some ways to use the 5 Ds of bystander intervention to intervene in online spaces. 


Direct: Comment directly on posts that spread harmful ideologies. Private message people directly if something they share is misleading. 


Distract: Bury hate speech in comment sections with silly GIFs. Spam hashtags that promote white supremacy or misogyny with posts about your favorite musicians. 


Delegate: Report misleading posts to social media platforms and engage friends to do the same. Flag inappropriate content. 


Delay: Private message someone who may have experienced harassment or harm on online platforms. Ask what response they would like from you. 


Document: Screen capture harmful tweets and posts to save them as evidence in case they are taken down. Record interactions with folks who appear to do harm to others. 


Newcombe Scholar Spotlight:


Please meet our Newcombe Scholar Desirea Smith.

"My name is Desirea Smith and I am a Senior at West Chester University. My field of study is Social Work, as my ultimate goal is to open a group home for pregnant teenage girls. I was a teen mother and I know that having a stable support system positively changed life for my son and I. I want to be able to give that support back to my community. Receiving "The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship" has put me closer to this goal and I am truly grateful."


Saturday, November 7
Start End   Event         Location Group
10:00am 11:30am Parenting Support Space Center for Women and Gender Equity
Tuesday, November 10
5:30pm 6:30pm Rams Weekly Discourse: Immigration and State-Sanctioned Violence Center for Women and Gender Equity
Thursday, November 12
12:00pm 1:00pm Advocating for Yourself: Resume and Cover Letter Advice for Mature Students Center for Women and Gender Equity
7:00pm 8:30pm Sexy Bingo Video Conferencing Link Center for Women and Gender Equity

Advocacy In Action: Activist Apps

Countable: Countable publishes explanations of upcoming bills in Congress, offers write-ups by actual journalists, and gives users the option to “take action.”

Votespotter:  Votespotter app finds your congresspeople for you tells you how they voted on various legislation

Resistbot: Resistbot  can be used to compose and send letters to elected officials from the messaging apps on their mobile phones, with the goal being that the task can be completed in "under two minutes"

Thanks to Dr. Liam Lair and Dr. Dean Johnson for helping to compile this list. 

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Parenting Support Space

Saturday, November 7, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
Online Event
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Join fellow student parents in a space to process feelings, share ideas, learn about resources and build connection. COVID-19 has introduced more challenges to parenting than ever, and we want to ensure you can join a community that understands.

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Sex After Dark

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Online Event
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Join us for a conversation led by sexuality educator, Erica Smith, on sex, communication, and relationships.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join.
Passcode: RamsUp

Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 991 8734 6209
Passcode: 486467
International numbers available:

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: (US West) (US East) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (Amsterdam Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia) (Singapore) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan)
Webinar ID: 991 8734 6209
Passcode: 486467

Passcode: 486467

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Sexy Bingo

Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Online Event
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Join the Center for Women and Gender Equity in a game of Sexy Bingo!

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Advocating for Yourself: Resume and Cover Letter Advice for Mature Students

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event
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Join the staff from Twardowski Career Development Center as they review tips for drafting strong resumes and cover letters. This event is designed with mature students in mind, and will cover things like how to manage gaps in work experience due to caregiving and how to manage a career change, among other topics.