April 2014 | Take Back the Night Detroit at Wayne State University | COMING SOON!
The Wayne State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women, in collaboration with Wayne County Safe, YWCA, and SASHA Center, invite you to join us as we UNITE together to Take Back The Night. This event highlights the problem of violence against women as well as the broader issue of sexual violence in our communities.
Understanding FMLA: Medical Leave at Wayne State
Are you expecting to undergo surgery soon? Are you chronically ill, or are you caring for a chronically ill child or parent? Are you or your partner pregnant or adopting a child? Would you simply like to better understand your employee rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act? WSU faculty and staff attended these informative sessions, which explained what FMLA is, who and what the law covers, who and what the law doesn’t cover, how to plan for FMLA-qualifying events, and what Wayne State employees should do to request family or medical leave from work. Kurt Hadley from FMLASource discussed the Family and Medical Leave Act and how it is administered at Wayne State University. Charlene Allemon from the Office of Total Compensation and Wellness answered questions about FMLA and medical leave at Wayne State. Click on the links below to review the presentations from the session.
Take Back the Night Logo Competition | January 31, 2014
Individudals interested in being part of a movement to raise awareness about sexual assault submitted entries for the 2014 Take Back The Night Logo Competition, a program aimed at encouraging the WSU campus and community to express their creativity and commitment to helping end violence against women. The winning logo will be used on event buttons and announcements for the annual Take Back the Night event in April. The winner will be announced soon.
The Literature of Prescription Exhibition | November 21- December 28, 2013 | Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library
The COSW supports "The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper," a traveling exhibit. During a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled "The Yellow Wall-Paper." The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper" explores the story behind Gilman's indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women's professional and creative opportunities. For more information, contact La Ventra Ellis-Danquah at 313.577.9083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's a Girl!" (Documentary) | Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Purdy/Kresge Library Auditorium
The first screening of the documentary “It’s A Girl,” which was recently hosted by the Commission’s Gender and Equity and Outreach Committees, was very well attended by faculty, staff, students, and activists. Thank you for coming out! We truly appreciate Eric Shovein, our guest panelist, who captivated the audience while discussing his experiences in India; this led to a lengthy conversation about gendercide and possible ways to put an end to it. A second filming is being planned for early next year. We hope to see you there!
Women's Issues and Diversity Workshop | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | WSU Oakland Center
COSW Commissioner Robin W. Smith of the WADE Center for Self Development, LLC will present a Women's Issues and Diversity Workshop. This one-day seminar will equip and empower participants to build effective leadership skills, speak with confidence, achieve balance in their personal and professional lives, manage frustration, anger, and stress, and more. Space is limited to the first 24 participants; the registration fee is $120. To get more details or to register, visit www.wadecsd.com or send an e-mail message to email@example.com.
The Banner Project | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Gullen Mall Flag Court (outside the UGL)
All hands on deck! Come participate in The Banner Project and demonstrate your commitment to anti-violence initiatives. By putting your handprints on the banner, you and other participants will help create a visual statement against violence. Join COSW in pledging not to use your hands to hurt another person.
For more information about this event, please contact Sara Byczek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.577.8654.
The Clothesline Project | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Student Center, Hilberry A
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. Each T-shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience. The purpose of the project is three-fold:
- To bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims of the war against women.
- To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
- To educate, document, and raise society's awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.
Please join us to create a T-shirt and show your support. All art supplies and T-shirts will be provided.
For more information about this event, please contact Sara Byczek at email@example.com or 313.577.8654.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 12:00-1:15 p.m. | UGL Community Room | Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
In Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, best-selling author Sheryl Sandberg urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, find work they love, and remain passionately engaged with it throughout their lives. Are you leaning in?
The Career Development Committee of the Wayne State University President's Commission on the Status of Women invites you to join a discussion of the gender-based "career gap" and means to support and encourage women as they lean in to their ambitions. Visit Pipeline to register to attend our Lean In kick-off event in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL) Community Room, where you may enjoy light refreshments and enter a drawing to win a copy of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.
If you have questions or need more information, contact Nanette McCleary at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 577-3390.
Friday, June 12, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. | Student Center (Hiberry A) | “Miss Representation”
Join COSW for an encore screening of the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation.” Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, the film illustrates "how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadesrhip positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself" (Miss Representation website). Bring your lunch; cookies and beverage will be provided. An RSVP is not required. The cap for attendees is 75, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 4:00-6:30 p.m. | Student Center (Hilberry A-C) | Take Back the Night Detroit at Wayne State University
The Wayne State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women, in collaboration with Wayne County Safe, YWCA, and SASHA Center, invite you to join us as we UNITE together to Take Back The Night. This event highlights the problem of violence against women as well as the broader issue of sexual violence in our communities. Please join us at the Student Center Building in Hilberry Rooms A, B, and C to help raise awareness about sexual violence and support those victimized. For more information, contact Robin Collins at email@example.com.
Friday, April 12, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Madame Cadillac Bldg. | Take Back the Night Detroit at Marygrove College
This Sexual Assault Awareness Month event includes entertainment, information, guest speakers, a campus march and candlelight vigil, Wall of Hope collaborative art project, and Healing Tent. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Madame Cadillac Building on the campus of Marygrove College, located at 8245 West McNichols Road in Detroit. For more information, contact Kalimah Johnson 313.927.1484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Trinosophes | The 2013 Survivors Art Show - Voices
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of this month, WC SAFE will host "Voices," an art show that will showcase art made by sexual assault survivors representing their pain, growth, and healing. This exhibition, which provides survivors with an opportunity to have a voice, will take place at Trinosophes, located at 1464 Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash: $10 (general admission), $5 (students). If you have any questions, contact Katie Michael at 313.964.9701 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 4:00-6:30 p.m. | Purdy-Kresge Library (Kresge Auditorium) | “Miss Representation”
Join COSW for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation.” Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, the film illustrates "how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadesrhip positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself" (Miss Representation website). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
For more information, contact Simone Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.577.1024.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Spenser M. Partrich Law School Auditorium | Seventh Annual Dean's Diversity Lecture: "Cultural Competence with LGBTQI Populations
This lecture on cultural competent practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) populations will feature a keynote address by Lori Messinger and a panel discussion. The panel will include representatives from The University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Social Work faculty, the WSU Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Social Work (SOGI-SW) student organization, and social work practice.
This event is free. It has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for two Continuing Education Contact Hours (course approval # MICEC-0058) with $10.00 processing fee payable at the lecture. No RSVP or prepayment required. For further information, please contact Julie Alter-Kay at email@example.com or 313.577.4464.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | WC SAFE (2727 Second Avenue) | Beyond Survival Lecture Series
WC Safe, in partnership with Detroit area service providers, is hosting the Moving Beyond Survival series to promote awareness and support for sexual assault survivors. Each lecture will highlight the impact of sexual violence in the lives of survivors. Many people attended the "Secondary Trauma" lecture. Secondary traumatic stress is a natural reaction among service providers who support clients who experience a traumatic event. Often, helping professionals bear witness to traumatic events without taking time out to care for themselves. Dr. Debra Patterson of Wayne State University reviewed the factors that may increase one's risks of experiencing secondary trauma and strategies to alleviate secondary trauma. Download Flyer
Friday, March 8, 2013 | 4:00-6:30 p.m. | Margherio Conference Center (School of Medicine) | "Miss Representation"
COSW presented a screening of the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation.” Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, the film illustrates "how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadesrhip positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself" (Miss Representation website). The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. For more information, contact Simone Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.577.1024. Download Flyer | Watch Trailer/Learn More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. | "It's a Girl" Documentary Screening
In India and China where sons are valued and daughters are burdens, millions of babies are killed, abandoned, or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. This devaluation of females has led to rampant violence against women and a growing female gendercide. Many people joined us for a screening and discussion of the documentary, "It's a Girl," at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Right. Download Flyer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom (2nd Floor) | Eating Disorders Awareness Program
During National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, the Wayne State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) teamed up with the Inner Door Center® of Royal Oak to host an eating disorder awareness program. The program included light yoga practice, discussion about yoga as a treatment for eating disorders, recovery stories from those that Inner Door Center® has successfully treated, and a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who have lost their lives to eating disorders. The Inner Door Center® is a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center which treats anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and diabulimia (a condition where individuals with diabetes misuse their medication), and includes founder Beverly Price’s unique Reconnect with Food® Yoga-Based Eating Disorder Treatment Healing System. For more information, please contact Troy Eller at email@example.com. Download Flyer
February 7, 2013 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Student Center Bldg., Rm 29 (Basement) | Yoga and Zumba with the COSW
Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men. February was American Heart Month, and COSW wanted to help the campus community give their hearts some love! Participants enjoyed an evening of yoga and Zumba and learned about ways to strengthen their hearts and improve their health. Our yoga instructor led attendees through a series of poses that got their blood and breath flowing. Our Zumba instructor engaged participants in a Latin-inspired dance workout aimed at helping people get fit while having fun. For more information, please contact Troy Eller at 313.577.2863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 31, 2013 | Take Back the Night (TBTN) Logo Competition | DEADLINE: January 31, 2013
COSW invites you to create a logo for this year's Take Back the Night event on Wayne State's campus. Take Back the Night is a national campaign aimed at educating, engaging, and empowering women and the community. All designs must be submitted by January 31.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | Student Center Bldg., Ballroom (2nd Floor) | Celebrate Learning Fair
The 2012 Celebrate Learning Fair was a huge success. With over 300 attendees, COSW was able to get the word out in a significant way during the event. Thank you to all who attended and to those who volunteered for the event
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Student Center Building, Hilberry Room A | Think Like an Entrepreneur
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the COSW Career Development Committee hosted "Think Like an Entrepreneur." The crowd enjoyed the panel discussion aimed at helping them discover the entrepreneurial mindset and learn how thinking like an entrepreneur can add value to their current positions, expand their career potential, and facilitate transition to new opportunities.
Download the speaker's presentations and other materials by clicking on the links below.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Undergraduate Library, Bernath Auditorium | Importance of Yoga
More than 50 people attended the COSW Health Sciences Committee's Importance of Yoga Event on October 31. Dr. Judi Fouladbakhsh from the Wayne State University College of Nursing spoke about the history, practice, and health benefits of yoga, and her recent research on the ability of yoga breathing techniques to improve wellness and breathing capacity in lung cancer patients. Breathing techniques were demonstrated by our own Anita Vasudevan, a COSW commissioner, pre-med student, and certified yoga instructor. Check out her classes at the Mort Harris Rec Center!
For more information about this event, please contact Sophia Dollar at (313) 577-6816 or email@example.com.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. | Stop Child Trafficking Now 5K Walk/Run
The COSW Outreach Committee invites you to support the Not For Sale Campaign (NFSC), a new student organization dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. Join us in supporting them by getting involved in the Stop Child Traffcking Now 5K Walk/Run.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Promise Never to Raise Your Hand in Violence
All hands were on deck! The COSW Outreach Committee encouraged the campus community to take a break from the hustle and bustle of their day to lend us a hand. Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., many stoped by the Gullen Mall Flag Court outside the Undergraduate Library and left their hand prints on our banner as a demonstration of their pledge never to raise their hands in violence.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | COSW Invites the Campus Community to Support The Clothesline Project
Many people gathered to create a T-shirt for The Clothesline Project, a national campaign addressing violence against women. Participants met in the WSU Student Center in Hilberry C (second floor). T-shirts were displayed in the Undergraduate Library throughout October in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
COSW Offers Student Scholarships DEADLINE July 29, 2012
The President's Commission on the Status of Women ("COSW") is pleased to offer three (3) academic scholarships to WSU Students. Scholarships are unrestricted; awards are available in the amount of $800, $700, and $500, and administered through the WSU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. Application forms are available here and must be submitted electronically on or before July 29, 2012.
- COSW scholarships are open to all WSU students in good academic standing (including international students and med school)
- The scholarships are named for COSW's first chair and two of its first subcommittees; there is no "description" or qualifications such as major course of study
- Scholarship awards are ranked and the amounts are determined by the committee
- Recommendation forms should be completed by individuals most familiar with the candidate's academic record; at least one referee must be a WSU faculty member
With all the challenges women face in the modern workforce how do race and culture add to the equation? How are misunderstandings with colleagues successfully negotiated? How is a climate of mutual respect cultivated? Join us as our group of panelists share their personal experiences and answer questions about the role that race, faith, and sexuality can play in women's professional lives.[Download Flyer - PDF]
April 3, 2012 Clothesline Project The Clothesline Project is a way for women to express their emotions about their experiences by decorating a tee shirt. We will hang your tee shirt on our clothesline during the annual Take Back the Night even on April 18.
April 18, 2012 Take Back the Night This event will educate the WSU community about sexual assult, abuse and violence against women. Join us for an afternoon of speakers, demonstrations, The Clothesline Project (make a tee shirt click here for more info) and a walk on campus to shed light on this issue.
March 3, 2012 What Would Jane Do? Career Strategies and Life Lessons
October 24, 2011 Emily Wolfe and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
In July, Emily Wolfe, from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, contacted WSU Women's Studies, looking for volunteers to catalog 10,000 rape kits that were discovered by the Detroit Police Department. Volunteers worked under the supervision of lawyers from the Sexual Assault Team. Director of Recruiting & Training, Emily Wolfe and members of her team will talk about the various ways in which the Prosecutor's Office deals with violence against women. This is a great opportunity to learn about what the office does in the area of violence against women, as well as career opportunities in women's studies and criminal justice.
March 28, 2011 “Women’s Place at Home…and Work: What has Changed and Why” by Jennifer Ward-Batts
Work Status, Work Disruption and Mental Health Amongst Dementia Care Giving Daughters
Caregiving for Older Adults
Depression in Context
Caring for Your Elderly Loved One
Assistive Technology for Independence: Helping Your Loved One Age in Place [ Download PowerPoint ]
Balance and Falls in Older Adults: What Caregivers Need to Know [ Download PowerPoint ]
Caregiving for Older Adults [ Download PowerPoint ]