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COSW Events

Man Up! Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking | Sat., May 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Student Center Bldg., Ballroom  | Download Flyer
COSW, the WSU student organization Not for Sale Campaign and the Soroptimist International groups of Grosse Pointe and Greater Macomb invite you to attend the 7th annual human trafficking event. Speakers include author and award-winning journalist Victor Malarek, human trafficking survivor Leslie F. King, and Michigan State Police detective Sgt. Edward Price. To learn more, contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu.

Balancing Professional Life and Parenthood | Thurs., June 11 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | UGL, Community Room | Download Flyer
Managing the responsibilities of parenting with the demands of work can be challenging. Join us for the first Professional Parent Series panel discussion to learn ways of maintaining a healthy work/life balance to keep you, your family, and your career happy and healthy. For more information, contact Kristen Carney at kristen.carney@wayne.edu or 313.577.4119.


Past Events

The Gender Pay Gap & the Power of Negotiation | Mon., Apr. 27 | 12-1 p.m. | UGL Community Room  | Download Flyer
As of 2013, full-time working women in the U.S. were paid just 78% of what men were paid, a gap of 22%. Come learn more about the gender income difference and find out how you can use the power of negotiation to bridge the gap. To RSVP, log on to Pipeline and click on the red Training, Seminars and Workshops box (under the Student or Employee tab). Find the program under COSW Seminars. You can also use this link: https://www.eaa.wayne.edu/event_new/session_registration.cfm?eid=1613. For more information, contact Nannette McCleary at ab7639@wayne.edu or 313-577-3390.

"Miss Representation" | Monday, Apr. 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Purdy/Kresge Library, Auditorium  | Download Flyer
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, "Miss Representation" uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges its portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. For details, contact Sara Byczek at aw4681@wayne.edu or 313.577.8564.

Take Back the Night | Wednesday, Apr. 8 | 5:30-9:00 p.m. | Student Center Building, Ballroom  | Download Flyer
COSW, in collaboration with First Step and the SASHA Center, invites you to join us as we unite 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. Hear from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, WSU Professor Joanne Smith-Darden, and survivors; participate in the march/rally; learn about resources; and help shatter the silence about sexual violence. To learn more, contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu.

Second Annual Speed Mentoring Event | Tuesday, Apr. 7 | Download Save the Date Flyer
COSW is proud to partner with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)-Wayne State Section and the WSU Dean of Students Office (DOSO) to host the 2nd Annual Speed Mentoring event. Modeled after speed dating, students will spend three minutes with each professional, discussing topics such as possible career paths and work-life balance. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please send an email to swespeedmentoring@gmail.com.

Rise Above: A Domestic Violence Awareness Event | Mon., Apr. 6 | 6-8 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom  |  Download Flyer Join Genders Affecting Media and Entertainment, the Not for Sale Campaign, and COSW for the 4th annual Rise Above event, which seeks to raise awareness about domestic violence. For more information, contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu.

How Does Your Garden Grow? | Mon., Mar. 30 | 12-1 p.m. | UGL, Community Room  | Download Flyer
Jump into Spring by exploring the elements that come together to give us the gift of fresh food. Growing your own vegetables is healthy and rewarding, and Hope Morrow of SEED Wayne will share basic tips to help you get started. For more information, contact Troy Eller English at au2050@wayne.edu or 313.577.2863.

Screening: "The Invisible War" | Mon., Mar. 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Student Center Bldg., Rm 285  | Download Flyer
Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Come watch Ocsar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick's groundbreaking investigation about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Hear stories and struggles of rape victims and learn what can be done to effect change. For details, contact Sara Byczek at aw4681@wayne.edu or 313.577.8564.

Global Domestic Violence: Impacts on Immigrant Populations in America | Wed., Mar. 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Old Main, 2nd Floor Lounge | Download Flyer
Join COSW, the WSU International Social Work Organization, La Vida/Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, UNICEF, and the Stitches Dolls Project for a discussion about the global impact of domestic violence. To learn more, contact Sara Byczek at sara.byczek@wayne.edu.

Nurturing Relationships with Family | Wed., Mar. 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | UGL, Community Room | Download Flyer
Family dynamics change when adult children enter college and the workforce. Join us as Steven Press and Aleksandra Stoklosa of WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) discuss how to build and maintain healthy and respectufl relationships as adult children pursue their independence. For more information, contact Troy Eller English at au2050@wayne.edu.

Human Trafficking Forum  | Tues., Feb. 10 |  5:30-7:30 p.m.  |  Student Center Ballroom  | Download Flyer 
The President's Commission on the Status of Women, Not for Sale, Heavenly Hope International, and the Soroptimist Group of Grosse Pointe invite you to attend a Human Trafficking Forum. Join us for an important conversation about raising awareness about human/sex traffficksing, action being taken to end it in our state, and how you can advocate against it. Panelists, including Kelly Carter, State of Michigan; Blanche Cook, Wayne State University Law School; David Manville, Eastern Michigan University; and Deena Policicchio, Alternatives for Girls, will discuss issues such as trafficking legislation, perpetrators' perspectives, and trafficking and technology. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sara Byczek at aw4681@wayne.edu or 313.577.8564.

Take Back the Night Logo Competition | Sat., Jan. 31 |  Download Flyer | Download Competition Details
Would you like to use your creative abilities to create positive change in our community? Are you interested in being part of a movement to raise awareness about sexual assault?  If so, we encourage you to participate in the 2015 Take Back the Night Logo Competition, a program aimed at engaging the WSU campus and community in expressing their creativity and commitment to help end violence against women. The winning logo will be used on event buttons and announcement for our annual Take Back the Night Event in April. For more information, review the flyer or the competition details or contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu.

Fostering Healthy Relationships | Wed., Dec. 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | UGL Community Room | Download Flyer
The transition to college often involves changes in relationships with family, friends, and significant others. Join us as we discuss maintaining healthy relationships while fostering one's independence as a college student. Presenters include Steven Press and Alex Stoklosa of WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Bring a friend! For more information, contact Troy Eller English at au2050@wayne.edu.

NO MORE Photo Booth | Wednesday, October 29 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Gullen Mall Flag Court
Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is ending, the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault never does. The NO MORE campaign promotes the use of a new national symbol to express support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault and encourage individuals and organizations to work together to move these issues higher on the public's agenda. Come learn about the NO MORE campaign and have your photo taken with the NO MORE sign. Bring a friend! For more information, contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu

The Silent Witness Project | October 1-31 | Various locations on the WSU campus
In commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, COSW will present the international Silent Witness project throughout the month of October. Silent Witness is the visual representation of victims of domestic violence. Individual, life-sized red figures representing men, women, and children murdered in acts of domestic violence in the state of Michigan will be on display around campus. Figures include breastplate shields sharing victims’ names and stories. For more information, contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu.

The Clothesline Project | October 1-31 | David Adamany Undergraduate Library
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence and to remember victims and support survivors. Please stop by the UGL to see the T-shirts created by WSU faculty, staff, and students to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about this event, please contact Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu or 313.577.4935.

The Pledge Project | Thursday, October 2 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Gullen Mall Flag Court | Download Flyer
All hands on deck! Come participate in The Pledge 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, contact Sara Byczek at aw4681@wayne.edu or 313.577.8654.

Build Your Championship Career Team | Thurs., Sept. 25 | 12-1 p.m. | UGL, Community Room | Download Flyer
The Career Development Committee of the COSW invites you to join us for an interactive discussion regarding assembling a team of mentors and advisor to support, challenge, and inspire you to career success. To register, log in to Pipeline, then click on this link: https://www.eaa.wayne.edu/event_new/session_registration.cfm?eid=1504

For more information, contact Nannette McCleary at ab7639@wayne.edu or 313.577.3390.

The Clothesline Project | Wed., Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Student Center, Hilberry A | Download Flyer
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 Robin Collins at robin.collins@wayne.edu or 313.577.4935.

No Zebras. No Excuses. | September 3-4 | Community Arts Auditorium | Download Flyer
Have you ever been a witness to harassment in the classroom? What about at a party? Have you ever watched what you thought might be violence between a couple in a relationship? What did you do? Did you step in? Did you ignore it? Or did you just simply walk away?

To help raise awareness about some of these issues on Wayne State’s campus and as part of our commitment to the federal Violence Against Women Act, Wayne State University will host multiple “No Zebras. No Excuses.” performances, which will feature a cast from Central Michigan University’s (CMU) No Zebras. No Excuses. performance group and be facilitated by Steve Thompson, sex crimes profiler and author of No More Fear and Date/Acquaintance Rape: The Crime and Criminal, the most comprehensive profile and behavior pattern of acquaintance rapists. 

Every part is performed by members of the nationally recognized group Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, and each topic is supplemented by current statistical information. In addition to the scenes, educators will give context of the scenes, talk about implications, and how to effectively engage in a pro-social way to end the cycle of aggression. 

The No Zebras. No Excuses. performances, hosted by the Wayne State University sponsors listed below, will be held in the Community Arts Auditorium on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 4:00 pm and at 7:00 pm and again on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 12 noon and 4:00 pm. 

Admission to No Zebras. No Excuses. is free and your presence is requested and encouraged.