Upcoming Courageous Conversations

The Alliance would like to invite you to our upcoming Courageous Conversations:

Friday, May 15th
Columbia 249


Friday, May 29th
Graduate Lounge, Susan Campbell Hall

Both are big topics, and we expect there is much to get off our chests. Hope to see everyone there.

Courageous Conversations is a series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues for graduate students and allies. We aim to create a safe and confidential space to engage in genuine discussions to provide thoughts, feelings, experiences, and support around alternating topics.

Meet the Alliance Leadership Council: Nicole Francisco


Nicole Francisco

Nicole was born and raised on the rural North Shore of Oah’u, Hawai’i. No, she does not surf. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. Nicole received her BA in Political Science from the University of Utah in 2012. She is a third year PhD student in the Political Science department. She will be a GTF is Ethnic Studies in the Spring and hopes to GTF in the WGS department in the future. Nicole explores many avenues of activism and engagement with social justice. She believes deeply in animal welfare and prison reform. She is currently the chair of the Queer Caucus of the GTFF. She endeavors to organize a chapter of Pink & Black in Eugene, with the mission of fostering penpal relationships with LGBTQ inmates
Interested in being more active in the Alliance? Let us know! Comment below with your email.

Mia McKenzie speaking at UO


As part of the Lyllye B. Parker Women of Color Speaker series, Mia McKenzie – author and blogger of Black Girl Dangerous, will be speaking at several engagements here at the University of Oregon on Tuesday, April 14th 2015.  For more information about McKenzie’s work, please visit her website.

Graduate Student Discussion Session

Discussion will be hosted by Prof. Reyes-Santos

between 4 – 5pm

Registration required – please do so by Monday, April 13th. Space is limited, so we are asking that attendees RSVP. To do so, please visit http://blogs.uoregon.edu/women/mia-mckenzie/ or contact Jouapag at jouapagl@uoregon.edu.


 April 14th 2015

at 7:00 pm

In the Global Scholars Hall room 123

ASL interpreted, Wheelchair accessible

Childcare reimbursements are available for UO students through the ASUO Women’s Center. Please contact Lorena at 541-346-4095 or nontradwc@gmail.com

Meet the Alliance Leadership Council: Jouapag Lee

Jouapag lee

Jouapag lee

Meet Jouapag:
Jouapag is a Hmong-American woman from Minnesota. She received her undergraduate in Public Relations from Winona State University and is now pursuing her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management at the UO. Jouapag is passionate about diversity and social justice in higher education. She has led workshops about student activism and first-generation college students at local conferences in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Jouapag is currently a Research Assistant GTF for the Planning, Public Policy and Management department. She loves the hiking around Eugene and eating sushi.

Happy first Friday of Spring Term everyone! Check back next week to meet other members of the team.

Meet the Alliance Leadership Council: Allison Brinkhorst

Allison Brinkhorst

Allison Brinkhorst

Meet Allison:
Originally from St. Louis, Allison earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in Iowa. She is now a graduate student at UO studying Nonprofit Management. She is the GTF for the Bias Response Team, and enjoys leading educational trainings about equity and inclusion. A staunch supporter of social justice, she is an active member of Social Justice Fund NW. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Allison and her partner have been enjoying the many opportunities for hiking and camping along oceans, mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Check back next week to meet others on the Alliance Leadership Council!

Courageous Conversations – Mia McKenzie Pre-Arrival Discussion

Mia McKenzie Courageous conversations

The Alliance is inviting you to our Courageous Conversation on Friday, February 27 from 3-4:30PM at the Holden Center in the EMU.

In preparation for Mia McKenzie’s keynote speech at the University of Oregon on March 7th, this week’s conversation topic will be focused on McKenzie’s work and her blog Black Girl Dangerous, with an emphasis on topics of resistance and activism. For more information, visit her website.

Courageous Conversations is a series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues for graduate students and allies. We aim to create a safe and confidential space to engage in genuine discussions to provide thoughts, feelings, experiences, and support around alternating topics.

Winter 2015 Courageous Conversations

The Alliance of Graduate Students for Diversity is inviting you to our Courageous Conversation this Friday, February 13 at 3PM at the Graduate Student lounge in the Susan Campbell Hall. This Friday’s conversation topic: The Pressure to Speak Out in Classrooms “When You’re the Only One”.

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Please see the attached flyer for all other schedule conversations happening this term.

Center for the Study of Women in Society Film Series

CSWS Film Series: The Purity Myth

October 3, 2012 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Screening & moderated discussion

177 Lawrence Hall

1190 Franklin Blvd.

The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on “the virginity movement” — an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women’s sexuality to roll back women’s rights. From dad-and-daughter “purity balls,” taxpayer-funded abstinence-only curricula, and political attacks on Planned Parenthood, to recent attempts by legislators to de-fund women’s reproductive health care and narrow the legal definition of rape, Valenti identifies a single, unifying assumption: the myth that the worth of a woman depends on what she does — or does not do — sexually. In the end, Valenti argues that the health and well-being of women are too important to be left to ideologues bent on vilifying feminism and undermining women’s autonomy. “The War on Women” A roundtable discussion follows the screening and will include activist Kamala Shugar (Planned Parenthood) and UO professors April Haynes (History); Priscilla Yamin (Political Science); and Peter Laufer (SOJC). Sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society with the Fembot Special Project.

CSWS Film Series: Private Issues, Public Conversations

Telling Amy’s Story October 17, 2012 7:30 p.m. 177 Lawrence

Hall Bi the Way January 30, 2013 Location TBA

Madame Satã April 2013 Location TBA

CSWS Film Series events are free and open to the public.

Alliance Spring Speaker Event – Dr. Johnny Lake

Alliance Spring Social

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