In a world where Facebook has recorded so much of my family’s year, I treasure this time of year as an opportunity to really reflect on its highlights and find a theme running throughout them. When we look back and narrate a passage of time, we reshape our memories, effectively writing history. Just as I find it meaningful to write old school holiday letters for my family’s Christmas cards, telling the story of the past months also helps us better approach the work that lies ahead at the Women’s Center.
Editor’s note: Our colleagues at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency are among the most important of our partners in the Charlottesville community. Staff and students from the Women’s Center recently attended the annual award event at which SARA recognizes leaders in confronting sexual violence in our community. Lisa Speidel, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality at UVA and a SARA board member, delivered these remarks and was generous enough to allow us to share them with you here.
Year: Class of 2018
Major: Political Philosophy, Policy and Law and Philosophy Double Major
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Nicky Demitry, Women's Center intern with the Social Media Marketing Team, sat down with Claire Poumerol and Jaqui Arechiga to talk about the culture and community of the University Salsa Club and their inspiration for an all-female dance. Read this excerpt from her interview as they explore how Salsa Club balances the sensuality of dance with consent and safety, and how it promotes body positivity and confidence.
You can find the full interview over at Iris Magazine.
In my June POV, I talked about disparities in birth outcomes across the globe, noting that “a disproportionate number of women in the US who die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes are women of color, poor women, women without access to healthcare.” World Health Organization data shows that both perinatal mortality rates and maternal mortality rates range widely.
Expectations and Relationships
Every year, parents are invited to Grounds for Family Weekend, offering them the chance to experience the daily life their child has built at the University. In celebration of Family Weekend, the Women's Center Body Positive intern team invites students and their visiting family members to join Women's Center staff and interns in an interactive conversation about what it means to create a body positive environment.