Be Educated With GAP!

Hello Advocates!

I hope everyone has been enjoying this warm weather as much as I have! This week I was able to sit outside on my front lawn to do homework for the first time in months! It was truly a beautiful experience! I’m sure a lot of you can agree with me when I say I’ve definitely missed that vitamin D on my skin! To make things more beautiful… Warm weather means it’s time for spring and spring means many events with the GAP ready for you all to attend! YAY! I will continue to update details of each event as they come, so be ready to mark your calendars! For now, please consider attending the following events coming up:

  • February 27th at 12:00pm-4:00pm in the GAP office
    • Come check out our office and get to know our advocates! This would also be a perfect opportunity to get involved and apply to be an advocate with us! We would love to see you all attend!
  • March is also National Women’s History Month!

More events will be happening in March and April, but we hope to see you all at the Open House! It’s going to be a good time! Additionally, Fliers and emails will be sent out shortly, but if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and let either Hailey Bird or I know!

Finally, as promised, I would like to introduce you all to our first Gender Advocate of the week: KERRY WORLEY!

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When she isn’t busy smashing the patriarchy, Kerry is working towards her degree in Social Work with a minor in Gender Studies. Her future goals are to work for the state, but her dream job is to run her own non-profit organization. Kerry got involved with the GAP because she loves that the organization provides a safe place for anybody on campus despite gender, sexual orientation, or any other stigma that might prevent a student from feeling comfortable within their own school/home environment. She also enjoys that GAP partner’s up with Voices of Hope and the amazing Lindsay which is such an amazing organization that she is proud to represent on campus. Her goal in GAP is to help inform people about how many problems are present on this campus regarding sex and gender and raise awareness to the action we all must take to be an inclusive community. Some extra fun facts about Kerry: her favorite netflix show to binge watch is currently Shameless, but overall New girl is one for the win because Zooey Deschanel is her spirit animal. If she could be any food item, she would be an avocado!Keep an eye out for later this week as a special post will be uploaded sharing the exciting trip and you all will be receiving the insight scoop!

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Are We An Inclusive Community?

Hello Friends,

First off, I want to let everyone know that the Healthy Hearts event was postponed and has been rescheduled to take place in April, so keep an eye out for an updated flier and social media posts regarding the new date and time for this amazing event as well as other events coming up soon!

Next, There is an issue that has been weighing on my heart lately and I finally have built up enough courage to voice this thought with you all. As many of you already know, a group of students from the GAP had the opportunity to attend the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. a few weeks ago and I was honored to be one of the individuals able to attend the event. Unfortunately, since then, I have received some negative commentary from individuals both within my family and in my social circle who did not approve of my choice to attend the march. Ultimately, these comments were said because they were unaware of my reasons for participating. However, some have also expressed that they did not view any issues within our country to be significant enough for a world wide march. Before I continue, I want to add that I am not trying to point any fingers and additionally, I respect that everyone is allow to have their own opinion, but this is how I feel. The lack of education regarding the purpose of the march, the social issues our society has ignored, and the overall attitude of our country breaks my heart. There is much to be discussed in order for us to make change in our community, but we can’t do that if we are not willing to put our differences aside and stand together for the greater cause. This week as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a short video clip that discusses the reality of stereotypes and prejudices along with a message expressing the importance of what it means to be an inclusive community. I invite everyone reading this blog post to take the time and watch this video clip. The clip can be found on the Nebraska Wesleyan GAP page! It’s only a few minutes long and it personally changed my perspective as well as forced me to have a reality check on how I can be a better neighbor to those around me. Also, if you haven’t done so already, this would be a perfect opportunity to like our page and keep up to date on what is happening with the GAP. Thank you for reading my two sense on this issue, it feels good to finally feel comfortable voicing my opinion and I encourage others who may have been silent or just going with the flow of things (like I was doing) to consider speaking up too. Definitely a liberating moment!

Anyways! Coming up next week, I will begin posting an “Advocate of the Week” introducing different volunteers and advocates here on Wesleyan’s campus throughout the semester. My goal for this addition is to assist others by putting a name with a face. This will hopefully allow anyone to know who they can contact/reach out to for information or even to just recognize another friendly face on campus who is associated with the GAP. The GAP strives to be an inclusive safe place and I feel that it’s important for everyone to know who they can turn to if they ever need us.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week and continues to have a safe weekend! I look forward to keeping you all updated on what is happening as our spring semester continues, so stay tuned! 🙂

New Year New Us

Hello Friends! The 2017 year is turning out to be an amazing year for the Gender Advocacy Place! Already, the GAP was able to send a group of powerful women to the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. to place their mark on history and smash the patriarchy alongside 500,000 others in D.C. and an estimated 2.5 Million across the world. This march was documented to be the largest protest in history since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream Speech” at the Washington Memorial in 1963 and we were able to be apart of the history moment! How incredible is that!?

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Additionally, The Gender Advocacy Place Co-Coordinators Hailey Bird and Jinni Barak have been working hard at assembling our semester calendar to be full of exciting events for everyone to attend! Throughout the semester I will post events as they come, so stay tuned! Right now, mark your calendars for February 7th and February 9th! On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 the lovely ladies who attended the March on Washington in D.C. will be hosting a brown paper bag luncheon for all who are interested in participating in a conversation regarding the different experiences of that day! The luncheon will be held in the Sunflower room on campus from 12:00pm-1:00pm! Again, this is an all inclusive event and anyone is invited to attend! Next, On Thursday, February 9th the GAP will be hosting the Healthy Hearts event! LeeAnn, from Planned Parenthood will be our special guest on campus for the evening and she is ready to educate us on what it means to be in a healthy relationship! This event will be held in the sociology pit and take place from 7:00pm-9:00pm! You definitely won’t want to miss out!