Title IX Is Just For Sports…Right?

Wrong.

Now that the fall semester is beginning at UNM and students are reviewing syllabuses and engaging in conversation about current events at the university, I have heard Title IX being mentioned a lot. Unfortunately, the knowledge about what Title IX is only extends to knowing that Title IX allows girls to play football if they want to.
That is true!

But it is only a small fraction of the much larger picture that is Title IX. In an article about how faculty can reduce sexual assault on campus I found the best definition for Title IX so far:

Title IX mandates that colleges receiving federal funding provide gender equity, not just in sports, but in all areas of campus life, meaning that all students should be able to study in an atmosphere free of harassment, sexual violence, and gender discrimination.

Title IX is so much more than sports. Title IX protects your right to study and attend class on a campus free from sexual harassment, violence, and gender discrimination. Are all campuses going to be completely free of these things? Not any time soon, but we’re getting there.

Universities that don’t comply with Title IX loose federal funding. For a school like UNM, that is a huge deal. Luckily, they’re moving toward being compliant. Here’s what that looks like:

  • UNM has a Title IX Coordinator. Heather Cowan was hired this summer and her position is housed in the Office of Equal Opportunity.
  • We have a published notice of nondiscrimination. You can find it here.
  • The UNM Student Pathfinder has a clear grievance procedure for students to file complaints for sexual discrimination. See Article 4.4. The new LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center is also creating a space for students to find support for sexual discrimination, assault, and other issues on campus.

These are only a fraction of the ways that UNM is compliant with Title IX, and it extends much further than providing a female sports team for every male sports team offered. You can check out more about what being compliant with Title IX looks like here!

So next time you hear someone talk about Title IX and limit it to just sports, let them know that Title IX is about protecting students from gender discrimination in general. It impacts all students, not just athletes.

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Who & What: Shelley

ShelleyWe have a new face at the WRC!

Shelley started as our Administrative Assistant at the beginning of August, and we are so happy to have her knowledge and expertise about all things UNM and maintaining the organization of our center!

Shelley is new to the WRC, but has been with UNM for awhile. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 from UNM, and went on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in 2000. Since then, Shelley returned to Albuquerque and has been working in various departments at UNM. She has experience from Continuing Education, the Johnson Gallery, and most recently at the Maxwell Museum. Shelley excels at helping students and staff navigate the maze that can be UNM.

In her free time Shelley loves walking her dog, camping, and creative endeavors of all sorts. Even during her work day, Shelley reminds us the importance of taking care of ourselves, and we often envy her dedication to routine swims and workouts!

The office is so warm with Shelley bringing her kindness and knowledge – we are lucky to have you!

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Laci Who?

It recently came to our attention that not everyone knows who Laci Green is and why we’re bringing her to UNM. So here’s what you need to know:

A little background first… This summer NSO leaders have been giving a presentation called “The Grey Area” to every group of incoming freshman that go through orientation. The presentation was created and developed by our Gendered Violence Prevention Program Graduate Assistant, Angela, and she also attended these sessions to help facilitate. The discussions and responses to the presentation were above and beyond what we could have expected, and we were so excited to see the conversation about rape culture and sexual violence in our community sparking in these new students. But it couldn’t just end there.

A YouTube video from Laci Green was included in the presentation. The hour long presentation “The Grey Area” covers a lot of heavy topics and scary statistics. Laci brings appropriate and gentle humor and laughter to the conversation, inviting everyone to be a part of it. She calls us out on our participation in rape culture, and she sheds light on issues that most of us would rather ignore. Her videos reach over five million young adults across the globe, and her event in Albuquerque is just one of many during a college tour she is doing this fall.

So why is this important for you, if you’ve never experienced these things personally? Because chances are you know someone who has. And because we are all living and participating to some extent in a rape culture that perpetuates sexual violence and gendered norms. We’re inviting you to be part of this conversation about how we stop it, how we advocate for survivors, and how we raise awareness to people who haven’t joined the conversation yet.

It’s a heavy topic for the first week of school, but it’s also an important one. We hope you can join us with an open mind, and a willingness to learn and laugh a little. Tickets are free to UNM students, faculty, and staff at the UNM Bookstore, WisePies Arena “The Pit”, and Popejoy. If you don’t fall into one of those categories, no worries. Tickets are only $10 for community members at all of these locations, and online.

Laci will also be available for a Meet & Greet following the show. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to take a picture with this insightful and entertaining activist. If you have questions for Laci’s Q&A segment, please submit them to women@unm.edu with the subject line “Laci Q&A”.

We can’t wait to see you next Thursday!

Who & What: Lillian

Meet our new Women’s Health Program Assistant and recipient of the Sabrina Single Mother’s Scholarship, Lillian!

Lillian discovered the Women’s Resource Center by word of mouth. She knew it was in her best interests to become involved with a facility that is family friendly, and when she and director Summer Little shared the same birthing class, she became more involved. In 2013 Lillian began her involvement with the WRC through her participation in the Impact Project Leadership and Mentorship program. She was a mentor for first year female students in the first year of the program.

Since November 2014 Lillian has been working at the WRC, first as an office assistant and now as the Women’s Health Program Assistant. She is a Medical Laboratory Science student at UNM and upon graduation plans to pursue a master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. As well as her work with the WRC, Lillian is also involved on campus at UNM. She is an advocate for women of color, and recently became an ambassador for the Honor Diaries project at UNM.

Her community outreach is extensive, including participation with Young Women United, the Native Health Initiative, and a feature on PBS “Public Square” when she was advocating for families with Medicaid. In her position as the Women’s Health Program Assistant, Lillian hopes to provide continued support for the lactation stations on campus and breastfeeding resources, as well as support for Medicaid, housing resources, SNAP, etc.

LillyApart from her studies and service, Lillian’s main interests are her family and friends. She says she “gives tremendous thanks to her family and friends who have helped me shape my views. I have learned that if you have compassion with your words and actions, then the work of a better living has already begun.”

Student Spotlight!

We’ve slowly been introducing you to the staff here at the WRC. But what about the students who visit our center daily?

The Women’s Resource Center seeks to provide students with the tools they need to be successful. These tools include a computer lab with Mac computers and free printing, coffee and tea every day, and resources concerning any topic you can think of. Throughout the school semester (and even during the summer) we have regular students who spend an hour or two here every day or so, working on assignments, studying, and contributing to the community that we are encouraging here at the WRC.

One student just recently presented her research project for the McNair Research Opportunity Program. Kristi Rendon frequents the center, bringing with her peer and advisors from her cohort to study and work on their research projects. Kristin is studying Community Health Education at UNM, and her research project as part of the McNair/ROP was titled “Health Impacts from US Nuclear Testing and Mining of Radioactive Materials: Pneumoconiotic Patterns Among New Mexico Uranium Miners”. The McNair/ROP is an opportunity for undergraduate students to complete research in order to be better prepared for graduate school and doctoral studies. Students are paired with faculty mentors who contribute experience and support towards the students’ research.

Kristin explains that her favorite part of being in the McNair/ROP is the close community of scholars that develops, because every student is faced with the same task of conducting research throughout the summer. Because of the nature of the program, the scholars develop strong support relationships.

A few weeks ago Kristi gave a presentation on her research, which is sampled at the end of this post. In October there will also be a conference for the McNair/ROP scholars in the UNM Student Union Building (SUB). We can’t wait to support Kristi and her cohort, and hope you might do the same!

Who & What: Marketing

This post is first person because, let’s be honest, writing about yourself in the third person is a little strange.

My name is Mallory, and I am the Marketing Program Assistant here at the WRC. That means that I am the one behind all the social media posts you guys are (hopefully) liking, sharing, and reading. I maintain our blog, update our website, and create our fliers, promotional materials, and newsletters.

When I first got here we were in the midst of launching the Impact Program, so I helped Nandi, our graduate assistant, design a logo and fliers. This was my first time ever using Adobe InDesign, and I have since fallen in love with it. I had no idea I had a creative capacity until I started working here, and am so excited to expand on that. Since then I have also redesigned our fliers and postcards (come in and check them out!), and started a seasonal newsletter to update you all on each semester.

These blog posts are designed to give you a little insight into who is working here, why it’s important, and a little bit about that person. We want to increase our visibility on campus, and I love being able to help with that via social media. It’s been getting a bad rap lately – that it isn’t really social and it’s inhibiting our social skills – but I think it’s incredibly effective and powerful. Thus my job – using our social media to connect with students and community members.

I can’t really say that I am originally from anywhere in particular, but I am most recently from Denver, Colorado, where my family currently lives. At UNM I am studying Communication and Spanish, and will graduate this December. Next fall I am planning to attend law school and pursue a career as a criminal prosecuting attorney. In other words, I want to prosecute sexual assault and violence cases on behalf of the victim. I am passionate about this rather dark subject, and want to contribute everything I can to changing the rape culture we live in and setting a new standard of justice for victims and perpetrators. During my time at UNM I have been fortunate enough to study abroad three times, to Spain, Argentina, and Cuba, and love the opportunity to adventure and explore. When I’m not at the center I’m probably at a coffee shop, and Albuquerque is in no shortage of those.

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Three C’s: Cheo’s Curanderismo Class

Curanderismo15  Yesterday marked the first day of class for our Curanderismo Traditional Medicine students. For fifteen years, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, the Vice President for Student Affairs, has been teaching a summer course titled “Traditional Medicine Without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico”. The Women’s Resource Center has always been excited to help with the behind the scenes production of the class, and we’re going to share with you what is so special about the Curanderismo class and why you should consider taking it next year.

Curanderismo [koo – rahn – duh – iz- moh] is a Spanish noun that means the use of folk medicine by a curandero. In Latin America, a curandero is another word for a healer, who uses folk medicine. For the Traditional Medicine class, curanderos from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Peru will bring their knowledge and cultural traditions to UNM. Over 40 curanderos and 200 students will participate in this years class.

We are continually inspired by the students, curanderos, and instructor, Dr. Cheo Torres’ dedication to this class. His objectives are simple: to provide hands on experience about the value of traditional medicine and healing, by outlining the diverse roots and contributions of different cultures to traditional medicine. You can hear more about his passion for the course here!

health fair curanderismoThe two week course includes four health fairs, two of which the WRC will be volunteering for. One will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the second is on Wednesday, July 22 at the university campus. These health fairs are open to the community and curanderos will be providing their services and treatments. These include massages, limpias (cleanses), or acupuncture – you don’t want to miss out on seeing the curanderos in action. Because this is the 15th anniversary for the Curanderismo class, a Quinceanera party will be held on Wednesday, July 22 in Old Town. These fun events, plus the in class ceremonies and exercises create an empowering and inspiring course for all participants.

Are you interested in participating but missed the registration for this years course? We also offer the course online for UNM credit in the fall, and two opportunities to participate in the Massive Open Online Course beginning on August 31st or on October 19th. Join us in experiencing the powerful impact of traditional medicine, and learning to appreciate and respect values and traditions from different cultures around the world, and across our own borders.  infographic curanderismo