• Looking Up: DU Eminent Women

  • Date: March 3, 2015
    Description: Eminent female staff and faculty shared lived experiences and advice with graduate students who face difficulties in academia, especially those connected to sexism and misogyny. The event was important for networking and building a supportive community.

  • Dr. Jackson Katz Keynote Presentation

  • Date: April 21, 2015
    Time: 7 - 9pm
    Description: The Sexual Assault Awareness Summit will be preceded by a talk with leading masculinities scholar and anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz, brought by DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment and co-sponsored by the DU Health and Counseling Center, Undergraduate Student Government, Greek Council, Title IX Office, and Graduate Women's Council. This event is free and open to the public (no registration required).

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Summit

  • Date: April 24, 2015
    Time: 9am - 5:30pm
    Place: AAC and Sturm Hall
    Description: The Graduate Women's Council, the Undergraduate Women's Council, GWST, and CME are partnering to host a Sexual Assault Awareness Summit. The goal of the Summit is to bring together leaders from across front range campuses and community organizations to share strategies, successes, and challenges in countering gender violence and sexual assault in our campus communities. We are hoping that new campus initiatives are created out of these discussions.

  • 2015 Consent Carnival

  • Date: April 24 and 30, 2015
    Time: 11am - 4pm
    Description: Join the GWC in helping to organize one of the most important events at DU this year. We need members to work our table at the Consent Carnival on April 30th. The Consent Carnival includes snacks, prizes, entertainment, and music, with games and activities focusing on educating the campus community on the importance of obtaining consent in the context of intimate relationships. It also will help students learn and practice the art of how to ask for and how to give consent in their relationships.

  • GWC Lunch

  • Date: November 16, 2015
    Time: 12 - 1pm
    Description: GWC members met to celebrate a successful quarter and plan future events.

  • Microaggressions Event

  • Date: February 25, 2016
    Time: 2 - 4pm
    Place: Discroll Underground

    Description: Graduate students, faculty, staff, and non-academic community members from historically underrepresented populations offered performances to raise awareness about microagressions towards students, faculty, and staff. Pizza was provided.

    Christina Williams: "Black Womanhood"
    Dave Thomas: "Feeling Dejected"
    Jaime Guzmán: "What's in a Name?"
    Jessica Johnson: "Heteronormativity and Sexism"
    Moana Luri de Almeida: "How a Japanese-Brazillian Woman Performs Whiteness"
    Raisa Alvarado Uchima: "White Wash(ing): A Chicana’s Negotiation of Brownness"

    Definition of "microaggression": A microaggression involves everyday verbal and nonverbal communication that, whether intentionally or not, communicates negative messages to people based on the perception that they do not "belong" due to their positioning as a marginalized group in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, etc.

  • End of Winter 2016 Luncheon

  • Date: March 7, 2016
    Time: 12 - 1:30pm
    Description: The Graduate Women's Council (GWC) and the Latinx Graduate Association (LGA) met in celebration of inter-group alliance and a successful quarter for both organizations in the struggle for social justice at the University of Denver.

  • Other events

  • - Meetings with the Women's Coalition
    - Participation in events such as Title IX meetings (2015), Blackout (October 11, 2016), 2016 Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon (October 26, 2016), etc.

  • Impostor Syndrome Panel

  • Out Impostor Syndrome Panel was a success! We hosted panelists and audience from faculty, staff, PhD students, master's students, undergraduate students, and community members. The purpose of the panel was to facilitate an intersectional dialogue surrounding the issues that arise when people feel like they don't belong within their environment because of self-doubt and a sense of being an intellectual fraud that overrides feelings of belonging and success.

    Title: “Impostor Syndrome” Panel
    When: November 10, 2016 (Thursday)
    Time: 2 - 4pm
    Where: Women’s College, Garden Room

    Debra Mixon Mitchell - Director of Diversity Recruiting
    Lorena Gaibor - Clinical Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
    Michele Hanna - Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
    Feminist Student Alliance - Undergraduate Student
    Raisa Alvarado - Graduate Teaching Instructor and PhD Student, Communication Studies
    Xiaoyi Zhu - Master's student, Office of International Admissions
    Brianca Smith - Alumna of DU

    Twitter: #ImpostorSyndrome

    For more information about impostor syndrome, we recommend:
    Solorzano, Daniel G., and Tara J. Yosso. “Critical Race and LatCrit Theory and Method: Counter-storytelling.” Qualitative Studies in Education 14.4 (2001): 471-495. Web.

  • Women's March

  • The Graduate Women's Council marched on January 21st, 2017 for feminism, immigration, critical environmentalism, Black Lives Matter, and other causes that are fundamental to social justice!

    There were almost 200,000 protesters in Denver and millions around the world! According to Wallace and Parlapiano, the crowd was 3 times larger than in the inauguration of president Trump.

    Let's keep on marching! 10 actions in 100 days: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

    Angela Davis' speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjhcRjB6qI4


    Wallace, Tim, and Alicia Parlapiano. "Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times More People Than Trump’s Inauguration." The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 22 Jan. 2017. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.

  • Self-defense Intro Class

  • 7 February, 2017 (Tuesday), 3 - 4:30 pm

    We recognize that everybody should learn NOT to rape, because it is unfair to put the responsiblity on vulnerable groups to learn how not to be raped. Nevertheless, in the current violent society, we feel the need to know how to react in such common circumstances of sexual assault.

    In this event, we've learned basic self-defense movements to feel safer and empowered. Now we are planning to attend a RAD (Rape Agression Defense) series!


  • Finding Your Place in the Graduate Community

  • On February 14th, 2017 the president of GWC, Jessica Johnson, talked to international graduate students about campus life and affinity groups. Along with our allies from LGA, BGA, SOBA, and Queer & Ally Grads.

  • End of Winter 2017 Luncheon

  • We had our End-of-the-quarter Luncheon on March 13th (Monday) at noon at WOW Cafe: 2155 E. Wesley Ave Denver, CO 80208.

  • DURAPS 2017

  • The Graduate Women's Council participated in the University of Denver Research and Performance Summit on April 7th, 2017. The topic was "De-Colonizing Indigenous Lands, Bodies, and Identities". Presenters: Claire Slattery-Quintanilla, Ana Gutierrez, Moana Luri de Almeida, Jessica Johnson, and Misty Saribal.

  • DURAPS2017.pdf

  • 2017 Consent Carnival

  • On April 23rd, 2017, we volunteered at the Consent Carnival for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event helped raise awareness and share information about sexual consent in fun ways.

  • March for Science

  • As positivism has already been debunked by numerous scientists, such as Thomas Kuhn, we know that science is neither objective nor neutral. Science is political, like all social constructions.

    Nevertheless, we believe in the potential of science to (try to) understand the world and better treat all humans, non-human animals, the environment, and even the universe.

    With this premise in mind, the Graduate Women's Council marched on April 22nd, 2017 to support:

    - Public investment in education and scientific research

    - The valuing of both Natural and Human Sciences

    - Arguments and policies based on peer-review, fact-check, and extensive research

    To further learn about the myth of Western scientific neutrality:

    - Research about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment

    - Research about laboratory experiments with gay, (dis)abled, and Jewish people during the Nazi Holocaust

    - Examples of science in non-Western civilizations: Mayans independently created the number zero, urban irrigation and draining system, pyramids, writing, etc.; African communities design villages in fractal patterns; Native American medicine and astronomy; Native Hawaiian telescopes; Japanese pre-modern automatons; etc.

    - Academic book: da Silva, Denise Ferreira. Toward a Global Idea of Race. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. Print.

    - Academic book: Roberts, Dorothy. Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century. New York: The New Press, 2011. Print.

    - Non-academic book: Rebecca Skloot’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    - Documentary: Race: The Power of an Illusion. Dir. Christine Herbes-Sommers. Perf. Heather Hemmens. California Newsreel, 2003. PBS.

    - Documentary: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Dir. Larry Alderman. California Newsreel, 2008. PBS.

    - Non-academic film: Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures

    - Magazine article: Fish, Jefferson M. “Sickle Cell Anemia Isn’t Evidence for the Existence of Races.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 19 Mar. 2013. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.

    - Website “Quantum Progress”: https://quantumprogress.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/guest-post-teaching-social-justice-in-the-physics-classroom-part-1/

    - Website “Decolonising Science Reading List”: https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f#.qxpnn03as

  • Art to Heal and Empower

  • On April 28th, around 40 people showed up for our main GWC event of Spring 2017! We shared personal stories of sexual violence, took pictures with professional photographers holding political messages, and made various kinds of art: painting, collage, buttoms, etc.
    Thank you for coming! I hope you join us next time too!
  • GWCocktails

  • We had a party to celebrate a very successful 2017 Spring quarter for GWC on June 2nd (Friday) at 4 pm at one of the member's house. We made plans for Fall 2017, participated in bonding activities, had a sleep-over, and then enjoyed the swimming pool the next day. We hope you can join us next time!

  • Make a Stand

  • How to Prevent and Deal with Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying on Campus

    On November 8th, 2017, guest speaker Rufina Hernández from the Title IX and Equal Opportunity Office offered a workshop about bystander intervention in situations of aggression due to identity bias. Spaghetti, pizza, pie, and drinks were served. We had the opportunity to make questions to Rufina about prevention and the filing of formal complaints in cases of sexual harrassment, racism, and microaggressions on campus.


    Special thanks to B.O.S.S. trainers who attended our event for feminist support, and we hope to see more allies coming to our next events!

  • Under the Moon

  • On Women's Day, we gathered to raise awareness about women who are homeless and their need for menstrual products. We had ice cream, raffle, donations for women's shelters, and a lecture by Laurel Radmore. There are boxes for donations around campus, and we will collect the menstrual products by the end of the month.


    Thank you all for participating, and please keep donating for this important cause!

This portfolio last updated: 06-Jun-2018 5:21 PM