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Gen(der) Ed is a bi-weekly podcast that hosts conversations that explore the intersection of gender and other identities, and cover topics on leadership, equity, wellbeing, and healthy relationships. The Women's Center recognizes that our current staff represents a limited perspective and set of lived experiences on gendered issues. With this podcast, we strive to highlight and promote the diverse backgrounds, accomplishments, and needs of the women in our community.  Join us every other week for these important conversations. 

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A discussion with guests Swathi Prabhu of Hokie Wellness and Jess Westcott of Cook Counseling about taking care of our mental health and wellness as we prepare for the uncertainty of the Fall 2020 semester. 

Disclaimer: 
Conversations in this episode may cover a range of topics, such as mental health and wellness practices, mental health struggles, and professional care. While we hope to have meaningful and relatable conversation, this podcast is not intended to provide therapy, legal counsel, or specific advice for meeting your unique needs around mental health and wellness. If you have questions, concerns, or needs related to your health and well being, please contact Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 or Cook Counseling at 540-231-6557 for more information. You can also make an appointment for Counseling and Advocacy at the Women’s Center by contacting our office Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm at 540-231-7806 or email WCsupport@vt.edu.

Follow along with the podcast transcript here.

The mission of Hokie Wellness is to foster a healthier Virginia Tech community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. During this time they are offering virtual workshops, connection sessions, and other wellness resources are added weekly to support the Virginia Tech community. Some of their virutal programs mentioned during the podcast are linked below. Check out their website to find out everything they have to offer during this upcoming semester. 
Koru Mindfulness
Developing Resiliency Workshop
Helping Friends in Distress
Unwind Offline
Student Distress Guide
Employee Wellness

Cook Counseling provides opportunities for students to learn more about themselves as individuals, form deeper relationships with their peers, and grow to benefit our community and society at large. As mentioned in the podcast Cook Counseling is expanding their services and options to allow for a flexible, multi-faceted approach to meet the emerging and varying needs of students. Learn more about Cook Connect here or find a support group on their group counseling website. 

Not sure how and when to connect with Cook Counseling? Check out their How to Connect with Cook guide

Today we are talking with Melissa Faircloth from the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center and Nina Ha from the Asian Cultural Engagement Center to learn more about a two of our six Cultural and Community Centers at Virginia Tech. We discuss how they are amplifying and meeting the needs of our under-represented and under-served communities on campus and how we as Hokies can learn more about the diverse experiences of those minority students, staff, and faculty. 

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The Cultural and Community Centers (CCCs) are here to advocate for a safe, inclusive environment and to advise students as they navigate life at VT. Through programming and events, they raise cultural awareness and invite the community to learn about and develop an appreciation for cultural differences.

Learn more about these communities through their events and outreach or find your community at the links below.
American Indian & Indigenous Community Center 
Asian Community Engagement Center
Black Cultural Center
El Centro
Intercultural Engagement Center
LGBTQ+ Resource Center



Join us as we discuss a new project that Dr. Andrea Baldwin and other faculty and community partners are collaborating with us at the Women’s Center on this fall. We are calling the project (Dis)course because it’s an ongoing discussion that invites folks currently taking classes with our faculty as well as others who may be interested in joining the conversation. The theme of the project this semester is focusing on violence- interpersonal, state, police, etc.- against women and queer people of color. We will be reading and discussing Andrea Rithcie’s book Invisible No More as one of the central and recurring components of this program.

Listen in as Dr. Baldwin shares why she selected Invisible No More for this project and amplifies the experiences of BIPOC as it relates to violence against these communities. 

Disclaimer:
Conversations in this episode may cover a range of topics, such as race and/or gender based violence and abuse, police violence, and others. While we hope to have meaningful and relatable conversation, this podcast is not intended to provide therapy, legal counsel, or specific advice for meeting your unique needs around bias, violence or, trauma. To report a bias incident, please contact the Dean of Students office at 540-231-3787 or use the reporting form found at dos.vt.edu. If you are in need of identity based support, connect with the Cultural and Community Centers at ccc.vt.edu or 540-231-8584. If you have questions, concerns, or needs related to your mental health and well being, please contact Cook Counseling at 540-231-6557 for more information. You can also make an appointment for Advocacy at the Women’s Center via email to wcsupport@vt.edu or contacting our office M-F 8-5 at 540-231-7806.

Follow along with the podcast transcript here.

The Cultural and Community Centers (CCCs) are here to advocate for a safe, inclusive environment and to advise students as they navigate life at VT. Through programming and events, they raise cultural awareness and invite the community to learn about and develop an appreciation for cultural differences.

Learn more about these communities through their events and outreach or find your community at the links below.
American Indian & Indigenous Community Center 
Asian Community Engagement Center
Black Cultural Center
El Centro
Intercultural Engagement Center
LGBTQ+ Resource Center



(Dis)course is a semester-long ongoing dialogue to discuss relevant issues of gender in society, while bringing to the forefront the work and teachings of VT faculty members. By engaging with both traditional texts, as well as contemporary text, such as film, new media, etc., curated by our faculty partners, we are creating a modern day virtual book club and discussion series that fosters community, is intentionally intersectional, and contributes to and engages with gendered issues.

Discussion groups will take place via Zoom every other week, with at least two opportunities to engage during each discussion week. Sign up below for the topic, date, and discussion session you would like to participate in.

Cook Counseling provides opportunities for students to learn more about themselves as individuals, form deeper relationships with their peers, and grow to benefit our community and society at large. As mentioned in the podcast Cook Counseling is expanding their services and options to allow for a flexible, multi-faceted approach to meet the emerging and varying needs of students. Learn more about Cook Connect here or find a support group on their group counseling website. 

Not sure how and when to connect with Cook Counseling? Check out their How to Connect with Cook guide

Ujima is an essential concept in African philosophy and is also the third principle of Kwanzaa. It means collective work and responsibility. This new living-learning community places a special emphasis on understanding the unique experiences of African-Americans in society, including their experiences in college. Located in Peddrew-Yates Hall, Ujima is open to students of all backgrounds who are interested in understanding, supporting, and learning about #BlackExcellence.

Learn more.

Hosted by Andrea Baldwin and Trichia Cadette, this podcast lifts up the voices of all Black people including, Black women youth and children, Black academics and artists, the Black diaspora, Black queer folk, Black college students, incarcerated Black folk, and Black folks with disabilities. The Standpoints podcast, hosted by Virginia Tech Publishing, uses a Black feminist framework to talk about Black lives and experiences globally. 

Learn more.

In this episode, we explore a variety of civic engagement components. Dr. Caitlin Jewitt, an Assistant Professor of Political Science, offers insight into the electoral process as well as ways in which voter suppression occurs. We are also joined by Jes Davis from VT Engage, who shares the importance of the student voice and how voters can cast their ballot this fall.

Follow along with the podcast transcript here.

VT Engage is Virginia Tech's center for service learning, leadership education, & civic engagement.

There are many ways to engage with community - and VT Engage is a great place to building these connections. We want to help you develop your voice as a community member and leader, and help you participate in democratic processes. Learn more

The mission of the Department of Elections promotes and supports accurate, fair, open and secure elections for the citizens of the Commonwealth. On their website you can register to vote, confirm your registration status, find your local polling stations, apply for an absentee ballot, view a sample ballot, and more. Head to the Citizens Portal to take one of these actions or check out their website for more information. 

The Women's Center has compiled the basic information regarding casting your ballot in this upcoming election. Check out our Civic Engagement page for local updates and information. 

In celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, we talk with Melissa Faircloth, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Dr. Theresa Rocha Beardall, Assistant Professor in Sociology, and Qualla Ketchum, a Ph.D. student in Engineering. In this episode, they share the importance of recognizing this day, what it took to get it acknowledged at Virginia Tech, and more.

Disclaimer:
Conversations in this episode may cover a range of topics such as genocide and colonial violence, sexual violence, and discrimination. While we hope to have meaningful and relatable conversations, this podcast is not intended to provide therapy, legal counsel, or specific advice for meeting your unique needs around coping with personal or historical trauma and discrimination. To report a bias incident, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787 or use the reporting form found at dos.vt.edu. If you are in need of identity-based support, connect with the Cultural and Community Centers at ccc.vt.edu or 540-231-8584. If you have questions, concerns, or needs related to your mental health and well-being please contact Cook Counseling at 540-231-6557 for more information. You can also make an appointment for Advocacy at the Women’s Center via email to wcsupport@vt.edu or contacting our office Monday through Friday 8-5 at 540-231-7806.

Follow along with the podcast transcript here.

The American Indian and Indigenous Community Center (AIICC) serves as a community gathering area and study space. You'll find the AIICC in room 122 of the Squires Student Center, just to the left of the Welcome Center on the first floor.

Get involved or learn more here.

On Feb. 18, 2019, history was made at Virginia Tech as the University Council approved a resolution to observe Indigenous Peoples Day. The full resolution written by Virginia Tech's Indigenous students along with the calendar of events can be found here.

American Indian and Indigenous Heritage Month was designated by Congress in 1990 and celebrates the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants and stewards of what is now the United States. Celebrate and learn with the Native and Indigenous Community at Virginia Tech. Register for the events here.

calendar of events for Heritage Month