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The goal of the Women's Center Newsletter is to provide you with timely updates on information, support resources, and programs that are available to help support you in both your professional and personal life.  Get the newsletters directly in your inbox by subscribing below. You can also find the previous editions linked here after each publication. 

       

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have been inviting conversation through various open office hours sessions, town hall meetings, and other group meetings. One theme that has consistently come through in these conversations is that caregiving responsibilities are immensely challenging we juggle work and family responsibilities. While we have heard quite a number of impactful stories, well-defined problems, and some creative solutions in these conversations, it is clear that additional, representative data from across the university will help our understanding of the challenges being faced, and better consider what may be helpful solutions or support.

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For the past 15 years, the Women’s Center, AdvanceVT, the Graduate School, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the VT Women’s Alliance and Caucus have hosted a Welcome Reception for New Women Colleagues. This annual tradition is an informal opportunity for new women faculty, staff and graduate students at VT to gather as a community, begin forging connections and networks, and to share resource information, and more.

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The Women's Center and VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning, are hosting two events via Zoom next Tuesday, September 22nd for National Voter Registration Day.

Access to Activism: Women and the Right to Vote | 4:00pm - 5:15pm

A teach-in focused on a historical and contemporary view of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Panelists will discuss how grassroots organizing and women of color helped shape the movement as well as highlighting the barriers that marginalized communities face when casting their vote. 

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To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community members, we will be hosting only virtual programs this semester. Since we are unable to create equitable programming for some of our in person offerings, we have developed some new ways to engage with the Women's Center this semester.

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The Women’s Center recognizes the unprecedented challenges that are facing caregivers during the pandemic.  Faculty, staff and student caregivers are under incredible amounts of stress as we try to juggle our caregiving responsibilities with our work and school responsibilities. 

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Welcome back Hokies!

While engaging with us will look different this semester, we are still here to support you during this time. The Women's Center is available virtually Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. To schedule an appointment or set up a meeting, please contact us via email or call the Center at 540-231-7806.

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As we respond to the ongoing acts of racism amid a global pandemic, conversations around allyship have come to the forefront. Each of us can use our voice, our influence, our platform and our power to make a difference. This week we are sharing resources so support those looking to be a better ally.

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Globally, we are all experiencing varying degrees of collective trauma due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collective trauma is when a group of people experiences a shared traumatic event.

However, other traumatic events are continuing to occur in addition to the pandemic. These events can affect individuals through firsthand experiences, but can also have reactions through bystanders, friends, relatives or rescue workers.

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Being a parent or guardian always comes with its challenges, but during quarantine, it has gotten much more complicated. You may still be in the midst of establishing a routine flow to your day, and summer is right around the corner. We have heard concerns from many working parents who are concerned about the summer months and what will happen if a return to the workplace happens while kids are still out of school and daycare.

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During the stress and uncertainty of this pandemic, it is important to take time to reflect and have gratitude for even the smallest things in our lives. ⁠

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Now, more than ever, self-care is essential to staying healthy and surviving this pandemic. Especially as women, we often have additional roles outside of our paying job like housekeeper, teacher, grocery shopper, and more. However it is important to remember that if we don't take care of our self first, we won't be able to show up and care for our family at 100%.

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The mission of the Women's Center is to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women and that celebrates their experiences, achievements, and diversity.

During this time, the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech remains dedicated to meeting the needs of all Virginia Tech enrolled students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by gender-based violence and are in need of support. In an effort to protect the health and safety of the Virginia Tech community, the Women’s Center will provide advocacy and support services remotely through Zoom and by telephone. 

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