Event Calendar

April 2020

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020 #SAAMherst

Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAMherst

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual violence. The Peer Advocates are gearing up for a virtual SAAM 2020 experience this year. Stay connected by following the PAs on Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) and Instagram (@amherst_pa) and stay tuned for upcoming virtual opportunities all month long during April for #SAAMherst! Email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions, keep an eye out for weekly updates, and see below for a preview of each week.

Week 1: Self-Care for #SAAMherst
Week 2: #IAsk
Week 3: Movement Makers
Week 4: PA Picks
May 1st: Virtual SAAM Vigil

Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Self-Care for #SAAMherst

Self-Care for #SAAMHerst

until Apr 12 Instagram: @amherst_pa

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Follow the PAs on Instagram to learn and practice self-care strategies while social distancing and in honor of SAAM. Want to anonymously share your go-to self-care strategies? Fill out the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6oEsbxAhNBOv2x2hWC0tigetTmz1H....

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

self hand-massage

Hand and Arm Self-Massage Instruction Over Zoom

Massage Therapist Nanci Newton will be joining the Daily Wellness Zoom to give instruction on how to stretch and massage your hands and arms to avoid strain and promote relaxation and flexibility. The Daily Wellness Zoom is held each weekday at noon, and offers a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat, or simply listen in.

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Poster for Real Talk

Real Talk: Navigating difficult family and household dynamics

The quick shift to remote learning and working at home has presented many members of our community with the realities of returning to contexts that can be difficult and challenging. Home/housing away from campus can present issues navigating identity, complicated relationships with family members, access to necessities, space, etc. Join Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center, and Jxhn Martin, Director of the Queer Resource Center, for open discussion space that centers what folks are experiencing and potential strategies for coping, managing, and finding support.

Join us on Zoom (https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/447983231)

Students Only

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Poster for QRC Read Talk

QRC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413.542.5964

Students Only

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Listening Circle: Ground, Share, Connect 8-9am and 4-5pm Fridays

How are you in these times? What can others wish for you? What do you wish for others? Participants will have equal time to respond to these prompts. Circles open with guided mindfulness and close with a reflection. All Amherst students are welcome. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life. For questions contact Harrison Blum: hblum@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Wellness Zoom: Laughter Yoga with Robert Rivest

Laughter yoga instructor Robert Rivest will lead participants in short exercises to promote health and well-being. Each Wednesday and Friday Wellness Zoom will provide a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving well-being. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat, or simply listen in.

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

#SAAMherst presents PA Picks!

#SAAMherst: PA Picks

until Apr 29 Peer Advocates Instagram

For the final week of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the Peer Advocates are sharing various resources from pop culture (books/music/movies, etc.) relating to sexual respect and survivor support. Each day a new collection of PA Picks will be featured on our Instagram feed, so make sure to follow us (@amherst_pa) if you don’t already! Keep an eye out for more updates on #SAAMherst and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Poster with a photograph of a candle, and description of "Lights on for #SAAMherst" campaign.

Lights On for #SAAMherst

This year to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Peer Advocates have created Lights On for SAAMherst, a 24-hour Instagram story campaign. Starting at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 30, until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, our goal is to “light up” Instagram by having members of our community post a photo or video of a lit candle to their Instagram story.

The purpose of the candles is to show our support for survivors and represent how we are “shining a light” on the topic of SAAM and issues of sexual violence. In lighting up Instagram and seeing candles on each others’ stories, we hope to create a warm, supportive space and sense of community. By having our #LightOn for each other, we are showing our love, support, and care for one another and reminding ourselves that we are not alone!

Here’s how you can participate!
- Any time after 7 p.m. (EST) on April 30 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, post a photo or video of a lit candle to your Instagram story with the #LightsOnforSAAMherst.
- You can leave it at that, write anything else you want to add or answer the prompt: "My light is on for/because…"
- If you tag the PAs (@amherst_pa), we will add your post anonymously (with your name blacked out) to a collection of candles from everyone who tags us on our own story!

We hope you will join us in lighting up Instagram for survivors and each other for Lights On for SAAMherst! We can’t wait to see all of your posts and candles bringing warmth, light and hope to our community!