Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Mermaids and Massages: Self-care for Survivors of Trauma and Activists, Part II

Join the WGC and Sexual Respect Education for a self-care event centering survivors and students working to create change. Stop by for a chair massage or to make your very own stress-relieving mermaid goo, friendship bracelets, or essential oil room spray. This event is sure to be a fun community-building event that will help you de-stress and prepare for finals. This program is cosponsored by Student Activities.

Tomorrow - Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Poster graphic of healing fire.  Image of fire and text listing date and location of fire and opening ceremony.  Black text with red and orange letters.

Opening Ceremony of Healing Fire for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence, their friends, families and allies.
Opening Ceremony 1 p.m. on April 26
Fire will burn until 1 p.m. on April 27

People who come to the healing fire are welcome to make offerings to the fire. Wooden shims and sharpies will be provided and you are welcome to bring letters and pictures of your own. Amherst College is honored to partner with Gedakina Inc. in an effort to provide a space of healing for our campus community. In 2002 Gedakina co-founded the Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The purpose of the Healing Fire Initiative is to offer survivors of sexual violence a welcoming and comforting place to break the isolation they may feel, build community with other survivors and supporters, and begin or continue their healing process. This program is now a regional initiative with organizations and colleges/universities across the United States adopting this award-winning program.

The Healing Fire will begin with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday April 26, on the First Year Quad (directly across from the Frost Library entrance). The fire will be burning until 1 p.m. on April 27 and will staffed by faculty, staff and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect throughout the 24 hour period. Please feel free to stay for any amount of time that feels right for you. In respect for attendees we ask that no photography or social media include faces of people unless you have explicit permission.

“When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, there are no voices that tell me I am to blame, that I am the only one, or that I deserve to be assaulted. When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, I see the many kind faces before me. I hear their stories and feel the warmth and wisdom that we share. There is a power hear tonight, As this fire symbolizes the strength of survivors, it also symbolizes our passion, our righteous anger, our commitment and hope for a future where our children will be free of abuse and violence.”- A quote from a Survivor who attended a Healing Fire in Burlington, Vermont

Poster of Healing Fire Program.  Black background with fire burning in background.  Orange and white lettering of date and time of event.

Healing Fire for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence, their friends, families and allies.
Opening Ceremony 1 p.m. on April 26
Fire will burn until 1 p.m. on April 27

People who come to the healing fire are welcome to make offerings to the fire. Wooden shims and sharpies will be provided and you are welcome to bring letters and pictures of your own. Amherst College is honored to partner with Gedakina Inc. in an effort to provide a space of healing for our campus community. In 2002 Gedakina co-founded the Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The purpose of the Healing Fire Initiative is to offer survivors of sexual violence a welcoming and comforting place to break the isolation they may feel, build community with other survivors and supporters, and begin or continue their healing process. This program is now a regional initiative with organizations and colleges/universities across the United States adopting this award-winning program.

The Healing Fire will begin with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday April 26, on the First Year Quad (directly across from the Frost Library entrance). The fire will be burning until 1 p.m. on April 27 and will staffed by faculty, staff and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect throughout the 24 hour period. Please feel free to stay for any amount of time that feels right for you. In respect for attendees we ask that no photography or social media include faces of people unless you have explicit permission.

“When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, there are no voices that tell me I am to blame, that I am the only one, or that I deserve to be assaulted. When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, I see the many kind faces before me. I hear their stories and feel the warmth and wisdom that we share. There is a power hear tonight, As this fire symbolizes the strength of survivors, it also symbolizes our passion, our righteous anger, our commitment and hope for a future where our children will be free of abuse and violence.”- A quote from a Survivor who attended a Healing Fire in Burlington, Vermont

Fri, Apr 27, 2018

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Paul Sorrentino, "An Unexpected Journey"

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided.

Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

Reproductive Justice Alliance 5k

Trails Toward Solidarity 5k

Join the Amherst College Reproductive Justice Alliance for our 2nd Annual Trails Towards Solidarity 5K benefitting the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. The race will start on the First Year Quad, go through the bird sanctuary, and end on the Quad with food and music. This year, there is the option of a shorter (~2K) trail as well.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2H0GPUl.

There is a $10 suggested donation for the PVWC, but anyone is welcome to participate, regardless of donation.

Registration Required

Mon, Apr 30, 2018

grief group

Drop-in Grief and Loss Support Group

Supportive drop-in group for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Mondays from 3-4 p.m. in the Counseling Center, Scott House. All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.

Tue, May 1, 2018

office hours

Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Mon, May 7, 2018

Student Health Educator Dinner

Join the Student Health Educators during dinner for an informal discussion on mental health, sexual health and campus resources. You can also submit a topic for discussion during dinner.

Students Only