Event Calendar

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Elevating Voices: Use Liberating Structures to Encourage Equitable Participation

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your team with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

By now, we have all witnessed the silence that follows an open question or ask for participation on a Zoom call. Not only are these silences awkward, the method of participation in itself reinforces structural inequities in who is invited to take up space and participate in conversation. Conventional structures for participation are either too inhibiting (e.g. formal presentations) or too loose (e.g. unstructured open discussions) to promote equitable participation. This leads to frustration, lack of progress and missing out on generative ideas. Liberating Structures are microstructures for facilitation used in groups of any size that promote relational coordination and trust amongst members. This session will introduce several Liberating Structures activities for use in a virtual or face-to-face environment to ensure that you are elevating everyone’s voice and cut back on those awkward Zoom silences.

Attention to Detail: Financial Finishing Touches for Women

The Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Am I ready to retire? How do I know if I have enough? How do I plan my income? What should I look out for as I plan and even after I am retired? Financial success can often complicate your life and we are going to try to help you answer those questions and more.

Teaching Remotely Using Kaltura and Other Video Tools

Faculty Panelists: Kat Correira, David Hall, Darryl Harper, Mohamed Hassan, Chris Kingston, Samantha Presnal

Multimedia content plays a crucial role in Amherst courses this year, and one new tool many faculty have quickly integrated into their teaching is the video platform. Faculty have begun to use Kaltura (new to Amherst in Fall 2020) and/or expanded the use of other tools such as Explain Everything.

During this session we will hear and discuss how several faculty members have incorporated video tools (Kaltura/Explain Everything/Moodle) and other multi-media strategies into their teaching this year, with examples including the production and publishing of instructional videos and microlectures, designing interactive video quizzes, and allowing students to share their own recordings for assignments and discussions.

ATS and IT Multimedia staff will be on hand after the session from 1-1:30 p.m. to answer any technical questions or demonstrate any specific video tool features attendees are interested in.

Session will meet via Zoom. Please RSVP below!

Registration Required
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Fulbright Experiences as Black Americans: A Panel Discussion

This panel discussion featuring Black alumni from Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury and Williams will focus on the experiences of these Fulbright grantees doing research or assistant teaching English in a range of countries. Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State that sends recent college graduates abroad and brings students and scholars from other countries here to fulfill the mission of cultural exchange. Panelists include #FulbrightNoir founder Desiree Daring (Williams '13, Spain ETA), Yasmina Martin '14 (AC, South Africa Research), Clarque Brown '17 (AC, South Korea ETA), Dave Anderson (Middlebury '19.5, Japan Research) and others.
Registration required: https://williams.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAod-CppzgrE9cMlgIazLqFyFhMT2...
Sponsored by the AC Office of Fellowships. Questions? Contact Christine Overstreet at coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Completing Staff Evaluations (for Supervisors/Department Chairs)

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Bob Montoya.

This session will include a demo of how to use the Workday System to complete your Staff Performance Management Process Evaluations as well as time for Q&A.

Making Gifts to Loved Ones and Charities

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar
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Amherst College Education Studies Open House

Curious about Amherst College's newest major? Come to the Education Studies Open House!

In this virtual session, you'll have the chance to...
-Meet faculty and staff who are part of the program
-Hear from students about their experiences and research
-Learn about major requirements and courses that will be offered next year
-Ask individual advising questions

Join us to hear what the Education Studies major is all about and figure out if it's the right choice for you!

Yoga in the Powerhouse

Join us in the Powerhouse every Tuesday and Thursday for in-person yoga classes with AC Yoga Club! Move your body after hours of zoom, in a way that feels good to you. We'll breathe, stretch, balance, and maybe even get upside down. Feel free to bring a friend! Limit 10 per class. Sign up below.

Sign up for Tuesday: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWEShn5Tr9EyklPvmgf21FseQLvQMO...

Sign up for Thursday:

Students Only
Registration Required
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Thursday Drop-ins with Loeb Center Advisor Casey Jo Dufresne

Need a bit of support getting started on your job/summer experience search? Have a few quick career-related questions? Could you use another set of eyes on your draft application documents or perhaps some practical advice on how to effectively prepare for an upcoming interview?

If so, feel free to stop by the Loeb Center's Thursday Drop-Ins with Advisor Casey Jo Dufresne. She may not have all of the answers, but she will likely know someone who does!

Accessibility: Please contact Casey Jo, via cdufresne@amherst.edu, to share any accessibility questions or needs ahead of this program, such as remote captioning, screen reader support, etc.


Endogenous by Christianna Mariano '21

The Department of Theater & Dance presents Christianna Mariano '21's Endogenous, an experiential and immersive installation that explores how our senses make meaning of our experiences through the use of aesthetics. What resonates with you and where?

Come experience Endogenous in the Holden Experimental Theater on April 15-17. Viewings will begin every 15 minutes starting at 5:30pm. Please sign up for a time slot in advance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is only open to Amherst College community members currently on campus for spring 2021.

Registration Required

Bullet Journaling and Bubble Tea

Join Active Minds for an opportunity to relax with some bullet journaling and bubble tea! Participants will receive their own dot journal as well as some pens and washi tapes along with bubble tea from Miss Saigon. Sign up at the link below!

Students Only
Registration Required

Ongoing Events

Redefining Health: Building Skills for Radical Healthcare Workshop Series

The Department of Health Education and SHES present a new workshop series on health equity! Co-sponsored with Your Embodied Sexuality (YES!), we will offer monthly workshops that expand our understandings of health and provide skills for navigating healthcare and the systems of oppression that shape it. Workshop topics will include self-managed abortion care, medical fatphobia, medical racism, misogyny in healthcare, birth control information and how to perform your own breast and pelvic exams, gender affirming healthcare, medical ableism, death positivity and planning, and more. (Registration required: sign up link will be available on the Daily Mammoth during the week leading up to each workshop.) Contact she@amherst.edu with additional questions.

February 20 at 3pm EST: Building Abortion Knowledge for Self and Community Care
Facilitated by Women’s Medical Fund’s Seneca Joyner and Brittany Chung
Come join the folks at the Women’s Medical Fund and YES! for a skill-building workshop on abortion care! The interactive workshop will offer helpful information on how to care for yourself and others before, during, and after an abortion. We will be working together to expand our understanding of the differences between various abortion methods and sharing knowledge in order to better equip ourselves and our loved ones. We’ll be looking at accessing and experiencing abortion care as whole people who are part of vital, complex communities. The workshop will be a liberation-focused space and an opportunity to discuss the realities of abortion openly and honestly.

March 20 at 3pm EST: Don’t Tell Me to Lose Weight: Navigating and Challenging Medical Fatphobia
Facilitated by Isy Abraham-Raveson
The so-called “obesity crisis” is a fatphobic myth that constructs fatness as a disease that needs to be eliminated for the good of society. In fact, fatness is not correlated to disease, and dieting to lose weight isn’t sustainable and can lead to major health problems. On top of that, this misinformation, along with discrimination and shame, prevents people in large bodies from accessing the healthcare they need. In this workshop we will challenge commonplace myths about fatness and health and develop self-advocacy strategies to use when faced with fatphobia in healthcare settings.

April 17 at 3pm EST: Subverting the Master’s Tools: Effective Strategies for Navigating Racism in Medical Care
Facilitated by Michelle Munyikwa
In this workshop, we will review the concept of medical racism and discuss its implications for folks seeking care in the medical system. After a brief review of the history and politics of racism in American healthcare, we will move on to more applicable concepts. Drawing on the experiences of the presenter and advice from local activist groups, we will discuss concrete strategies for engaging in self-advocacy and advocacy for loved ones navigating a complex, racist system.

May 15 at 3pm EST: Fertile Wounds: An Exploration of Misogyny in Medicine
more information TBD

Registration Required
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Campus Well: The online health and wellbeing magazine

Have you read the latest issue of Campus Well, our online wellbeing magazine? New articles are added weekly. Find the latest issue here: http://amherst.campuswell.com
Why should you click the link?
Learn to mix up your exercise routine with a fun barre-style workout.
Learn how to stay grounded in stressful moments with a 5-minute meditation practice.
Find out which foods to eat (and which foods to go easy on) to help reduce levels of stress hormones.
Try a tried-and-true reading strategy to help retain the information you just read.
Learn to set healthy boundaries in intimate relationships begins with asserting yourself and your needs in everyday life.

Sexual Respect Office Hours

Starting during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and continuing through the end of the semester, outdoor Sexual Respect Education Office Hours will be occurring weekly on Val Quad Tent #4 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Stop by to meet with Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, to access Health Education resources, ask questions about topics related to sexual respect, and find out how to get involved throughout SAAMherst! Questions or to connect directly, email lakelly@amherst.edu. Stay connected on Instagram by following @ac_healthandwellbeing and @amherst_pa