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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

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Walk For SAAMherst

There will be a self-guided walking route around the Greenways, King and Weiland for individuals to walk in support of survivors and for personal reflection in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be resource tables along the loop for you to fill out a response card, access resources and get some free swag.

For those not on campus but who would like to complete a virtual response to be added to the Lights On For SAAMherst Community Display later that night, you can fill out the form at

Sponsored by the Department of Health Education and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect.

*Lights On For SAAMherst is a three-part series. Following the walk throughout the day will be The Lights On For SAAMherst Display on the First Year Quad from 8-11 PM and the #LightsOnForSAAMherst Instagram Campaign from 8 PM on 4/28 through 8 PM on 4/29. Consider participating in one or all

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CHI Salon: "In Transit: Gender, Race and Korean Migration to Argentina and Remigration to the United States"

In this virtual talk, Lili M. Kim, a CHI Fellow and visiting lecturer in history at Amherst College and associate professor of history and global migrations at Hampshire College, examines the little-known history of Korean migration to Argentina that began in 1965 as a result of the agricultural treaty signed between war-torn South Korea and Argentina, as well as the subsequent remigration of Koreans to the United States in the 1990s. This presentation will focus on reconstructing the history of early settlements of Koreans as agricultural workers in the rural town of Lamarque, Argentina, and how Korean migrants came to dominate the garment industry as laborers and business owners in Buenos Aires. Utilizing both Korean and Spanish sources, Kim explores the centrality of Korean women's gendered labor and the formation of Korean Argentine communities in the face of racial discrimination and economic scapegoating during multiple Argentine economic crises in the context of globalization of labor and migration.

Registration Required
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Lights On for SAAMherst Display

To close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Department of Health Education and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect are hosting Lights On for SAAMherst Community Display from 8 to 11 p.m. on the First-Year Quad. The Quad will be "lit up" and feature community responses collected over the course of the month.

Join us as we shine a light on issues of sexual violence, show solidarity with survivors and promote sexual respect on campus. All community members are invited to stop by the display. Insomnia Cookies, resources and swag will be available for all who walk through the display and hold space to honor survivors and sexual respect.

*Lights On For SAAMherst is a three-part series. The Lights On display from 8 to 11 p.m. will follow the Walk For SAAMherst during the day on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and overlaps with the #LightsOnForSAAMherst Instagram campaign from 8 p.m. on April 28 through 8 p.m. on April 29. Consider participating in one or all opportunities!

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#LightsOnForSAAMherst Instagram Campaign

The #LightsOnForSAAMherst Instagram Campaign will start at 8 PM (EST) on April 28 and conclude at 8 PM on April 29 as a virtual vigil in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Community members can post a photo or video of a candle to their Instagram story with #LightsOnForSAAMherst and can also share "why their light is on" and and tag the Peer Advocates @amherst_pa. Electric candles will be available at the Walk For SAAMherst from 9 AM-5PM on 4/28 and the Lights On For SAAMherst Community Display from 8-11 PM on 4/28. Sponsored by The Department of Health Education and the Peer Advocates For Sexual Respect.

*Lights On For SAAMherst is a three-part series. The #LightsOnForSAAMherst Instagram Campaign will follow the Walk For SAAMherst on Wednesday, April 28 from 9 AM-5 PM and the Lights On For SAAMherst Community Display on the First Year Quad from 8-11 PM. Consider participating in one or all opportunities!

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 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

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