Event Calendar

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

RCT Directors Dialogue with Special Guest, Dr. Perry Zurn

Topic: Trans History + Activism Across Five Colleges | Wed. 3/31.12-1PM via IG Live

Please join us on this years' Trans Day of Visibility in conversation with Professor Perry Zurn from American University as we talk about his research on trans community and activism across the five colleges. With no set agenda, we have high hopes to talk about Perry's current research, building archives, the intimacies between transness, queerness, and disability, and anything else that might come up along the way.

Dr. Zurn's Socials: Instagram: @resintheory | Twitter: @perryzurn

Planning Your Growth Journey

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your self-awareness with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Not sure how you could continue to grow your professional skill set or aren’t sure where to start? This workshop will offer prompts for self-reflection on how to grow your skill set and apply it within your role, as well as offer planning guides for how to pursue and demonstrate your growth. No matter where you are in your professional journey, there is always more to learn.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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CHI Salon: "Engaging with the Failures of Racial Empathy"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

In this talk, CHI Fellow Ashlie Sandoval examines the limitations of empathy to think through its role in struggles for racial justice. Scholars, tech entrepreneurs and media pundits are calling for an increase in empathy, in the face of media attention that has recently spotlighted police brutality, racialized COVID-19 deaths and the renewed visibility of white supremacy groups. To develop non-Black individuals’ capacity to undo racial injustice, specifically the daily violence experienced by Black people, some have turned to virtual reality to instill empathy, claiming that it may move viewers beyond feelings of pity to feeling accountable to dismantle racism.

However, is racial empathy possible? And what can we expect from it? Examining philosophical critiques of empathy’s capabilities in the context of anti-Black racism, Sandoval focuses on what empathy’s limitations might tell us about the emotional and material structures that prevent empathy from achieving the results its advocates often hope for.

Registration Required

Disability Justice 101

This workshop introduces disability justice as a framework to help us unravel internalized ideas about "good" bodies, "fit" bodies and how bodies "should" be.

Over the past year many people have been called on to think about illness and disability in new ways. Maybe in the current crises you're noticing how interdependent you are with others. Maybe being home 24/7 is reconnecting you with your own body and mind in ways that feel challenging. Maybe the constant media focus on illness & health - often with undertones of ableism, racism, fatphobia and eugenics - is showing you how much you don't know. Whatever the reason, we welcome you to learn and practice with us.

Through a lively combination of short presentations, discussions and reflection participants will:
- Gain an understanding of the medical, social, and disability justice models of disability
- Examine their own internalized beliefs about ability, disability, health and fitness and how these relate to gender, race, class, fatness and more
- Consider how these beliefs impact them and others
- Identify barriers to access and opportunities for greater access at Amherst College

The presenters are:

Yusef Flores is a non binary trans artist of color. They were born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been disabled for a long time but only recently understands what that all encompasses.

Davey Shlasko is a queer and trans educator who lives with disabling chronic illness. Disability justice helps Davey to imagine and practice liberation in teaching, organizational change and day to day life. Davey manages Think Again Training & Consulting and writes about social justice pedagogy.

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Just Do It: Recent Amherst Grads on Making Art and Creative Practices an Essential Part of Life

This Loeb Center panel of young Amherst alumni working in the arts will offer timely advice and inspiration on making art a central part of your life and carving out the professional space to just do it. Panelists will explore what it’s like to build a creative practice after Amherst, personal growth and community building through artmaking, and the professionalization necessary to earn income from your craft. You’ll leave this session with a list of resources both on- and off-campus to support these practices.

• Joanna Booth ’19—visual art
• Amal Buford ’19—music
• Jonah Evans ’19—creative writing
• Amir Hall ’17—storytelling & performance
• Lauren Horn ’17—dance

This event is open to anyone who loves making art, regardless of professional goals.

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.

Bodies Week with the SHEs

Join the Student Health Educators for a variety of programming for Bodies Week 2021!

Events include:
- Embodied: A conversation about body politics at Amherst, hosted by the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. (Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The Menstruation Situation: a program on menstrual inequity, sustainability, and alternative menstrual products. (Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The EveryBody Project - a small closed program/group for all genders and identities, where participants get to personally examine their relationship to their body, body image and societal beauty standards. Hosted by Wenzhen Zhu in the Counseling Center & myself. Advanced registration is required. (Friday, March 26 & Friday, April 2, 3-5 p.m. EST)
- Examining Our Eating Habits: a discussion of eating disorders and disordered eating. Co-hosted by the SHEs, Alyssa Pawloski from Health Services, and Wenzhen Zhu from the Counseling Center. (Monday, March 29, at 5 p.m. EST)
- Closing Keynote: Disability Justice 101. Co-sponsored with the Office of Accessibility Services. Join two disability activists and educators, speakers Davey Shlasko & Yusef Bornacelli for an introductory program on Disability Justice as a framework and practice. (Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. EST)

- A Bodies Week Resource Table in Keefe Campus Center from March 23-26 with relevant materials for the taking!
- Bodies Week digital content on Instagram at @ac_she

Fear Less, anxious thoughts workshop starting April 8

Sign-ups open for Fear Less: Anxious Thoughts Workshop

Join the staff of the Counseling Center in this four-week program which takes a careful look at where anxious thoughts and anxiety come from, how anxiety effects our day to day lives, and what we can do to help reduce and resolve our anxiety.

The series is open to all current students and will run remotely beginning Thursday, April 8, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Peer Advocates Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Check out and follow the Peer Advocates Instagram (@amherst_pa) and Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) the week of March 29 for an online video series on the Psychology of Trauma, featuring five professors from the Psychology department! The video series will address physical and psychological reactions to trauma as well as treatment methods and healing from the perspective of different research areas in psychology (cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical). Follow us to learn more about the video series and our other upcoming events!