Event Calendar

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Completing Staff Evaluations on Workday (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.

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...

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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.

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TRUTH! Tell Your Story Through Art & Writing: a confidential, drop-in, online Survivor Support Group

TRUTH! Tell Your Story Through Art & Writing: a confidential, drop-in, online Survivor Support Group is facilitated by Isabella Gitana of Survivor Arts Collective and is open to all (a)gender survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or incest. Drop-in sessions will occur on Thursdays, April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 20 from 5-7 PM EDT on Zoom Meeting ID 890 1884 3066 | Passcode 836991. Come to one or all!

We are creating a safer space to share our stories as survivors with survivors. You are supported to explore your experiences relating to sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or incest. You'll write or create art in response to prompts that will get your story flowing. We will share our stories together each week with positive feedback. This is not an art or writing class. Our focus is not on skill, rather the act of telling our story.

Questions or accessibility concerns? Contact Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Health Education.

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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with Former Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Martin Baron and Ilan Stavans will discuss the ideological polarization of the American media and the sustainability of national and local newspapers in the digital age.

This event is part of the Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, which examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

Martin Baron retired in February 2021, after eight years as executive editor of The Washington Post. News staff under his leadership have won 17 Pulitzer Prizes, including 10 at the Post. While he was top editor of The Boston Globe, it won six Pulitzer Prizes, including for its investigation into the Catholic Church’s concealment of clergy sex abuse. That coverage was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight. The Miami Herald, under his leadership, won the Pulitzer for reporting on the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.

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This chat will be with Richard Figueroa, a Political Science and German double-major and current Research Assistant at the Center for American Progress.

OSDEI Alumni Chats: Richard Figueroa, Political Science and German '18

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join alums from different diverse backgrounds for conversations about their time at Amherst and beyond. They will discuss their experiences in their majors, their career paths and how they overcame the challenges they faced along the way. Come for career advice, life lessons and more! This chat will be with Richard Figueroa, a Political Science and German double-major and current Research Assistant at the Center for American Progress.

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"Towards Building Equitable Language Technologies"

Language technologies are now ubiquitous. Yet the benefits of these technologies do not accrue evenly to all people, and they can be harmful; language technologies reproduce stereotypes, prevent speakers of “nonstandard” language varieties from participating fully in public discourse, and reinscribe historical patterns of linguistic stigmatization and discrimination. In this talk, I (Su Lin Blodgett) will take a tour through the rapidly emerging body of research examining bias and harm in language technologies. I will offer some perspective on the challenges of this work, among them the complex role of language in constructing our social world and the need to study language technologies in their deployed contexts. Along the way, I will highlight how other disciplines, including sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, education, human-computer interaction, and fairness and justice in AI, can provide vital methods and insights towards understanding the social implications of language technologies and building more equitable ones.

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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

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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!