Event Calendar

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Racism & Antiracism 1.0: Learning & Unlearning Race & Racism

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Virtual, Zoom link will be provided later

Race and racism are not new. Yet many of us are now recognizing the importance of and developing the tools to think and talk about race in our lives at home and at work.

The goal of this introductory workshop, intended for faculty and staff, is to understand what race and racism are and why they matter. Participants will focus on increasing their knowledge about race and racism, from reviewing the historical construction of racial identity in the U.S., to understanding key terms and common misunderstandings around race, such as anti-Blackness, belonging, and color-blindness.

Upon participating in this workshop, participants will:
- Know how to define and describe race and racism
- Understand some of the ways race and racism show up in education
- Be able to articulate why race and racism matter within their spheres of influence

Registration is required. To register, submit a form at https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/diversity/office-of-diversity-equi...

Registration Required

Understanding Medicare

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

Paying for healthcare in retirement is a critical part of financial planning and it is important to understand how Medicare operates and what choices you have. This webinar will help you understand some aspects of Medicare including eligibility and what plans are available to you. We hope that you will join us for this educational event.

Home-buying 101: A Financial Primer for First-time Home Buyers

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

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

Buying your first home is a big deal and comes with lots of new experiences -- and expenses -- along the way. Get expert insights on the key steps and considerations for your home buying journey, including the three phases: preparing to search, finding your home, and getting to closing. During this webinar, our banking professionals will share actionable information about: understanding credit, knowing what you can afford, down payment options, finding your home, and getting to closing.

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Leadership Alliance SR-EIP Information Session

The Leadership Alliance (LA) Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is a fully paid 8-10 week summer research internship at one of 30+ member institutions designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduates to pursue competitive PhD or MD-PhD programs. Through the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP students may apply to multiple summer research programs in a single application. Research areas range from Applied Mathematics and the Life Sciences to the Social Sciences and Humanities. Join Samantha Andersen, the Leadership Alliance Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, over zoom for an information session about the SR-EIP.
This event is hosted through the Office of Academic Engagement & Student Success [AESS].

Students Only
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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.

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

Students Only
Registration Required
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Creative Resilience Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy

The Mead is partnering with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, Multicultural Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center to present a Creative Resilience Workshop Series led by contemporary artists Chelvanaya Gabriel and Mars.

Self-care can be hard to prioritize, but it is also a form of essential labor that helps you center yourself in your daily life and work. Join us for a series of workshops led by local artists Mars and Chelvanaya Gabriel designed to teach creative resilience as a model for self-care. These workshops are designed to center BIPOC experiences of labor and self-care.

Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy
What is essential work? Essential work is self-care. For many, self-care is a luxury. In this workshop, we learn that it is a NECESSITY in abolishing white supremacy. We will co-create space for your inner voice and bring revelations to how that reflects in the outward reality of white supremacy and racism. It’s time to eradicate racism at the source. Naya and Mars guide you in creating a relationship with your voice and its true power.

This program is limited to 15 participants, but open to everyone. Registration is required.
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/.../tJYlcuqhqz8uGNNbcdK...

Stay tuned for more information about the second workshop in this series!

Registration Required

"Interest Groups and the Battle Over Climate Change in the United States"

Dr. Leah Stokes is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her book Short Circuiting Policy won the 2020 Best Energy Book award from the American Energy Society, and examines the role utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. Professor Stokes also contributed to the anthology All We Can Save, a collection of essays written by influential women in the climate space, and is a co-host of the podcast A Matter of Degrees.

Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/8195827095

This event is supported by the Lamont Lecture Fund. Please direct inquiries to Professor Ashwin Ravikumar (aravikumar@amherst.edu).

"Math Colloquium: The Mystery of Colliding Blocks," Dan Velleman, Amherst Professor Emeritus

"I will solve a simple physics problem with a very surprising answer." - Dan Velleman

There will be a pre-talk chitchat starting at 5:20 p.m.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. If you are not on the MathStat listserv and would like the link, please email kglista@amherst.edu.

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Dr. Cornel West: "Leadership, Accountability and Change at Colleges and Beyond"

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites you to join Dr. Cornel West and Amherst College Professor Mary Hicks for a conversation. They will discuss student leadership, institutional accountability and how to make change in the contemporary world. This event is co-sponsored by Amherst’s Black studies, American studies and political science departments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration Required
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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with Poet Jericho Brown

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Ilan Stavans and Jericho Brown will discuss how we become accustomed to terror and how terror is perceived by different groups. 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.

Jericho Brown is the author of three collections of poetry: Please (2008), which won the 2009 American Book Award; The New Testament (2014), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and The Tradition (2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

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.

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.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.