Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Monday, November 30, 2009

World AIDS Day comes to Ramapo College!

World AIDS day is observed every year n December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

At Ramapo College, we are taking it a step further and organizing events and programs over the span of 3 days to commemorate World AIDS day.

Tuesday, December 1st the Women's Center and Ramashows will co-sponsor the World AIDS day Benefit Concert. Student musicians will open for Jazz musician Thos Shipley. All proceeds go to "Braking the Cycle" which is a bike-a-thon to benefit HIV/AIDS programs. The concert will take place at the Sharp Theatre in the Berrie Center. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00pm. $5 for students, $8 for faculty/staff/off-campus audience members.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:00pm in Friend's Hall is "A Boy, A Girl, A Virus." Shawn and Gwenn are married. He has HIV, she does not, and they're keeping it that way. The married couple uses their relationship as a platform for their presentation and brings humor into the discussion on sexual health, safe sex, and getting tested.

Thursday, December 3rd will be the closing ceremony and reflection. Professor Kim Lorber will facilitate a discussion at 6:00pm in Friend's Hall to bring the week's events to a close, followed by the folding of the AIDS quilt.

Additionally, all three days the AIDS quilt will be displayed in Friend's Hall from 10am- 8pm. This powerful exhibit features multiple panels of the AIDS quilt, which are made by the loved one of individuals who have lost their lives due to AIDS and AIDS related illnesses.

So come out to these events and witness the tremendous impact that AIDS has in our world. Hopefully it will inspire you to act up against AIDS, and realize how it affects all demographics of people.

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