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.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

NYC Being Nice

Improv Everywhere is a NYC based comedy group that literally brings improv into everyday life. Their motto, “We Cause Scenes” is usually very accurate of their performances. In the past, they have done everything from having actors dressed as the Ghostbusters chase “ghosts” (people wearing white sheets) around the New York Public Library, to starting a musical in a food court. Their most recent mission, however, was a little different. 

This time, instead of using actors, two members of IE set up a megaphone on a podium that simply had a plaque that said, “Say something nice.” Instead of just walking by, the rest of the video is made up of clips of the various, normal people actually going up to the megaphone and saying something nice in the middle of NYC. It’s such a simple concept because it isn’t a performance based piece, but it created a great sense of community by letting regular people create their own message.

I think this really applies to the Women's Center because we really try to create an accepting community everyday on our own campus.

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