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Notes on the Graduate Women’s Network (GWN)

Notes on the Graduate Women’s Network (GWN)

BY ADINA GIANNELLI

 

The Graduate Women’s Network, or the GWN, sponsors a number of events, talks, and programs throughout the academic year. By definition, we are an inclusive organization; all of what we do is free and open to all graduate women and their friends. Much of our programming is family-friendly, and many of our events throughout the year are also open to the broader public. Here are a few notes on what’s been happening and what’s in the works for the GWN in the future.

 

GWN Writing Group

Every Tuesday from 5-9 p.m., the GWN sponsors a writing group for women working on dissertations or other major writing projects and assignments. The group meets in Campus Center 905-909. All are welcome on a drop-in or regular basis. Tea and light refreshments are provided.

 

GWN Yoga Group

After a hiatus for most of the semester due to room booking complications, the GWN Yoga Group is back! Beginning November 10, the group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m., in Student Union 208 (adjacent to the Off-Campus Student Center, and opposite the Hatch). The group’s facilitator is Dana Alhaffar, a longtime yoga practitioner and fellow graduate student. Like all major GWN programming, the group is free and open to all. All necessary equipment will be provided.

 

Ongoing Partnerships

The GWN strives to nurture the partnerships that sustain our organization in the belief that healthy collaboration benefits everyone involved. In addition to our ongoing work as an extension of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), we collaborate with a range of campus organizations, including the Everywoman’s Center (EWC), GEO, the UMass Office of Family Resources, the Stonewall Center, and the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN).

In partnership with the Everywoman’s Center (EWC), the GWN cosponsors the annual Mindfulness and Mood series each October, as well as the Where’s the Love 101? Series. On March 12, 2012, we will join forces once more to coordinate the campus-wide commemoration of International Women’s Day. Throughout the year, we will continue to offer collaborative talks, forums, and special events with our partner organizations.

 

Recent Events

The GWN recently cohosted a LGBTQA Grad Student Meet and Greet, in collaboration with the Stonewall Center and GEO. We hope to turn this into an ongoing series. Earlier this semester, the GWN sponsored a hike at the Notch, within Mount Holyoke Range State Park.

 

Coming Events

In the weeks and months ahead, the GWN hopes to offer additional programming and opportunities for graduate women at UMass including the following:

  • Monthly Arts & Entertainment Series, featuring live performances, documentary films, and open mic opportunities.
  • Graduate Women Brown Bag Lecture Series, in which graduate women present their research projects to a supportive, cross-disciplinary audience.
  • Focus and Interest Groups, to serve various constituents of graduate women, including international students, LGBTQA students, women of color, and graduate student parents and families.
  • GWN Hot Chocolate Running and Walking Team, to benefit the 8th Annual Hot Chocolate Run and Walk for Safe Passage on December 4.

For Additional Information

If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, you can: (1) e-mail the GWN at gssgwn@grad.umass.edu or gssgwn@gmail.com; (2) check out the GWN blog at http://blogs.umass.edu/gssgwn/, (3) visit the GSS Office/919 Campus Center; or (4) call the GWN at 413-545-2897.

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