The weather is cold and the workload is heavy, but the semester ahead for the Graduate Women’s Network (GWN) is shaping up to be an exciting one. Over the course of Spring 2012, the GWN will continue earlier programming while introducing a number of new seminars, events, and groups.

As always, all GWN events are free and open to all women graduate students and their friends. For additional information about any of our services or sponsorships, or to provide feedback or suggestions, please contact Adina Giannelli at gss-gwn@grad.umass.edu or 413.545.2897. You may also visit us on the web at http://blogs.umass.edu/gssgwn/.

In the meanwhile, the Graduate Women’s Network (GWN) is excited to announce a few of its upcoming events, seminars, and programs. We hope you’ll join us, as your schedule and interests permit.


GWN Yoga


Beginning January 30, 2012, GWN Yoga is back. The group will be meeting in Student Union 208 (the room adjacent to the Off Campus Student Center (OCSC) on Monday evenings throughout the semester from 5pm to 6:30 pm. Whether you’re an advanced practitioner looking to deepen your practice or a beginning student interested in reducing your stress level, the GWN Yoga group is a great way to begin your week. The group is free and open to all women graduate students, off-campus students, and friends.


GWN Writing Group


Working on a paper, comps, your dissertation, or just need a change of study scenery? Come to the GWN Writing Group, which meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-9pm in CC 905-09, starting February 1, 2012. The group is free and open to all women graduate students and their friends on an ongoing or drop-in basis.


Where’s Love 101?: Let’s Talk About Sex


Once again, the GWN is co-sponsoring Where’s Love 101? in conjunction with the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN), the Stonewall Center, the Student Legal Services Office, and University Health Services. This year’s theme is Let’s Talk About Sex. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 7th from 7pm-9pm in Campus Center 174-176, and will include a discussion featuring a diverse panel of couples.

In addition to its featured couples panel, Where’s Love 101? will include Attorney Corey M. Carvalho, Associate Director of SLSO, Linda Scott, Clinical Psychologist, and Ilana Gerjuoy, EWC Civil Advocate Liaison for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence guest speakers. Light refreshments will be provided. For additional information, contact Hind Mari at wocln@stuaf.umass.edu or 413.545.1671,


EWC/GWN Dissertation Support Group


Are you writing your dissertation? In conjunction with the Everywoman’s Center Counseling Services, the GWN is once more co-sponsoring its free Dissertation Support Group, entitled Women in Academia: Surviving the Dissertation. Pamela Plumer, PhD, who completed her dissertation at UMass, will facilitate the group, which will be held for ten weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30, beginning in February.

Group participants may meet with other women who are writing dissertations and understand the particular challenges women face. Members of this support group will work together to set realistic goals, while offering and receiving support, encouragement and suggestions about the dissertation writing process.

Registration is ongoing, and a pre-group meeting with the facilitator is required. For more information and to register, contact Susan Mahler, Director of EWC Counseling Services
at 413-545-1276 or mahler@stuaf.umass.edu.


Future Projects and Programs


In the coming semester, the GWN will be co-sponsoring events and projects with the Stonewall Center, GEO, and GSS, in addition to hosting hikes and arts events.

The GWN is also collaborating with the Office of Family Resources and the Amherst Family Center to put together a new group for graduate student parents.

Stay tuned for more information in subsequent editions of The Voice. In the interim, have a safe, productive, and happy start to your semester.



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