The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity strives to host diverse programming for KU students, faculty and staff members as well as members of the Lawrence community that is relevant and critically challenges gender inequities. Each semester, the Center puts on a diverse range of programming that responds and address campus, local and international issues related to gender.
You will find some of our past semester's programming here along with a short description of the program. Enjoy!
With the help from our new Programs Coordinator, Megan Williams, the Emily Taylor Center was able to host an amazing screening series this semester. Below you will see some of the documentaries that were screened.
Additionally, the Center facilitated screenings, discussions and events based on current issues on our campus and community climate.
Throughout the semester, the Center strived to continue to put on several events and series for the KU community.
Women Faculty Brownbag Lunch Series
The Women Faculty Brownbag Lunch Series was started to create a safe space for women-identified faculty members to connect. This space was used to address common concerns on campus, about students, about the campus climate, etc.
Reality Roast Series
The Reality Roast Series gave an space for the KU community to examine gender in reality television shows. The shows discussed during this series included The Property Brothers, The Bachelor, Finding Prince Charming and RuPaul's Drag Race. \
Lunch & Learn: Transgender Studies
WGSS graduate student, An Sasala, and the Emily Taylor Center presented the Lunch & Learn on Transgender Studies. This reading group explored several topics including History of the Field, Pop Culture and Media Representation, Fight the System, Personal Narratives and Trans Styles of Writing, and a Web Series Viewing Party.
EmPower Self Defense Workshop
The EmPower Self Defense Workshop is a continuous series that takes place every semester. We host two workshops a semester for members of the KU community. These workshops strive to emphasize both physical and psychological strategies, improve awareness, personal safety and self-confidence. Additionally, the workshop is presented by instructors from Premier Martial Arts.
“I hope this continues. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.” - Attendee
“I appreciated the fun + supportive mentality of the instructors.” -Attendee
“This helped me to feel overall safer and more confident.” - Attendee
Mindfulness and Social Justice Workshop Series
The Mindfulness and Social Justice Workshop Series was a three part series for the KU community. The workshops were facilitated by Marla Herron, Ed.D. and Kristen Sager, MSW. In this interactive workshop series, we practiced three basic mindfulness skills (concentration power, sensory clarity and equanimity). At the same time, we explored the value of mindfulness in raising social justice consciousness and supporting anti-oppression efforts.
“Thank you for taking the time to teach us the techniques we can use when we are engaging in politically charged conversations.” - Attendee
“Amazing! Wonderful skills that I can use daily. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this workshop.” - Attendee
Breaking the Birdcage Book Club
This book club examines gender found in different plays or theatrical pieces of art. This book club critically looked at works like A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Plumes by Georgia Douglas Johnson and Trifles by Susan Gaspell.
Finally, as a Center, we support all of our partners and friends of the Center around campus, and we try to sponsor as many events as we can. Here are some of the amazing events we supported throughout the semester!
Marginalized Voices in Politics with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Dole Institute of Politics
Closing the Gap with the University Career Center
Celebrate Women from All Walks of Life with Keynote Speaker Liz Plank
Out in the Night with the Spencer Museum of Art
Poetry: A New Conversation with Nikki Giovanni
Karen Countryman-Roswurn on Human Trafficking with The Willow