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Events held at Sierra CollegeLove Your Body Week (LYBW) is an interdisciplinary event fully conceptualized, organized, and executed by Sierra College faculty, staff and students. The Love Your Body Campaign was started in 1998 by the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation as a part of their Women’s Health Project. The intent of the Love Your Body campaign was to call attention to negative and harmful advertising and its impact on women and girls’ self esteem.

At Sierra College, we have broadened NOW’s original intent to include body issues that impact us all. Faculty, staff, and students came together in Spring 2007 to present a week of events to celebrate our bodies in all their diversities—size, shape, color, gender, abilities, etc. This week of events was such a success that we soon began to hear requests to create an annual event. A planning committee was formed and we began working on Love Your Body Week 2008. The planning continues and Love Your Body Week lives on at Sierra College!

The week of events celebrates our bodies in all their diversities—size, shape, color, gender, abilities, etc. Specific events will include speakers, films, panel discussions, student projects, poetry readings, and a display of the Body Secrets of Sierra College. Love Your Body Week is an interdisciplinary event fully conceptualized, organized, and executed by Sierra College faculty, staff, and students. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free week of events.

Here’s to loving our bodies! And to another successful year!

Print your own flyer for the schedule.

Multiple Days

Nasty Art: A Feminist Exhibit
Wolverine Lounge (in the cafeteria) April 3-7
Reception Wednesday, April 5, 5-6pm
This multi-medium and multi-artist show explores the broad scope of feminism and feminist art with the intent of demonstrating how art is a method of activism. Art is a powerful tool for resistance, and can be crucial in telling the stories of “nasty women,” and their experiences.
Donations will be accepted at the door, and select pieces will be for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Women’s Health Specialists.

That's the Way the Gender Crumbles
Wednesday & Thursday, April 5 & 6; 10:00 am-2:00 pm (while supplies last)
Location: Pride Center, I-4
Come to the Woke side, we have cookies, literally. Get in touch with yourself through decorating your own Genderbread Person cookie in the way you currently express or would like to express your gender identity. While you create your Genderbread Person we will be having an open, ongoing dialogue about the differences between gender, biological sex, and sexual & romantic attractions. This is a student organized event.

Challenge Beauty Standards! Look for mirrors throughout campus with body positive messages.

Join our social media campaign and snap a picture with one of the messages, post, and tag #sierracollegeisbeautiful

Wednesday April 5

LYBW Faire
10-2pm Rocklin campus in the Quad (cafeteria if raining)
Join us in the quad for student projects, community agencies and information, campus clubs, and interactive events all celebrating Love Your Body Week! Tune into to listen to KCSM broadcasting from the quad!!

Body Secrets of Sierra College Viewing Booth 10-2pm in the Quad
Come view the body secrets you submitted along with those submitted from the Sierra College community.

Human Trafficking 101
9:30-10:50am Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
With Stand Up Placer Sex Trafficking Team
Do you have an interest in learning more about sex trafficking, including the prevalence of sex trafficking right here in Placer County? If so, then Sex Trafficking 101 is for you. This class is an introductory presentation on sex trafficking. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what trafficking is, what we are seeing in Placer County and how the community can get involved. Topics will include an overview of sex trafficking, grooming/recruitment tactics, risk factors and vulnerabilities, red flags, trauma survivors endure and local services available to survivors.

Poetry and Spoken Word Reading
12:30-1:30pm Rocklin Campus, Upper Quad
Hosted by SC English Professors Kent Fortin and Rebecca Quinn.
If you would like to participate, please contact Kent Fortin at kfortin@sierracollege.edu or Rebecca Quinn at rquinn@sierracollege.edu

Masculinities: Gender, Violence, and Inequality
2-3:20pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
With RISE Success Coach Nathan Garst
An important topic for both men and women that will provide and introduction to the rigid societal norms impact men's sense of well-being, while also limiting our collective ability to overcome violence and inequality.

Qigong
3:45-4:45pm Rocklin Campus, GT-2B
With Professor Martine Shelley
There is no better way to Love Your Body than by being in your body. Paying attention to the simple movements of Qigong is a way to return to the present. Being mindful of your movements and coordinating movement and breath will calm your nervous system and reduce your stress.. These easy exercises do not require a change of clothes, special place, equipment or skills. Come and learn a few movements that will increase your ease and well-being.

Nasty Art: A Feminist Exhibit
Reception Wolverine Lounge, 5-6pm
Exhibit will be up in the Wolverine Lounge all week!

Thursday April 6

Choosing Happiness in a Messed Up World.
9:30-10:50am Rocklin Campus, AT-3
With SC Professor Brigitte Elder
Description: Is it possible to choose happiness, even in the midst of hard times? Do we even know what makes us happy? Are happy people just delusional? Come for a discussion on the psychological research on happiness and well being, and the many benefits to living happy.

Surviving Civilian Life
11-12:20pm Rocklin Campus, MT-10
With SC Veteran Center Counselors Blake Rood and Jarrett Blake
Veterans are often faced with challenges when returning from service and re-integrating into mainstream life back home. They find themselves searching for a complete new direction in life and since most have educational benefits they find themselves enrolling in college.

Stepping foot on a college campus can feel daunting and overwhelming in addition to the other challenges they could be facing: Where to live, financial strain, re-establishing family relationships, loss of structure, etc… Building a foundation of support and sense of inclusion is a vital key to each Veteran giving them the best chance to prosper. The mission of the Veterans Center is to support the mental/ emotional wellbeing of each student veteran by providing referral to community resources, support on how navigate the school system, providing knowledge of their VA educational benefit, and assisting with developing a future path. Come learn what a Veterans experience is like coming to college, what support is available to them and how best assist them to achieving their goals.

Consent 101- An Introduction
12:30-1:50pm Rocklin Campus, W110
With Amy Maggard, Sexual Assault Services Manager, Stand Up Placer
What is sexual consent? As important as consent is, we don’t talk about it enough. How do affirmative consent and “no means no” differ? This workshop will discuss the definition and legal aspects of consent as well as take a look at abusive relationships, the cycle domestic violence, healthy relationships, and creating healthy boundaries inside intimate relationships.

Yoga for Every BODY
2-3:20pm Rocklin Campus, LRC 201 (Rare Book Room)
With History Professor/Yoga Teacher Janet Rankin and the Yoga Club
Yoga is a way of being (not doing), so you can practice it anywhere. Join us for a fun, relaxing, meditative hour of chair yoga (no mat or special clothes required). We will sit quietly, stretch gently, and breathe. Every BODY of any age or ability is welcome to attend.

What’s Your Privilege?
3:30-4:50pm, Rocklin Campus, Cafeteria
With the “Social Justice 9” student clubs and the Student Engagement Centers
In a safe and friendly environment, students from Social Justice Clubs, namely the Native American Club, Puente Club, Project Unity, Beyond Diversity Club, Rainbow Alliance, Feminist Action Club, Dream Club, Disability Awareness Club, and Salam Club, and others will participate in an interactive workshop exploring privilege. Discussion will follow the activity.

The Samoan Tatau (tattoo)
5-6:20pm Rocklin Campus, W110
With SC Counselor and Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator, Florence Charlie
The Samoan Tatau (tattoo) is one of Samoa’s sacred treasure. An art practiced over 2000 years ago was able to survive and maintained its cultural value amongst Samoans even throughout the colonial era and the arrival of Christianity. The Samoan tatau workshop will tell the history of the traditional tattoo, the process and it’s cultural significance.

And don’t miss…

Saturday April 8

Second Chance Prom – “Love Is Timeless”
7-11 pm Rocklin Campus, Cafeteria
Hosted by the Rainbow Alliance
A dance for all people of all ages, held in the Sierra College cafeteria. Open to the entire community, tickets are $5 at the door. The theme this year is "Love is Timeless". Come dressed in clothes from your favorite era of time (past, present, or future)! For more information, contact Professor Johnnie Terry @ 916-660-8055 or jterry@sierracollege.edu

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