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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!

Schedule you can print out.

Monday April 4th

Human Trafficking 101

9:30-10:50am  Rocklin Campus, W110

With Amy Maggard, Sexual Assault Services Manager, Stand Up Placer

Over 27 million people are enslaved around the world today. There are more slaves today than ever before in human history. To contrary belief, over 80% of trafficked persons in the United States are US citizens. Human Trafficking 101 is an introductory presentation on sex trafficking in our own backyards. This presentation will enable participants to better understand the crime of human trafficking and the unique dynamics/circumstances that victims experience, state laws for perpetrators, the media’s involvement and assistance available to those who have been victimized. Participants will also learn how to spot potential trafficking situations and the assistance that is available to survivors in Placer County.

Sexual Assault 101- An Introduction to Sexual Assault

11-12:20pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

With Amy Maggard, Sexual Assault Services Manager, Stand Up Placer

Was I sexually assaulted? Does NO really mean NO? Was it my fault- Am I to blame? Sexual Assault 101 is an introductory presentation on sexual assault. The presentation will cover several facets of sexual assault, including the various forms of sexual assault, the prevalence of sexual assault in our society, the effects of sexual assault on survivors and the various ways that sexual assault is normalized in the media/society today.

Objects of Desire: The Female Nude in Art

12:30-1:50pm  Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

With Art History Professor Brenna Chapman

This workshop will explore the history of the female nude in western art and how it trains us to view the female body through the lens of the male gaze.

Fed Up

2-3:20pm Rocklin Campus, C-9

With Professor Roz Goldenberg

We will view a shortened version of the 2014 documentary Fed Up, and explore the evolution of how our food has changed which has resulted in consequences that include an increase of obesity in the United States. We will also look at food labeling and the USDA my plate challenges.

Body Proof Poetry

3:30-4:50pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

Featuring Sierra College professor poets Jen Vernon PhD and V.S. Chochezi EdD performing original work on the theme of "love your body." An open-mic will follow: students, staff, and community members are encouraged to write a poem or share previously written poems on the theme.

Vernon is the author of the poetry collection Rock Candy (West End press, 2009), a winner of the national "Tillie Olsen" award (2010), selected poems featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac." She's performed out in Tijuana, San Diego, Juneau, and most recently, Placerville.

Chochezi has performed at hundreds of venues as a featured poet, and as part of the Sacramento based duo, Straight Out Scribes. She and her collaborator, Staajabu have self-published seven poetry collections and two poetry cds. Chochezi’s work appears in several publications including Drum Voices Revue; The Sacramento Poetry Center's "Poetry Now"; and Speak, Write, Dream.

Tuesday April 5th

Blood Drive

9-3pm Rocklin Campus, Cafeteria

In collaboration with the Sierra College Health Center

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic

9:30-10:50am  Rocklin Campus, Weaver 110

With SC Counselor Nancy Martinis

Film Synopsis: “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life.

The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year. Meet five unforgettable women whose lives have been changed forever and even interrupted by this deadly virus.

Directed by Frederic Lumiere
Written by Mark Hefti

Self Defense & Self-Awareness

11-12:20pm Rocklin Campus, D12

With Noah Willsmore, Instructor at Woodall’s Self Defense

Sex Sells: When Advertisers Create Your Reality

2-3:20pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

With History Professor Janet Rankin

This presentation will include a showing of the film Killing Us Softly IV: Advertising's Image of Women which is an honest and scathing look at what advertisers are really selling us followed by a discussion of the film and impact of the media on gender identity.

Yoga for Every BODY

3:30-4:30pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside 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.

Wednesday April 6th

Below are Rocklin events, but also check out events at the Nevada County Campus

Blood Drive

9-3pm Rocklin Campus, Cafeteria

In collaboration with the Sierra College Health Center

HIV Testing with Sierra Foothill AIDS Foundation

10-2pm Rocklin Campus, Pride Center (I-building)

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!

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.

HIV 101 and the HIV Prevention Pill (PrEP)

9:30-10:50am Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

Young people continue to bear a disproportionate burden of HIV infection. This discussion seeks to illuminate current, empirically based trends around topics of risk, infection, resiliency, and wellness (HIV 101).  Additionally, Gustavo Trejo from Cares Community Health will educate about PrEP (Truvada): the HIV prevention pill.  When taken daily and consistently, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92-99%.  Come learn about how it works, the cost, side effects, and efficacy.

Poetry and Spoken Word Reading

11-12:20pm Rocklin Campus, Quad

Hosted by SC English Professor Kent Fortin.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kent Fortin at

Intellectual Salon: Loving Your Body

12:30-1:50pm Rocklin Campus, 2nd Floor Library

Co-sponsored by ASSC / The Library / Friends of the Library / SC Press

With Sociology Professor and LYBW Coordinator Megan Seely

Coming Out Stories and Personal Experiences: 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Voices

2-3:20pm  Rocklin campus, Fireside Room

Panel hosted by the Rainbow Alliance and the Spectrum Committee
Please join the  Rainbow Alliance, Spectrum Committee, and LGBT students of Sierra College as they candidly share their experiences as being part of the LGBT community. This will be a panel discussion and questions will be welcomed.

Thursday April 7th

Cross Cultural Perspectives on Beauty

9:30-10:50am  Rocklin Campus, Weaver 110

With Anthropology Professor Jennifer Molina-Stidger

Every culture is a beauty culture but standards for beauty can be quite diverse.  What is beauty to you, those around you, and humans around the world—do you share the same ideas and motivations? An anthropological perspective of beauty with contributions by Sierra College students.

Surviving Civilian Life

11-12:20pm Rocklin Campus, D12

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.

Invisible Wounds: Recognizing the signs of suicidality, stress and substance-related disorders.

12:30-1:50pm Rocklin Campus, D-12

With SC Professor Brigitte Elder

Serious mental health challenges are common in our society, yet hard to talk about. There is often a stigma in revealing psychological problems, and the invisible nature of psychopathology makes it difficult to recognize. This workshop will offer a frank discussion about suicidality, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance dependence and abuse. Topics will include: warning signs and symptoms, risk factors, and ways to support those with mental health challenges.

In collaboration with the Guest Writers’ Series, Love Your Body Week is happy to include author Nanci Lee Woody.

2-3:20pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room

Co-sponsored by the English Department, LYBW, and ASSC

Nanci Lee Woody has been a college professor, an author of textbooks in math and accounting, and Dean of Business at American River College. Her first novel, from which she will be reading, Tears and Trombones, recently won an IPPY (INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS) award for BEST FICTION IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC REGION.  Nanci also writes short stories and her poetry has been published both in anthologies and online.  Her artwork has appeared in numerous juried shows in the Sacramento area and in the KVIE (PBS) annual on-air fundraising auctions.

The Mask We Live In Film Screening and Discussion

5-7pm Rocklin Campus, Fireside room

Discussion led by Anthropology Professor Matt Archer and Sociology Professor Jason Logan

Co-hosted by the Feminist Action Club

New film from the makers of Miss Representation!!! From the website: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

(Check Learner Web for Flex details.)

LYBW is sponsored by: Associated Students of Sierra College and the Gender Equity Committee.

And don’t miss…

Second Chance Prom – “Prideful Prom”

7-11 pm Rocklin Campus, Cafeteria

Hosted by the Rainbow Alliance

Was your past prom experience not what you dreamed it would be? Would you like a "do-over"? Well, here's your chance! Hosted by the Sierra College Rainbow Alliance, and sponsored by Greater Placer County PFLAG, the Lavender Library, and Lavender Friends, this year's Second Chance Prom is going to be an ALL INCLUSIVE Spring Fling. Dress how you like and escort who you choose. Be yourself and enjoy the experience!

The prom will be held in the Cafeteria, Campus Center, Building J on Saturday, April 9th from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and there will be no re-entry.  There will be a Special Guest DJ: Courtney McArthur (AKA Butch VanDyke) and Professional Photography by Kurtis Ostrom for $10.

For more information, contact Professor Johnnie Terry @ 916-660-8055 or

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