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Love Your Body Week

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Apr 11–12, 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Rocklin Campus Quad and many location around campus (between the Campus Center and Winstead)
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Megan Seely, mseely@sierracollege.edu

No matter what shape, size, or color our body is LOVE IT! It's the only one we get!

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Event held at Sierra College

On Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, Rocklin campus will present the 12th annual Love Your Body Events. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these two days of free events. 

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!

This year, the two days of events on the Rocklin and Nevada County campuses celebrate our bodies in all their diversities—size, shape, color, gender, abilities, etc. Specific events will include speakers, films, panel discussions, student projects, poetry readings, the Great Jean Give-a-way, 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 these free events.

“We must challenge the mainstream notions of the ideal body.  Love Your Body Week gives us the opportunity to educate and empower while dispelling the myths and misconceptions perpetuated by advertising, media, and popular culture” said Megan Seely, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Sierra College. 

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

Multiple Days

Nevertheless, She’s Artistic: Feminist Art Show 2018
Wolverine Lounge (in the cafeteria) April 9-13
Reception on Wednesday 4/11 5-6pm

This is the second annual Sierra College feminist art show, featuring work that falls under the broad theme of feminism and feminist art. The show will focus on a collection of works that communicate how art is a channel of activism, through a lens of feminism and intersectionality. The purpose of this art show is to showcase student, faculty, and community work and to give a platform to underrepresented voices on our campus.

Body Secrets of Sierra College
Weaver Hall 1st Floor

On display all week! Come and check them out!

Wednesday, April 11

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!!

Sizism in Society: Cultural Impacts and How to Make a Change
9:30-10:50am, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
Presented by Monique Merritt, Student Engagement Specialist

Sizism is a legitimate form of social oppression that many people don’t know about and don’t know how to recognize.  Join us for a discussion on sizism—what it means, who it impacts, and how you can be an ally to those impacted by this insidious form of oppression.

Returning to Places (Physical and Metaphorical) of the Past: To Be, To Grow, To Heal
Dr. Jerry Burger
11-12:20pm, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
Hosted by Professor Michelle Johnson and the English Department

Dr. Burger is a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University. He has published more than 100 professional articles, chapters and books, including Desire for Control: Personality, Social, and Clinical Perspectives (Plenum, 1992), Returning Home: Connecting with Our Childhoods (Rowman-Littlefield, 2011), and a college-level textbook, Personality (Cengage), now in its 10th edition. He has been named to the editorial board of several major journals and has served as the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the top journal in his field. Dr. Burger’s research on obedience to authority was the subject of an hour-long broadcast on ABC News’ Primetime. That research also was the subject of a New York Times editorial and a Discovery Channel documentary. Dr. Burger has given numerous presentations to academic and non-academic groups, including a 2013 invited address before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. He also writes fiction in his spare time and has published several short stories in literary magazines.

Disability Awareness
12:30-1:50pm, Rocklin Campus, Cross Cultural Center (K1—next to Bookstore)
Presented by Student Scholar Kai Putnam

Come join the Student Engagement Centers for a conversation about ableism and ableism language. Ableism is discrimination in favor of able-bodied folks and against disabled folks and is something that is wildly pervasive and goes largely un-discussed in our society.

All are welcome! If you need accommodations, please call the Student Engagement Specialist, Mo Merritt, at 916.660.7306 or mmerritt4@sierracollege.edu.

Nevertheless, She’s Artistic: Feminist Art Show 2018
Reception Wolverine Lounge, 5-6pm
The exhibit will be up in the Wolverine Lounge all week!

Thursday, April 12

Consent 101- An Introduction
9:30-10:50am, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
Presented by 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. 

Environmental Health & Toxicology: Everyday products that may be toxic to our bodies
11-12:20pm, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room 
Presented by Environmental Studies and Sustainability Professor Kristine Gilbert

Have you ever considered that your shampoo, lotion, water bottle, cleaning supplies or pots and pans may be exposing you to chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, allergies and more? Environmental Studies and Sustainability instructor Krissy Gilbert will discuss products that we come into contact with on a daily basis that may contain toxic chemicals and give you tools to make informed decisions about what you put into and onto your body. 

Discussing LGBTQIA+ Identities Panel
12:30-1:50pm, Rocklin campus, Fireside Room 
Hosted by Psychology Professor Stephanie Coday

What is it like to grow up as LGBTQ+ in today’s social and political climate? Hear Sierra College students discuss their lives and upbringings as a LGBTQ+ person. This is a panel discussion and with a Q and A to follow.

Poetry and Spoken Word Reading
2-3:20pm, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room 
Hosted by SC Communication Studies Professor Jenifer Vernon.

If you would like to participate, please contact Jenifer Vernon at jvernon@sierracollege.edu

‘Zine Workshop
3:30-4:50pm, Rocklin Campus, Fireside Room
Hosted by the Feminist Action Club

Sierra College Feminist Action Club presents a zine workshop. Learn about the history of zine making and why it's an important activist tool. Plus get a chance to design your own zine!

Sponsored by: Associated Students of Sierra College and the Gender Equity Committee.

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