Weekly Feminist Happenings February 16th-22nd

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Tuesday, February 16th

From Particles to People: Why Utah Struggles With Air Quality and How This Affects Human Health: Come hear Robert Paine III, M.D., Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician and Kerry Kelly, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah discuss the air quality in Utah and how it impacts the health of Utah residents. Details: From 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the S.J. Quinney School of Law Moot Courtroom (6200).

SLAC presents Streetlight Woodpecker: Streetlight Woodpecker, tells the story of Benji, a Marine who has returned to his Philadelphia neighborhood after being critically injured during battle. Bearing not only the medals he earned, but also the scars, Benji must now face the emotional wounds he avoided by going to war. Following his abusive father’s suicide, Benji is rendered homeless and moves in with his childhood friend Sam, a school teacher who lives alone in the house where he grew up. Benji’s older sister, Elizabeth, does not like this arrangement and challenges Benji with the same questions that threatened him throughout his youth: questions about his manhood and the nature of his relationship with Sam. In spite of Benji’s disruptive presence, Sam attempts to live a normal life, and tries to protect Benji from his own self-destruction. This new work examines family, faith and ultimately, love. Details: Running Feb. 10–March 6, 2016. Visit Salt Lake Acting Company for tickets.

Wednesday, February 17th

Women’s Leadership Summit: Women’s Leadership Summit aims for women to feel more confident as leaders by helping them build valuable skills and support networks. The program will include a keynote speaker, program sessions, and the opportunity to network with others interested in supporting women’s leadership. This year’s theme is (Im)Perfect, On Purpose. Details: Registration: $5. Departments looking to sponsor students should email: leadership@utah.edu. Register here

Thursday, February 18th

Ideologue: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will present Ideologue. A group exhibit of nine international and national contemporary artists. “Ideologue” explores relationships of power in both the cultural and political realms, employing humor and hyperbole to address platforms of ideology. Details: The exhibit runs Feb. 5-July 23. Visit here for more information.

Friday, February 19th

2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium At-Risk Youth: Pathways to Delinquency and Sex Trafficking: The Social Justice Student Initiative invites you to the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium sponsored by the Global Law Program and the College of Social Work. The event will focus on bringing to light the harsh reality of at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth who are recruited, forced, and coerced into sex trafficking.

The Keynote Speaker is from Shared Hope International, an organization that coordinates efforts to improve the response to victims of trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. The workshops will include legislative advocacy, trafficking and the juvenile justice system, on-line exploitation, medical and socio-legal concerns, and much more. Details: From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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Wednesday, February 10th

David Bowie Tribute Night: The Urban Lounge will hold a David Bowie Tribute Night, Feb. 10, 2016. Rumble Gums, Daisy & The Moonshines, 90s Television, Coyote Vision Group and DJ Nix Beat will perform. Must be 21 to attend. Details: Starts at 8 p.m. at the Urban Lounge. Purchase tickets here. 

Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter Advocacy Day: The Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter is hosting our annual Advocacy Day for Alzheimer’s awareness. As an advocate for Alzheimer’s, this is a great opportunity to meet your legislators and help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Details: Starts at 9 a.m. at the Utah State Capitol Building.

Thursday, February 11th

Epic Change in the Criminal Justice System: House Bill 348, the Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act, is making tremendous changes in the criminal justice system in Utah to reduce the size and costs of the prison population. Join us for a panel of experts to discuss the effects so far of this landmark legislation:

  • Ron Gordon, Executive Director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Sheriff James O. Tracy, Immediate Past President of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association
  • Mark Thomas, County Attorney for Uintah County
  • Kent Hart, Executive Director of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Geri Miller-Fox, Division Director of Adult Probation and Parole for the Utah Department of Corrections

Details: Starts at 6 p.m. with the League of Women Voters of Utah (314 W Broadway, SLC).

Air Pollution & Pregnancy: An educational seminar discussing Utah’s notorious air pollution and how it can present specific challenges to both the fetus and the expectant mother, as well as have lifelong implications for the newborn. Details: From 7-8:30 pm. at the Salt Lake City Library (200 E 400 S 4th Floor, Room 4).

14th Annual Peace on Earth Gala: lease join us for an evening of fun and entertainment as we recognize outstanding work being done in our community about domestic violence and help raise funds for public awareness activities in our community. Tickets will include dinner and improv comedy entertainment. Many fun items will also be up for bid at our silent auction. Please come out to show your support for this important cause- we would love to see you there! Details: From 6-9 p.m. at 50 West Cafe (50 West Broadway). Registration is $40.

Saturday, February 13th

Stopping Police Misconduct–A Community Controlled Review Board: Our panel will have community leaders speak on why the current setup has failed to hold the police responsible and why it needs to be replaced with a board that is accountable to the community. Details: From 2-3:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library.

Sheroes United Presents–1 Billion Rising: LET’S RAISE AWARENESS!! BRING YOUR FLASH MOB ENERGY and join us and over 200 other countries across the world to RISE through dance! Your participation is a time to express joy and celebrate as we awaken humanity. Here is some information to support the shared goals: See last year’s event video in SLC. Details: From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Utah State Capital Building.

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Reframing Student Success Holistically as an Institutional Outcome: How do colleges and universities conceive excellence and/or success in relation to critical thinking, social responsibility and self-actualization? How do the experiences of marginalized college student groups—particularly black men—challenge and inform institutional definitions of excellence? What is the relationship between institutional conception of excellence and supports for underrepresented students? The lecture will address the abovementioned questions while exploring the benefits approaching and engaging students holistically toward the goal of increasing measurable outcomes like graduation, retention and persistence. Essentially, how do we reframe and define student success within the intersection of culture, academics and communal engagement?

Hotchkins is a critical race, organizational leadership scholar who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in educational leadership and policy with a focus in higher education. Hotchkins currently operates a cultural leadership bridge program called The V(i)llage in Utah, which serves 10 schools throughout Utah.

The V(i)llage focuses on the leadership development, cultural validation, positive academic outcomes and community engagement of students who self-identify as black.

Dr. Hotchkins’s research focuses on how institutions of higher education engineer the creation of an equitable public life for historically disenfranchised people? Specifically, in what ways do institutional climates impede and/or positively influence the access, retention and completion of underrepresented students—and ultimately student success. Details: At Westminster College in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5th

Love is Blind – Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired Fundraiser & Auction: Have you considered what it would be like to be blind? The Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired strives to enrich the lives of Utah’s blind and visually impaired children and young adults. Through educational programs including Braille instruction to recreational activities, UFB has been helping these children and young adults conquer their fear through building self confidence and independence. Love is Blind is UFB’s annual fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit organization. The fundraiser and auction will be include guest speaker Becky Andrews and a blindfolded dessert, so guests can treat their sweet tooth without the interruption of sight. FOX 13 TV hosts of “The Place,” Brittany and Brooke Graham, will host and MC the evening. Details: From 6-9 p.m. at The Leonardo. Tickets are available here.

Saturday, February 6th

Muslim Community Center Open House: The Muslim Community Center in Cottonwood heights welcomes our fellow citizens of other faith to stop by at our Open House to explore what Islam is really about. We welcome anyone with any question and we will serve food and refreshments. There are about 3-7 million Muslims in the US and this Open Hosue is your chance to learn about Islam and fellow Muslims. Details: From noon to 5 p.m. at the Muslim Community Center (1888 Fort Union Blvd).

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Weekly Feminist Happenings January 26th-February 1st

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Tuesday, January 26th

EPA Coal Pollution Public Hearing: Dangerous pollution from coal-fired power plants threatens our clear skies, our lungs, and our livelihoods. Come to the EPA Public hearing on 1/26 for a rare chance to directly tell decision-makers to protect Utah’s clean air, public health, and recreation & tourism economy. Here in Utah, we pride ourselves on the beauty and sanctity of our world-renowned public lands and national parks. Much of our state’s economic well-being depends on protecting those natural assets for the benefit of our thriving recreation and tourism economy. Not to mention the fact that our National Parks, like Arches and Canyonlands, provide immeasurable benefit as places to realize the restorative and empowering quality of nature. Pollution, like hazardous nitrogen oxide from Utah’s Hunter and Huntington coal plants, covers those lands in haze and clogs our lungs. The Regional Haze Rule of the Clean Air Act is designed to protect our National Parks and wild places, and return them to “natural visibility” by 2060. Each state has the flexibility to design their own plan. Unfortunately, Utah’s proposed plan did not address a very important precurser to visible haze, nitrogen oxide (NOx), giving two of the state’s largest power plants a pass and not requiring any reductions in NOx…at all. Luckily, the EPA has the final say of whether or not to approve or supplant the State’s innadequate plan. On December 17th the EPA released their (much belated) Draft Regional Haze Plan for Utah. We at the Sierra Club, HEAL Utah, National Parks Conservation Asssociation and allies fought hard to ensure that the draft plan included an option to require the best available pollution controls for Utah’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants. EPA could not ignore the power of the thousands of citizens calling for strong protections, and thankfully included the desired control technology as an option in their draft plan. Now we need your voice and your help to ensure that the EPA will approve a FINAL Regional Haze plan that cuts dangerous coal-fired power plant pollution by up to 87%. On Tuesday, January 26, the EPA will be hosting a public hearing in Salt Lake City at the Main Library. This is your chance to tell that the EPA to require Rocky Mountain Power to clean up its coal-fired power plants and protect Utah’s wild places and public health! The proposed pollution controls, called Selective Catalytic Reduction, are widely implemented and now required at over 200 coal-fired power plants across the country. We know the Utility and special interests will be fighting hard to push back against installing these cost-effective, common-sense pollution controls. But, that’s because they value their shareholder’s profits over your family’s health and well-being. Tell the EPA that Utahns deserve a fair and strong regional haze rule, just like many of our Western neighbors. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Tuesday 1/26! We’ll need to show up in force in force to seize this great opportunity to tell decision-makers to protect our parks, protect our health, and protect our recreation economy! Details: Email lindsay.beebe@sierraclub.org for more information. RSVP here! From 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM in the SLC Main Library (210 E 400 S, Level 4 Conference Room).

UCC World Affairs Lecture Series with Leif Wenar: For a generation, some of the money we’ve spent at the gas station and the mall has gone to empower the authoritarians and the armed groups that have given us our worst foreign-born crises. How can we get ourselves out of business with the hostile petrocrats and the violent extremists? Citizens, consumers and politicians can together lead a peaceful global resource revolution, which will make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve pressing global problems like climate change. Visit utahdiplomacy.org for information. Details: From 7-8:30 p.m. at the Vieve Gore Concert Hall (1250 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City).

Bystander Intervention Certificate: Attend our Bystander Intervention training to earn your Bystander Leadership certificate. The training is two hours and teaches students different skills and techniques to safely intervene before harm begins (prevention), during an incident (intervention), or after the incident has passed. We discuss consent and dedicate time to dispelling common rape myths and rape culture. We end by discussing common intervention scenarios designed to build confidence in your ability to help. Details: From 6-8 p.m. in the University of Utah Union. To register for our Bystander Intervention Certificate call the office at 801-581-7776 or email wellness@sa.utah.edu.

Saturday, January 30th

Breaking the Pipeline: The Racially Just Utah Coalition in collaboration with the ACLU, the Public Policy Clinic, UCASA, and several other community partners, invite you to join the first Train-The-Trainer Symposium on the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP). This symposium is geared towards parents, students, advocates, administrators, educators, and community members interested in dismantling the STPP, a trend that impacts our most vulnerable youth by pushing them out of school into the criminal justice system.

Our agenda includes conversations on race and systemic oppression, power and privilege, understanding the STPP, parent and student rights, and ways to get involved this legislative session in support of STPP bills. This will also provide participants an opportunity to build skills on how to facilitate dialogues on systemic discrimination and institutional oppression within your organizations and communities.

Details: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required. Scholarships available for those financially in need. Please email STPP2016@gmail.com separately for more information.

Sunday, January 31st

Navajo Winter Stories: Traditionally, Winter Stories, games and songs are shared between the Navajo during the cold months when people stay indoors more. the Coyote and other animal stories are told for fun and for teachings. Often, Winter Stories are told about animals who are no around because they are hibernating. Everyone is welcome to come for this free, family-friendly evening of Navajo culture, stories, music and food. Details: Starts at 5 p.m. at Adopt A native Elder (328 W. Gregson Ave., Salt Lake City). Visit Adopt-A-Native-Elder for information.

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Weekly Feminist Happenings January 19th-25th


Tuesday, January 19th

Black Girl Dangerous Q & A: Mia McKenzie is a writer, activist, and founder of the website Black Girl Dangerous (BGD). She is a black feminist and identifies as queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which have won awards and grants. She has numerous publications, and her first novel, The Summer We Got Free, is the winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction. She will be having a moderated Q&A with students on her book and social media activism. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Saltair Room.

Screening of Black Social Change in Utah: Preserving the Story: The documentary Black Social Change in Utah: Preserving the Story, which looks at how social change agents, particularly black activists living in Utah, maintain hope in the face of adversity. Stories and histories from members of Utah’s Black community were filmed, recorded and combined into a compelling documentary format by SLCC TV and Marian Howe-Taylor, SLCC manager of Community Outreach and Strategic Initiatives. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre (1575 S. State, Salt Lake City).

JumpStart: A Morning Meetup for Changemakers: Cliff Hurst is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Salt Lake City (westminstercollege.edu). His graduate course in Social Entrepreneurship inspires and guides a new generation of leaders in the MBA (Business) and MACL (Community Leadership) programs. Cliff brings to the teaching profession more than 24 years of experience as an independent organizational development consultant. He is an affiliate of the Center for Innovative Cultures at Westminster College and a regular facilitator of Tools and Best Practices Workshops for the Center. Cliff’s is researching entrepreneurs’ cognitive and metacognitive thought patterns, and how these affect their judgment and decision-making as entrepreneurs.  Cliff is a board member of the Robert S. Hartman Institute and co-editor of the Journal of Formal Axiology: Theory and Practice. Details: From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Impact Hub (150 S State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111)

Wednesday, January 20th

Spoken Word with Truth Cypher: Local group “Truth Cypher” (a community of writers, storytellers, and spoken word poets) and students from the U will perform spoken word about their struggles. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Saltair Room. 

Thursday, January 21st

Elect Her: Weber State University’s Women’s Center will host Elect Her, practice campaign skills and hear from speakers including Utah State senator Luz Robles-Escamilla, Jan. 21, 2016, at Shepherd Union Ballroom C, free, advanced registration required at bit.do/wsuelecther before Jan. 12. Call 801-626-6090 for information. Details: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weber State University – Shepherd Union Ballroom (3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden).

Talib Kweli: The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Talib Kweli is known for his strong political views and activism, including on the topics of racial stereotypes and police brutality. He will perform a 10 minute spoken word with an hour keynote address. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Union Ballroom.

Friday, January 22nd

Standing in Solidarity:Hinckley Pizza & Politics Discussion – a conversation on what it means to stand in solidarity in terms of support and how that may (or may not) translate across various groups, activist movements, nationally and globally.
PANELISTS: Irene Ota (moderator), Kilo Zamora, Jem Locquiao, Gabby Huggins. Details: Starts at noon at the University of Utah in the Hinckley Caucus Room.

Roe v. Wade Celebration: Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah presents an evening of storytelling hosted by Giuliana Serena of The Bee; a curated line up of community members from all walks of life will share compelling, vulnerable, first-person narratives about abortion. These stories will illuminate a range of experiences, and make space for all present to explore the complexities of this issue. Support Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose, as we commemorate this important decision, remind people how far we have come, and address how far we have to go in protecting women’s basic rights.
Details: Doors and bar open at 7pm for reception, stories begin at 8pm. Space is LIMITED and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!

Saturday, January 23rd

MLK Jr. Day of Service: One of the best ways to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to dedicate a morning of service to various community oriented services through the U’s Bennion Center. Details: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE! Day of registration will be in the Union from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.

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