Iota Iota Iota (Triota) Women's Studies Honor Society

The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) has officially recognized Iota Iota Iota (Triota) Women's Studies Honor Society as a student group. Triota's goal is to promote interest in women's and gender studies, to promote volunteerism and advocacy, and to honor the academic prowess and volunteerism of WGSS students. The Women's and Gender Studies Program is excited to begin recruiting interested students for Triota this spring. Please inform your students of this opportunity and direct them to contact Jamie Boschee at jamie.boschee@umontana.edu for more information.  

LAMBDA Alliance seeking board members

The UM LAMBDA Alliance is seeking committed volunteers to fill the following board positions: President, Vice President, Financial Director, Secretary, Media/Marketing Director, Outreach Director and Members at Large. Each position holds variable responsibility and time commitment, with potential to receive course credit. Please email umlambda@gmail.com for further details. LAMBDA will not hold weekly meetings until further notice.

Planned Parenthood Leaders and Advocates Student Group Weekly Meeting

Planned Parenthood Leaders and Advocates (student group) meets every Wednesday at 5 PM in UC 216.

Women's Resource Center weekly meeting

Join the Women’s Resource Center for their weekly meeting every Thursday at 6 pm in UC 215. 

The Student Involvement Network presents the Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is a national program intended to educate and raise awareness about systems of oppression and privilege. It features immersive exhibits meant to simulate the experience of various forms of oppression in order to trigger empathy, understanding, and conversation.  The Tunnel of Oppression tour runs Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11 in the University Center Ballroom. The 2015 Tunnel of Oppression will also include an appearance by G. Yamazawa, National Poetry Slam Champion. Yamazawa will perform his spoken word with a hip-hop flare on Thursday, March 12 in the UC North Ballroom at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, tour schedules, and to reserve your tour time, please go to our website at www.umt.edu/tunnel . Scheduling a class or department tour in advance of March 9th is welcomed and encouraged, but not required. Tours are capped at 25 participants. Please schedule your tour via the online registration page.  For further questions or to request an accommodation, please call Adrianne Donald at 243-6029 or email at adonald@mso.umt.edu.

Seeking Sexual and Gender Minority Student Participants for Anonymous Survey

Did you attend public school in Montana? Do you identify as LGBT/Gender non-conforming? Are you between the ages of 18-25? Interested in sharing your high school experiences in relation to identifying as a sexual/ gender minority? If so please contact Olivia Holter at olivia.holter@umontana.edu, or call (406)202-5658 to participate in an anonymous survey. The purpose of this study is to gain insight into school climate in Montana for sexual and gender minorities. Current literature has shown that sexual and gender minorities experience a disproportionate amount of bullying in their schools as well as a more negative school climate. However, no research currently shows the experiences of students in Montana. Participating in this research will serve to fill that current gap in literature and share the important experiences of Montana sexual/gender minority students. Your experiences will be kept completely anonymous.

$tart $mart Workshop: Teaching College Women Salary Negotiation

In an attempt to fight this wage gap, $tart $mart workshops prepare college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. When students leave the three and a half hour $tart $mart campus workshop, they will have learned: how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. The Missoula student workshop will be held on Saturday, March 14 in the College of Education & Human Sciences Building, Room 123. The student Workshop runs from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and is free to attend. To register, visit http://aauw-mt.aauw.net/tart-mart-2/register-to-attend-a-tart-mart-workshop/ If you are interested in becoming a facilitator of the workshop and will agree to present at least one workshop during the 2014–15 and 2015–16 academic years on one of our licensed campuses, please visit http://aauw-mt.aauw.net/tart-mart-2/facilitator-training/ for more information and to register for the March 14 training. 

Call for Proposals for “From the Outside: Narratives from the Othered in the Academy”

Editors Santosh Khadka, Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt and Keith Dorwick are proposing a collection of edited essays with the working title "From the Outside," which would collect theorized narratives from a number of positions: non-normative genders, sexualities, and relationships; non-tenured individuals (especially those beyond the MA, MFA, or PhD); racial and ethnic minorities; academics with HIV, AIDS, or other diseases; differently abled individuals; academics from an impoverished and/or working class background; first-generation academics; atheists and members of religious communities; and non-US/international faculty and grad students. Essays should be 5,000 to 7,500 words long and should both tell your story and connect that story to the wider world of academe. All proposals are due Sunday, March 15. Please send proposals or inquiries to all three of the editors: Santosh Khadka: santosh.khadka@csun.edu; Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt: jcdmce@louisiana.edu; Keith Dorwick: kdorwick@louisiana.edu.

Call for papers for an edited anthology on Trans* Identities, Childhood, and Nostalgia

This anthology seeks to perform a necessary intervention into current conceptualizations of the nostalgic experience by calling attention to the emotional responses trans* individuals have regarding the tenuous temporal spaces of childhood. For trans* individuals, childhood itself can often be a distinctly ambivalent time (bliss over the [a]gendered malleability of the pre-pubescent body, despair over not experiencing a socially and culturally normative ‘girlhood’ or ‘boyhood’) and may thus shore up a plethora of mixed emotions not commonly associated with the nostalgic experience. Interested participants should send a 500 word abstract, accompanied by a brief biographical note to Dan Vena (d.vena@queensu.ca) by Monday, March 16. Questions prior to the deadline are always encouraged and can be forwarded to d.vena@queensu.ca. 

Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship

The Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship is given in honor of African-American Studies founding director, Dr. Ulysses S. Doss in recognition of his long time commitment to the program and his impact on several generations of UM students. This year we will award $1,200 to a sophomore or junior in the AAS minor who exhibits financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, and will be applied toward the fall 2015 school year. The deadline is Friday, March 27, at 5 pm.  Students need to submit an application form, two letters of reference, an academic transcript, and a needs analysis form. Please contact tobin.shearer@umontana.edu for the application materials.

Alternative Spring Break 2015

An alternative Spring Break trip to Portland, OR from March 28 – April 4 is a service/learning trip that will have sessions or projects on poverty, homelessness, gentrification, HIV, LBGTQA issues, spirituality, faith, community organizing, feminism, anti-racism, environment and ecology, and more.  This trip may include kayaking, drumming, a ride to the Oregon coast, Powell’s books, alternative Holy Week worship services, contra dancing, serving meals, painting projects, deeper discussions, vocational discernment, etc.  The trip is led by Rev. John Lund, Affiliate Faculty in the Honors College and director of Emmaus Campus Ministry. Cost is $200.  (Honors credits are available)  All perspectives are welcome; contact John at 396-4974 or John.lund@mso.umt.edu for more information. 

International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW)

The ICVWW is accepting abstracts for “From Brontë to Bloomsbury Second International Conference: Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1860s and 1870s” to be held July 6-7 in Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK. 300 word abstracts and a 100-150 word biographical note should be sent to the organizers Adrienne Gavin, Carolyn Oulton and Alyson Hunt at ICVWW@canterbury.ac.uk. Submissions are due by Tuesday, March 31. For more information, please contact the organizers. 

UM Allies presents The Power of One Conference

This NASPA LGBTQA leadership conference, to be held Thursday, April 23-Saturday, April 25 at the University of Montana, invites students to educate and learn about intersecting identities while promoting social justice.  The conference aims to create a respectful, open, and widely accessible environment in which participants will be challenged to apply the things they learn into their lives after they leave the conference, with a goal to foster an understanding of difference that emphasizes discussion and social interaction, remembering that we are all at varying levels of knowledge and experience, and that those differences enhance our communities. The conference committee is seeking proposals that will help attendees think about the importance of identity and the role identity plays in understanding effective and inclusive leadership. Being a leader in today's climate requires that we be culturally aware and culturally competent.  A strong and inclusive leader will understand how an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity impact effective leadership. UM Power of One Scholarships are also available. Scholarships will cover the student registration fee of $90.00. Deadline for the application is Friday, March 13 at  5 pm. For more information, to apply for a scholarship, to register and to submit a session proposal, visit http://www.umt.edu/umallies/power-of-one/default.php 

UM Conference on Undergraduate Research

The 14th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) will be held in the University Center on Friday, April 17. UM students of all majors will present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations and posters. New this year: UMCUR will feature a Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) capstone presentation session. For further information, please contact the Davidson Honors College at 243-2541 or dhc@umontana.edu.

Call for Papers for an edited collection entitled “Mothers and Daughters”

This anthology will explore the multifaceted connections between mothers and daughters. We welcome submissions that analyze new fields of inquiry in this area, examining discourses about mothers and daughters through academic writing, narrative essays, and creative work. We specifically encourage offerings that address the identity and experiences of mothers and daughters from within an interdisciplinary framework, which includes cultural, biological, socio-political, relational and historical perspectives. 500 word abstracts/proposals due Thursday, April 30. Please include a 50-word biographic note. Please send inquiries and abstracts to editors at MothersAndDaughters2015@yahoo.com