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Harmony House & Burrito Riders Fundraiser 

The Women’s Studies Program is currently working to raise money for Harmony House and Burrito Riders by selling t-shirts. These programs work to aid the homeless population through repairing bicycles and providing hot breakfast once a month. Please follow the link to view the different t-shirt options and to purchase!

https://www.booster.com/mealsandwheels?type=1&side=front

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant Visits Marshall 

We would like to say thank you to WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant for visiting Marshall’s campus on National Voter Registration Day! She discussed civic engagement and women in leadership. Dr. Hilary Brewster, a Women’s Studies faculty member, arranged the visit.

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Masquerade – November 11, 2016

  • The 2016 Masquerade Party will be held November 11!
  • Thanks to the 2015 Masquerade, MU Women’s Studies was able to donate $1500 to SAFE (Stop Abusive Family Environments), Inc., a domestic violence shelter and program based in Welch, WV, and serving Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.
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Laura Michele Diener presenting SAFE with a $1500 donation.

Turtle Fundraiser

  • Women’s Studies donated $355 to Branches Domestic Violence shelter in the second annual Women’s Studies program Turtlegram Fundraiser in February, 2015. As with last year’s fundraiser, members of the Women’s Studies Advisory Board (Jill Treftz, Marcia Harrison, Laura Michele Diener, and Anna Mummert) as well as several Women’s Studies community affiliates (Liz Deal and Beth Toyofuku) volunteered to make and sell personalized plush turtles as Valentine’s Day gifts.
  • This fundraiser received enthusiastic support, not only from those who purchased turtles, but from other members of the Marshall community  who expressed keen interest in Branches’ mission. Women’s Studies would like to thank Branches sincerely for the vital work they do in this area, and hope that they can continue to help support your mission in the future.
  • We will be selling turtles again to benefit Branches this February, 2016. Get ready!
Dr. Jill Treftz, Chair of the Women's Studies Fundraising Committee, presenting a special Branches turtle and money raised to Jennifer Borda of Branches Domestic Violence shelter.
Dr. Jill Treftz, Chair of the Women’s Studies Fundraising Committee, presenting a special Branches turtle and money raised to Jennifer Borda of Branches Domestic Violence shelter.

 

Her Place Dinner 

Marshall Women Connect, WSSA, and the Women’s Center provided a taco dinner. “Celebrating Families!” starts with a simple, healthy meal before classes and family gathering. It is a program that is designed for families with one or both parents who have had a substance abuse disorder and are in recovery.  It teaches the families about  life skills, parenting skills, communication skills, anger management etc…They start with a family dinner together and then break out into groups to work on skills.  The program teaches the children that this is not their fault.  Then the families rejoin with each other for an ending session each night.  There is a great deal of multi-generational use when it comes to substance abuse, and this is designed to try and prevent that.  It is an evidenced based program that is effective and was designed to reunite families torn apart from substance abuse.
We hope to provide another meal next semester.

Amy Saunders and Laura Michele Diener at First United Methodist Church for the Her Place program,"Celebrating Families."
Amy Saunders and Laura Michele Diener at First United Methodist Church for the Her Place program,”Celebrating Families.”