Biweekly FMST Update 04/24/14

  • FMST Office locatIon: 416 Humanities 1
  • Link to 2013-14 course lists
  • Got something to say?  Contact your Student Rep
  • Career Planning - April Goral
  • Graduate Conference - Feminist Interventions: On Gender and South Asia - May 2-3


  • Take Back the Week Events - April 21-24
  • Take Back the Night RALLY - April 23
  • WILPF - Community Dialogue about Nuclear Radiation - April 24
  • Barbara Ehrenreich at Bookshop Santa Cruz - April 24
  • The Cynthia Mathews Scholarship - Apply by May 1
  • LUNAFEST 2014 films - A Benefit for WomenCARE - May 8
  • Ursula K. LeGuin at The Rio Theater - May 8
  • UCDC Winter 2015 deadline extended! - Apply by May 12


  • Mentoring Opportunity for UC Santa Cruz Scholars - Apply Now!
  • Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!
  • International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now
  • UCSC Queer Happenings Calendar


FMST Office location: 416 Humanities 1
The FMST Office moved to 416 Humanities 1 (4th floor) and is open Mon-Thur 9am-noon and 1-4pm.  To schedule an advising appointment, contact Nicolette at or 831/459-2461 or Melanie Wylie at or 831/459-2757.  

Link to 2013-14 course lists

Your student representative attends FMST Executive Committee meetings to voice your comments, questions, and concerns. Please feel free to contact Lorena Garcia-Zemeno, undergraduate student representative, or Sandra Harvey, graduate student representative, anytime.

Career Planning
April Goral is the Humanities and Arts Career Adviser at the UCSC Career Center. She is available to assist students in developing career interests, finding a part-time job, or discussing possible careers after graduation. To schedule an appointment with her, sign up on SlugQuest at

Career Center Workshop and Events:


Feminist Interventions: On Gender and South Asia - May 2-3
South Asia By the Bay: A Graduate Conference

This conference seeks to explore the interrelated, epistemological frameworks of gender studies and area studies in the multiple articulations of what constitutes the subjects and studies of the terrain of “South-Asia.” We are particularly interested in work that builds on feminist theory to extend histories of regions via a discussion of translation, diaspora, migration, militarism and nationalism, to name a select few. Papers that highlight gender and sexuality as constitutive to regional formations are especially welcome. While the conference will be open to the public, it is primarily designed to create a much-needed space for connecting conversations between graduate students working on issues of gender within South Asia. With that goal in mind, the conference will be organized along the lines of a seminar with an emphasis on dialogue and critical exchange.

For more information:



Take Back the Week Events - April 21-24

Take Back the Week- Metamorphosis: Honoring the Strength of Change
Monday, April 21 - Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featured event:
Take Back the Night: Rally, March and Testimonials
April 23, 2014 - Rally at 5:30 pm, Quarry Plaza
March throughout campus
Testimonials around 8 pm at Oakes Amphitheater near Guzman Room

Thursday April 24,Celebrating Our Strength: SambaDa Performance
6:30pm, Oakes Learning Center

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the UCSC Women Center will be sponsoring Take Back the Night Week 2014 featuring Take Back the Night (TBTN) on April 23rd on the UCSC Campus.

For survivors of sexual assault and/or violence, their supporters, and allies, this event will include an inspiring RALLY, with keynote performer Queen Jasmeen, an empowering MARCH throughout campus from the Quarry to the Oakes College, and courageous TESTIMONIALS, providing survivors a much-needed space to use their voice to share their stories.
UCSC students, staff, and faculty, as well as Santa Cruz community survivors, their supporters, and allies of all ages, races, religions, sexualities, backgrounds, and genders are welcome to attend this free event and join us as we work toward a violence-free world.  Rain or shine! Queen Jasmeen, otherwise known as Jasmine Schlafke, is a local queer spoken word artist dedicated to social change. She is the executive curator of the Legendary Santa Cruz Slam and teaches poetry to over 800 local youth annually. Jasmeen is the 1999 recipient of the National Jefferson Award for outstanding voluntarism for her work with teen parents. She looks forward to sharing what keeps her activated through poetry.

Take Back the Night first appeared in Europe in 1976 and has continued throughout the world as a sign of empowerment for women, men and children. Events at UCSC have occurred over the last 33 years to raise awareness about sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process.

This event is free and open to survivors, their supporters, and allies. 
Other events in this week-long series of events are:
 Monday April 21-22, Candle Decorating & Poster Making  
Drop In 10am-3pm, UCSC Women's Center @ Cardiff House

Monday April 21, Art as Healing: Grounding with Clay Creations
5-9:30pm, UCSC Women's Center @ Cardiff House

Tuesday April 22, Pre- Testimonial Self-Care Workshop
5-7:30pm, UCSC Women's Center @ Cardiff House

Thursday April 24,Celebrating Our Strength: SambaDa Performance
6:30pm, Oakes Learning Center

For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact the Women's Center at 459-2072 or, or

WILPF - Community Dialogue about Nuclear Radiation - April 24

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00-9:00pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Live Oak/Santa Cruz

Has radiation from Fukishima reached our beaches?  Is it time to pull the plug on nuclear power plants?

Join WILPF on April 24 to hear what credible scientists know about the safety of our shores and to discuss the actions we should take to prevent nuclear disaster in the future.

Speaker:  Dr. Kai Vetter, Co-Founder of Kelp Watch, and Director of Applied Nuclear Physics Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Moderator:  Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O'Neill's Sea Odyssey, environmental activist, and 2011 Ocean Hero by Save Our Shores
The program is free. Donations are welcome.  For more information or transportation, call 831/428-5096.


Barbara Ehrenreich at Bookshop Santa Cruz - April 24
in Conversation with Wallace Baine
Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm

Living With a Wild God: a Memoir
Award-winning columnist, essayist, and author the monumental Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich continues her bold writing with Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
In middle age, Barbara Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny - or as she later learned to call them, "mystical" - experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her lifelong search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living With a Wild God  brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all.
Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." In Ehrenreich’s strong, singular voice, Living With a Wild God combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable to produce a true literary achievement.
Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist and arts/entertainment editor, will lead a conversation with Ms. Ehrenreich. Join us for this discussion, reading, signing, and audience Q&A.

The Cynthia Mathews Scholarship - Apply by May 1
Deadline: Thursday May 1, 2014 at 4:00pm
Cynthia Mathews retired from Planned Parenthood in 2007, after decades of work in the field of public affairs and advocacy for reproductive rights and healthcare access. Throughout her career she worked with UCSC students -- mentoring them as interns, collaborating with campus organizations, and speaking on campus for classes and events.
In honor of Cynthia's retirement, she and her family and friends established a $500 scholarship fund to benefit UCSC students pursuing studies and/or intern experience in fields related to her work, including reproductive rights and health, healthcare professions, public health or health policy.
Submit application to the Community Studies Program office, 213 Oakes College.
For more information, contact Joanie Peterson, (831)459-2371,


LUNAFEST 2014 Films - A Benefit for WomenCARE - May 8

LUNAFEST 2014 – A Benefit for WomenCARE
Thursday, May 8    7:00pm at the Del Mar Theatre

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women.  
LUNAFEST Santa Cruz is brought to you by Friends of WomenCARE-LUNAFEST!

Pre-party at Vino Cruz 4:30 – 6:30   A portion of all wine sales will be donated to WomenCARE. Invite your friends!  Last year’s event sold out so get your tickets early!  Tickets are $20.

To purchase tickets:      To learn more about LUNAFEST:
LUNAFEST Santa Cruz facebook page:   
For more information email or call 831-539-6512

Ursula K. LeGuin on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00pm
Presented by UCSC Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the best loved authors of our time, will appear at the Rio Theater as a part of the conference Anthropocene: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, presented by the UC Santa Cruz Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program.
“Anthropocene” is that geologic epoch defined by human disturbance of the earth’s ecosystems.  This conference was establish by professor Anna Tsing as a transdisciplinary program to encompass the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts in an exploration. Endowed by Tsing’s $5 million Niels Bohr Professorship from the Danish National Research Foundation (granted to six international scholars), Anthropocene asks the question: Can humans and other species continue to inhabit the earth together? Through noticing, describing, and imagining, we renew conversation about life on earth.
Ursula Le Guin is the author of over thirty novels, children’s books, and short story, poetry and essay collections, many in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. Le Guin’s work includes the Earthsea and Hainish Cycle novels, The Unreal and the Real, Finding My Elegy, and much more widely anthologized short fiction and essay.

Joining LeGuin in lecture are Donna Haraway and James Clifford. Haraway is the author of When Species Meet. Clifford is the author of Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century.
For more information, contact Anna Tsing, Professor of Anthropology
UCDC Winter 2015 deadline extended to May 12 - Apply now!
Apply by Monday, May 12 at 4:00pm

Are you interested in the UCDC program?  Apply for next Winter quarter now!  UCDC is a unique program of internship and study in Washington, D.C.  Participants spend a quarter attending classes and conducting an internship in the nation’s capital, while registered as UCSC students and earning academic credit.

Internship placements are geared toward student interests, including but not limited to:
-government and public policy
-science and the environment
-human rights
-electoral politics
-the arts
-business and finance
-media and communications

The application deadline for Winter 2015 is Monday, May 12th, by 4:00 p.m.  Please submit your application to Marianna Santana, Room 10 of Merrill College Academic Building.  To learn more, pick up an application from Merrill Academic Building, Room 10 or 27, or see

Two faculty letters of recommendation are required, so please begin the process now to allow time to solicit letters and complete the application.


Mentoring Opportunity for UC Santa Cruz Scholars - Apply Now!

My name is Andrea and I am the Programs Coordinator with CollegeSpring, a non-profit organization that provides SAT test prep and college readiness lessons to low income high school students in the community. Last summer was our first summer serving students in the Santa Cruz community. We were able to work with 30 students and increase their SAT scores an average of 198 points! We are continuing our work in the community this summer and are planning to serve over twice as many students.

I am hoping to share this opportunity with UC Santa Cruz scholars that would enjoy mentoring high school students and are interesting in giving back to the Santa Cruz community. We recently extended our application deadline specifically for the Santa Cruz community. I would appreciate it if you could share the information with your networks using any of the options below. Thank you in advance for your support!

CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization providing SAT preparation and college readiness mentoring to students from low-income communities, is hiring for several summer positions. We are hiring Mentors, Lead Mentors and Interns. Mentors lead small groups of high school juniors to prepare for the SAT, Lead mentors participate in leadership development and provide pedagogical support to mentors and Interns work with all of our departments and get a behind the scenes look at a non profit. If you are motivated to make a difference in your community, empower students with the skills and knowledge they need to get into college, and gain valuable experience in the education field, apply for a paid mentor position NOW. We are accepting applications specifically for the Santa Cruz region. For more information, and to submit an application, visit

Andrea Cruz, Bay Area Programs Coordinator, CollegeSpring.        Office 415.230.0640 x1009 | Mobile 650.741.4364 | Email

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Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!

Barrios Unidos is a multicultural, non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California. Our mission is to prevent and curtail violence among youth and incarcerated individuals by providing them with life-enhancing alternatives.

Barrios Unidos has a variety of programs that aim towards promoting non-violence such as the Prison Project, Juvenile Transitional Program, Kids' Club and  within the County Jail. You can visit our website  for more specific information on each program.

Barrios Unidos is currently looking for interns or volunteers. We ask for students to commit to a minimum of one quarter, but preferably for six months. This can also be used as an independent/ field study.

If there are any questions please contact Reyna Ruiz,  Programs Director at If you have specific questions about The Prison Project contact Cynthia Gutierrez, Prison Project Coordinator, at


International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania, Costa Rica
Work in the shelter; do community education; help women become economically independent
so they can leave abusive relationships; and/or help develop counseling programs for women, men and kids.

SEX TRAFFICKING: Nepal & Mongolia
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation
is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, exceeding the drug trade.
We have two new placements working to abolish sex slavery. Come help!

FAMILY PLANNING: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania
For women that have 10 kids, they will tell you that contraception is life changing.
If families had fewer kids, they would have fewer mouths to feed and be less poor.
Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation believes this is one of most important goals in world for women.
Now there is a groundswell in Africa and they are asking for help with this.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS & LEGAL EMPOWERMENT: Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco, Tanzania:                           
Many places women do not know their rights and consciousness raising is essential.
In Tanzania, the work revolves around implementing the new laws that protect women, esp GBV.

MICRO-FINANCE: Costa Rica, Tanzania, Uganda
Micro-finance has helped women all over the world lift out of poverty.
Spanish, a background in Business, Finance or Entrepreneurship are helpful in Costa Rica.
Tz & Ug you simply must be able to help women find their economic talents & remove obstacles to their success.

"INCOME GENERATION": many places in Africa, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Sri Lanka
Do you have craft or small cottage industry skills that you could teach uneducated women earn more income?
e.g. Soap-making? Quilting? Wine making? We have a special call for people with a background in fashion merchandizing.

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) took kids as child soldiers and made girls sex slaves of LRA commanders.
The war is over and now these women have been urged to collect their stories into a book (for income generation.)

This is the first org that we know of in Africa that is addressing sexual abuse.
A background in Social Work or Psychology is helpful so you can counsel these girls and youth.

Women prostitute themselves because they are poor and have few choices.
Help empower these women personally & economically so they can pick other life styles.

The altiplano of Bolivia is very high and dry. Women forage for hours each day to find firewood for cooking food.
Some of the these new technologies have been life helping women not have to forage endlessly.

Interested? Please read NGOabroad website
and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

These are volunteer opportunities.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



To join the UCSC Queer Happenings calendar, produced by The Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center, send an email to