Signature Program Descriptions
We host a variety of programs and events throughout the year that directly support our mission to educate, support and empower all women. Signature Programs are our most popular and, in most cases, longest running programs. All members of the St. Norbert College community are welcome and encouraged to attend all of our programs and events and we are always grateful for your time, interest, and feedback.
Frames of Gender
The Frames of Gender photo contest is organized by Women’s Center. The theme of the contest is gender and how you see gender in your environment or community. Photos submitted can be taken in the US or outside of the US, so students who are abroad or international students are also encouraged to participate. Capture your frame of gender and share it with us. I know what gender is for me, do you know what it is for you?
This is the first year that the Women's Center will be hosting Women's Health Wednesdays, a Women's Health Series designed to address the most salient and important health topics/issues that women college students deal with, such as sleep, body image, nutrition, and many more. These sessions will be informative, interactive, engaging and fun! You'll learn things you never knew you didn't know, and get all your questions answered. Bring all your friends and be prepared to learn- the more you know, the healthier you can be! Sessions will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month!
Every month, students have the opportunity to hear the inspirational “her”-story of an accomplished female member of the St. Norbert College Faculty. These gatherings are small, and include dinner, conversation and a chance for students to get to know their professors on a more personal level. We try to feature a faculty member from a different academic discipline each month, in hopes of reaching out to a wide variety of students. Past Herstory guests have included: Dr. Karen Koenig (Religious Studies), Dr. Wendy Scattergood (Political Science), Dr. Marti Lamar (History), and Dr. Sarah Parks (Music).
The purpose of our Herstory program is to celebrate the life experiences and academic accomplishments of the Women Faculty at St. Norbert College. Every unique story that is shared by our various guest speakers sheds light on what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. These presentations are personal, powerful, and at times, emotional, and serve to strengthen the student-professor relationship on campus.
I Advocate Feminism Campaign
Throughout the year we feature SNC Faculty and Staff members in this poster campaign. We ask them to give us a short explanation of why they advocate feminism in their lives and post their words, along with a photo, around campus.
The I Advocate Feminism Campaign's primary objective is to dispel the various myths and misconceptions about feminism that pervade mainstream thought today. By spotlighting familiar faces on campus who identify as feminists and/or advocate feminism, we hope to show that anyone can be a feminist or advocate feminism, thereby negating many of its negative connotations.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Women’s Center and Men’s Initiative work together to raise awareness about this critical and pervasive issue. Through programs and campaigns, we hope to reach out to students with information regarding the definition of sexual assault and the importance of consent, preventative measures, how to find support, and where students can get involved. One program we regularly host is the Clothesline Project, which is designed to give victims or those who know victims of sexual assault a chance to be heard.
Our efforts to raise awareness during sexual assault awareness month directly serve to educate, support and empower the college community. We educate the campus about sexual assault and preventative behaviors, support the campus by providing resources to those who wish to get involved or who need help, and empower the campus by giving its members a voice, as well as the knowledge and tools they need to help stop sexual assault from happening. Find out more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
On Monday nights at 8:00pm, a small group of students gathers to relax, meditate, pray, and reflect in the Sensenbrenner Chapel, located in the basement of Sensenbrenner Residence Hall. These small, half-hour meetings provide students with a chance to break away from their busy lives and engage in thoughtful, spiritual and deeply meaningful discussion regarding various aspects of life. Discussions are often themed, and are led by a Women’s Center staff member, though anyone who is interested in leading a Spirit Sisters meeting is welcome to do so.
The goal of our Spirit Sisters program is to provide students with a safe and inclusive environment in which they can speak freely about their thoughts, feelings, and the things happening in their lives. This stimulates intellectual and spiritual dialogue, and helps to forge strong bonds between the students who attend.