November 10, 2020    |   Volume 2, Issue 11

TOTD: The First Womxn Vice President-Elect

by May Lopez, WSS Graduate Intern

This past weekend we witnessed history as Kamala Harris became the Vice President-elect of the United States of America. She is the first womxn to be elected to this position and her background embodies the elements that have made this country successful. Vice President-elect Harris is the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the US to pursue graduate studies and fell in love while marching together for justice in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Her mother intentionally raised Harris to appreciate her mixed heritage as a South Asian Black womxn. The future Vice President’s family also represents the future of America— more racially, religiously, and ethnically integrated society. 

It is powerful to know there will be many generations of girls who will never have to wonder if a womxn can indeed take office at the White House. Kamala Harris shattered this glass ceiling and now will be one of the few womxn in the world with this level of influence. More than likely she will face gender and racial discrimination as the only womxn of color sitting at tables accostumed to seating only White men. In all those spaces I hope she knows she is not alone and we are with her as she weathers the storm of being first. More than anything, I hope she’s the first of many more womxn to occupy the White House. 

As we enter a new chapter in this country, I urge us to remember the pain of the past four years as we move forward. May we keep in mind that wounds of this size do not heal overnight and unity takes work on both sides. This is a good time to recognize, thank, and make space at the table for the Black and Brown womxn across the country who delivered us this beacon of hope when 55% of White womxn didn’t. Kamala Harris’s win is a win for feminism but we need to continue fighting for intersectional and inclusive feminism so that her win extends beyond symbolism into action and change. 

Want to learn more about other womxn elected? 

Photo by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

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In this edition of WSS Zine you'll find the following announcements...
  • Programs/Services:
    • WILD 2020 Conference a tremendous Success!
    • WILD 2020 Keynote Speeches - view now!
    • WILD 2021 Planning Committee
    • WSS Online Office Hours
    • Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) Conference
    • Transgender Awareness Month
    • It's On Us Week of Action
    • Chanel Miller Fireside Chat
    • Intersex Inclusion Survey
    • Supporting Survivors Workshop Series
    • PPGA MSU Fall Meeting Schedule
    • John Lewis: Good Trouble Now Available
    • Help Plan the MLK, Jr. Day Student Leadership Programming
    • Center for Survivors Virtual Yoga
    • December Events at the MSU Broad
    • CAPS Connect
  • Community Heath Concern Information
  • About Women*s Student Services
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The 2020 WILD Conference was a tremendous success! Thanks fo the incredible committee members, volunteers, program presenters, keynote speakers, and attendees for making this year's Womxn's Initiative for Leadership Development conference truly incredible! In the coming weeks, we will release recordings of the keynote speakers as well as several of the workshops from the conference for those who were not able to participate. Stay tuned to the WILD conference website for details.
Did you go  to WILD 2020? Click the button below to take our short survey & you will have a chance to win some raffle prizes!
WILD 2020 Assessment

WILD Keynote Speakers

Check out Governor Gretchen Whitmer's keynote speech here.
Check out Senator Debbie Stabenow's keynote speech here.
Check out Representative Elissa Slotkin's keynote speech here.
Check out Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's keynote speech here
Along with all the staff of Student Affairs & Services, the staff of WSS is currently working remotely. We are available to meet virtually one on one via Zoom. To sign up to meet with either Heather (Director) or Gabby (Graduate Assistant), please click the links below.

To meet with Dr. Heather Shea, click on this link to go to her You Can Book Me Page to sign up for a time slot.

To meet with Gabby Wahla, click on this link to go to her You Can Book Me Page to sign up for a time slot.

Registration is now open for the Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) Conference!

Taking place November 18-21, 2020, the conference will explore the diversity of women's influence and actions in electoral politics, political power, and leadership. GWSPP is hosted by MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), MSU Department of History, and University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG).

Keynote Speakers:

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer Governor of Michigan Thursday, November 19 6:15 – 6:30PM Eastern Standard Time
  • President Elizabeth Bradley President of Vassar College Glass Ceilings and Maternal Walls: Women and Academic Leadership Wednesday, November 1812:00  – 1:00PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Erin Vilardi Founder and CEO, Vote Run Lead The Power of Women in 2020 Wednesday, November 18 4:30  – 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time

Featured Workshop: Vote Run Lead’s 90-Day Challenge Led by Shannon M. Garrett Thursday, November 19 5:00 – 6:00PM Eastern Standard Time

Learn more about the conference and view the full program on our website.

This week we begin Transgender Awareness Month, and the LBGT Resource center has programs planned to celebrate, affirm, and support our trans and nonbinary student communities.
  • Medical Transition on Campus and Beyond
    Monday November 16th, 5:00-6:30pm
    Join us for a conversation about medical transition! There are many things to consider and no matter what you decide, your choices are valid. Each person's journey is unique and we want to provide a place to ask questions of different people whose work supports medical transition. This panel discussion will have Dr. Jessica Heselschwerdt, Certified Nurse Practitioner Tami Hiser, MSU Professor stef schuster, as well as students and staff who will lend their insight on what to consider, what questions to ask your physician, and what questions to ask yourself. Register in advance for this webinar on Monday, November 16th 2020 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm here: 
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
    November 20, 6:00-8:00pm
    Join the LBGT Resource Center, Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, MSU TransAction, MSU Libraries LGBTQ+ Special Collection, Transilience, Center for Gender in Global Context, Salus Center MI, Transcend, and Lansing's Queer Quior for Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Transgender Day of Remembrance is an evening when our community comes together to take time to honor the transgender family we taken from us this year. Together, we mourn for our community we have lost and fight for our collective future to come. Join us virtually on Friday, November 20th 2020 at 6pm. Register here:
  • Trans Trivia
    November 30, 6:00-7:30pm
    Join us on Monday, November 30th 2020 at 6:00pm for Trans Trivia! Flex what you know and maybe learn something new! Prizes and fun for all!
    Register in advance for this meeting:
Join WSS and many other campus offices in MSU's It's On Us Week of Action. November 9-13, 2020 there will be ongoing events, as well as a virtual webinar with Chanel Miller, as well as trauma-sensitive yoga. Check out the It's On Us POE website for more info!
Join It's On Us Week of Action at an evening with Chanel Miller, on 11/10/20 at 6PM ET. Registration is available at
Intersex Inclusion Survey
With support from WSS and the LBGTRC, a group of students from Alliance, TransAction, and WoCo are advocating for more intersex inclusion in classrooms. We want to make sure we're hearing any concerns surrounding this topic. 

If you'd like to get involved further with this project, you can email

This is fully anonymous, and all questions are optional: Click on this link to complete the survey:
Planned Parenthood Generation Action will be meeting this Fall on: 10/7, 10/21, 11/04, 11/18, & 12/03. Email for more information.

The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Planning Committee is pleased to be partnering with the MSU Alumni Association to recognize the late U.S. Representative John Lewis for his remarkable 50+ years of work and great sacrifices made as a civil rights activist.  He marched alongside Dr. King, his role model, and was a lifelong advocate of nonviolent protests.

The 2021 theme for the MLK celebration: “Good Trouble: Reclaiming Our Democracy, Demanding Social Justice.” More information about the upcoming events, including the MLK Endowed Scholarship Program, will be available in the next few weeks. Save the date on your calendars for the start of the celebration, Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Questions about the celebration or ways to get involved, can be directed to Audrey D. Bentley at

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Interested in helping plan the MLK, Jr. Student Leadership Initiative? Please complete this form to join the planning committee.

Join the MLK Planning Committee
The MSU Center for Survivors is offering Virtual Healing Through Yoga, a drop-in trauma-sensitive yoga practice to promote healing and wellness.  Healing Through Yoga is open to students, staff, and community members of all practice levels.  Sessions are held on Thursdays from 1-2pm beginning September 17th.  Interested? Please email and the link will be sent to you.
  • Studio (in)Process at Home (9pm - 10pm) Facebook Live

We’re bringing Studio (in)Process to you! We miss getting together and making art on Thursday nights at the MSU Broad Art Lab, so let’s create from the comfort of your own home (or kitchen table, couch, garage, she-shed, porch, etc.). Studio Educator Britta Urness will lead you through live projects you can follow along with, or simply watch and learn. Tune in Thursday nights at 9pm, gather your materials, pour a beverage, and join the fun!

12/3 - Paper Marbling

12/10 - Stamped Holiday Gift Tags and Wrap *Surplus and Recycling collaboration

12/17 - Studio Visit: Beatriz Cortez

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 1–5pm, 20 minute break

Breaking Barriers Through Art (Educator Workshop with Wanda B. Knight)

Nobody wants to be excluded. What obstacles keep art educators from achieving greater inclusiveness within their classrooms? What role might practitioners play concerning the elimination of systemic barriers in educational workspaces? This presentation and workshop focus on oppressive structures that exclude historically marginalized groups from meaningful participation and draws upon the theory of intersectionality to highlight the consequences of simultaneous, intersecting, marginalized social identities and experiences that have resulted in long-term unequal outcomes. Participate in this workshop and learn about tools that can support compassionate and courageous leadership focused on creating empowering spaces and breaking barriers that prevent progress toward achieving greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. SCECHS available, registration required. Register Here.

  • Sunday, December 6, 1 - 4pm // Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 - 10:00pm

3-D Workshop: Winter Clay Luminaries Zoom

Light up the darkest time of the year by designing a hand-built luminary to add a glow to your path or gift to a friend. During this interactive Zoom workshop, participants will work with slabs of air dry clay, then carve out shapes inspired by winter scenes from the MSU Broad collection. Next, slabs are joined to create a luminary holder for either a candle or LED light. This clay dries overnight, and you’ll be shown how to finish your piece with a metallic surface. Cost of registration ($65) covers instruction and all materials. This workshop is led by Art Lab Educator Britta Urness. Registration is required. Register here.

Choose the date that's best for you! This workshop is being offered on Sunday, Dec. 6th from 1–4pm or Friday, Dec. 16th from 7–10pm.

Material kits for this workshop are included in the cost of registration. Kits are available for curbside pick-up at the MSU Broad Art Lab between 12pm and 5pm beginning the Tuesday prior to the date of the first workshop (Dec. 1st). If you are unable to pick-up materials please email us at

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Updates:

Beginning March 17, as a COVID-19 preventive measure, CAPS offices at Olin Health Center, MSU Student Union, and the Neighborhoods will be closed.

CAPS counseling and psychiatry staff will work remotely to help meet the needs of MSU students.

  • Established patients with scheduled appointments will be offered phone or Zoom sessions. Patients will be contacted and given instructions.
  • All group counseling services have been cancelled. Group co-leaders will reach out to students to discuss alternative options, such as phone consultations.

Patients needing a prescription refill prior to their next appointment can use the MyMSUHealth patient portal to make the request:

CAPS Phone (517-355-8270) will be set to a voice prompt with 3 options: (Press 1) To talk with a crisis counselor, (Press 2) to leave a message with the CAPS Nurse which will be responded to within one business day, or (Press 3) for general messages.

CAPS Connect sessions and Outreach Services are canceled through the spring semester.

Community Health Concern Information:

For students with health concerns and more information on COVID-19:

Students who are struggling to meet basic needs should reach out to the Greater Lansing Food Bank (

Students experiencing mental health crisis can  MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (517-355-8270).

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  • supporting all students in working toward an empowering and equitable community for women-identified students at MSU, and aligning with the Division’s quality standards of being respectful, responsive, and resourceful.

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