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February 23, 2021    |   Volume 2, Issue 18

TOTD: “Will you accept this responsibility?”: Racism on The Bachelor

by Joslyn Miller, WSS Undergraduate Intern

The Bachelor: the show many of us hate to love is now giving viewers of the franchise reasons to just hate it. Recently, allegations have come to light about contestant and front runner Rachael Kirkconnell. Images have surfaced of Kirkconnell attending an Old South antebellum-themed party, dressing in culturally appropriating costumes, sharing right-wing QAnon conspiracies on social media, and making fun of classmates in high school for liking and dating Black men. 

Photos courtesy of Cosmopolitan

After these images surfaced, Rachel Lindsay, talk show host and the first Black Bachelorette,  interviewed host Chris Harrison and gave him the opportunity to condemn her actions and take accountability for the franchise. Instead, he made excuses and and requested that she be given grace stating “I’m not defending Rachael [Kirkconnell] — I just know that 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party a lot of people went to. My guess? These girls got dressed and went to a party and had a great time. They were 18 years old. Does that make it okay ? I don’t know Rachel [Lindsay], you tell me… but where is this lens we’re holding up and was that lens available and were we all looking through it in 2018?” – Chris Harrison, ExtraTv Interview.
To answer his question, no, it was not okay to have a party where predominantly white sorority and fraternity members dressed up as slave owners and gathered at a plantation. Regardless of whether we looked at things through the same “lens” that we do now, it was never “right.” This situation is a glaring example of white privilege and the disassociation that white people had and still have toward racism and this country’s past.
In this video, the Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew of podcast duo “The Blckellorettes: Vic and Mi” explains to Chris Harrison, Rachael Kirkconnell, and The Bachelor production team the implications of what they have done (or not done) about these instances of overt racism:
As someone who watches The Bachelor franchise religiously, I think that this situation can only encourage us to continue to be actively anti-racist. Here are some things that you can do:

  • Hold people accountable for what they do and say.
  • Ask questions and engage in meaningful conversations about prejudices that you or others may.

Bowenbank, Starr. “Your Guide to the Rachael Kirkconnell Racism Allegations and 'Bachelor' Franchise Controversy.” Cosmopolitan, 16 Feb. 2021,
ExtraTv. Chris Harrison & Rachel Lindsay Talk ‘Bachelor’ Contestant Rachael KirkconnellYouTube , 9 Feb. 2021,
Bartholomew, Mikayla LaShae and The Blckchellorettes, directors. To Chris HarrisonInstagram , 10 Feb. 2021,
Mazeika, Shana. “Temple University Black Alumni Alliance: Microaggressions in the Workplace.” Temple University - Temple University Black Alumni Alliance: Microaggressions in the Workplace, 15 Sept. 2020,

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In this edition of WSS Zine you'll find the following announcements...
  • Programs/Services:
    • WILD 2021 Planning Committee
    • WSS Online Office Hours 
    • LCTE Booth at Virtual Education Abroad Fair 
    • Writing Centers and Access: A Speaker Series 
    • Black HERstory Month: Representation Matters
    • My Spartan Story
    • COGS Monthly Yoga Series 
    • MSU Center for Survivors Spring Groups 2021 
    • MSU Family Affinity Group
    • MSU Adult Caregiver Affinity Group 
    • MSU College Advising Corps Application
    • Jennicet Gutierrez- Trans Liberation: in the fight for LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights
    • Queering Racial Justice Summit
    • Transgender Day of Visibility Student Research Symposium 
    • Empowering Stories: Women in Leadership, Business, &Finance
    • Beyond the binary: A gender identity spectrum support group
    • Empower U
    • Gender Identity and Attractionality 
    • POE Peer Educator Application
    • 2021-2022 MSU Student Affairs and Services Scholarships 
    • Save the Date for UURAF!
    • CAPS Connect
  • Community Heath Concern Information
  • About Women*s Student Services
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Join Women*s Student Services starting Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 6 PM EST for Crafternoons and Communitea! Sign up Here

*Sign up for the 2/24 has ended! However, you can still sign up for our remaining crafternoons!
Join MSU Women*s Student Services in watching the 2021 LUNAFEST films, followed by a Zoom panel discussion with students, staff, & faculty. To claim your free ticket, go to our EventBrite page linked here. For more information on LUNAFEST, visit their website linked here


By signing up on the EventBrite page, you will receive an email the day of the event with a Vimeo link and password to view the short films. You may watch anywhere within a 48 hour window. There will be a synchronous Zoom panel held by the staff of Women*s Student Services, featuring voices from the MSU students, staff and faculty.

The suggested schedule for the event is:

6:30-8:00PM EST - Watch the short films via the Vimeo link

8:00-9:00PM EST - Join the Zoom webinar for the panel discussion

                             Trailer for LUNAFEST 2021

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.

Please join the Writing Center beginning February 4, 1-2 PM EST for the Writing Center and Access: A Speaker Series. The series will include topics that will be very helpful to students and faculty in their research. 



The Queering Racial Justice Summit is a vital two (2) day opportunity for students to come together to discuss the deep connections between racial justice and LGBTQA+ justice. The summit offers session rotations on inclusive leadership, White supremacy, allyship, and more. Throughout the two-days, there will be raffles for prizes, keynote speakers, and the opportunity to connect with other students to coalition build an action plan.
Sign-up TODAY! 
The Queering Racial Justice Summit is Friday, March 12th, and Saturday, March 13th! More details to come!
Jennicet Gutierrez
Trans Liberation: In the Fight for LGBTQ Rights and Immigrant Rights
March 4, 2021 at 7pm

Save the date! On March 4 from 7-8:30 pm, organizer Jennicet Gutiérrez will be holding a Zoom lecture, sponsored by the LBGTRC, James Madison College, Chicano/Latino Studies, MSU Law Diversity and Equity Services Office, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, JMC Latinx Unidos, Stonewall Society, and Comparative Cultures and Politics.
Password: JMC
For Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st, the LBGT Resource Center is hosting their first annual virtual Research Symposium! Check-in throughout the day and listen to talks from student researchers on trans and nonbinary gender identities in various fields of study. Their schedule of events and keynote speaker announcements are coming soon! The call for proposals from undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will remain open until March 8th at

Join COGS and Recreational Sports and Fitness Services for an evening yoga class to relax after a stressful few weeks! Monthly Yoga sessions are offered free of charge for graduate & professional students. The next session is on February 11th! See RSVP link below to register and receive link.  Invite your friends! All you need to participate is an open space, water, and a towel/mat.

  COGS 2021 Yoga Series:

6:45 pm- 7:45 pm EST via Zoom

March 11

April 8

RSVP Link  

This semester My Spartan Story is offering workshops for students and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)! Please see above for the workshop dates/times. Click on the image to sign-up and learn more information!
The Family Affinity Group (focusing on parents and caregivers of children and teens) has meetings the second Thursday of each month from 12-1pm via Zoom. This is a place for Spartans to connect on family related topics with the goal of connecting, building community, and sharing best practices regarding raising or caregiving for children and caregivers. ​The topic for February's meeting is "How to Talk to Your Children About Race," and the topic for March's meeting is "Avoiding Power Struggles with Your Children."

What is an Affinity Group?

“An affinity group is a group of people linked by a common interest”.

Family Affinity Group

Every 2nd Thursday of the Month

12pm-1pm via Zoom

Password: family

March 11thAvoiding Power Struggles with Your Children Featuring Jon Novello from MSU Employee Assistance Program

The Adult Caregivers Affinity Group (focusing on caregivers of adult/elders) has meetings the fourth Thursday of the each month from 12-1pm via Zoom. This is a place for Spartans to connect and share information on topics such as how to start conversations on living situation changes, higher levels of care needed, caring for yourself as a caregiver, and making a home safe for a senior. 

What is an Affinity Group?

“An affinity group is a group of people linked by a common interest”.

Zoom link: 

Password: caregivers


Women's Leadership Insitute and Go For The Green Financial Literacy Team Present:
Empowering Stories: Women in Leadership, Business, & Finance 
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
                                           REGISTER TODAY
This semester, MSU Center for Survivors will be providing various virtual groups via zoom listed below.

Community Connect
Community Connect is a drop-in support group on Wednesdays from 12-1 focused on building community & fostering connections among fellow survivors. Questions? Email Christie at  or Kimmins at Interested? Fill out this quick form

Healing Through Yoga!
Healing Through Yoga is a drop-in trauma-sensitive yoga practice to promote healing and wellness. Classes begin January 28th  and will be held on zoom on Thursdays from 1-2 PM. To register, fill out this form  and email with any questions!

The Next Chapter
Center for Survivors presents “The Next Chapter” Book Club. We'll be reading Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. Grab some coffee or tea and join us from 3pm-4:30, beginning Tuesday, February 9th, to learn more about how to ‘turn the page’ on your own burnout! Books will be provided. Registration Link:

Support survivors, learn more, and receive updates about MSU Center for Survivors by following their Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.
Beyond the Binary: A gender identity spectrum support group.

This is a safer space for support for undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring or identify as transgender, gender fluid, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming.

Potential topics of discussion include challenges of coming out to self and others, identity development, limitations of labels, negotiating gendered environments, identity-affirming relationships, coping with minority stress and gender binary norms, accessing supportive health and social services, aspects of transitioning process, and adjustment to social identity, family dynamics, and impacts on wellness, needs and impact of being closeted, being TGNB at MSU.

All meetings will be held weekly via Zoom.
Registration required. Contact Ginny Blakely at for more information or to register.
Begins Jan. 28, ends April 22
Day/Time: Thursdays 3:30–5 p.m.
Facilitator: Ginny Blakely & Mike Evitts
Location: HIPAA Compliant Zoom
Empower U

Empower U is a virtual space for LGBTQIA+ graduate and undergraduate students of color to support and empower one another. Some themes of the group include relationships, self and community care, values exploration, intersectionality, self-compassion, family dynamics, navigating cultural expectations, and building resilience. All meetings will be held weekly over Zoom.

Group screening required. There will be a brief screening to see if the group is a good fit for you. For pre-screening, complete the CAPS Phone Request form and indicate your interest in Empower U.  Contact Olivia Scott at for more information.

Begins Jan. 22, Ends April 30
Day/Time: Friday 1–2 p.m.
Facilitator: Olivia Scott & Victor Leon
Location: HIPAA-compliant Zoom

*You can still join after the start date!
Gender Identity and Attractionality (GIAA) Undergrad

This support group for LGBTQ+ (including questioning) undergraduate students will address life and relational issues related to romantic and sexual attraction, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Topics are based on student interests and may include: exploring identity & identity development; trust and connections; dealing with heterosexism, cissexism, internalized homophobia and/or transphobia; dating and dating technology; attraction and romance; family dynamics; faith and identity; balancing academics with life; and intersectional identities. All meetings will be held weekly over Zoom.

Group screening required. For more information, screening, and registration, contact Victor Leon at The Zoom link will be given upon registration.

Begins Jan. 26, ends April 30
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m.
Facilitators: Ginny Blakely and Victor Leon
Location: HIPAA-compliant Zoom
Gender Identity and Attractionality (GIAA) Grad

This support group for LGBTQ+ (including questioning) graduate students will address life and relational issues related to romantic and sexual attraction, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Topics are based on student interests and may include: exploring identity & identity development; trust and connections; dealing with heterosexism, cissexism, internalized homophobia and/or transphobia; dating and dating technology; attraction and romance; family dynamics; faith and identity; balancing academics with life; and intersectional identities. All meetings will be held weekly over Zoom.

Group screening required. For more information, screening, and registration, contact Victor Leon at The Zoom link will be given upon registration.

Begins Jan. 27, ends April 21
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Ginny Blakely and Victor Leon
Location: HIPAA-compliant Zoom

MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) places recent and soon-to-be MSU graduates in high schools throughout the state of Michigan to serve as near-peer college advisers, assisting underrepresented high school students and their families with the transition to post-secondary education, including four-year or two-year institutions and trade or technical schools. Could this be you?


Their application for the 2021-2022 program year is now open to all majors! You can review the posting on Handshake (#4354167). They are hiring MSU students who will graduate between May-August 2021, as well as MSU alumni from May 2019-December 2020. The application deadline is February 26.

The Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department is hiring Peer Educators for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! 
Applications close on March 1, 2021!
Save the date for the 2021 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)!!! UURAF will take place between Thursday, April 15th and Monday, April 19th and will be hosted on a virtual platform. Abstract submissions will be accepted from January 12 to February 11, 2021. For more information about registration visit:

MSU Student Affairs and Services have more than 20 scholarships available for undergraduate students. The deadline for most of these scholarships is March 8, 2021. For more information and to apply, visit the MSU Student Affairs and Services scholarship page:


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Vanwelsenaers 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).

About Women*s Student Services
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Voicemail: +1 517-432-7556

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Graduate Assistant: Gabby Wahla  (she, her, hers)

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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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