March 22, 2023 | Volume 4, Issue 24

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Black Mothers Matter Too

By: Alexis Smith, W*SS Reproductive Justice Intern

Racial disparities have plagued the healthcare system resulting in Black women afraid to seek healthcare. “Molly” has always wanted to have multiple children and after 3 miscarriages, she was going to have her third child. But Molly’s pregnancy was not how she imagined. “Molly” had suffered from painful cramps throughout her entire pregnancy. “Molly” would constantly tell her gynecologist that something was wrong as she had not suffered from painful cramps in her last two pregnancies. The physician often told her it was Braxton Hicks and not to worry. But something was wrong- two weeks later “Molly” was rushed into the emergency with severe preeclampsia and fetal abruption. Both of these conditions are fatal to her and the baby if left untreated. “Molly” was exhibiting symptoms of both preeclampsia and fetal abruption earlier in her pregnancy, but doctors often ignored her. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many Black mothers as they relate to the story of “Molly”. Black women are three times more likely to die during childbirth or complications from pregnancy compared to White women...

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All March at MSU!

Women*s History Month is observed annually every March. At MSU, many departments, campus groups, and student organizations have created events to showcase during the month of March. In our use of “women” we recognize that gender is complex. We are all more than just our gender - we are comprised of myriad intersecting identities, each grounded in social context, history, and our lived experiences. We look forward to you joining us at any of the events linked in the calendar!
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Celebrating Women in Democracy

Wednesday, March 29 5-6:30pm, Student Services Building Room 110.

Join MSUvote, WoCo, and W*SS for food, community, and a creation of  a community educational art piece celebrating women in Democracy!

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Tuesday, April 11, 1:30-3:30pm, Student Services Building, Room 110

Join us on Tuesday, April 11 for a fun crafternoon! We will be making vision boards. 
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Thursday, April 6, 7-9pmpm, RCAH Theatre Snyder Philips

Join us or our next movie night on March 16th where we will be showing Minari. Come to the RCAH Theater in Snyder Phillips from 7-9 Pm and enjoy the film with friends.
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Women of Color Initiatives Writing

Every Thursday 1-3pm, via Zoom

Join WOCI MSU for Writing via zoom.



Zoom Link. Password: 273158
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Every other Tuesday, 5-7pm, Biomedical Physical Science Building, Room 6199

Join GWIS and participate in the bi-weekly writing group from 5-7 pm in room 6199 BPS (Biomedical Physical Science building).

The writing group will take place in this room for the rest of the semester on every other Tuesday. Please see the schedule below! If you'd like to get reminder emails please sign up on the email list.

Writing group dates:

Every other Tuesday from 5-7pm

March 21st
April 4th
April 18th
May 2nd
May 16th


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Interested in being a POE Peer Educator? Apply today! Scan the QR Code to fill out an interest form or reach out to Peer Educator Coordinator Alex to learn more at . 


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LGBTQIA2s+ Student Experience Study


The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, along with campus stakeholders, are administering a comprehensive study to gain vital information about how LGBTQIA2S+ students experience Michigan State University. We are seeking input from LGBTQIA2S+ students at all academic levels: undergraduate, graduate, and professional. Students who complete an online survey will receive two dollars ($2) in Sparty cash. After completing the online survey, participants will be asked their interest in joining an optional focus group at a later date. Participants who join a focus group will receive twenty-dollars ($20) in Sparty cash upon completing the focus group. There is no obligation to participate in the focus group. This climate study will yield data integral to informing intentional change on our campus. Take the survey TODAY:
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Wellness Ambassador Program, Spring 2023

Thursdays, February 16-March 30, 7-8:30pm Erickson Kiva

The Wellness Ambassador Program (WAP) is a 6-week workshop series in which leaders from various wellness related units on campus (Counseling and Psychiatric Services, Employee Assistance Program, Center for Survivors, Health4U, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, and Graduate Student Life & Wellness) have conversations with wellness ambassadors (graduate students) about wellbeing. The program aims to cultivate a space for international graduate students and those who work with international graduate students where they can discuss culturally responsive tools to advocate for the wellbeing of themselves and others. 
Apply Here
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The MSU Police Department is spreading awareness on sextortion, a drastic concern in our community. 


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The Center for Survivors’ is offering a variety of groups and workshops this spring semester.



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March 30, 6pm-8pm, Holden Hall Room C136

 Mujer A Mujer's mission is to empower women by helping them develop academically and professionally through inspirational role models. 
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Thursday, March 30th, 11:30-1pm, Brody Square Private Dining Room

The Bandana Project was founded in 2007 by Mónica Ramírez, Founder & President of Justice for Migrant Women, as a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual violence against farmworker women in the workplace. Join us to learn more about this issue and how to support survivors and co-survivors of these incidents.
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Friday, March 24th 1pm-6:30pm & Saturday, March 25th 10am-5pm


The Queering Racial Justice Summit (QRJS) is a two-day event open to all students that is a dedicated space to discuss the connections between racial and LGBTQIA2S+ justice! What do we need to learn and unlearn in order to achieve liberation? Where can we find joy in activism? What do we need to do now in order to build a better future? This is intended to be a safer space to ask and seek answers within self and community. Culture change is hard and it is not impossible! REGISTER TODAY: 

Link to Register
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Friday, March 31st, 11am pm-6:30pm & Saturday, March 25th 10am-5pm

Michigan State University is celebrating its 13th annual César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration on Friday, March 31st, 2023, honoring the legacies of local and national community leaders and organizers with a special lunch on campus for MSU students, employees and community leaders. The public is welcome. This event recognizes the brave champions that secured change  for farmworkers and Latinx communities. Their historic struggles led to lifesaving improvements in working conditions and progress for workers’ rights and civil rights in America. 
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The NSO office is hiring Spartan Leaders and Orientation Interns for summer 2023! We would appreciate your support in encouraging students to apply for these positions, which will assist with welcoming our new Spartans who are joining the MSU community this fall semester. Our Orientation Intern position is a part-time (10-20 hours/week) opportunity throughout the summer (May-August). This position will be virtual, and Orientation Interns will assist with our orientation programming throughout the summer. Our Spartan Leader position is a temporary position during the month of August. 

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