December 1, 2020    |   Volume 2, Issue 13

TOTD: Zoom Fatigue is Real

by Gabby Wahla, WSS Graduate Assistant

Zoom fatigue is real. Many students sit at their computers all day, spend their class times on Zoom, attend student organization meetings on Zoom, and maybe even work on Zoom. On top of all of those online requirements, many social aspects are also now held online. 

Yesterday, I clocked 12 hours on various screens. Whether that was Zoom classes or meetings, watching Netflix, or scrolling on social media, my eyes are getting tired of looking at screens today. Zoom performativity is another factor that many of us face with a camera on us for hours a day. It’s hard to not be self critical and feel hopeless!

Anyone else sick of waking up every day to just be around their computer? Us too! While we know you might be sick of people saying they’ll be there for you if you need them, please know that we in WSS sincerely are here for you if you want to talk, want us to develop a fun program, or anything!

We want to ensure you know on these resources from to ensure your wellness, mentally and physically:

While we can’t give you many in-person options, we hope that you are taking care of yourself and balancing how much time you are allowing yourself in front of a screen. Go for a walk, read a book, make dinner! Do something for you that makes you happy!

Interested in sharing your own "Thought Of The Day" or TOTD? Come to WILD Wednesday or email us at

Have something to say in the WSS Weekly Zine? To submit an announcement, please email us.

In this edition of WSS Zine you'll find the following announcements...
  • Programs/Services:
    • WILD 2020 Conference a tremendous Success!
    • WILD 2021 Planning Committee
    • WSS Undergraduate Intern Application
    • WSS Online Office Hours
    • LBGTRC's Unconditional Love Fund
    • My Spartan Story Virtual Workshops
    • Understanding Pronouns Workshop
    • John Lewis: Good Trouble Now Available
    • Help Plan the MLK, Jr. Day Student Leadership Programming
    • 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
Interested in being a Women*s Student Services undergraduate intern next semester (Spring 2021)? Apply today at! Applications are due by 12/11/20. 
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.
The Unconditional Love Fund

On December 1, Giving Tuesday, please help the LBGT Resource Center support students in crisis by donating to the Unconditional Love fund.

The Unconditional Love Fund was created to provide Michigan State University students with flexible assistance in a timely manner to address extraordinary and unexpected financial hardships associated with their sexual and/or gender identity. Funds are available to students who apply to the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to unforeseen or emergency situations. This funding does not need to be repaid. Financial awards are made available to assist students with expenses that support their health, wellness, and safety.
To apply for the Unconditional Love Fund, please complete the application on the LBGTRC website. 
  • Students may apply once per semester (with a maximum of twice per academic year). 
  • Students may request up to $500.00 per application. 
  • Applications take seven business days to process. 
  • Grants are paid through the student account with the Office of Financial Aid. Applicants should be aware that the grant must be reported to the Office for Financial Aid and may affect a student’s financial aid package.
  • In order to receive assistance, you may be asked to provide documentation of your claim/need. This could include bills, receipts, invoices etc.
  • Questions? Email

Michigan State University has created a new platform and record to recognize your beyond-the-classroom learning and engagement; My Spartan Story and the Spartan Experience Record (SER). Experiences you are engaging in outside the classroom will now be formally recognized by MSU. 

Are you participating in or aspire to engage in any of the following experiences?

  • On-campus employment
  • Research
  • Internships
  • Volunteering
  • Student organizations
  • Leadership roles

These are all part of what makes you a Spartan. provides a formal way to capture and share your out-of-class experiences on your Spartan Experience Record, which can be utilized to support your personal and professional goals during your time at MSU and beyond. Your SER can be requested alongside your academic transcript through the Registrar’s Office. 

What additional learning can you track? 

Experiences that can be included on the Spartan Experience Record include any out-of-class experience that is 1) MSU sponsored, 2) does not bear academic credit, and 3) has established learning outcomes that include assessment.

Visit to track your experiences or learn about how My Spartan Story and the Spartan Experience Record can benefit you. Additionally, sign-up for a virtual My Spartan Story 101 Workshop on one of our dates listed above here (attendees are entered to win prizes!).

Understanding Pronouns Zoom Workshop
December 7, 2020; 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join us for a deep dive into pronouns! It can be difficult to speak without using pronouns. After all, we have been socialized and educated to use them. Despite the everyday use of pronouns, their impact on understanding gender expression and gender identity is often underestimated. In an effort to better serve our students and each other, please join the staff of the LBGT Resource Center for an in-depth look at pronouns. We will discuss how to ask for pronouns, how to share your own, what to do when you make a mistake, and why using “they” as a singular pronoun is not a new phenomenon! And, we will practice using they/them/theirs pronouns and other Neo-pronouns.
Register while space is available

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

Rent the film

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

Join the MLK Planning Committee
  • 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).

About Women*s Student Services
Student Life: +1 517-355-8286
Voicemail: +1 517-432-7556

Contact us!
Director: Heather D. Shea, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)
Graduate Assistant: Gabby Wahla  (she, her, hers)

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Women*s Student Services (WSS) is committed to:

  • fostering inclusive conversations that explore topics of intersectional feminism

  • building collaborations and coalitions with other student services offices and other departments on campus,

  • 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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