February Newsletter 2018

GenEQ Events

OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday, 2/6 from 11am – 1pm.


Come by to learn about our program and get all your questions answered.

In addition to our amazing resources and free snacks and giv

eaways, this year, GenEQ is hosting a CLOTHING EXTRAVAGANZA at our Open House!  Did we say, Free to students?!







FEBRUARY is Black History Month


GenEQ is hosting the first film of the Black History Month Movie Series!  On Tuesday, February 6th   after GenEQ’s Open House, check out the screening of:  T’aint Nobody’s Bizness:  Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s.

Location:  TBD



Can’t make this film?  Student Leadership’s Event’s Board is organizing film showings every Tuesday in February between 12pm and 2pm. Check with Student Leadership for the detailed schedule and locations.

Other Campus Events


Feb 1st @ 2pm in Stage One Theatre Dialogues on Diversity: The Movement

Hosted by Student Leadership


Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle is a visual chronicle which highlights many of the political, social and cultural markers of the roughly 50 years since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This theatrical production features EMMY Award winning actor Ron Jones. Jones plays multiple characters and takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience.


WHEN: 10:00am Thu April 12 – 4:00pm Sat April 14 (incl. transportation)

WHERE: Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA

PRICE: Free for students. If accepted, hotel, registration fee, transportation in vans, and most meals will be covered by North Seattle College. Spots are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students are eligible if they submit an application by the deadline, have a 2.0 GPA, and are enrolled for 5 credits at North Seattle College during spring quarter. Special cases will be considered.

Contact: julius.rodriguez@seattlecolleges.edu, call 206-934-3650, or stop by office CC1446D

Over 900 students from all over Washington State attend SOCC!
This 3-day event has been happening since 1990 and is a great opportunity for all students to learn about diversity, experience an affirming environment, and explore their own and others’ identities. You will improve your skills for navigating college, employment, activism, self-care, and more. The conference consists of workshops, keynote speeches, networking, and fun activities, e.g. dance, game room, open mic. SOCC welcomes students of all ages, religions, sexual orientations, citizenship status, dis/abilities, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, political beliefs, etc.
SOCC provides a positive environment for meeting role models and students from other colleges in WA State, discovering resources, boosting your confidence, and having fun! White allies are welcome and get a chance to learn about white identity and privilege. The goal of the conference is to support all students to become more active participants in your own lives.
Space is limited, so apply today!

Check out last year’s program: http://www.mssdc.com/pdf/SOCC-program-2017-2.pdf
Watch these short videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcPMBRwQXBg ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=duFVZ3xWUho

The North Seattle College Library welcomes children and adults to our new FREE program, North Star Story Time

  • Join us in our family-friendly study room, Tuesday, February 13th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in room 3625, 3rd floor.
  • Registration is not required, but parents/caregivers are asked to sign in and list their child’s age (no name).
  • North Star Story Time is every second Tuesday of the month during except summer quarter.


Would you like to sign up to read a story? Presently, we need one additional reader for March and additional readers for April – December. Please note: there is no story time during summer. North Seattle College Staff and Faculty are invited to sign up here:



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The Winter 2018 Quarterly District-wide Book Read, sponsored by the NSC Library and TLC, is “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” by Daily Show host, Trevor Noah.

Book Availability: Funding from District Faculty Development, DICE, and AFT Seattle has provided free books (while they last) for faculty and staff who participate in discussion sessions, to reflect on the learning from the book and how the themes apply to our campus communities.

  • Faculty and staff may sign up for a discussion session and pick up books at the Research Help Desk in the Library.
  • Students and other participants can borrow available copies on course reserve at the Library Circulation Desk.
  • Faculty are encouraged to use the book in their classes, perhaps including participation in the discussions as extra credit.

“Born A Crime” Book Discussion Schedule:
(All sessions meet in the Library Seminar Room, LB 2236B)

  • Thursday, February 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (NOTE: this session is part of Faculty Development/TLC Collaboration Day)
  • Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 – 2:00pm
  • Thursday, February 22, 4:30am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Discussion Online Sign-up.  If you have your own book or are using a reserve copy, please be sure to remember to sign up online.

FULL URL https://tinyurl.com/winter18read 

NORTH STUDENTS!  Let your voice be heard!

Diversity and Inclusion Council for Equity (DICE), a campus-wide policy and program influencing body, composed of NSC employees and students.  We meet quarterly and want to hear from you!  Join us to share your concerns, questions, suggestions, or kudos!  5 minutes per student.

  • Who:  YOU, NSC Students
  • What:  DICE Student Open Comment Period
  • When:  Thursday, February 22, 10:40am – 11am
  • Where:  President’s Boardroom
  • (2nd Floor, College Center BLDG, Office of the President)

Questions?  Email chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu or call 206-934-4606.

Community Events


When: February 1st 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle 98144

Storytelling is an ancient human technology meant to encapsulate information and build connections. We are all capable of sharing our stories and more importantly, to witnessing and hearing each other with openness and compassion.

Many of us set out with the very best of intentions but are not always able to discern how best to implement our ideals. This course will allow participants hands-on practice using the fundamentals of storytelling: intentions vs. impact, inciting action, deep listening, facing challenges, and resolution; to bring about measurable and meaningful change in their lives and at their organizations.

How can we strategically explore and dismantle problematic racial structures in our organizations using our own personal stories?

During this training, facilitators will guide participants in the following:

+ Exploring institutional narratives and the structures.
+ Practicing deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege.
+ Role-play for navigating difficult conversations.

Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work.

Register at the link below:

GSBA Young Professionals with Pride

Are you looking for ways to get involved in the community and to expand your professional and social networks?

Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) events are an excellent way to meet civic and community leaders, build relationships with other LGBT and allied professionals (21-39), and to take advantage of opportunities to increase personal and professional networks through social, educational, and philanthropic activities. YPP is open to all industries, from tech to corporate to the nonprofit sector, all are welcome! A priority of YPP, is to be inclusive of everyone’s professional experiences and to build bridges between all identities of the LGBTQ and Allied communities.

This month, we’re introducing you to Seattle’s newest queer entertainment company, A Sensible Theatre Co., and DJ MIXX America.

When: February 6th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Seattle 116 Pike St, Seattle 98101

“As we were walking through Capitol Hill, I realized, ‘I can do this. I can be here. I can work here and make a difference.’ I want to follow the example of all these incredible leaders we are meeting and become an agent of change.” -Yaneth Mora Lopez, PLEN Alumna

Launch your policy career in Washington, DC at the PLEN Women and Congress seminar March 12-16, 2018. PLEN seminars give you the chance to discuss current policy issues, visit institutions and organizations in DC, and launch you career through intimate coaching sessions on networking, resume writing, and salary negotiation. During all seminars, you will network with distinguished women at the top of their fields while building connections with your peers from across the country.

From intern to Chief of Staff, policy associate to policy director, and staff assistant to Senator, learn about the paths that women before you have taken to become policy leaders working with Capitol Hill. You will hear from Washington’s top lobbyists, Capitol Hill staffers, advocates, and communications professionals who shape our country’s policy agenda on a daily basis.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend your spring break in the nation’s capital!

Scholarships for PLEN seminars are available and accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, go to http://plen.org/scholarships.

In The News

A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

#ShePersisted to #MeToo: Women’s March marks year of resistance

Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

How these Washington state foster kids are beating the odds: Treehouse program helps teens graduate

The government shutdown is over but the immigration fight has just begun

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

What are you watching when you watch the Super Bowl?

Did you know?

(This month GenEQ is highlighting awesome amenities at our college that are often overlooked)

The Mamava Lactation Station

fileA safe, private, secure space on the second floor of the HSSR building in the NW corner to  to support the women on are campus that need breastfeed or pump.

Family Friendly Study Room

The Library now has a designated child-friendly study room.  Group study room 3235 on the top floor is a family-friendly space that can be reserved online using the Reserve Group Study tool.  The intention is that students have a space on campus where they can bring their children with them when they study.  The room includes a kids’ table and chair, books, and toy blocks.  Questions: See Policies page for Children in the Library policy.

King County Public Health Nurse

All services are free and confidential:

  • Birth Control/ Family Planning
  • Your health, STDs, pregnancy
  • Finding a doctor or dentist
  • Getting on the WIC program
  • Counselling resources
  • Applying for medical insurance

Monday thru Friday 8:00am-1:00pm

Opportunity Center Building, 2nd floor
9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: (206) 934-7471

Looking for jobs?

The WorkSource at North Seattle campus offers workshops on building resumes, job search, preparing for interviews and more! Check out their calendar here.

“A Bit About Your Bits” event in Review!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by GenEQ’s tabling in the Grove this past week!  GenEQ partnered with Planned Parenthood and Cedar River Feminist Clinics to bring  you access to reproductive health information and resources!  Each day of the week we highlighted different topics:

  • Monday — Contraception
  • Tuesday — Women’s Reproductive Health
  • Wednesday — Menstration
  • Thursday — Transgender Reproductive Health
  • Friday — Men’s Reproductive Health



January Newsletter 2018

Welcome back!

Picture: Fernanda Jardim

We hope you all enjoyed the winter break and are ready for a New Year!  Some students are getting ready to graduate, others have just started a quarter at North Seattle College, and GenEQ is excited to support your journey!

GenEQ Events for Winter Quarter 2018

Mark your calendars!

01/23 GenEQ Outreach Tabling @Grove 11:30am – 1:30pm
01/29-02/02 A Bit About Your Bits @Grove 11:00 am – 2:00pm
02/6   GenEQ Annual Open House @Grove, 11:30am – 1:30pm
02/14 GenEQ Valentine’s Day Infograms @Grove 11:30am – 1:30pm
03/1   NSC Film Series: Women’s History Month.  Film TBD, @Grove Seminar Room, 11:30am – 1:30pm
03/8  International Women’s Day @Grove 12pm – 2pm


The GenEQ student team is incubating ideas, and we will announce them in our February newsletter!

GenEQ will be in the Grove to welcome you back on January 23rd @11:30m – 1:30pm

Stop by to say hello and learn about the resources that we offer on campus or upcoming events!

A Bit About Your Bits- A week of awareness about reproductive health @Grove 11am – 2pm

Geneq is bringing to our campus a week of awareness about reproductive health. Featuring representatives from Planned Parenthood and Cedar River clinics, we hope to provide clear information and convenient access to resources. Each day of the week will be focused on different topics:

MONDAY – Contraception

TUESDAY – Women’s Reproductive Health (Cedar River clinics)

WEDNESDAY – Menstruation

THURSDAY – Trans Health (Cedar River clinics)

FRIDAY – Men’s Reproductive Health

Other Campus Events

Winter Fest – January 10th 10am-2pm @The Grove

Art by Student Leadership Office

From Student Leadership:  “Come celebrate the cold weather with us Wed Jan 10, 10:00-2:00 in the courtyard and Grove. We will have a club fair, live music, hot chocolate bar, and a live ice sculpting demonstration.”


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Community Events

44th Annual Community Celebration of MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

When: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Doors open at 11 a.m.
Location: Mount Zion Baptist Church Directions/Parking

South Seattle College Art Gallery presents: Revealing today’s Northwest Coastal Peoples: Native Cultural Gatherings

For more event information: http://www.southseattle.edu/student-life/art-gallery/

When: November 13th – January 26th
Hours: 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (subjected to change)
Location: Jerry Brockey Student Center, South Seattle College

L.E.E.F. Leaders in equity, environment & facilitation

Leaders in Environment, Equity, and Facilitation (LEEF) is about helping young people grow their voice, develop leadership skills in diverse communities, become adept urban environmental educators, and positively impact their communities as professional challenge course facilitators, naturalists and leaders. The LEEF program offers participants a combination of mentorship, paid work experience, outdoor opportunities, leadership training and professional development. Upon completion of the program, participants may continue their professional development through potential part time work at Camp Long and other community organizations while bringing these skills back to their communities.

See eligibility requirements and Apply here.

Sno-King Meaningful Movies

Following the Ninth
Saturday, January 13, 2018   7:00 PM

“Where words fail, music speaks.”  In his final symphony, Beethoven created an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering.  At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth over loudspeakers.    In Chile, women sang the Ninth at torture prisons for men inside.  The Berlin Wall collapsed to the sound of Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth as an “Ode to Freedom.”

Admission free – public invited
Stay after the film for a musical celebration of Ode to Joy
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation
8109 224th St SW
Edmonds, WA 98026
1/2 mile W of Hwy 99, bus rts: 101, 115, Swift

Presented by
Peace and Justice Committee, Edmonds UU Congregation
Snohomish County Peace Action
Social Action Ministry, Shoreline UU Church
For more information visit www.meaningfulmovies.org

2018-19  American Indian Endowed Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to an in-state American Indian community pursue undergraduate and graduate studies.

More information here.

In The News

Poignant photographs chronicle the evolution of the American family

If Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama shows us anything, it’s that we desperately need change 

Hormonal birth control and cancer risk: How to sort it out

At the Supreme Court, the cake baker’s reasoning falls flat

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

Did you know?

13th Year Promise Scholarship For Ingraham High School seniors

The purpose of the 13th Year Promise Scholarship is to increase access to higher education for our community’s students, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students). The scholarship is open to all graduates from Ingraham High School (beginning with the class of 2018), regardless of GPA, income or other factors. All participating students are guaranteed to have one year of in-state tuition covered through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds. Once enrolled as full-time students, participants can pursue the program that best fits their interests, including academic transfer degrees to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, a high-demand Bachelors of Applied Science degree, or professional/technical career training for a fast-track into the workforce. More information here.

Seattle Blues

Picture: KOMO News

Washington is a beautiful State, but winter  time here can be hard on some people. The day gets darker earlier, and the combination with cold and rain might let us feeling a little blue. Here are some tips to scare away that feeling:

  • Located on the 2nd floor the library offers “Happy Light” it supposed to improve energy, mood & sleep!
  • Meditation room @ED2724B 7am-7pm
  • Wellness Center offers drop in classes, and it is equipped with weights, workout machines and  a basketball course
  • Crisis helpline 1-800-272-8255
  • Counseling at NSC

Remember, if it is a life-threatening situation call 911.

Get involved at NSC!

Interested in making new friends or sharing hobbies and activities with others? Consider signing up for a club!
If you have questions about clubs or how to start your own, please contact the Student Club Coordinator, Janet Hoppe-Leonard (Advisor) (206) 934-3642, or Renee Infelise (Advisor) (206) 934-3648.

Black Student Union

Feminist Alliance


Human Rights Club

La Raza Unida


Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)


December Events Photo Journal





December Newsletter 2017

Winter is coming and so are the holidays celebrations. At a time when many people gather with friends and family, we want to acknowledge that it can be very difficult for those who are far away from home or when their families don’t give the support desired. In addition, with finals and the ending of Fall quarter, things can become overwhelming.  GenEQ wants to ensure our students are fully supported.  We will be offering goodies bags in the Grove on December 5th and 7th.

Remember, anyone can always stop by our office to say hello. We are located at College Center Building, on the 2nd floor in the Student Success Services area.

GenEQ hours will be limited over the winter break. Check the “Contact Us” tab for more information on which hours and how you can make an appointment.

We have updated out “Meet the Staff” section. Check it out!

Good Luck with Finals!

GenEQ will be in the Grove from 12pm to 2pm on December 5th and 7th

Come get free treats. We are offering goodie bags and wishing good luck to everyone with finals! Stop by to guarantee yours!

Many thanks!!!

We would like to thank everyone that supported GenEQ by attending our events this year or reading our newsletter, and especially our collaborators: Student Leadership, Phi Theta Kappa, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, La Raza Unida club, the Teaching & Learning Center and all faculty and staff that shared emails and encouraged students to attend.

In Fall Quarter, GenEQ realized events to raise awareness and visibility for LGBTQIA+ students and employees at National Coming Out Day and Transgender Day of Remembrance. As a continuation of the NSC Film Series, we screened two films, Viva La Causa and AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock, highlighting community organizing efforts and peaceful protests. GenEQ also hosted the Clothesline Project in the Grove as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On the upcoming quarters, we will continue to bring more events to campus with the themes from this year and new ones too. If you have an idea and would like to share, we are eager to listen to them. Also, we welcome volunteers to help us on our events! Email genEQ@seattlecolleges.edu if you’d like to volunteer.

To faculty that would like us to collaborate with your class, please contact us now so we can start working on it.

Campus Events

Black Student Union (BSU) Informational Session, December 6th at 1pm in room C1353A.

Stop by to learn more about BSU and how to get involved!  Opportunities available for everyone from leadership positions to volunteering and more.


Community Events

Under the Rainbow: Storytelling for LGBTQ+ & Allies, December 11th 6:30-7:30pm, Edmonds Public Library650 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Hear stories, join the conversation, or just listen! No admission fee, free refreshments. Sponsored by the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition.

In the News

Election night brings historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates

Second Judge Blocks Trump’s Transgender Ban in the Military

California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third Gender

Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

Did you know?

On November 16th as part of the NSC film series, GenEQ screened the film “Awake: A Dream From the Standing Rock”, a documentary about the peaceful resistance of Native Americans against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.  On the same day as the film screening, the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, leaked approximately 210,000 gallons three miles away from Armherst, SD.  This is not the first of the pipeline’s leaks.  Part of the problem is TransCanada’s designation of the area in which the pipeline runs through South Dakota as “low consequence”.


Food insecurity is a common problem among  many households in the U.S. and that includes college students.  Research on North Seattle Campus shows that 46% students identified as not having enough to eat.  In order to make a positive impact and work to reduce this number, the Student Leadership has been working on the implementation of a Food Pantry on Campus.  It happened a few times this year as a “Pop-up” pantry.  GenEQ partnered with Student Leadership to make it happen one more time before the end of the quarter.  It took place in the North Star Dining room on November 30th.  The Food Pantry served a diverse group of students with offerings like cereal, instant noodles, canned soups, beans and chili, fresh fruit, and even free umbrellas!  Items were organized by color and symbols.  To increase accessibility, no ID were required for this pantry.

Ongoing Food Banks in the area, like the North Helpline and the U-District Food Bank, offer assistance to students with student IDs.

North Helpline
12736 33rd Av NE – Seattle, WA 98125

U-District Food Bank
5017 Roosevelt Way NE – Seattle, WA 98105

Get Involved

Would you like to get involved and make a difference in our community? Check out these opportunities:

Mary’s Place  – Mary’s place empower homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Lambert’s house  -Lambert House is a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills.

November Events Photo Journal



November Newsletter 2017

NSC Film Series:  “AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock” on Thursday, 11/16 @12pm Grove Seminar Room

NSC 4th Annual Film Series – AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

Standing Rock North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock is a collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather, Writer Floris White Bull, and environmental Academy Award Nominated filmmakers James Spione and Josh Fox.

In the next 14 days, learn more about what’s been happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock in the last year and today.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Monday, 11/20 @11am Baxter Center, a GenEQ & Student Leadership Collaboration

Join us in the Baxter Center (1st Floor College Center, south of the Student Leadership Office) to share in remembrance of trans lives and celebration of trans resistance and survival.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual global observance on November 20, that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

GenEQ and Student Leadership will host a pop-up art gallery featuring the creative works from individuals in the local Puget Sound trans community.

Other Campus Events



Playback Theatre Performance! on Tuesday, 11/14 @12pm – 1pm CC1161 (1st floor College Center Bldg, adjacent to N. Star Dining Room and South of the Security Office)

part of the Creating a Culturally Inclusive Campus Series co-hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Faculty Development Coordinator

What is Playback Theatre?

Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.  Playback theatre methodologies can also be found in the field of psychodrama.

The group performing on 11/14, Pasajer@s, loosely translates as passengers but it also relates to the idea of that which is transitory or temporary.  Pasajer@s Playback is a local theatre group dedicated to presenting playback theatre with an emphasis on social change and anti-oppression.  The theme for the performance on 11/14 will involve narratives speaking to individual’s changing access to privilege.

Come tell your story or witness a story and be part of the performance!

Phi Theta Kappa and Student Leadership present a film showing, then panel discussion. Wednesday, 11/15 @12pm – 2pm. Featured film:  The IF Project.  Baxter Events Center (1st Floor College Center Building).



  • Kim Bogucki, Seattle Police Department
  • Articia Venigas
  • Michelle Brownlee
  • Felisa Bryant

Speaking Out art and politics in words at the NSC Art Gallery. Exhibit open through 11/10.

NSC Art Gallery open every Monday – Friday noon – 7pm.

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Community Events

This month GenEQ is highlighting professional development and personal development workshops hosted by the Northwest Network.

NWNetwork WorkItOut

Working It Out will give participants an opportunity to explore their values, boundaries, expectations and power dynamics in the workplace. Sustainable workplace relationships are really folks who rely on paid work to support themselves and their family, so during this 2 part webinar, we will cover the following:

  • Skills that increase self-advocacy and boundary setting in the workplace
  • Basic knowledge of Washington State and Federal Protections for vulnerable workers
  • Ways that workplace relationships can support LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Emerging resources that support LGBTQ workers

This is a two part webinar. Please register for part 1 and part 2, if you can only attend one part or if you need interpretation and/or captioning, please email me at aimee-josiane@nwnetwork.org for support.  (This is an online webinar hosted by Adobe Connect; conference calls are also supported for folks unable to get online)

Part 1: Tuesday 7 November 2017, 02:30 PM – Tuesday 7 November 2017, 04:30 PM


Part 2: Tuesday 14 November 2017, 02:30 PM – Tuesday 14 November 2017, 04:30 PM




Relationship Skills Class is a 7 week course that aims to get you the skills you need for the relationships you want.  Hosted by the NW Network.

The class topics will include:

  • Analyzing power & liberation
  • Identifying cultural norms & personal values
  • Negotiating expectations
  • Accountability
  • Naming & setting boundaries
  • Addressing conflict &
  • Strengthening support networks!

For this series, the classes will be every Monday starting January 8, 2018 from 6-8:30pm in the NW Network’s Community Engagement Center located in the basement of the Columbia City Church of Hope: 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle, WA 98118.

You can reserve your spot here.

*Interpreters are available and happily provided. Please if you are in need an interpreter, please notify NW Network  by December 9, 2017.

This class is offered on a sliding-scale: $0 to $90 donations.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships & Trades available

This class is open to:

  • Bisexual people & their friends & loved ones
  • Trans people & their friends & loved ones
  • Other LGBTQ people and is open to all
  • Regardless of relationship status or history

For more information, accessibility questions or to register contact call: 206.568.7777 or email: aimee-josiane@nwnetwork.org

In the News

Increasing Restriction on Women’s Access to Affordable Reproductive Healthcare

Texas: Trump Administration Blocks Undocumented Teen from Getting Abortion

Women’s Rights Group Sue Education Department over DeVos’s Title IX Action

APACEVotes: We must continue to encourage AAPIs to run for office

Did You Know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

There has been a resurgence to block women’s access to reproductive healthcare and reproductive safety.  For millennia, women had common knowledge of which plants can be used for effective contraception.  This knowledge still exists today–albeit difficult to find or often dismissed.  Did you know… queen anne’s lace AKA wild carrot is a powerful emmenagogue?  Do your own research and see what you can learn!


The past month, mainstream media and social media has been alive with the millions of women’s stories of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence (and the conversation continues).  This bubbling can be traced to the recent focus on Harvey Weinstein, Alissa Milano, and the #MeToo social media campaign (but let’s not forget the efforts of Tarana Burke, whose efforts lead to the formation of metoo.support).  Around the same time, Buzzfeed published an article focusing attention on an internal document that recently began circulating among women working in media.

Read different perspectives about this issue here, here, and here.

The #MeToo Twitter campaign was at least the second of its kind since decades of sexual abuse allegations emerged against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

You, yourself, may have shared a #MeToo story.  Speaking with resilience to continue to share our stories of sexual harassment and violence and be clear about the gendered pattern of the harassment and violence until the issue is taken seriously and justice is served.  Too often, in the wake of a sexual harassment and assault media buzz, we dismiss the perpetrators of violence and they are left invisible, unnamed, unknown.

You, yourself, may have shared a #IHave story.  Speaking with courage to begin to speak publicly about how we contribute to rape culture and an environment where men’s and masculine experience, voice, desire, and needs are taken more seriously and have more weight than women’s those who are perceived as more feminine, regardless of their gender identity.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., has a crystal clear 17-minute TED talk outlining how violence against women is a men’s issue and is men’s violence against women.  Learn how the cloak of silence and omission condones masculine behaviors of control, entitlement, and ultimately violence socially, linguistically, and politically.

For more thought-provoking media about masculinity, male-ness, and violence perpetrated to women, children of all genders, and other men, check out Tony Porter’s message or Mike Morrell’s “Open Letter To My Brothers In Light of #MeToo”.

Additional resources can be found at Men Can Stop Rape and Stop Street Harassment.

Immediate ways men can change work and life culture with these simply behaviors (sourced from TheGuardian):

  • Talk to your friend who is “kind of a creep” at work.
  • When you see another guy talk over a woman, say: “Hey, she was saying something.”
  • Don’t talk over women.
  • If you are asked to be on a panel/team and see that it’s all men, say something. Maybe even refuse the spot!  (…and recommend a female colleague or two to sit on the panel)
  • Remember men of color speak for men of color; give space for women of color to talk and be heard too

Rampant sexual abuse exists in sports because Title IX requirements do no extend to club sports and organized sports outside of educational institutions.  Where there are no procedures to hold individuals accountable to reporting sexual assault, adult male coaches have the freedom to target and abuse–verbally, psychologically, and sexually–their proteges.


GenEQ and NSC care about our students and employees who are parents to young children.  In 2015, GenEQ urged NSC to provide dedicated lactation space to students and employees.  That year, the College responded!  We have a safe and secure lactation space located on the north wall, 2nd Floor of the HSSR building.  It’s a community effort to maintain life affirming amenities at North.  Get the word out to your students and colleagues; help ease their transition back to work and school.

toiletTwo new all gender bathrooms added to North Seattle College!  Where?!  Located on the main floor of the Library, just west of the Library entrance.  These bathrooms are multi-stall all gender bathrooms.  NSC Facilities worked diligently over the summer to finish these bathrooms in time for the new school year.

NSC Facilities is interested in general impressions and constructive feedback about these new all gender bathrooms.  These bathrooms in the Library will become the model for future all gender bathrooms at NSC.

Submit your comment and suggestions to:  NSCStudentAdvocacy@seattlecolleges.edu or drop a note to Student Leadership staff in the Student Leadership office (1st floor, College Center Building).

October Events Photo Journal


October Newsletter 2017

October is here!!

NSC, join us for lunchtime learning!


This week:  National Coming Out Day, Wednesday, 10/11, 10:30am – 1pm.  Stop by the Grove to show your support, be in community, and say hello to GenEQ staff.

Next Week:  Kicking off the 4th annual film series!  GenEQ in collaboration with Latinos Unidos is hosting a showing of Viva La Causa, 10/17, 11am Grove Seminar Room. This film really hits home, come and hear how our students life experiences connect with history.


End of October:  October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Join GenEQ to support survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.  Stop by the Grove, Tuesday or Wednesday, 10/24 and 10/25 between 11am and 1pm to be in community, and engage in a the conversation.  Stories told by NSC student and employees who are survivors are captured on the clothesline we will have on display.  Come add your narrative or pick up information to learn more how to support survivors of this type of violence.



In the News

So, it seems like everyone’s been talking about Colin Kaepernick and more are now protesting with him.  Many people, feminists and women have already been boycotting the NFL because it is an institution of toxic masculinity and gender segregation.  Kaepernick offers yet another reason to boycott the NFL.


In other news, recently there has been another restriction on women’s access to birth control and an attach on reproductive rights.

Learn more about the issues!  Be informed and get the details.

Check out this summary of the tactics used by people, groups, and the state to try and prevent women’s access to birth control. Rather read about the issue from the NY Times or on Salon.com?

The ACLU has a publication out with even more legal details surrounding the issue.

At times when contraception and birth control are getting more tightly regulated and access restricted, NSC students can pick up free condoms at GenEQ (2nd Floor College Center, behind the Advising Front Desk) or the KC Public Health Nurses office (2nd Floor OCE&E Building, east end of the DSHS office).

Did you know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

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September Newsletter 2017

Welcome and welcome back everyone! The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEQ) is here to serve YOU!

Feeling stressed? Need resources? Have questions about equity? GenEQ is here to help! Email geneq@seattlecolleges.edu to get started.

GenEQ is Hiring RIGHT NOW!

GenEQ is HIRING work study students for the 2017-18 academic year!  Hours are flexible to accommodate your classes, pay is $15/hr to do exciting and impactful work!

Do you have work-study?  Stop by GenEQ with your work study award letter, resume and a cover letter sharing why you want to work with GenEQ or email to:  chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu.

Don’t qualify for work study?  Apply anyways, we have limited student part-time hourly positions available for the 2017-18 academic year.  Submit a resume and cover letter sharing why you want to work with GenEQ, email to: chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu.

We are looking for social justice oriented and self-motivated individuals to join the team! 

GenEQ’s Fall Quarter Events Schedule

GenEQ is revving up for another year of awesome programming.  Here’s a sneak preview of our programs planned for Fall Quarter:

  • 10/11 11am – 1pm National Coming Out Day (Grove)
  • 10/17 11am – 12pm NSC Film Series:  Viva la Causa, the story of Cesar Chavez and a great movement for social justice (Grove Seminar Room)
  • 10/24 11am – 1pm Clothesline Project:  healing from domestic violence (Grove)
  • 10/25 11am – 1pm Clothesline Project:  healing from domestic violence (Grove)
  • 11/14 12pm – 1pm Playback Theater Performance, stories about our changing access to privilege (CC1161)
  • 11/16 12pm – 1:30pm  NSC Film Series: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (Grove Seminar Rm)
  • 11/20 11am – 1pm Transgender Day of Remembrance (Baxter)

Community Events

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultures presents…

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
BorderLands Community Response Center
RSVP here

Join us at the BorderLands Community Response Center, an afternoon of workshops, discussions, art-making, and healing led by artist Pedro Lasch at King Street Station with representatives from regional artists and community organizations including:

21 Progress  

Black Prisoners Caucus
artist Marita Dingus – healing through doll-making
artist Henry Luke – protest sign-making
NW Immigrant Rights Project
Red Eagle Soaring

Saturday, October 8, 2017, 3 – 6 p.m.
Pedro Lasch Artist Talk, regional artists slideshow, and Performance produced by Evan Flory-Barnes
RSVP here

The afternoon will include an artist talk by Pedro Lasch, a 20X20 presentation by local artists and a performance of Abstract Nationalism curated by Evan Flory-Barnes. Artist presentations will be followed by a community celebration with refreshments and a set by DJ Randy Engstrom.

DRAGON LADY is now playing at The Jones Playhouse Theatre!


by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell
September 5-October 1

At The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse | 4045 University Way NE, Seattle


Review | Show Info | Tickets & Performance Schedule

In the News


Need $$$ to pay for DACA renewal?

Simply apply at LC4DACA.org and MAF will send a check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. The deadline to renew DACA is October 5 for eligible participants, so apply for this scholarship as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about your DACA renewal, legal clinics are available to help you with your application. You can find a list for Washington state here: https://www.nwirp.org/op

tions-after-daca-community-forums/ and http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/daca#top

Folks residing in Washington, if you have any questions about this process or problems during your application, please email 21progress directly at daca@21progress.org. If you are outside of Washington state, please contact MAF directly: (888) 274-4808.

Did you know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diver

sity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

What do Men have to do with Women’s Reproductive Rights?

On his third day in office, President Trump signed the new and worse global gag rule, a restriction on international organizations that receive U.S. global health assistance that blocks them from using their own, non-U.S. funds to provide or refer women to abortion services. And lest we forget: he signed that presidential memorandum with seven men and zero women standing behind him.  Click here to read the full article.

Reproductive Rights? Reproductive Justice? Huh?


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Our Mission

The Gender Equity Resource Center is a campus leader that promotes social justice, responsible action and accountability.  Our programs support historically underrepresented students at NSC.

In our actions,

We strive to be free from violence, homophobia, trans*phobia, sexism, classism, ableism, racism and discrimination based on immigration status.

We affirm all bodies, identities, and backgrounds.

We design events and programming to foster community and empowering expressions of masculinity, femininity and gender.

We change lives through education.

Thanks for Reading!


Th GenEQ Team



GenEQ Hiring Students for 2017-18!

Get paid to work for gender and social justice at North Seattle College!

Part-time student employment opportunities available.  To apply, email your resume, a cover letter sharing why you want to work for GenEQ, and your Fall Quarter class schedule to:  chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu

Applications accepted now through the 2nd week of Fall Quarter.