"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." -Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female physician)

October 12: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SUB 168  Noon-1 p.m.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The VOICE (Victim Options in the Campus Environment) Center, a department at MSU, will present a discussion about domestic violence, its serious and lasting impacts on individuals, families and communities, and opportunities for help and change.


October 19: Hip Hop Sovereign Nations: Remixing Critical Hip Hop Pedagogy for American Indian Students

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

The hip hop cultural elements of deejaying, break dancing, graffiti art, and emceeing, etc., have foundational parallel elements found in many Indigenous cultures.centered around music, dance, art, language, creativity, resourcefulness, knowledge, social justice, self-determination, and sovereignty.  Join Native American Studies professor and self proclaimed "rez kid," Richard White, who grew up within the reservation school system, for this discussion of the ways hip hop culture has been a positive influence and provided a critical understanding of Indigeneity.  Hip hop culture can be utilized as a form of resistance against colonial pressures, and provide an avenue for students to understand many attributes of indigenous thought and action.  The strategic use of critical hip hop pedagogy also has the potential to liberatory praxis that reiterates the importance of traditional American Indian cultures, while simultaneously providing American Indian students with the opportunity to critically assess their realities and the reality of their individual tribal nations.


October 26: How to Be an LGBTQIA Allied Feminist!

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer History Month and join Ryan Erikson, MSU's new Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Student Support, and learn some basics about LGBTQIA experiences and the "Do's and Don't's" of sensitive and accepting interactions.  Join us for this workshop focused on ways to avoid committing microaggressions, while learning about intersectionality and finding out ways in which feminists and LGBTQIA allies can help one another in the struggle for equality and inclusiveness!


November 9: Bio-Energy for Stress Relief for University Students

SUB 168 Noon-1pm

Bio-energy, a long standing internationally approved nursing intervention, is recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health as a useful therapy for a number of medical diagnoses. Stress relief is one area of on-going research using this intervention. Readily available evidence describes high levels of stress among university students.  In an effort to provide and evidence based stress relief intervention for students during final exams, three pilot studies have been conducted at MSU using bio-energy.  This seminar, offered by Alice Running, Professor in the College of Nursing, will briefly discuss bio-energy fundamentals and describe the pilot research results.


November 16: Cultivating the Gratitude Habit: A Happiness Workout

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Wouldn't you like to experience greater joy? Have more energy and less stress? Sleep longer and more soundly? Be happier?  If you answered yes to these questions, join Jill Davis, MSU English instructor and creator of Imagine That! Coaching, for this lively session on cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  Learn about the scientific research that has proven that daily gratitude exercises can enhance our lives in a multitude of ways.  Practical ideas will be offered for implementing a practice to build greater appreciation in our daily lives.  Check out this seminar to jump start your Thanksgiving holiday!


November 30: A Closer Look at Human Trafficking in Montana and the United States

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

The HEART (Humble Efforts Actualizing Real Transformation) Initiative at MSU will present this seminar to raise awareness about human trafficking in Montana and the U.S., while advocating for action against this heinous crime.  A panel of student members will discuss the problem of human trafficking, efforts being made to face it's advance, and highlight that this is not, in fact a distant dilemma, but is instead a near and relevant issue facing Montana and every other state.  The HEART Initiative is a new student-led organization dedicated to inspiring action for positive change.  Join us for this important discussion about the nature of trafficking and ways to confront it. 



 "What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply." -Barbara Strickland

Sack Lunch Seminars are free, fun, informal, and open to everyone!
Sponsored by the Women's Center, a department in the division of Student Success 
SUB 372, 406-994-3836
Bring your lunch and join us!