Women of Color Circle
A student-led space to support community, health, and well-being for self-identified women of color undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae at UCSB.
In the Spring of 2012, the Women of Color Circle was formed as a space to support community, health, and well-being for self-identified women of color undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae at UCSB. Since then, we have developed the Circle as a group dedicated to community building, community and self-care, wellness, and sustainability. We hold weekly meditation sittings, discussion sessions, film screenings, and social gatherings.
We and our families are from Mexico, the Philippines, Armenia, Lebanon, China, Thailand, Egypt, the Chickasaw Nation, India, Pakistan, Korea, Colombia, Vietnam, Japan, Cuba, and Native American, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander, Latina and African American roots. From the very start, our work has been initiated and determined by students to address a need for a formal, student-led space that unites women of color at UCSB across age, discipline, and ethnic boundaries. We are a collective of women, queer, immigrant, and working class mothers and students of color.
In Fall 2012, the Women of Color Circle hosted a workshop with nancy Chargualaf martin, a Santa Barbara artist trained in a variety of healing modalities, who led a special class offering techniques for meditation and self-care.
In Winter 2013, we hosted a campus-wide screening, dinner, and discussion of the documentary, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 and a community brunch.
In Spring 2013, members from the Women of Color Circle presented at the UCSB Diversity Forum. There, we voiced our concerns about funding for first-generation college students in need, women of color graduate student admission, retention, and faculty salary inequities at the intersections of race and gender. We also hosted a spoken word/writing workshop with spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and a screening of Sally Tran's API Hair & Queerness documentary. Finally, we closed out the year with an end-of-year brunch.
For more information about the Women of Color Circle, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women of Color Circle is funded through The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice
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