Feminism, the Internet and your voices

We believe the web can be used to promote social justice causes by raising awareness and passion. Dialogue can be the first step toward action. To that end, we’ve started #RUjusticechat, a series of Twitter chats moderated by members of the Roosevelt community.

For the first #RUjusticechat, Marjorie Jolles, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, led a robust discussion of feminism in the Internet age.

See the conversation on Storify, and follow us on Twitter so you can participate next time too.

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“A Rape on Campus” and a necessary discussion

In my professional and personal lives, I have listened to many people share their stories of surviving sexual assault. Some spoke with their chins lifted and their eyes locked on mine. Others looked over my head at the wall or down at their hands. I have read numerous accounts of assault, some descriptive and detailed, some vague, some plain and direct, and some poetic. I have watched performances, read fiction and scholarly articles, and taken part in conversations about sexual violence.

I have heard a lot of stories.

And that is one small way I try to help bring about change: by bearing witness.

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MAP: A life-changing resource

In my previous life—before 2013—I was a successful sales rep for a charter bus company. Back then, all I knew about MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding was that local colleges chartered motor coaches to Springfield every year for MAP Lobby Day. Little did I know that MAP would become a significant factor in my life.

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