Students in Action
'Wonderwoman' Kiman Kaur
This is my fourth year working at the Women's Resource Center as a Go Girlz intern. Working in the WRC seemed like a place where I could practice activism and engage with the community. Many of the girls in Go Girlz are from neighborhoods similar to mine, and there a lot of women of color that we work with, as well. So, with this position it felt necessary for me to go back and help other individuals who had goals like I did. I wanted to mentor them, but not pressure them to attend college. I want to help them achieve their goals, whatever they are.
I wish I knew that just because you’re on a university campus, it does not mean that people are aware of certain things. You might think, “I’m at the university, so maybe people won't be as ignorant about issues.” But that wasn't true, and it made my first semester really difficult. In class, we’d talk about important issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, etc., and then students would say horrible things and I was thinking, “Oh, I thought we were over this. Why are people like you here?” I didn't know just how toxic the university, and certain classrooms, could be towards folk like me, who are so driven to deconstruct all these different things. I also didn’t expect to have other people to be like, “No I'm just going to totally undermine your existence.” I wasn't really prepared for all of that.
My mom has always been my role model in more ways than she knows. She's been that one figure in my life that's been constant and consistent through everything. Coming to school, she's been the person who keeps me attached to my roots. It's always nice to go home and talk to her about what I'm doing without using all this feminist jargon; she may not necessarily understand everything that I'm experiencing up here, but she's consistently been the person who I've looked up to. She's the core of our family and I don't know where our family would be without her. I greatly aspire to be like her. I feel that woman like her don't get enough credit for everything they do, so centering her, her experiences, and our relationship has been really important to me.
That's really hard for me. The concept of self-care is really interesting because I realize that it's not something that I can do alone. Caring for myself, by myself, is never a thing. I've talked with a few people about the concept of community care and how a group of individuals comes together to heal. Honestly, spaces with women of color have been the most healing for me and I don't know where I would be without all these amazing women of color in my life. I also think going home and having a human conversation with my mom and doing little things like making food together. In some capacity, I do need to be alone and read poetry, but for the most part, I really do need people.
We often talk about recruiting more women to the university, but I don't know if that's the solution. We should focus on how we can sustain women and their existence by taking care of their mental health, and making sure when they arrive, they’re happy in all capacities. I think of how I came to college, and how it was easy to get my foot in the door, but sustaining myself is harder. It’s about sustaining those voices and identities, rather than getting bodies here.
Also, [the U needs to] recognize that women bring many different identities [with them]. It’s very disappointing to go to spaces that say, “We're here for women,” but not my kind of woman. Those places don’t deal with brown women, and other complex issues. I think we need more understanding that experiences aren’t grounded in one part of our identities, but in all of these intersecting parts. We also can’t just care about women because they are women; but because they are intersectional beings deserving of respect and support.
I wish there were more spaces on campus for women of color to be seen for everything that they are and everything we're doing for this campus. In different parts of our university, women of color are leading big movements and doing great things, but we're not getting credit or recognition for everything that we do. We’re not seen or heard enough, and I don't think that that's fair. The University of Utah needs to do more than recognize us with a plaque. That would be incredibly revolutionary. I wish there was more love for all that we do. I also think that the university could offer more scholarships for women of color. I think that would be really awesome. Like I said, we’re doing amazing things up here and having that kind of access would be really important.
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
The Women’s Resource Center would like to thank the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation for their generous support for our Emergency Fund Grant Program. The Marriner S. Eccles Foundation has supported the WRC the past five years with our initiative to develop and maintain an Emergency Fund Grant Program. We believe (and research indicates) that emergency funds are a vital component in the retention and graduation of students at the University of Utah.
A big thank you to the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation for their continued support!
Utah Arts Festival
The Women’s Resource Center would like to enthusiastically extend big “Thank You’ to the Utah Arts Festival folks for donating tickets for students to attend the 2017 Utah Arts Festival at Library Square.
We especially appreciate the support for so many of our adult learners who are parents, students, and go girlz who wouldn’t normally be able to attend the festival with their family.
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
The Women’s Resource Center would like to thank the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for their generous and ongoing support of scholarships and emergency funds for students at the University of Utah. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation has supported the WRC efforts to retain and graduate women students since 2006. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation was created to improve the lives of others and the world in which we live. Founded by the late biotechnology pioneer and entrepreneur James LeVoy Sorenson and his wife, education philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson, the foundation provides support for a wide range of endeavors, from community development and education to health care, scientific and artistic pursuits.
We are so grateful to have been the recipient of the support of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for the last eight years. Their support has allow us to support women students to be successful in their academic pursuits.
Thanks so much to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation!
Thank you Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
The Women’s Resource Center would like to thank the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation for their generous support of the Go Girlz Community Initiative.
In its ninth year, the Go Girlz Community Initiative is a program developed to target first generation, minority, economically disadvantaged female students, grades 6-12, in the Salt Lake City school district, with the goal of early exposure to higher education at the U of U. We see this as an early intervention, early recruitment effort to address not only the goal of educating young women who have historically fallen through the cracks of public education, but also to address the stated goal of the University of Utah to recruit and retain women and minority students.
We so appreciate the financial support to allow us to offer fun, exciting and educational opportunities to our Go Girlz Students!
Thanks so much to the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation.
Utah Women's Forum Provides Support for Continuation Grants for the WRC
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) would like to extend a Big Thank You to the Utah Women’s Forum for their recent donation. The Utah Women's Forum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit network organization for women of outstanding accomplishment in diverse fields. The purpose of the Utah Women's Forum is to identify and bring together women who are business, professional, and civic leaders, in order to build and foster a network of communication, enhance the status of women, and undertake selected community service.
The donation the Utah Women’s Forum made to the WRC is for continuation grants for female scholars who are in danger of discontinuing their education based on a small financial shortfall is greatly appreciated. Increasingly the WRC is being identified on campus and in the community as an office that supports and retains students, specifically female to students, and assists them in their desire to graduate from The University of Utah. Our latest 10 year assessment for retention and graduation rates indicated an 88% success for our scholarship recipients and a 83% success for Emergency Fund recipients.
We greatly appreciate the trust and support the Utah Women’s Forum has shown to us!
Thank You Willa's Workshop
We would like to thank Willa's Workshop for donating part of their proceeds from the Annual Fairy Festival to the Women's Resource Center.
Willa's Workshop, Inc., is a non-profit corporation formed in 2008. Its purpose and mission statement is to folster the spirit of creativity and generosity in children. Willa's Workshop was formed to celebrate the brief, spectacular life of Willa Tempest Jones who was born September 9, 2007.
Photos courtesy Willa's Workshop.
WRC nominated for 2012/2013 "Outstanding Practicum Agency of the Year Award"
The Women's Resource Center at the University of Utah has been nominated for the College of Social Work's 2012/2013 "Outstanding Practicum Agency of the Year Award". We are honored to be nominated for this wonderful award. This award was instituted in 1985 and is an annual award which recognizes the outstanding constributions of participating agencies.
Debra Daniels, Director of the WRC and Co‐Chair of the Student Affairs Diversity Council, was honored with the Rosa Parks Award at the NAACP Salt Lake Branch’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Luncheon.
Attending this conference is a rare and wonderful opportunity to join a large contingent of feminist social justice activists, practitioners, academics, and students from around the United States and the world as we celebrate International Women’s Day and a long tradition of AWP annual conferences.
ECOFEMINISM WORKING GROUP: Our purpose is to provide a space for the Greater Salt Lake Community to learn, engage, and connect with the natural spaces within themselves and within an urban environment.
Our very own Debra Daniels director of the WRC talks with Troy Williams of KRCL 90.9FM on growing up as a black woman in Ogden, childhood memories, and her hope of balanced power with men. Listen to the interview.
Read the article written by Rose Jones for The Utah Daily Chronicle.