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Feminist Action Alliance
Meetings: Tuesdays 5:30 pm - Women's Center - Multicultural Center Suite 209
The Feminist Action Alliance is a student organization that meets once a week to discuss women's issues and to organize campus and community events that work to create an awareness of such issues as domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault.
The FAA is open to any student interested in learning more about feminism or in assisting with events like Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project.
The purpose of the Feminist Action Alliance shall be to create a community safe for all in order to support the growth and advancement of women educationally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Our purpose includes the promotion of women through the education of ourselves and our campus community in order to work toward equality and respect for women in our society.
Take Back the Night (October)
A nationwide event, the Take Back the Night march and rally creates an awareness of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault and provides a community of support for those who have survived such experiences.
The Clothesline Project (Spring)
This display exhibits T-shirts made by survivors of violence, sexual assault and abuse, and those who support survivors or who have lost loved ones to those tragedies. New powerful messages are added every year by participants in T-shirt making sessions.
The Feminist Action Alliance was formed in January of 1995 by Donna Denoncourt, a graduate student serving in the Women's Center. Her goal was to create an organization where students could learn about and discuss women's issues and feminism and other significant issues in a safe forum. Originally named Feminists and Friends, the group changed their name to the Feminist Action Alliance to better express their desire to make a difference in the campus and surrounding community.
The Feminist Action Alliance does not believe in a hierarchical structure and provides each member with the chance to experience a collaborative kind of leadership.
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Helps plan new events each semester while working with members of other organizations and different departments both on campus and in the community.
Leads the discussions during FAA meetings and has the opportunity to bring in information (video, news, topics, etc.) to share with the group.
Works with the advisor while helping to plan FAA's budget and allocates funds for particular events and activities.
Takes minutes during FAA meetings and corresponds with other organizations through letters and email when necessary.
Helps design fliers and posters and develops advertising campaigns for upcoming events.