Women’s Activist Group to Host Brown Bag Seminar
Members take advantage of opportunity to educate fellow students
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 14:09
Brown Bag seminars are usually great opportunities for organizations of NDSU to show students how they are active and what others can do to become involved.
The Women’s Activist Organization is planning on doing exactly that.
Noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Memorial Union Arikara room, the WAO will be putting on “Feminist Students” to show what the organization’s missions are and to educate the public about feminism.
“(WAO’s) purpose is to promote activism and equality on NDSU’s campus,” said Dena Wyum, senior lecturer for the Women and Gender Studies department of NDSU. “We strive to eliminate the misconceptions that people may have about feminism and inform students about why it is still necessary today.”
The Compass Program Foundation coordinates Brown Bag seminars, and arranges times and places for organizations to put on these events. This time, CPF planned things out with the Women and Gender Studies Program.
“Brown Bag seminars that CPF sponsor are a lot of the time in conjunction with other departments and organizations, as this one is,” CPF Executive Director Sue Andrews said. “(Director of Women and Gender Studies Ann Burnett) has really worked hard to get the Women and Gender Studies Program recognized at NDSU.”
The student-run WAO, which was created last spring, wanted to take advantage of the chance to get the name of their relatively young organization out in the eye of the public.
“I think brown bag is important because it gives students and faculty a chance to learn new things on a variety of topics,” WAO public relations officer MeiLi Smith said. “Brown Bag seminars provide attendees with the opportunity for consciousness raising, as well as learning new skills for everyday life.”
Smith also said the WAO will be trying to educate others on campus about what feminism means to herself and her organization.
“The seminars are always different and interesting, providing students and faculty with new information that they may have never had the chance to learn otherwise,” she said.
Aside from showcasing to students the name of their group, the WAO is also striving to prove wrong some of the stereotypes of feminism.
“One of the main goals of the group at this point is to get the word out so that other students who are interested in activism and equality know that there is a group they can join,” Wyum said. “The opportunity to be included on the Compass Program Foundation schedule of Brown Bags is an amazing opportunity to gain some attention for the organization.”
Those at the head of the NDSU Women and Gender Studies Program have been thrilled with the enthusiasm that students have shown through extra-curricular activities. It proves students are not only learning in the classroom, but outside of it as well.
Burnett has been excited to see some of the NDSU students show what they have learned by putting on a Brown Bag seminar. She said they have been applying what they have learned in the classroom, which can be one of the best ways to learn.
“You read about this stuff in books, but then when you’re with a group of people and you’re out in the community and you see this stuff you’re like ‘Oh wow, these things are really happening, this is really interesting,’” Burnett said. “It brings it home.”