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News Contact:
Cathy Summa-Wolfe
, Executive Director
Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement
415-485-9528

New Discussion Series on Students, Safety and Sexuality

KENTFIELD, CA—April 3, 2014—ASCOM and members of the Students, Safety and Sexuality Series Committee are kicking off a month-long discussion series on safety and sexuality this week. The five-part series begins with a panel discussion on transgender and intersexuality. All are invited. The series is sponsored by ASCOM and the Students, Safety and Sexuality Series committee. Students seeking special assistance to accommodate a disability may call the Student Affairs Office, (415) 485-9376.

When ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ isn’t Enough: A Panel on Transgender and Intersex Issues
When Thursday, April 3, 12:40 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where Austin Center, room 104, Kentfield Campus
Tickets Free

Come by and meet members of the community and hear experiences about transition and self-acceptance. The event includes an excerpt of the documentary “Intersexion” and panelists: Joel Baum from Gender Spectrum; Selena Martinez, a College of Marin student; and Dean Scarborough, a contributing author in the upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (June 2014). Anne Gearhart, Life and Earth Sciences instructor, and Matthew Dimopoulos, Assistive Technology specialist, will moderate the discussion.

Upcoming discussion panels include:

Sexual Assault: What Can You Do? Prevention and Support

Tuesday, April 8, 12:40 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Presenters: Community Violence Solutions and Novato Youth Center
Deedy Lounge, Student Services building
Kentfield Campus

Clothesline Project

Presenters: Community Violence Solutions and ASCOM
Wednesday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Between Student Services and LRC
Kentfield Campus

The Clothesline Project began in 1990 when members of the Cape Cod Women’s Agenda hung a clothesline across the village green in Hyannis, Massachusetts with 31 shirts designed by survivors of assault, rape and incest. Others viewing the clothing came forward to create shirts of their own and the line just kept growing. Since the first display, the Project has grown to more than 300 Clothesline Projects nationally and internationally, with an estimated 35,000 shirts. Each Project provides an opportunity for people to bear witness to their personal experiences of violence and to celebrate their transformation from victims to survivors. Community Violence Solutions currently has over three hundred shirts in its project created by individuals in Contra Costa and Marin Counties.

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby—A Panel Discussion

Presenters: COM Students 4 Social Justice, Student Health Services, Faculty, Center for Domestic Peace and Guests Tuesday, April 29, 12:40 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fusselman 110
Kentfield Campus

Deanna, a Community Violence Solutions rape crisis counselor, will discuss ways to stay safe—both in or out of a relationship. She will discuss passive, assertive and aggressive communication and knowing your limits when on a date. Sabrina, from the Center for Domestic Peace, will discuss healthy relationships, physical and emotional abuse, and ways to avoid relationships that involve abuse. Shannon, from College of Marin's Health Center, will discuss STIs. There will be a time for questions and discussion.

Safe Space Training

Thursday, May 1, 2:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Presenters: Greg Miraglia, dean of Career Technical Education, LGBT Studies Program Coordinator and Safe Space Program Coordinator for Napa Valley College
Deedy Lounge, Student Services building
Kentfield Campus
RSVP online for the Safe Space Training.

A Safe Space Program is designed to create a welcoming and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. National studies show that LGBT students currently experience bullying and harassment daily while at school and they are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. There is a direct correlation between students feeling safe and welcome on campus with student retention and persistence. Note: Flex Hours are available to faculty who participate in the Safe Space Training.

More information is available in College of Marin's resource guide for books, websites, and movies related to the Students, Safety and Sexuality Series.

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