Why the emphasis on education?
Understanding what makes for a better or worse culture and climate around gender is no small task. Unfortunately, misunderstandings, misinformation, or a lack of shared perspectives can hinder our ability to communicate, learn, and grow together as a community.
Many people at Colorado State University want to improve the campus culture and climate around gender. They recognize the need to learn more about the issues but often don't know where to start!
The Women & Gender Collaborative has curated articles and resources on a wide range of topics to facilitate this type of learning, no matter who you are.
By first familiarizing yourself with gender-related issues, you can show up more informed, prepared, and equipped to better understand and effectively support others.
Read, reflect, share, and discuss!
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Articles & Resources
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Stories -n- Steps is a project that seeks to circumvent the structures that silence us and provide an opportunity for people to share their stories, anonymously and safely, so that we can educate one another on how gender affects us all in different ways here at CSU.
Many of us who work, learn, and play at CSU already know that gender matters to our everyday lives in important, and sometimes painful, ways. Yet, we also know that it can be difficult to share stories of when gender did matter - perhaps we fear exposure and retaliation; the story may be too complex to tell; we don’t know who to trust; or we assume no one cares to hear our story.
The History Behind Stories-n-Steps
Stories-n-Steps began as a two-year grant-funded project under the Ripple Effect in 2014 to showcase stories of challenge, revelation, and strength of our students, staff, and faculty. With the goal gathering stories about moments when gender acutely mattered, collaborators Dr. Cindy L. Griffin and Darrie Burrage launched the project in 2015. After hosting several sessions to gather stories about how gender impacts and constrains people’s experiences at CSU, Stories-n-Steps partnered with the Women & Gender Collaborative in 2016 to showcase those stories.
We believe that people can learn and grow by hearing others’ stories. Sharing and listening to stories from people at every level of this institution can help us understand how gender matters, and how we can all create a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for everyone.
Dr. Griffin and Dr. Cori Wong are now managing the project and invite others to read stories of when, and how, gender has mattered to those who work and learn at CSU.
Click through the boxes below to read 6-word stories from faculty, staff, and students at CSU.
- "Older means nice instead of pretty.”
- “Educated mind silenced by cultural traditions.”
- “Invisible to Some, Seen by Others.”
- “Do I value myself enough today?”
- “My journey to make things right.”
- “I don’t leave much to chance.”
- “Tough and soft, both are okay.”
- “I didn’t know… until I listened.”
- "No maternity leave unless your “baby” is a baby."
- "Don’t appropriate intellectual work as CSU PR."
- "Twenty-three years, nationally recognized. CSU? Not so much."
- "Got connections? Got protections? I didn’t."
- "Speak out, slapped down, I’m out."
- “Lie: Stereotypical white girl doesn’t understand.”
- "Feminist theory gives you no home."
- "She bullied. I endured. I’m retiring."
- "Language hurts. Language empowers. Be aware."
- "They said, 'Boys need male role models.'”
- "They should say, 'Children need role models.'"
- "House of women. Only boy. Learned."
- "Gain perspective. Break barriers. Inspire change."
- "Male privilege. Privilege to inspire change."
- "White privilege. Privilege to inspire change."
- "CSU gender workshop: 14% male attendance."
- "Past and present, please not the future."
- "Why don’t they get it? Stop it."
- "Who is leading the orchestra off-key?"
- "Positioning self to eliminate gender positions."
- "Afraid to assert right to space."
- "Body shame excuses my weak engagement."
- "Worked in a world of women."
- "Only mother in a department; alone."
- "Only mother in a department; unsympathetic."
- "Only mother in department; never understand."
- "Daughter had cancer, they’ve nothing to say."
- "Bullying is legal, but still wrong."
- "Hours: open from now ‘til never."
- "Dig, and be dug in return."
- "Held back professionally; kids at home."
- "Inspiring, motivating, knowledgeable, mom for hire."
- "Tired of speaking; no one listens."
- "Work this job for the kids."
- "Little maternity leave equals making choices."
- "Women speak. Men talk. She’s discredited."
- "Bright eyes. Gendered experiences. Diminished hopes."
- "Bossy. Bitchy. Unbecoming. Intelligent. Leader. Fighter."
- "Strong women: always told they’re pushy."
- "Be a dear, get the coffee."
- "Don’t offend them - keep to yourself."
- "Slowly realizing. Small moments. Boxed in."
- "From scared survivor to strong."
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