Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies


The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program encourages attendance at varied events that will help us refine our intersectional mindsets and develop more inclusive social justice perspectives.

August 24th: Sexy Time: Let's Think Ahead

Thursday, August 24 2023 at 6:00 PM in SMC 24

This interactive workshop will provide details and information regarding the initiations of sex including things to know ahead of time and how to be more prepared. This workshop will help students think about areas they need to know more about themselves.

Learning moments are:

  • Understanding sexual behavior and practices.
  • Learning what STIs/HIV risks and prevention.
  • Using a condom and how to communicate.
  • Knowing consent and communication of hookup culture.

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August 24th: Queer Talk: How We Can Heal From Sexual Violence

This keynote will be about the authenticity of living as a nonbinary person and the understanding of dating violence.

Learning moments are:

  • Understanding a Queer person’s story and experience.
  • Knowing sexual liberation and healing.
  • Learning sexual safety and boundaries.
  • Gaining a sense of allyship and changing hookup culture.

Tabling starts at 7:15pm
Keynote starts at 8pm

Jacob Kelley is a sex and sexuality educator, influencer, and content creator that lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania. They are a nonbinary queer-inclusive sex educator who has worked in sex-positive and sexual education in rural communities to be inclusive to culturally diverse communities. Mx. Kelley has a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and a B.A. in Communications Studies (Concentration, Interpersonal Communication) and Psychology from the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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August 28th: Continuum of Violence, Rape Culture, and Consent

Monday, August 28 from 4-5pm in SMC 118. YMCA Program.
Participate in meaningful discussions facilitated by our YWCA Sexual Assault Advocate, Danielle Harvey.
  • Understand the continuum of sexual violence,
  • Identify the intersections between sexual violence and various forms of oppression, and
  • Learn the basics of consent.

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Sept. 13: Thelma and Louise

6pm in McComsey 204

Join the Film Club for a screening and discussion of the iconic film Thelma and Louise.

The original women's road movie, with superb performances by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and an early role for Brad Pitt.

"Thelma & Louise is such a finely crafted and seminal film that one might be tempted to call it a masterpiece." --Ed Travis, Cinapse

"Ridley Scott’s dust-caked rush of female empowerment is an absolute thrill, thanks to engrossing performances from Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and a sparkling debut script from Callie Khouri." --Chris Bennion, Times

September 16: Disclosure

Disclosure Screening

September 24: Gender Euphoria Shopping Spree

People are to meet at Goodwill (2353 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602) on September 24th from 12 to 3 pm.

September 28th: Spoken Word Open Mic for New Gender Expression


September 28th, 6pm, SMC Multipurpose Room

Come hear spoken word artists amplify the possibilities in rethinking gender

Join Eric McGriff and Julian (Juelz) Davenport to reflect on the impact of gender through spoken word.

Open Mic--share your own insights!

Eric's "To Be a Man" Spoken Word

September 28th: Transforming Communities: A Dialogue on Gender, Power and Change

September 28th, 7:30pm, SMC Multipurpose Room (MPR)

In an interactive presentation, Eric McGriff explores the relationships between conceptions of gender and power in communities. After a day of visiting Sociology classes and youth groups, Eric will present his keynote on“Transforming Communities: A Dialogue on Gender, Power and Change."

Eric McGriff (he/him) is a NYC Violence Prevention Specialist & Facilitator, with over 15 years of experience working with communities, Victim Service Agencies, and government entities to prevent & respond to harm. He is the Prevention Coordinator at the Crime Victims Treatment Center, and a Consultant Speaker/Trainer for the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. His work to create healthier communities combines methods from the fields of Public Health, Organizational Psychology and Change, and Trauma-Informed Care. Guided by principles of cultural humility, psychological safety, and collaboration, Eric’s work taps into the strengths & expertise that exist in every community, to help them navigate toward their highest possibilities.

Eric's "To Be A Man" Spoken Word

October 1-7th: Let Freedom Read Banned Books Readout

Join the members of AAUW and other clubs to read banned books out loud to stand together with the library for intellectual freedom and curiosity.

Rise in censorship graph


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October 4th: Breast-A-Ville

Wednesday, October 4 from 10am-2pm in SMC.

Breast-A-Ville is an event where community members, students, and faculty are able to come to learn more about breast cancer and breast health. Breast cancer is impacting many younger individuals more than ever so this event aims to spread the word about prevention and early detection to college students. There will be multiple health systems/health clinics, clubs, and organizations to spread awareness about breast health. 

October 19th: Student Green Dot Training

Thursday, October 19th from 4-7p.m.; Location: TBD

Greendot Training to help prevent sexual violence. Join the international movement to create safe campus cultures.

Millersville: It's on Us!

Oct. 19: Barbie: Film and Discussion

Barbie2:30pm in the SMC MPR (room 114)
Discussion afterwards

While Barbenheimer day is over, the arguments about the Barbie film and Barbies are not.

Is Barbie a feminist icon? Is the film an "Assault on Men"?

"Yeah, I’m still confused about that."--Allan

Come see the film and join the DISCUSSION with Dr. Jill Craven, Professor of Film Studies and Coordinator of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Barbie Trailer

October 26th: CHEP's Purple Carnival

Thursday, October 26 from 11am-1pm in SMC Atrium


The Purple Carnival is an interactive resource fair to educate the campus community about healthy relationships. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and with domestic violence comes several other topics that we would like to bring attention to like consent education, toxic masculinity, rape culture, warning signs, dating violence, stalking, etc. All tables should plan to have a carnival game as part of their activity and education. If you do not have a carnival game, CHEP can provide you with one.

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/r/DA9tPZfYCp 

Main Contact: Favour Aghaeze

Oct. 30-Nov.3rd: Silent Witness Exhibit

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 (location: TBD likely in SMC)

October is National Domestic Violence Prevention month. As part of their community commitment to prevent domestic violence and to assist those who have experienced it, Lancaster General, in collaboration with Domestic Violence Services, will sponsor a Silent Witness Exhibit at various LG and other community locations during the month of October.

The Silent Witness program is an international display that represents free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a victim of domestic violence who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children--whose life ended violently at the hands of a family member or acquaintance. An unnamed figure was added to represent those uncounted women, men and children whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental.

November 20th: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Ceremony of Remembrance in the SMC Atrium.

Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony presented by TAG (Transgender Action Group) with the Intercultural center.

January 27th: Demystifying Dyslexia Conference

Conference will run all day with keynote at 9am and breakout sessions in the afternoon.
Ware Center.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. D. J. Bolger will speak on recent developments in the neurobiology of dyslexia.

Dr. Donald J. Bolger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and was trained as a post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience at Northwestern University. The main focus of Dr. Bolger’s research is studying how the brain learns to read and what are the cognitive and neural bases of reading and language ability and disability. The core of his research focus is on these key issues of reading from neurobiological, cognitive, developmental and educational perspectives. Dr. Bolger’s work combines innovative and complex methodologies including MRI, event-related potentials (ERP), magnetoencephalography (MEG), with behavioral and classroom based studies to understand development and learning.

February 27th: Carter Woodson Lecture

Dr, David Stovall will speak on equity in education at the Ware Center.

David Stovall, Ph.D. is a professor in the departments of Black Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus.

International Women's Day 2024 Events

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is planning International Women’s Day 2024 celebrations.
Last year, there was an International Women’s Day Student Celebration in the Student Memorial Center Atrium. Student clubs/organizations, on-campus departments and programs, and community organizations are invited to table and highlight how their group embraces and promotes equity on campus. There was music, food, and fun!

The International Women’s Day Theodora Talks event usually occur at the Ware Center.  Theodora Talks kick off featured guest speakers and various performing arts groups.

Questions? Email PCSW's Planning Committee member Jackie.Aliotta@millersville.edu

YWCA Sexual Assault Hotline Training

 YWCA Sexual Assault Hotline Training

Join YWCA Lancaster's 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline as a volunteer and advocate!

Volunteer your time to answer calls from the comfort of your own home. The primary role of the hotline volunteer is to provide crisis intervention, support, information, and referral for victim-survivors of sexual assault and their family members. The training consists of 20 hours of online content that is completed at your own pace and 20 hours of instruction that is completed live.Training Dates: Tuesdays and ThursdaysRegistration is required. Please contact Danielle H. at wehearyou@ywcalancaster.org to register or for questions.Contact Email: wehearyou@ywcalancaster.org

YWCA Hotline Flyer

Spring Into Wellness Fair

This is usually held outside between the SMC and Gordinier.

Join CHEP, along with various other on-campus and off-campus resources and organizations, to celebrate health and wellbeing while learning about the dimensions of wellness.

This event includes free food, free tshirts, educational information, resources, and other giveaway items.

11th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference

11 th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Achieving Sustainable Change in an Evolving World.

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Take Back the Night

Take Back The Night's mission is to end all forms of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, trafficking, stalking, gender harassment, and relationship violence, and to support survivors in their healing journeys. Take Back The Night seeks to unite people from every background, belief, and culture across our campus to take a visible and vocal stand.

Millersville's event includes informational and resource tabling, guest speakers, survivor speak out video, and glow walk.