On March 1, during our weekly Incubator Meeting from 10:00-11:30, Amherst Community Connections was fortunate to have two councilor advocates visit from the Center for Women and Community. The advocates shared lots of useful information with community members who could benefit from the many resources they provide.
Center for Women and Community is a place where people of all identities partner to build a culture of gender equity on campus and in the community. They employ a strength based, empowerment model in their work with individuals and communities. When asking members of the community what empowerment meant to them, almost everyone had a story that described what empowerment meant in their lives.
The mission of the Center for Women and community is to provide innovative and informed education, leadership opportunities, advocacy and support services that address the cause and impact of sexism and recognize the multiple oppressions experienced by women. Their values are to be a nationally recognized leader in achieving gender equity by building the capacity of the community to interrupt, address and transcend sexism and its connection to all forms of oppression.
One of the topics we discussed at length was the idea of trauma, and how trauma can be different for everyone and experienced in different ways. At the Center for Women and Community they recognize the relationship between trauma and behavior. This relationship affects how one goes about their day and can often have negative impacts on their daily actions.
The Center for Women and Community offers a wide array of services including: a 24/7 information and referral hotline, access to their website database with resources in the area, a mobile app, violence prevention training, educational workshops, counseling and rape crisis services, as well as civilian advocates who are available to accompany those who wish to have someone to support them at the hospital or police station.
The Center for Women and Community is located on the second floor of the New Africa House on the UMass campus.
Phone (413) 545-0883
24-hr Hotline (413) 545-0800
By: Lauren White