Negotiating Time and Healing After Sexual Violence – by UVM Alum Molly Boeder Harris

Negotiating Time and Healing After Sexual Violence

A profound and powerful essay by UVM alum Molly Boeder Harris, that captures the ongoing, day to day processes that sexual assault survivors face so well. 

Trigger Warning 

An excerpt from the essay:

“Yet, for me, the barriers I erect in order to survive the conversation always ends up feeling like a tragedy, another byproduct of having been raped. Another one of those moments when I want time to stop and to simply have permission to go deep into the cavern that the question has revealed.”

There is an infinite reservoir of impressions—scent, sight, taste, touch and sound—when we embark on looking back and looking inside.”

Molly Boeder Harris works within the movement to end gender based violence. Of her work and time at UVM she says,

“I am so proud of my education and life experiences at UVM which created an incredible foundation for me, and really want to contribute to the movement of survivors sharing their stories, insights and resilience whenever and wherever I can!”


Extended – We All Come From Powerful Women Exhibit

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Multi-Cultural Art Gallery in The Allen House and view our current exhibit, We All Come From Powerful Women, you still have time! The exhibit is interactive, please feel free to share the names or even stories of the women who have helped to make you the person you are today. 
On display through April 10th! 

UVM Beauty Week: Challenge Yourself to Look Beyond the Image








About UVM Beauty Week:
Challenging the beauty standard is central to our mission but we wanted to come up with fresh ways to do that. Our rich and vibrant planning conversations were ripe with very positive examples of real women, doing powerful and transformative work around the world. We believe that ALL women are beautiful, that’s old news, but our culture’s obsession with a fictitious, exclusive, harmful beauty standard does so much to hurt women, not the least of which is the trivializing of all of the other incredible things that women are and the work that they are doing. We selected the film Arise for this very reason. Arise showcases women around the world doing amazing work to heal the planet and take back the future and wellbeing of their community. We do not see this in popular media because of the obsession with women as “beauty objects” and commodities. We decided to host an alternative beauty products expo both because we value women’s bodies and feel that education around the harm conventional products can do is lacking and because many of these companies are women owned. Unspoken Beauty will showcase women doing more incredible work as local artists Denise Casey and Pandora Scooter, along with UVM community members come together to use their art form to speak out against oppressive beauty standards. Our Eat the Cake element is meant to speak to guilt free eating and the unrealistic and harmful expectations the beauty standard places on women all day, every day. We want to say that there is no one way to be beautiful, that ALL women are beautiful and then we want to say, okay now that we’ve got that settled let’s move on because women are also building community, making art, transforming spaces and changing the world!

Somewhere Between – Film 2 in our Women in Film Series

Tomorrow night, March 19, 2014, the second film in our Women in Film Series in celebration of Women’s HerStory Month will be showing! 

We’re so thrilled to be teaming up with The Center for Cultural Pluralism for this feature! 
Somewhere Between – Exploring what it is like to come-of-age as a trans-racial adoptee in today’s America, Somewhere Between tells the stories of four girls living in different parts of the US. 
 Check out the trailer –
March 19, 7:30pm L/L Commons Rm. 219
More films are coming! Including Arise, a collaboration with UPB! A powerful film about the transformative work that women around the world are doingto reconnectus with our environment and heal the planet! 
Check out the trailer here  –