Womxn's Center Annual Events

    Take Back the Night

  • Spring Quarter

    Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending a sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Take Back the Night at UCSC takes place in the month of April, which is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and usually begins with educational workshops, healing spaces, followed by a rally & march, a keynote address, and a survivor speaker out throughout the month. The Women's Center aims to end the epidemic of sexual violence by centering survivors, and cultivating spaces of healing, movement, and empowerment. Acknowledging the different layers of violence, oppression, identities, and vulnerabilities, that are complex factors contributing to sexual violence, we hope to create a space of education and healing from traumas.


     Take Back the Night Week with the Womxn's Center 

    April 25th - April 29th


    "Know My Name" Book Talk with Chanel Miller

    Monday, April 25th, 4 - 5pm via Zoom

    We invite you to read on your own, then join CARE and the Womxn’s Center for a facilitated conversation about healing and the strength of survivors as we focus on Chanel Miller's Know My Name on April 25 from 4-5 pm. We will be discussing themes and reflecting on Miller's memoir as a group to further analyze how to best support survivors in our own communities. The conversation will have a special focus on Miller's Impact Statement and the final chapters to discuss the strength and resilience of survivors in our UCSC community.

    As you engage with the Know My Name book, please take care of yourself. Know My Name contains depictions of sexual assault, trauma, and institutional betrayal. Some stories share experiences of self-blame, victim-blaming from others, and self-harm. Be sure to reach out to CARE at care@ucsc.edu if anything comes up while reading the book or while participating in the Book Talk.

    Sign up for our book talk here! You can also sign up for a free copy of Know My Name here.


    Keynote Speaker: Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

    Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30pm

    Please join us in welcoming Chanel as we engage in conversation surrounding personal agency and using storytelling as a form of healing. We hope to engage UCSC community members in sparking discussions around sexual assault and how to prevent violence within our campus and beyond. We also hope to create a space where survivors and allies are in community, and that we can continue to foster a community of safety and healing.

    Register for the Keynote Speaker event here!


    April 27th is Denim Day!

    Join CARE and the Women’s Center on Denim Day to speak out against victim blaming and start a conversation about sexual violence and consent!


    Here are some ways you can participate and promote Denim Day on April 27:

    • Post a picture of yourself in Denim with a caption, “I wear Denim because…” using the hashtag #UCSCDenimDay. Tag @ucsantacruz_care and @ucsc.womxn on Instagram, and we will re-share your post on our story!
    • Engage in conversations about Denim Day, consent, and supporting survivors within your communities 


    Survivor Speak Out & March

    Thursday, April 28th, between 3:30pm - 9pm

    The Survivor Share Out, hosted by the Womxn's Center and CARE,  includes a march from the Quarry Plaza to the Oakes Upper Lawn, as well as a speakout where survivors are given the opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

    Register for the march here | Register for the speakout here | Register to share at the speakout here


    General Timeline:

    Poster Making: 3:30PM

    General Check in: 4PM

    March: 4:30 - 5:30pm

    Speakout: 6 - 9pm


    Community Healing Day

    Friday, April 29th, 11am - 3pm

    We know that SAAM can be heavy. Join us for a series of healing workshops to come together in community with survivors and allies.

    Details TBA


     Survivor Circles

    Wednesdays, 2 - 3:30pm via Zoom

    CARE continues to hold drop-in survivor support groups virtually during Spring! Here are the topics during SAAM:

    • April 6: Beyond Trauma: Envisioning Your Dream Life
    • April 13: Identifying Feelings and Regulating Emotions
    • April 20: How to Share Your Story Publicly
    • April 25: NO SURVIVOR CIRCLES - Take Back the Night Week!

    Register in advance here. To find more information about support groups and the rest of the series during Spring, check our “Upcoming Events” page.

  • Sister Solidarity

  • Winter Quarter

    Sister Solidarity consists of a series of events that highlight the activism, art, and achievements of womxn, femmes, and non-binary folks. Our intention is to provide spaces that allow us to engage in critical dialogue around social justice issues that impact our communities through panel discussions, workshops, and community-building programs. Every year, we invite empowering keynote speakers and community organizers to share their knowledge and lived experiences as a way to uplift the voices of black women, indigenous women, women of color, transwomen, queer women, disabled women, and incarcerated women.