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All College Days, February 16-18, 2015

Vassar celebrates All College Day(s) every year as a day to bring all members of the campus community together for interaction and reflection. 

All College Day Schedule and Workshops

Monday, February 16, 2015

Opening Keynote Lecture: “Self-Care and Communities in Transformation”

by Alexis Pauline Gumbs


Main Building, Villard Room

About Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess, scholar and facilitator.  She has a Ph.D. in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University, received her undergraduate degree from Barnard, and was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University. Alexis has also published widely on Caribbean Women’s Literature with a special interest in Dionne Brand. Her scholarly work is published in Obsidian, Symbiosis, Macomere, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Literature, SIGNS, Feminist Collections, The Black Imagination, Mothering and Hip Hop Culture, The Business of Black Power and more. Alexis is the author of an acclaimed collection of poems 101 Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive and poetic work published in Kweli, Vinyl, Backbone, Everyday Genius, Turning Wheel, UNFold, Makeshift and more. She has several books in progress including a book of poems, Good Hair Gone Forever, a scholarly monograph on diaspora and the maternal, and an educational resource called the School of Our Lorde. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on legacies of radical mothering called This Bridge Called My Baby.

Alexis is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, a service to help visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion, and community.  She is co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ Brilliance, and the community school Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011, and is one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 features in 2012.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Soup and Substance

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Faculty Commons                                               

Staff, faculty, students and administrators are invited to a free-flowing conversation about the All College Day(s) theme, Self and Community Care. We serve the soup; you bring the substance—ideas, thoughts and reflections. The atmosphere will be relaxed, so stay as long as you can. Facilitated by CLRG members

Yoga and Mindfulness for ChangeMakers  

4:00 - 5:30pm

College Center, MPR

In this workshop of Yoga, Meditation, and Compassionate Dialogue, participants will examine how injustices enter our lives and how we can unknowingly perpetuate them. You will leave equipped to recognize oppression compassionately and develop a more resilient commitment to social change. Led by facilitator Leslie Booker, Buddhist activist yogi who uses the tools of yoga and mindfulness to inspire conscious activism. Registration on a first come, first serve basis at rsl@vassar.edu.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms on Campus: What's Happened and What's Next

6:00 - 7:00pm

Faculty Parlor

Join us for this session on what has been accomplished, how we are looking forward, and to share your feedback on gender neutral bathrooms and connections to self and community care. Hosted by the Gender Neutral Bathroom Initiative Working Group.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Moving Beyond the Self: A Framework for Systemic Racism and Situating Care

3:00 - 4:30pm

College Center, MPR

In this dialogue, we aim to engage participants in an introductory framework and language for understanding and examining racism as systemic. It will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the nuances of racial oppression as they begin to unpack what racial justice work can mean at Vassar, including but not limited to acts of self- and community care. Led by students from the Vassar College Dialogue Center. Registration on a first come, first serve basis at vcdialoguecenter@gmail.com.

“In your own words”: zines and community

3:00 - 4:30pm

College Center, 204

The Library invites you to our workshop on zines and their role in building communities. Zines are a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues. In the small seed collection the Library has gathered, many zines discuss personal experiences with consent, non-binary gender, sexual assault, micro-aggressions, and other topics that may resonate with your own story. The Library is committed to collecting and preserving these voices, as well as creating a supportive community where you feel secure in making your own voice heard. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to read zines from the Library collection, create your own zine, or add to a collaborative zine about your experiences in our campus community. You will also be able to donate your work to our collection. Please come and share your voice with us.

Closing Reception


Villard Room

Hors d'oeuvres, food and drink. Hosted by the Dean of the College and CLRG.

In recognition of Ash Wednesday Services at 5:00pm in the Chapel, there are no All College Day events scheduled during that hour.


About All College Day

All College Day is an annual event planned by the Campus Life Resource Group, a committee of students, staff, faculty, and administrators.   It is made possible through collaborations within the Dean of the College Division, among students and other offices.  One goal of the event is to create open and honest dialogue on matters of campus life. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu or in the Campus Life Office (Main, N-163). Please call Ext. 5426 if you have questions or want more information.