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Letter from the Editor: 

Hey folx, 

It's Election Day! If you are able, please take the time make your way to the polls today. In Iowa, we are voting on a variety of things, including voting for Iowa's governor, many different house of representatives and senate seats, supreme court justices, and on an amendment concerning the second amendment. 

It's important that you make your voice heard. If you need election resources, you can find them at the end of the newsletter. Please use them. 

This is my continuous reminder that everyone at the Sloss Center is a resource to students, faculty, and staff on campus and we will support folx in any way that we can.

We have many community aid and resources to help you navigate through, and are in the process of creating even more opportunities for individuals who visit the Sloss Center. So please feel free to stop by and chat with any of us on the Sloss staff. As well, we have a lot of community aid programming coming up, so keep a look out!

As always, continuous events and programs are happening throughout Iowa State, make sure to stay up to date and join in, meet some amazing individuals, and learn about different identities.

Any additional information about the Sloss Center can be found on our website

If any individuals have any questions about events, programs or community aid, please reach out to me:

In community, 

Madison Mason (she/they) 
PR and Communications intern. 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday we will be open for normal hours. Thursday and Friday, Iowa State will be closed for the holidays. 


National Women's Studies Association's Annual Conference

The National Women's Studies Associations annual conference is happening this weekend, where many folx in the Women's studies discipline can learn, present, and moderate sessions about research and scholarship. 

Sandra Marcu (she/they), the Sloss Center's director, will be presenting at the NWSA annual conference. Read below about their presentation. 

“’The Lesbian Bar Project’ and Advocating for Queer Spaces During the Pandemic. 
In the 1980s, there were approximately 200 lesbian bars across the Unites States. That number decreased to roughly 20 bars by the year 2020. While gay bars catering to men have remained prolific in numbers, lesbian bars have all but disappeared. This talk examines The Lesbian Bar Project, a short documentary created in 2021 highlighting the impact of the pandemic on lesbian communities. Part documentary, part activism, part oral history; The Lesbian Bar Project raises the question of who lesbian bars serve, how we define their value in today’s world, and what it means to lose these spaces.

Nancy Gebhart (she/her), the Sloss Center's equity and social justice coordinator, will be presenting at the NWSA annual conference. Read below about her presentation. 

Critical Arts Education and Artivism with and for Youth in Community-Based Spaces

Infusing art as an authentic source of knowledge into moments of learning in community, rooted in love, can build an aesthetic-driven dialogue of possibilities. Critical community-based arts education seeks to create spaces of genuine engagement where youth connect with art in transformative ways through the practice of artivism. This paper will discuss the decline of arts education in K-12 school spaces and how communities responded to this divestment through critical and democratic approaches to education. This introduction frames the consideration of community-based arts education spaces, how they approach social justice, artivism, and some of the tensions of these education spaces.

AJ Castle (they/them), the Sloss Center's previous assistant director, will be recieving an award at the NWSA annual conference. Read below about the award they will be recieving. 

Coalition Builder Award is awarded by the NWSA Women's Center Committee

This award celebrates the coalitional work of individuals working in women’s and gender equity centers. Recipients will have built successful partnerships in the service of racial justice and gender equity. Partnerships may include campus departments, academic units, other institutions, community agencies and/or professional organizations/associations.


QTPoC Monthly Dinner

Join us on Friday, November 11th, at 5PM in the Sloss Center for this months QTPoC dinner!

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations Workshop

AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshops are specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two-hour workshop you will gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn:

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

Negotiations can increase the potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you will be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save (though it may seem like it is far away) for retirement.

Upcoming workshop dates: 

Friday, December 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST

Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

Register here for the first workshop on December 2. 

More information can be found on our website

Rec Services

Women's Weight Lifting Clinic

An opportunity for women to learn how to properly weight train is available for registration. Each class will begin in the fitness studio, State Gym 1218, for a presentation on the lift of the day and time to practice with a PVC pipe. Then the class will progress to the racks in State Gym. To register, follow this link. 

Women* Climb Night

Women* Climb Night is Back! This semester we are offering women* climb nights once a month, on the last Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event is free to ISU members and open to non- pass holders and community members who are eligible to purchase a facility day pass!
*Why the asteriskThis program is open to individuals who identify as women or genderqueer. This includes women who are cisgender, trans, or of trans experience. We also welcome individuals who identify as gender non-binary or any other gender identity who seek this community. We recognize that gender is complex and members of our community that identify as women, genderqueer or belong to this group are all welcome to this program.

Multicultural Student Affairs

MVP will be taking up to 50 scholars ice skating for a fun social event on Wednesday, November 16th 8pm-9:30pm at the Ames/ISU arena. 

Questions? Connect with your instructors or Sahira, 

The form will close on Tuesday, November 15th or until all spots have been filled. This is a first come, first served event. 

The form is available


International Students and Scholars Office

Join English Together! Improve your English through conversation, games, and topics of interest. You can join English Together any Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when you are free. 

English Together is open to all international undergraduate & graduate students, post-docs, and community members.

More information can be found here, and questions can be sent to 


Did you know that international students at ISU can receive FREE tutoring? All you have to do is list ISSO as your funding source. Follow this link for more information on tutoring at ISU!


Take a break from your classes and join us for a fall crafts night! Make a special handmade gift for your partner, a family member, a friend, or yourself! They will have mugs that you can color however you desire with instructions for how to make the design permanent using an oven. The mugs will be provided at no charge! 

The event will take place from 4-6 PM in the Memorial Union in the Great Hall. There will also be snacks and beverages provided as you relax. Come visit and enjoy the night of crafting and fun! 

If interested, please sign up


Writing and Media Center

Student Organizations

Pride Alliance

Pride Alliance has a game night coming up on November 16th! Join them at the Sloss Center at 5:30PM for game night!

The Pride Alliance is a safe and brave space for queer individuals on campus. Pride Alliance strives to mix education and activism with socializing, pride and support. To sign up for an email list and be alerted on events and meetings, email 

You can also follow the Iowa State Pride Alliance on Instagram and Twitter @iowastatepride. 

Election Day

Iowa General Elections are being held today, November 8th. Make sure you make the time to vote. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

In Iowa, you can register to vote the day of the election. Voters are required to bring a valid form of identification and proof of residency to the polls. Iowa State students can use their Iowa State student ID and the information provided on Access Plus under the Voter Reg Address tab as forms of identification and proof of residency. As well, apartment leases can be used as proof of residency. 

If you want to register to vote online, it is available here

In order to find your polling location, you can search here

If you are finding issues with making it to your polling location, you can take CyRide today for FREE, all day, for election day. 

You can also use the code "CAMPUSTAKEVOTE" to get $20 of a Lyft ride to the polls. Students can also use the code "VOTE22" for 50% off their ride with Lyft. This is only available on election day. 

Want to be apart of our Newsletter?

Student organizations and offices that involve gender equity, multicultural engagement, and queer identities are always welcome in our newsletter. Reach out to be a part of the Sloss Newsletter.

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