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October Sloss Center Events

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Recent event photos!

The Sloss Center's own Nancy Gebhart is hosting an Art and Creativity for Healing campaign throughout the entire school year. The first event focused on blackout poetry, and future Art and Creativity for Healing events can be found at
Student Government hosted a Multicultural Town Hall, where various BIPOC students from Iowa State gathered to discuss racism and discrimination on campus, and how we can combat it. Resources for multicultural students can be found at
Iowa State's Colegas, the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association, hosted a Hispanic Heritage month dinner for Hispanic community members to connect, eat and have fun with piñatas! Information about Colegas can be found at

Meet the Director

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Dr. Ruxandra V. Marcu 


Faculty AffiliateProgram in Women's and Gender Studies

She, her, hers

Education: Ph.D., German and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis | M.A. & B.A., German Studies, Bowling Green State University 

Selected University Involvement: International Faculty and Staff Association | ISU Dreamers, campus adviser | NCORE-ISCORE Scholars Program  & ISCORE Planning Committee | Sexual Misconduct Leadership Committee | Student Conduct Board member | University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity, current Chair | Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Council | Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum Committee & Steering Committee 

Selected Community Involvement: ACLU of Iowa Board of Directors, appointed April 2020 | Ames Public Library Board of Trustees, appointed April 2019

What I Can Speak On

Student/staff support: I provide workshops on creating inclusive classroom and work spaces with a lens on gender, race, ability, and immigration status. Past speaking engagements have included support for DACA/undocumented students, gender diversity and creating gender inclusive spaces; the gender wage gap; imposter syndrome; student activism from a student support lens; and women in leadership.

Scholarship: My current work centers feminist and queer movements in the US and Eastern Europe. I'm particularly interested in social uprisings, queer liberation movements, feminist movements, and immigration narratives. I use visual culture, film, memorials, and archival content as entry into these topics.

Twitter @sandra_marcu.


Feminist Fridays

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Join us for our next installment of Feminist Friday on Friday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm virtually via Zoom. This week hear from Dr. Penny Rosenthal, Phil Hernandez, and nicci port on "Challenging the University Environment: The Origin Story of the Principles of Community."

Visit our website here for zoom links and the complete Feminist Fridays Schedule. Sign up for the Feminist Friday Mailing List here.

Margaret Sloss's 120th Birthday!

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Our Queen, Dr. M.W. Sloss, would have celebrated her 120th birthday on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. Join us on her birthday in celebrating her legacy with cupcakes outside of the Sloss House!

We'll be passing out cupcakes and sharing about Margaret's life from 11 am until they run out.

QTPoC Monthly Dinner

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Join QTPoC for their October Gathering! Enjoy a free community dinner at the Sloss House on Friday, October 22nd at 5 pm.

Please join us for good vibes, excellent food, and some bracelet-making! 

Also, if we have leftovers, we promise to send you off with an extra dinner for the week!  
QTPoC staff, faculty, and students are all welcome.

Salary Negotiation Workshop

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The Sloss Center & AAUW Present: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
When: Friday, October 29, 2021 | Noon-2:00pm
Where: A zoom link will be sent to your email prior to the event
AAUW Start Smart is a FREE 2-hour workshop specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. During this workshop, you will gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. 

Register here.

WE Lead - Registeration open!

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WE Lead is a leadership conference dedicated to education, empowerment, and connection. Join us virtually on Saturday November 13th from 9am - 3:30pm. There will also be an in-person social to follow from 4:30-5:30pm in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union. There is no cost to attend.

Participants will have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, engage in interactive discussions and networking sessions, and reflect on their own leadership qualities and what they have to offer in their respective roles at Iowa State and beyond. For more information about WE Lead, speakers, and partners - visit the webpage here.

Register for the conference here.

Dear Margaret

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Last week we had our first re-installment of Dear Margaret.

To ask a question, submit one to the anonymous form located here.

Check out the answers to your questions on the @iastateslosscenter Instagram stories on Thursdays!

Writing and Media Center

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Please join the Writing and Media Center and co-sponsoring partners for "Curriculum Violence: Antiblackness as Academic Rigor" with Dr. Stephanie P. Jones. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 19th at 4 PM in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union. Masks are requested for in-person attendees.

This event will also be live-streamed on the Writing and Media Center's YouTube channel here:

For more information on the event and speaker series visit here.

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Communicating While Stressed: Writing & Media Center and Sloss Center Workshop 
October 27th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Zoom Workshop: Confirm your virtual attendance by registering here!
Are you having a stressful semester? During and after midterms is a particularly important time to reflect on how we’re doing and how we can move forward to be confident and successful. Please join us for our workshop, “Communicating While Stressed" led by the WMC embedded consultants. The workshop will focus on practical strategies for self-communication/reflection, communicating with others, and staying organized as we work on communication assignments. We look forward to seeing you there!

Night Against Procrastination link here.

Writing and Media Center employment applications here.

Disability Awareness Week

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Introducing Disability Awareness Week 2021: October 19 - October 29

Disability Awareness Week is a series of events aimed at educating the Iowa State University community about the wide variety of disabilities, bringing awareness to the barriers faced by many of these individuals, and advocating for a more accessible ISU. 

For more information, visit the Student Accessibility Services website here.

Arabic 375: Arab Culture

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Please find information below about a course offering for Spring 22 that may be of interest to some of your students.

Arabic 375: Arab Culture (3 credits, TR 9:30-10:45) in-person
Instructor: Dr. Ghinwa Alameen
How do Arabs think, live, have fun? Why do they behave the way they do? This class surveys the contemporary Arab culture in the Middle East and North Africa as reflected in geography, society, history, language, and the arts. Special attention will be given to family, social structure, gender relations, Arabs view of the West, and the Arab experience in the U.S.

Taught in English. Meets International Perspectives and LAS Humanities requirements.


Socialize with Pride

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Introducing the latest LGBTQIA+ group on campus that’s centered around just hanging out! Socialize With Pride is an inclusive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual people to meet others in the community with minimal obligations. We accept any person, with or without a label, who may feel like they are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Join their GroupMe, where officers and members communicate about events and ask questions! To join the GroupMe, please follow the link:

To subscribe to their mailing list and see upcoming events:


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ISU SISTER (Supporting Inclusive Spaces Together Through Experiences and Recognition) seeks to create an inclusive, supportive space for faculty and staff who identify as women of color (WOC) through a sister circle framework. Providing space and programming that is affirming, positive and uplifting, will allow WOC working at a predominantly White institution (ISU) to share their experiences.

Ultimately, this collective will enhance the quality of life for participants by increasing their ability to create a shared community where they are accepted and validated. This group is open to faculty and staff that identify as women of color. We proudly welcome women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, gender queer women, and non-binary people who female-identify.

For more information, please visit-

To join the SISTER email list, please email Sarah Frette at

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