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What better way to close out the semester than with a cheesy holiday card?
See you all in February when our newsletter resumes!
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Need a book reccomendation? Here's what our staff is reading over break:
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Want to borrow the books? Check them out from the University Library or Ames Public Library!

ISU Library: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
Ames Public Library: Sitting Pretty by Rebekah TaussigSomebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Want to purchase these books? Consider supporting a local women-owned bookstore in Ames! Check out the links below to purchase at Dog Eared Books.
(Not sponsored, just big fans)
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Crip Kinship by Shayda Kafai
Slug and Other Stories by Megan Milks
Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig


Sloss Staff Q&A

Get to know our Sloss Staff! This month, we have ten random questions for Alaa Kayed.

Dear Margaret

Sloss After Hours

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Tired of struggling to find a study spot on campus during Prep Week? Join us at the Sloss House for an after-hours study session!

The main floor of the Sloss House will be open Thursday, December 9th from 5pm to midnight. Enjoy a comfortable and cozy study space with refreshments provided!

QTPoC December Dinner

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Join QTPoC for their December Dinner! 

Come to the Sloss House this Friday, December 10th at 5pm for some excellent food and good vibes.

If we have leftovers, we promise to send you off with some for the week!

QTPoC students, staff, and faculty are welcome!

WGS Student Conference

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Save the date for the 2022 Women's  and Gender Studies Student Conference! It will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 in-person at the Student Innovation Center.


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Save the date for the 2022 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE)! ISCORE will take place both virtually and in-person March 2nd through March 4th.

Writing and Media Center

Feeling Stressed? Overwhelmed? 

As we approach finals week, many of us are finding our stress levels are increasing and our hours of sleep are rapidly decreasing. Big project deadlines creep up, and it can be challenging to hold yourself accountable. Here are some tips to help you stay on track for success


  • One way to work on these time management skills is to look at each piece of the assignment or project and take a step back. Thinking about these prior to starting the assignment or towards the beginning can help you hold yourself accountable. 

    • Are there any places you may need to check in with your professor? 

    • Would it be helpful to make an appointment at the Writing and Media Center to check-in? 

  • It can also be helpful to make assignment checklists with each piece you need to complete and a (tentative) date or time for it to be done. This can make large projects seem less daunting, and ease stress levels. 

  • As we are navigating through this time, remember you are capable! 

  • Take screen breaks, standing breaks, and whatever else you may need to bring you some peace of mind. 


  • Rest, take time to heal and recover from the stressful finals season 

  • Reflect! What were your biggest stressors? Take this Self-Care Quiz

Get in touch!

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