Abby Cunniff ’17 writes in:
Last year, people from the University Organizing Center made a Disorientation Guide of alternate Wesleyan histories and perspectives for incoming freshmen.
This summer, we will be creating the next edition of this guide! If you’re interested in joining our team or if you want to submit a piece of writing / art / something else, email Abby at acunniff(at)wesleyan(dot)edu before the end of May!
Deadline: Tuesday, May 31
Coming your way from Maya McDonnell ’16:
Are you passionate about social justice and ready to make a difference on campus? Wanting to join activist groups this semester? Just curious about what resources are available to help launch your creative ideas? Come meet other students and activists at the University Organizing Center (UOC). The event will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday September 3rd at the UOC, an open space for student activism at 190 High Street. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, the doors are always open to all. Come join!
Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Place: UOC—190 High St
So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.
Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.
A message from Alexandra Ricks ’16:
Call for Submissions to the University Organizing Center Infoshop/Anti-Oppression Library located at 190 High Street!
The Infoshop Preservation Society (IPS) is a new student group tasked with the restoration and maintenance of the UOC Infoshop and Anti-Oppression Library. We’re in the process of cleaning up and improving upon the Infoshop space located at the back of the UOC and looking for submissions to add to Wesleyan’s only dedicated anti-oppression library (soon to be a great workspace as well!).
Got any pamphlets, zines, books, posters, photographs, music, movies, periodicals, maps, art, artifacts, etc. you would like to share with the Wesleyan community? Donate or lend them to the University Organizing Center’s infoshop, a library of radical literature that’s open to everyone!
There is a submission box by the front door of the UOC. Got a lot to donate? Let us know and we can pick it up right from your door!!
If you don’t have anything you would like to submit but would like to read about anti-oppression or DIY projects check out the infoshop, on the first floor of the UOC (190 High Street, between Beta and Eclectic).
Or if you are interested in getting involved in the group organizing the infoshop, send us an email at: infoshop-glist[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Date: before spring break!
Place: The University Organizing Center (190 High St)
From Ross Levin ’15 and Holt Akers-Campbell ’16:
Please join us this Tuesday at 7 PM in the UOC (190 High St) for an interest meeting on this semester’s farm forum. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge, actually do some farming, and have fun, this will be a great place to be. You’ll be learning from your peers and can even get academic credit in the process. Especially if you have always wanted to be more involved at Long Lane, this is a great way to start.
We meet twice each week, once inside for discussion and once outside to work at the farm. The technical basis of the course is an introduction to small-scale sustainable vegetable production, but also includes fruit, grain, livestock, and exciting new directions in farming such as no-till, permaculture, and biodynamics.
Come to the UOC (190 High St.) this Sunday 11/24 at 4:30 for an open community meeting. We’re going to be discussing use of the space, upcoming changes, the history of the space, and future ideas.
Date: Sunday, November 23
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: University Organizing Center (190 High St.)
Hope to see all you activists there!
Did you know Alma Sanchez-Eppler ’14 has a hyphenated last name? The hyphen’s right there; see for yourself! The world is crazy sometimes!!!
Hello Wes Activist!
Do you love the UOC?
Would you want to support the work of student activists, oversee this amazing student space, and get paid while doing it?
The office of Student Activities and Leadership Development is now accepting applicants for next year’s University Organizing Center Intern. Click HERE to learn more about the position.
Click HERE to Apply!
The deadline for applications is April 18.
From Leah Bakely ’16:
U.S.L.A.C, Wesleyan’s United Student Labor Action Coalition works primarily with Wesleyan’s sub-contracted workers (the lovely people that clean your dorms and houses, Bon Appetit employees etc.), wants you! Recently problems have arisen between Sun Services, the company that employs our janitors, and the janitors, regarding lack of compensation for overtime hours, lack of proper notification of personnel changes, and extended hours that increase worker workloads. If these problems seem concerning to you or if you’d just like hang out with some really cool people in the U.O.C, come to our meetings! If you want to find out more about the current allegations of several Sun Services employees, read this Argus article.
Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Place: University Organizing Center
The ever delightful Alma Eppchez ’14 wants your creative juices:
We have supplies now we need artist. If you’ve ever have you wanted to create lasting artwork for a location on campus this is your chance.We will have an initial meeting to plan the content and style. The wall will be split up into about 16 smaller canvases that will be painted separately by 16 individuals or small groups. The UOC is hoping to get as many people from as many different communities on campus that use the UOC or could use the UOC involved. We hope for this to be a visual archive for future Wes kids of what the issues and movements present and past that Wesleyan students cared about in 2012? Tell your friends, come with an idea or just come willing to be inspired.
Date: Sunday, November 18th
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: University Organizing Center, 190 High St
The University Organizing Center Committee writes in:
Do you like cookies? Do you want coffee around 9pm? Do you like to hang out with your friends?
Come to the UOC late night tonight! The University Organizing Center, aka the UOC, is located between Beta and Eclectic at 190 High Street. If you have never been here before now is as good a time as ever to come check it out! There are couches, a kitchen, a library, meeting rooms, tables, bookshelves, inspirational posters, music, and tonight….free COOKIES and YOUR FRIENDS! Bring your friends along, and come hang out while supplies last.
Hope to see you there!
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Place: The UOC, 190 High Street