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WGSS Art and Essay Contest

"Self-Care as Resistance: Women’s Health"

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program @BGSU is hosting an Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Art Symposium March 28-29, 2019 in honor of Women’s History Month with the theme, "Self-Care as Resistance: Women’s Health."

Help us celebrate Women’s History Month by submitting a personal or scholarly essay or art project that speaks to the importance of self-care as a feminist practice and as important for mind/body health. Your entry will be entered into our contest for cash prizes. All entries will be considered for presentation at the symposium.

Submissions in any literary and artistic form are welcome; personal essays, photo essays, collage, and/or academic work is encouraged. Topics include but are not limited to how feminism and feminist ideas have shaped your understanding of issues of health, equality, sexualities, gender, ability, age, race, class, religion, education, and citizenship as they intersect in our personal and political lives.

Guidelines for Undergraduate Submissions:  The paper or art project must:

·       indicate which category, art or essay

·       be composed by a BGSU undergraduate student

·       be solely the work of the author(s)

·       be between 8-10 pages long for an essay

·       conform to MLA, Chicago or APA research documentation guidelines.

·       be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019, to Nicole Marie Cordier  with “WGSS Art/Essay Contest” in the subject line

Guidelines for Graduate Submissions:  The paper or art project must:

·       indicate which category, art or essay

·       be composed by a BGSU graduate student

·       be solely the work of the author(s).

·       be between 15-25 pages long for an essay.

·       conform to MLA, Chicago, or APA research documentation guidelines.

·       be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, February 22, 2019, to Nicole Marie Cordier with “WGSS Art/Essay Contest” in the subject line

Judging Process:

A subcommittee of WGSS faculty will select the three undergraduate and three graduate prizewinners in each category (art and essay).  Winners will be notified after the selection process is complete.  First prize is $125, Second prize is $75, Third Prize is $50.  Essay Winners will be honored and present their winning pieces at the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Symposium on March 28, 2019. Art pieces will be displayed and shared March 29, 2019 at the Art and Wellness Symposium.  Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Sandra Faulkner, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program,



WGSS Research and Art Symposium 

BTSU 201, from 10am-3pm

10:00 am-11:30 am  Queer and Trans* Inclusive Yoga Workshop, facilitated by Ari Henry

Why offer Queer and Trans* Yoga?  What can community yoga classes do to become more welcoming to members of LGBTQ communities?  What are some of the challenges that Queer and Trans* people face when entering a yoga space?  In this talk, Ari will describe his experience of learning yoga—and eventually teaching and organizing community classes—as a queer non-binary trans* person who struggled to feel comfortable in mainstream North American yoga studios and gyms.  Ari will describe his personal story; describe the process of organizing the successful “Queer and Trans* Yoga Sydney” program as a possible template for local classes; outline existing Queer and Trans* programs at other locations in the U.S.; and discuss how accessibility and outreach related to disability and communities of color are inseparably intertwined with Queer and Trans*-welcoming yoga.  Together we will also brainstorm a “wish list” of things that you would ideally include in a community-based Queer and Trans* friendly yoga class here in Bowling Green.  Finally, we will discuss some online resources that will allow you to practice yoga in your own home and also to read and reach out to broader communities online and beyond.  We will conclude with an open, voluntary Q&A where we can discuss and model variations of common poses and techniques that can be useful for some yoga students.   



BIO:  Ari Henry is an educator based in San Diego with advanced degrees in literature and cultural studies.  He completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and certification with Sukha Mukha Yoga in Sydney, Australia.  Ari is co-founder of the community-based yoga project “Queer and Trans* Yoga Sydney,” which offered weekly “pay what you want” yoga classes to members of Sydney’s LGBTQ communities between 2012 and 2015, and in turn donated all proceeds to Australian Aboriginal LGBTQ youth organizations.  Ari is also co-founder of Radial Wear (, a small San Diego start-up that makes comfortable, organic yoga shorts for men, women, and people of all genders and donates a percentage of profits.  Ari has tried many different forms of yoga over the years and lately has been loving the challenge of Ashtanga.

 RSVP by March 22nd to Nicole Marie Cordier

11:30-12:00 Reception

12:00-1:15 PM    WGSS Art and Research Presentations

1:30 -3:00 PM   Art Therapy as Self-Care Workshop, facilitated by Tessa Hayes

Self-care has increasingly become another tool used to promote capitalism, neo-liberal ideology, and internalized oppression. Marketing tactics continue to target bodies as something in need of improvement, not good enough as-is. Self-care can feel inaccessible at times, especially when framed as something extravagant and time-consuming. When we neglect our own need to feel cared about, connected, and listened to, the system is winning. When we notice and respond to resistance that may arise when we are pulled toward meeting our needs we can begin to dismantle internalized oppression, listening and honoring our truths, and working toward individual and collective empowerment and healing. In this workshop, participants will have opportunity to engage in the creative process to explore art-making as a tool for embodied experience of self-expression, self-regulation, and healing. By increasing self-awareness, the individual becomes their own expert in being able to define and work to meet their own self-care wants and needs, and when we are able to name what we need, we disrupt patterns of allowing others to define us. Doing this hard work in a supportive community space fosters conversations that facilitate connection crucial in continuing the work needed to bring about collective change.

BIO: Tessa Hayes is currently employed as a clinical art therapist providing treatment to those struggling with mental health issues and life stressors intensified by the negative impact of substance abuse. As someone who is passionate about using art to address individual, interpersonal, and social justice issues, such as intergenerational and collective trauma and marginalization, Tessa utilizes a strengths-based, context-relevant perspective, taking special consideration for the interplay between the individual and their larger systems. Tessa considers art as activism and her role as an art therapist to be closely committed to social justice through community activism in the public sphere.

RSVP by March 22nd to Nicole Marie Cordier


Check out this Zine made by the students of WS2000H here.