ASU Wellness Week begins October 31

wellness week text from top of poster promoting events

This is the second year the Adams State Univeristy Rex Fitness and Wellness Center has organized events to promote health and wellness. Jessica Chacon, fitness and wellness coordinator, coordinated with campus clubs and departments and community organizations to host events and workshops.


Glow in the Dark Halloween Party
Costume contest and games
7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Rex Fitness and Wellness Center

Blacklight Bouldering
7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Rex Climbing Wall


Free Faculty/Staff Chair Massages
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Richardson Hall first floor

Pokemon Sprawl
6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Start at North Campus Green/The Rock
Sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota

8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Rex Fitness and Wellness Center


Fire & Inspire
Conscious Cultural Cooking
SLV Local Foods Mobile Kitchen
12 p.m. until 1 p.m.
CASA Center

Emotional Wellness Workshop ($10)
Essential Oils, mudras and meditation
7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Body Tune-Up, 420 State St.

8 p.m. until 8:50 p.m.
Rex Fitness and Wellness Center


Mental and Emotional Fitness Fair
Wellness Screenings and more
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
All services are free
Student Union Building Mall Court

Mindfulness Meditation
5:30 p.m.
Student Life Center
Sponsored by United Campus Ministry

Paws and Relax Dog Therapy
6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Nielsen Library first floor
Sponsored by ASU Counseling Center

Aeriel Silks and AcroYoga Workshop
7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Rex Fitness and Wellness Center


Free coffee and tea
8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Japanese/American Memorial Garden
Sponsored by Milagros Coffee House


Penitente Rock Climbing Day
Free to members/first year students
$10 non-member/community
7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sign-up with Rex Fitness and Wellness Center

Holiday Craft and Wellness Fair
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Plachy Hall Field House
Sponsored by Adams State Classified Employees Council and FitWell

CEC Annual Chili Cook-Off
11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Plachy Hall Field House


Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
Rex Intramurals
2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
North Campus Green

For more information call the Rex Fitness and Wellness Center at 719-587-8085

Equal pay for women

On October 24th 1975 I was only a year old. My mother wasn’t thinking about what I would be when I grew up: she was just enjoying my being adorable. But when she did start to imagine my future she pictured me going off to college, which I did. She also pictured me getting a wonderful job that gave me a sense of purpose, which I have. However, she never imagined that as a Latina I would make 46% less than a white man, and 21% less than a white woman.

Sadly that is the case for many women, especially women of color. The women in Iceland decided to do something about this wage gap and on October 24th 1975, 90% of Icelandic women walked off their jobs in strike. This one action changed the course of their country.

A year after the walk out Iceland formed their Gender Equality Council. This group of individuals was able to pass the Gender Equality Act that made gender discrimination illegal. Five years later Iceland elected its first female president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, who held office for four terms.

In America today women make up 47% of the labor force (according to a white house report) and if we went on strike it would bring our economy to a halt.

Wage Gap by Race

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A Closer Look at the Numbers by Race

Using a single benchmark provides a more informative picture. Because non-Hispanic white men are the largest demographic group in the labor force, they are often used for that purpose. AAUW uses two different data sources for earnings ratios by race/ethnicity. For African AmericanAsian American, and Latina and Hispanic women, we follow the Current Population Survey (CPS). Because the CPS lacks sufficient sample size for smaller demographic groups, we follow the American Community Survey (ACS) for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native women.

Compared with salary information for white male workers, Asian American women’s salaries show the smallest gender pay gap, at 85 percent of white men’s earnings. The gap was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who were paid only 54 percent of what white men were paid in 2015 (below).

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Student Debt, Race, and the Pay Gap

The gender pay gap persists across educational levels and is worse for African American and Hispanic women, even among college graduates. As a result, women who complete college degree are less able to pay off their student loans promptly, leaving them paying more and for a longer time than men.

debt by race

Despite the gains women have made in the workforce, the pay gap persists. Individuals in the workforce, community, and government have the ability to help chip away at the pay gap.


Related Links:

Diversity at ASU


ASU Women’s Blog

ASU Women’s and gender studies facebook

ASU Women’s and gender studies degree


Get out and Vote – Movie screening of SELMA


In an effort to encourage voters to get to the voting box

ASU hosts movie screening of


Starring David Oyelowo

 A thrilling chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights for African Americans in a march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama

Tuesday, November 1st

6:00 pm

Mc Daniel Hall Auditorium (MCD) 101

There will be an after film discussion

This event is sponsored by CEILO: Community for Inclusion, Equity, Leadership and Opportunity

Get out and Vote – Movie screening of Iron Jawed Angels


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In an effort to get more people registered to vote,

and encourage voters to get to the voting box

ASU will be hosting a movie screening of the film

“Iron Jawed Angels” starring Hilary Swank.

The film will be shown in MCD 101
Monday, October 17th
5:30-6:00 will be voter registration
6:00-8:00 film showing
8:00-9:00 after film discussion
This is a non-partisan event meant to encourage voting and open a dialogue about voting rights, women’s rights, and other topics attendees wish to discuss.
Please feel free to invite others. Hope to see you there!
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ASU Celebrates Genders and Sexualities Week

Adams State University will hold it’s first Genders and Sexualities Week from October 10-14, 2016.


Monday, October 10

  • Anti-Discrimination Training (lunch provided)

    • Bystander intervention presentation led by AnnMarie Bennett, Ana Guevara, and Dianne Lee
    • 12pm, MCD 101
  • “Allyship” Talk

    • Ryan Anderson and Dr. James Doyle; introduction by Dr. Nick Saenz
    • 4:30pm, MCD 101
  •  “Sanluiseño Community Leaders and Their Sense of Place” (dinner provided)
    • A panel discussion featuring Curtis Garcia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, and Justin Garoutte, Executive Director of Conejos Clean Water; moderated by Maria McMath; introduction by Dr. Nick Saenz
    • 6pm, MCD 316

Tuesday, October 11

  • Safe Zone Training
    • Presentation given by Lis Tomlin and Dr. Penny Sanders
    • 1-4pm, MCD 101
  • National Coming Out Day Celebration
    • Free food and celebration honoring all stories
    • Coordinated by Megan Benfield
    • 3pm, Center for Inclusivity (SUB)
  • Chrysalis: A Trans* Narrative
    • A presentation by special guest Edie Recker; introduction by Dr. Robert Kirk
    • 4:30pm, MCD 10

Wednesday, October 12

  • Snow Cone Social
    • Hosted by the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Affinity Group
    • 1-3pm, MCD Solarium
  • Model UN Poster Presentation: Showcasing LGBTQ+ Worldwide
    • 1-3pm, MCD Solarium
  • Sex in the Dark
    • Panel of SEXperts answer all the audience’s anonymous questions!
    • Featuring Monica Brown, Chris Frizell, Dr. Bethany Kolb, Dr. Penny Sanders,and Scott White; moderated by Lis Tomlin; introduction by Ana Guevara
    • 7pm, Carson Auditorium (SUB)

Thursday, October 13

  • HB2 and LGBT Issues in the 2016 Election: Panel Discussion

    • Featuring Dr. Robert Demski, Ana Guevara, Edie Recker, and Dr. Penny Sanders; moderated by Foula Dimopoulos; introduction by Megan Benfield
    • 6pm, Carson Auditorium (SUB)

Friday, October 14

  • Pride Party
    • Free food, games, and more!
    • Hosted by ASU Pride and Multicultural Student Governance, sponsored by Student Life
      7-10pm, The Loft

Adams State receives NSF grant to advance women faculty in the sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant of $249,571 to support the three-year project, “Advancing Women in STEM through Institutional Transformation at Adams State University.” Funded by the NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst program, the project aims to increase diversity and gender equity among Adams State’s faculty in the social and behavioral sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

The resulting plan will include strategies to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty, and in particular of Latinas. By providing more role models, the program will ultimately inspire more young women to pursue careers in these fields.

“We are committed to building on Adams State University’s history and present commitment to inclusive excellence. This institutional transformation development project supports the goals of our ASU 2020 strategic plan,” said project director Dr. Chris Gilmer, vice president for Academic Affairs. “The resulting plan will help us build a more diverse faculty in STEM and the social and behavioral sciences.”

The project dovetails with work done by Adams State’s Title V projects and CIELO group to address diversity and equity issues. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the university has been awarded several Title V grants, with five now underway. CIELO is Adams State’s Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity.

The ADVANCE project will be devoted to institutional self-assessment, review and revision of university policies and procedures, and implementation of a faculty mentoring initiative. It will identify best practices, share research results, and develop approaches to advancing faculty diversity. Gilmer noted the project’s results will benefit disciplines across campus.

By Julie Waechter