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The SCSU Women's Center presents Women on Wednesday Making an Impact: Women's leadership and community organizing

The Women on Wednesday topic for Feb. 11 is Self-Care for Activists. Women are often the nurturers and caretakers of the world, however, we often forget about taking care of ourselves in the process.  Remaining passionate about women's issues and social justice can be easier than retaining the energy to make it happen. Women relax, de-stress, and re-energize in various ways, including empowerment strategies, recreation time and exercise, and other health-related activities.  Our panel of knowledgeable women will share their professional and personal self-care experiences so that we can all begin incorporating positive ways to take care of ourselves in order to sustain healthy, meaningful and engaged lives. Presenters: Marie Fisher is a Community Counseling graduate student and Women's Center graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University.  She is an advisor for Women's Action for Liberation and Leadership, a feminist activist student organization, and Vice President of the Community Counseling Graduate Student Association (CCGSA).  Fisher has also volunteered at the Central MN Sexual Assault Center for the past 3 years.  Icephine Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner at SCSU Health Services. She is certified as both an Adult and Gynecological/Reproductive Health Nurse Practitioner and has over 27 years of experience in a variety of settings, including a large urban hospital in St. Louis, Missouri; the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and the State of Minnesota. Johnson is one of the pioneers in the Nurse Practitioner profession who graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Webster University in Webster Grove, Missouri with a degree in Nursing. Heather Smith is an Elementary Education major at St. Cloud State University. She is employed by Outdoor Endeavors at the rock climbing wall, and is currently co-leading the Women That Rock program, a unique program that offers women-only climb time every other Thursday evening. Her leisure pursuits include camping, rock climbing and downhill skiing. About the Series: Women have long been responsible for organizing and maintaining the core structures of communities and institutions based on the needs that they see at multiple levels. As community organizers, leaders, and change agents, they choose to support a world that honors women's and girls' dignity, self-determination and autonomy. Please join the Women Center as we learn from a group of talented and committed women about the many ways to make an impact in our communities! Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series, organized each semester by the Women's Center. Topics focus on gender, sexism, and feminist issues, and are designed for campus and community members. Women on Wednesday presentations are held in the Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Women's Center at (320) 308-4958.