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Issue 4: October 16, 2018

A Coalitional Newsletter Focusing on Social Equity, Sustainability, Wellness, and Community Service


Hi there! The Spark! is an effort committed to streamline campus communication regarding the environment, wellness, equity, and social justice. In these newsletters, expect to find information, events, and activities from clubs on campus and the Salem community.

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Social Equity

The social equity section is dedicated to promoting events, workshops, and opportunities for student activism and involvement concerning issues of equity and justice that are prevalent in the Willamette community.

Knife Skills Screening

Restorative Justice Coalition @ Willamette University (RJC-WU) invites you to join us for our first ever event. Sponsored by the Politics/ PPLE dept, we will be featuring a screening of a short documentary on Wednesday, October 17th from 7-9pm in the Hatfield Library called Knife Skills. This screening will be complemented by a handpicked panel of individuals who can speak directly to issues surrounding post-incarceration. Knife Skills follows the early days of the opening of a classical French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio that employs formerly incarcerated individuals. It is a compelling and heart-wrenching story about the lasting social, legal, and political issues that accompany re-entry. Our panel will include special guests navigator Jack Tally with the De Muniz Resource Center/Community Action Agency, transition coordinator Dr. Reid M. Helford from the Oregon State Penitentiary, and formerly incarcerated individual Robert White.

WU Causa - Racial Profiling in Oregon

On October 19 from 7 to 8:30 pm, come and learn about Oregon's history of racism, and the impact of Ballot Measure 105 on Oregon's families. Donations are encouraged, but not required for this event in Cat Cavern. Presented by WU CAUSA, CAUSA, PCUN, APANO, and No on Measure 105 campaign.
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Winona LaDuke

The Atkinson Lecture Series and Willamette University Native and Indigenous Student Union present Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe author, activist, rural development economist, and speaker on Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and sustainable tribal economies. She will speak on October 22, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Atkinson Lecture in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Admission is free and doors open at 6. Seating occurs on a first come, first serve basis.
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RISE Film Screening

La Chispa is hosting a screening of the film RISE to prepare for the visit of Laura Pulido, a University of Oregon Ethnic Studies and Geography professor. This screening will be held in the Ford Theatre, room Ford 122 at 7 pm on October 24.

Laura Pulido

Join La Chispa in welcoming Laura Pulido, a University of Oregon Ethnic Studies and Geography professor, who will speak on "Environmental Deregulation, Spectacular Racism and White Nationalism in the Trump Era". This talk will be held in the Ford Theatre, room Ford 122 on Tuesday, Nov. 6th, from 4:15-5:45 pm.
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This section of The Spark! focuses on accessibility to wellness and the general well-being of individuals in our community. This section is composed of everyday tips and information aimed at increasing mental and physical wellness in the Willamette and Salem community.
Breathing Exercises

For Clarity:

Whenever there’s too much going on in your head, try this simple exercise to help you clear your thoughts and center your focus.

  1. Get into a comfortable position so you can better focus on your breathing. Try to be away from any distractions so you can concentrate solely on this exercise.

  2. Find something your eyes can focus on that’s not distracting, or you can close your eyes.

  3. As you breathe, count each of your breaths every time you exhale up to 4, then start over.

  4. Try to do this at least 3 minutes, or until you feel like you have a clearer headspace.


To Relax:

This technique, developed by Dr. Andrew Weil, is used to relax your body to make you feel calm or relaxed, which can help before going to bed or when you’re feeling a little more stressed than usual.


The 4,7,8 Breath:

  1. Sit in an upright position with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth right behind your upper front teeth with your mouth closed. Hold this for the entirety of the exercise.

  2. Inhale through your nose in four counts.

  3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.  

  4. Exhale completely through your mouth in eight counts.

  5. This is one cycle. Repeat at least 5 times or until you feel calmer.


Easy Recipes for the Busy Student: Smoothies

Smoothies are an easy way to make a small and quick breakfast/snack! You can prepare most of it the night before and blend it in the morning. Smoothies are very flexible in quantities/ratios so feel free to build your own out of these ingredients to taste.

Foundational ingredients: almond milk/water/juice or if you prefer a thicker smoothie, greek yogurt

For taste: Frozen fruit (cheaper than fresh, tastes just as good): strawberries, blackberries, cherries, bananas, raspberries; vanilla or flavored greek yogurt instead of plain

For fiber: Spinach/kale/other leafy greens, avocado, oats, flaxseed, chia seeds

For protein: Yogurt, peanut/other nut butter, flaxseed, oats, chia seeds


The Sustainability section focuses on the environment to promote connection with environmental efforts, outdoor access with the world, and environmental advocacy!

Global Climate Change Week by La Chispa de Salem

Global Climate Change Week will be from October 15-19th. There are a few ways for you to get involved in this week at WU! Participate in La Chispa’s daily photo challenge by posting an Instagram photo with the hashtag #chispaclimatechallenge to enter a raffle for a compost kit and other prizes. You can also enter the raffle by answering a climate change trivia question during tabling sessions (Monday and Tuesday from 11-2pm in Jackson Plaza). There will be stickers, a schedule of upcoming events, and more info about La Chispa!

Contact: <kkchavezsam>

CSL's Sustainability Week

CSL is hosting week-long series of events to promote sustainability on campus! For more information, contact <siconnor>.
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Wellness x Zero Waste x Bistro Presents Zero Waste Self Care by Students for Sustainability

Come to the Bistro on Friday, October 26th, from 5-7 pm, to join your Zero Waste Coordinators, Wellness Coordinators and The Bistro in making self care products with coffee grounds from the Bistro! Take this time to socialize, enjoy yummy treats and make products to help take care of yourself. Bring your own mug for fall drinks and if possible, a container or jar to put your products in. If not, some will be provided.

Contact: for more info.

The SOAR Center
The SOAR Center is a space on campus where students have access to the Bearcat Pantry, First Generation Book Drive, and a Clothing Share. The SOAR Center is located in Shephard Hall and is open to all students Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. All resources are free with no questions asked.

SOARing to the Polls

Haven’t voted or haven’t registered to vote yet? Come to the SOAR Center for stamps and envelopes to send in your ballots. Every vote matters! The SOAR center is open Monday through Friday 9-5.

Contact: <mmhicks>

CAT, La Chispa, and SOAR Menstrual Hygiene Drive

From the 15th to the 19th Donate your unused, fully-boxed menstrual hygiene products (e.g. tampons, pads, menstrual cups, etc.)  to the SOAR Center and the Gender Resource and Advocacy Center! Donation boxes are located in all academic buildings and the UC!

Contact <mmhicks>

Trick or Treat: Please Donate Something to Eat!

 The Bearcat Pantry is hosting a food drive! This will be held from October 29th to November 2nd. They can accept all perishable and non-perishable packaged items, as long as they have not been opened and are not expired. They can also accept frozen items, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables and hygiene products and toiletries. Donation boxes will be located in the administrative office of each academic department. For a list of some of our most-requested items, please visit our website. 
Contact: <txhershman>

Fall Harvest

 Join the Bearcat Pantry in harvesting surplus produce with local non-profit, Salem Harvest! This event will be happening every Saturday in October from 8:30-11:30 am at different farms in Salem. The food that is harvested will be taken to Bearcat Pantry and donated so that other students can enjoy it too! Harvests occur every Saturday at various locations in the Salem area.
Contact: <txhershman>
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Community Service
The Community Service section is a place for students to find opportunities to make a difference in the surrounding community, Willamette and beyond.

Open House for the  Gender Resource & Advocacy Center

Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of Willamette University's new Gender Resource & Advocacy Center located in the Montag Loft! The Open House Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 25th from 4-6PM at The Loft (2nd floor, Montag Center). Bistro cookies and light refreshments will be served along with engaging activities related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The center is devoted to recognizing, responding to, and advocating for gender and sexuality justice, in addition to building community around these issues. The GRAC  provides resources and support to persons of any gender and sexual identity in the Willamette University community. We strive to create a safe and affirming space intended to empower those we serve. We promote gender equity, inclusivity, and social justice by supporting systemic change through education and collaboration. The GRAC offers individual and confidential advocacy to those impacted by sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence, and sexual harassment. We are here to build community and pursue collaborative action with others who advance gender equity and anti-violence through a framework of liberation for all.

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