ST. CLOUD, Minn. (March 23, 2015) — For the past academic year the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University has been working with students on issues of health and sexuality.
A Fall 2014 college-wide survey of undergraduate women are showing serious concerns about sexual health behavior and the rate of unwanted sexual actions especially on students of color. The focus of the class has been Asian American women and how stereotypes around them make this population very vulnerable. The model minority myth is not conducive to health.
The students of this class (Ethnic Studies 305/501) will be presenting some of this data to the community on April 22, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. Cloud Riverside Park pavilion. This will be an opportunity for students to engage with the greater central Minnesota community instead of just their campus community.
This course is strongly supported and externally funded by NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. The event program will include spoken word artists, slideshows, posters, and interactive discussions. Free refreshments and ethnic Asian food will be provided.
For information contact Hedy Tripp, Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University, and the National Board Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, at [email protected] or call 320-309-3087.