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Residential Hall Talks

ResHall Talks are interactive programs in which students share their views about the issues they’re dealing with during their transition to college. ResTalks focus on a variety of issues including relationships, friendships, safety, body image, and career planning. The ResTalks that the WC is currently offering include:

Girl Talk

Solely for female residents, Girl Talk is an opportunity for women to engage in honest and open dialogue about issues and topics that they may not otherwise get to a chance to discuss. Each session begins with the two WC student staff members introducing the women to the Women’s Center, what our office does on a regular basis and information about any upcoming events. A series of statements are read on a variety of topics including body image, sexual responsibility, and feminism. Students will be asked to respond to these statements and discussion evolves from their opinion about each statement. It is a powerful exercise that allows other female students hear how their peers experience BC as women.

Undressing the Hookup Culture

Undressing the Hookup Culture provides an opportunity for both male and female residents to discuss topics surrounding the hookup culture in a safe and confidential environment, bringing to light false stereotypes, misconceptions, and sometimes problematic consequences. Student staff members from the WC and health coaches from the Office of Health Promotion will facilitate discussion on topics including consent, safety, sexual health, and the influence of alcohol. Students will be encouraged to consider the decisions and circumstances that lead them to pursue or refrain from hooking up, reflecting on topics such as the double standards directed at males and females, peer pressure, self-image, and non-judgment.

RAs can request a ResTalk from WC staff by filling out the form below. The WC can add additional topics based on the interests of the RA or the RA's residents. RAs are able to hold the program for just their own floor, or join with another RA and include both floors.

Unsaid

Unsaid provides a safe forum for students to engage on many of the unspoken and unrealistic expectations of “beauty” and “health” at Boston College. A facilitator from the Women’s Center will guide students through a “line activity,” in which participants assess their level of agreement or disagreement with a series of Unsaid statements. These statements range from lighter observations like, “I enjoy BC dining,” to more thought-provoking statements like, “I’ve been able to form authentic relationships at school,” or “My appearance is one of my primary concerns before heading out on weekend nights.” After each successive statement, the facilitator will open the floor to participant reactions and discussion.


RA Responsibilities

  • Find a room for the event. ResTalks are usually held in dorm room lounges or other common area spaces.
  • Advertise the ResTalks to your floor. The WC will make flyers and quarter sheets available for pickup upon request.
  • Coordinate snacks and drinks for the event.
  • Notify the WC if fewer than 8 people will be attending the program (8 people is the minimum for all ResTalks).

If you have trouble accessing the form below, click here.