The Crozier Center for Women, a student-managed space for gender-based programming and support, is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting its first trivia night, open to the entire student body, this Monday at 7 p.m. in the Crozier house. The Crozier student co-managers, Valeria Garcia-Pozo ’23 and Abby Griffith ’24, plan to host a number of trivia nights this semester, both in collaboration with other organizations on campus as well as on their own, in order to raise awareness of Crozier’s role on campus. The theme of Crozier’s first trivia night will be “F the patriarchy.”
The Crozier Center for Women is a safe learning space on campus where students can meet to discuss topics related to gender and gender identity and expression. The space offers a number of resources and opportunities for gender-based programming and learning, including an extensive library. Every Kenyon student has year-long access to the Crozier house, which, like Unity House, offers drop-in office hours each week for students to visit to socialize or ask questions. The house includes a number of comfortable amenities, such as a study room, a music room with two pianos, a fully stocked kitchen and a living room with a TV, and the center’s co-managers hope that these newly implemented trivia nights encourage more students to utilize this space. “When we became managers, a big part of my goal was to make Crozier a usable space again; it’s just underused,” Griffith said. “I want people to know that it exists.”
According to Garcia-Pozo, each of Crozier’s trivia events will have intentional themes that will serve as learning opportunities for students. She also noted that they plan to send theme-related study materials via email to the student body prior to the events. “The idea is not necessarily that you would have to study,” Griffith said. “You can just show up if you want to, but if you’re interested in learning more about the things we’re talking about, that’s an opportunity.”
Garcia-Pozo and Griffith also plan to co-host trivia nights with other student organizations in order to reach as many students as possible. “We want to engage people from all kinds of different communities to help us celebrate and help us find the best way to celebrate whatever identities they have,” Garcia-Pozo said. In preparation for future trivia nights, she and Griffith have begun planning a collaboration with Unity House to host a trivia event themed around the history of transfeminine people and are also planning to collaborate with Adelante, an organization for Latinx students.
The co-managers are also excited to share that the trivia events will have prizes. Griffith noted that trivia nights organized solely by Crozier will likely have more conventional prizes such as stuffed animals or Hydroflasks, whereas during collaborative events, the center hopes to offer prizes that support the groups that its co-hosts represent. For the upcoming transfemme people in history theme, for example, Griffith noted that she has been looking for prizes to offer from businesses owned by trans women. “We’re giving back to the communities that we’re learning about with our prizes,” they said.
The center’s overarching goal for these trivia events is that they will serve to reinvigorate the center’s role on campus as a safe, welcoming space for students to discuss and learn about issues relating to gender, sexuality and sexual health. The co-managers do not have a determined number of planned trivia nights; they say it will depend on how much student participation each event receives. “[Trivia events] could be anywhere from monthly to bi-weekly; if people are really crazy and really, really want to, we could do it weekly,” Garcia-Pozo said.
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