The University of Arizona social justice group FORCE is seeking feminist interns to join the resistance that seeks to “dismantle oppression” including, but certainly not limited to, “racism, classism, sexism, ableism and heterosexism.”
FORCE, which stands for Feminists Organized to Resist, Create, and Empower, is part of UA’s Women’s Resource Center. Those who get the internship will be required to attend weekly FORCE meetings, Feminist Formation meetings, and also plan events “that are relevant to as many groups as possible across campus.”
“Please treat them as friends and allies,” the listing states. Allies are limited to things like LGBTQ Affairs, Pride Alliance, and Cultural Centers. Conservative groups aren’t listed, so it’s safe to assume they see those students as enemies.
Recruits will earn college credit and must demonstrate a “passion for women/gender or social justice issues.”
The program is built upon a “Feminist Framework,” according to the application:
The University of Arizona Women’s Resource Center strives to instill feminist attributes and goals in its programs and organizational structure. By "feminist" we acknowledge that gender is a central lens through which we conduct inquiry—critically considering what it means to be sexed, raced, and historically and culturally situated and we aim to propose alternatives to traditionally male models of leadership, thought and practice. We ascribe to a broadly defined, fluctuating and inclusive feminist ideology that welcomes discordant viewpoints from varied experiences. We are a part of a broader social movement that dismantles oppressive structures and unifies people. We work to build a community that acknowledges and supports resistance to racism, classism, sexism, ableism and heterosexism.
In case you were wondering, heterosexism is defined as “discrimination or prejudice against homosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation.”
Previous FORCE events have included discussions surrounding topics like “Deconstructing Cisnormativity.” Interns are responsible for organizing UA’s yearly Slut Walk. And they also sit around and make crafts out of expired condoms. Who doesn’t?
As Campus Reform reports, the FORCE program is one of many that is funded by a $75 fee that all students are required to pay each semester. Students must also pay for the unpaid internship to receive credit. That can be anywhere around $3,000 for in-state students to $5,000 for out-of-state students. The report also notes that students paying for internships at colleges is now a “new trend” and that “they must enroll in a three-credit course hosted by the Women’s Studies Department as a condition of enrollment.”
Clearly, college is well worth the money.