Women’s History Month at Manhattan College

Led by the Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center, the College hosted several events during March.

Blue skies over quadrangleDuring the month of March, Manhattan College celebrated Women’s History Month with a series of events hosted by organizations across campus.

The Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center (LWGRC) organized 10 different virtual events that covered topics from public health to sexual assault to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, March 2

  • As a part of the LWGRC’s “Slow Burn” series, Reut Livne-Tarandach, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, discussed resilience as a muscle, sponsored by the Women in Business and Management clubs. She spoke with students about how we can build and expand our toolkit to sustain ourselves and thrive under tough circumstances.
  • Students also gathered to watch and discuss All in: The Fight for Democracy, a documentary examining the issue of voter suppression in the United States. It was co-sponsored by the LWGRC, department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Office of Campus Ministry and Social Action the Multicultural Center.

Monday, March 8

  • On International Women’s Day, students, faculty and staff gathered with the Black Student Union and Office of Commuter Services and Outreach for a night of virtual Bingo. Students learned more about women icons and activists and some walked away with prizes.

Tuesday, March 9

  • One year after the COVID-19 pandemic caused Manhattan College to move to fully remote learning, the LWGRC invited students to a show and tell. Students brought their most/least pandemic-related item or story and gathered together to reflect on the past year.

Wednesday, March 10

  • Sutton King, president and executive director of the Urban Indigenous Collective, and co-founder of ShockTalk, spoke with students and faculty about the epidemic of violence against Native women. King focuses on addressing the health disparities within indigenous communities while she also pursues a career in public health entrepreneurship. The event was co-sponsored by the LWGRC and the Office of Campus Ministry and Social Action.

Thursday, March 11

  • Stephanie Powell, Ph.D., a faculty member in the religious studies department, was the host of Agape Latte, giving a talk titled “Yelling at God and Other Acts of Faith.” Agape Latte is a monthly speaker series program that provides a safe, social environment for students who are seeking to learn more about how faith applies to real life questions. The event was co-sponsored by the LWGRC and the Office of Campus Ministry and Social Action.

Wednesday, March 17

  • Julia Ettere ’21, a Women and Gender Studies minor, presented her latest gender-related research project, “Reflecting on the Way We Understand Sexual Assault.” The presentation is part of the regular Women and Gender Studies Brown Bag lunch series.

Thursday, March 18

  • Tekeyah Sears, Ed.D., MPH, assistant professor of public health, was the guest on the LWGRC Love in the Dark series. Sears’ presentation was titled “Public Health and Private Desires.”

Thursday, March 25

  • Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman was one of the guests in the annual Student Engagement Lecture Series. Raisman talked about her life in world-class gymnastics, from competing against the best in the world to being a whistleblower for the abuse suffered by many girls and young women who have competed in the sport.

Friday, March 26

  • Following Aly Raisman’s talk, the Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) co-hosted a conversation with the LWGRC and Office of Student Engagement about processing trauma.

Wednesday, March 31

  • Parisa Saboori, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, continued the “Slow Burn” series, discussing what it takes to be a woman and a professional, including being a mother, daughter, spouse, friend and colleague.
By Pete McHugh