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Clarion, California and Edinboro join for Women’s History Month celebration

March 14, 2022

Women's History Month EventsClarion University of Pennsylvania will join sister campuses at California and Edinboro to celebrate Women’s History Month in March.

The celebration will include speakers who are experts on transgender and nonbinary issues, reproductive rights, indigenous communities and women in law enforcement. The month also will include a discussion of resources available to students at the California, Clarion and Edinboro campuses as they continue on a path toward integration.

"Women's History Month affords an opportunity to prioritize content that is often marginalized in traditional curriculum," said Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, director of women's studies at Cal U.

Highlights include:

Women in Sports poster project
Throughout March, second floor of Ralston Hall, Clarion
Students in Dr. Carol Brennan-Caplan's Gender in Sports class researched female athletes who are pioneers in the sporting world, then developed poster presentations. After the students presented their research in class, the posters were moved to the second floor of Ralston Hall for display throughout March. Communication professor Dr. Lacey Fulton and student Parker Sprenger are using the posters to create a video which will be shared with the campus community in mid-March.

Reproductive Rights and Policy Change
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 15
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Panelist Susan Frietsche is a senior staff attorney and the founder and director for the Western Pennsylvania Office of the Women's Law Project, where she has worked since 1992.

Panelist Courtney Chambers, MPH is the Texas advocacy director for Whole Woman's Health Alliance and is based in Austin. She is originally from Midland, Texas, and has over 15 years of experience working in sexual and reproductive health care, education and advocacy.

Role of Women in Indigenous Communities
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 22
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Dr. Clarissa Confer researches and teaches in history and anthropology at California. Her publications focus on the social history of American Indian cultures and include books on Pre-Columbian Native America, 19th Century Native warfare, and the Cherokee Nation's experience in the American Civil War.

She will examine the unique role women play in many traditional Native American cultures and highlight how those strong traditions are embodied by modern women making a difference in and for their communities.

"Women in Blue," Film Screening & Discussion
6-8 p.m. March 23
California University, Duda Hall 103
Filmed from 2017-2020, "Women in Blue" follows Minneapolis' first female police chief, Janeé Harteau, as she works to reform the Minneapolis Police Department. Dr. Mathilda Spencer, a criminal justice professor at California, will facilitate a discussion of the film. Light refreshments will be served.

The showing of this documentary is being sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and California's Manderino Library.

Navigating the Climb: Addressing the Barriers to Women's Success in Higher Ed
Noon March 24
Dr. Jess Mann, assistant vice president of Community Engagement at Duquesne University, and Elise Michaux, director of Enrollment Management at Erie County Community College and vice chair of Slippery Rock University's Council of Trustees, will lead a discussion about the unique obstacles women face when climbing the administrative ranks in higher education. Challenges related to age, ambition, disposition and competency are often experienced, and are unfortunately compounded by existing barriers from further marginalized individuals, such as women of color.

Mann and michaux will share their lived experiences as higher ed administrators and highlight best practices for creating authentically inclusive environments for women in higher education.

Informational Session and Campus Resources
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 29
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Staff will share up-to-date information about the impact of university integration on campus resources for students. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with panelists: Dr. Terrence Mitchell, vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Dr. Kristen Majocha, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Human Services; Sheleta Camarda-Webb, associate vice president for Assessment and External Relations, DEI Unit; and Amy Salsgiver, executive director of Equity and Title IX/Title IX Coordinator.

Women Supporting Women: Overcoming Challenges
7-8 p.m. March 29
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Five Clarion University alumnae from various demographic backgrounds (race, gender identity, sexuality, age, and able-bodied individuals) will share the many challenges and solutions that they have encountered regarding their personal and professional careers. Sponsored by the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.


Last Updated 3/14/22