WESTFIELD, MA— In honor of Women’s History Month, Westfield State University is hosting a month-long celebration of events, titled “Month Celebrating Womyn.”
For nearly 30 years, Westfield State has held events dedicated toward awareness and celebration of women’s rights and related issues. What started off as a week-long celebration organized around International Women’s Day (March 8th) is now a month-long tribute complete with guest speakers, panel discussions, and presentations. The month is organized by the University’s Department of Diversity & Inclusion. This year, the month has been renamed to include an alternative spelling of “womyn,” to be more inclusive of modern-day feminism, according Ashiah Richeme, director of Diversity & Inclusion.
“Events that celebrate diversity are always important because they represent all of our history,” Richeme said. “It’s global history, in which we are reminded that inclusiveness is pertinent to human stainability.”
This year’s Month Celebrating Womyn events include:
“Where did We Go Wrong?” a discussion led by guest speaker Hsiu-Jung Mindy Chang will address the recent election and the current political climate in regards to women’s issues.
Wednesday, March 29, 6 to 7 p.m.
Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall.
“Paint and Sip Fundaraiser” The event benefits the Emilee Dawn Gagnon scholarship. Tickets are $15 for students and $40 for general admission and include appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at westfieldalumni.org/paintsip.
Friday, March 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall
Throughout the month, there will also be a clothing drive for Dress For Success Western Massachusetts. Business wear and interview-appropriate donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Parenzo Hall outside of Room P117; The Horace Mann Center lobby; Ely Campus Center in the Diversity & Inclusion Office Ely 069; and in the Catherine Dower Center main office , Room D101.
All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/mcw.
Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.
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Event Also Honors Pioneering Mason Square Librarians
SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- March 16th, 2017 – The Springfield City Library is reprising one of its most popular events, entitled “My Beloved Springfield: Honoring Pioneering Librarians and Women’s Leadership Panel”. Attendees can explore local leadership development opportunities for women and girls at an information fair from 5:30-6 PM, and help honor two pioneering librarians, Mrs. Bettye Webb and Mrs. Sylvia Humphrey-Spann. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Humphrey-Spann led the Mason Square (formerly Winchester Square) Branch Library and made it a welcoming, educational, and motivational cultural center for neighborhood residents.
The final part of the evening includes a panel of local women who will discuss their different paths to leadership. Panelists include The Rev. Catharine Cummings, activist and pastor with Wesley UMC in Springfield and Christ UMC in Northampton; Chrissy Howard, Instructional Leadership Specialist with Springfield Public Schools; Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, trial attorney with the Law Office of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud; Natasha Clark, writer, publisher, entrepreneur and founding partner of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs; and Ivette Ramos, Director at MassMutual Financial Group. The panel will be moderated by Decorti Rodgers-Tonge, Chair of the Accounting Department for Bay Path University. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session and light refreshments will be served.
The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, March 30th and will be held at the Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street in Springfield. Parking is available in lots on Hawley and Monroe streets, and overflow parking at the adjacent Wesley United Methodist Church, accessible by State Street and Monroe street.
Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org.
A series of three 2 – hour workshops that addresses 21st century job search information
and strategies, including resume writing, interview skills, and the art of the job search
with Barbara Foster
Thursdays, March 23, 30, and April 6 at 6:00pm
PREPARING FOR THE JOB SEARCH
An overview of 21st century job search process. You’ll learn new ways of locating job openings, applying for jobs, and explore a variety of helpful online resources.
RESUME WRITING 101
Up-to-date resume writing techniques will be presented. You’ll learn what’s changed in resume writing, how to tailor your resume using key words, how to submit your resume online and more. Cover letter writing will also be presented.
INTERVIEW WITH CONFIDENCE
Preparation is the key to handling a job interview. You’ll practice how to handle those difficult interview questions and learn how to deal with various types of interviews, including telephone and Skype interviews.
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
You’ll need to use a variety of strategies in your today’s challenging job market. Networking, attending job fairs, performing informational interviews, and using your social media network. Staying motivated will also be discussed.
Their is a limit of 12 participants. Registration is required.
For more information and registration, please call 413-420-8101.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center presents the Stowe Prize Book Club discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by 2017 Stowe Prize winner Bryan Stevenson
Info: FREE and Open to the Public