Fall 2017

Diversity & Inclusion Events Calendar


Fall Film Series

  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Althouse 106

(Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Resource Center)


Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation

Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation is a film about the events of the women’s liberation movement as told by the feminists from that time. Events covered in the film include the formation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the formation of the National Organization for Women, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, the Miss America Pageant protest, and more. This film does much more than document the movement; it explorers the details of the women's liberation movement and connects the controversy around the word feminism with what really happened during this great social revolution. This film was awarded the Best of the Festival Documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival in 2013.

Free CeCe

  • Date: Wednesday, October 18

On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. Documentarian Jac Gares pushed past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. CeCe's powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.

(With the Office of LGBTQ Services)

He Named Me Malala

  • Date: Thursday, November 9

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

LGBTQ Health Issues in Pennsylvania

(Presented by Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Physician Surgeon)

  • Date: Wednesday, September 13
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: ATS

Dr. Rachel Levine, the Physician Surgeon of Pennsylvania, will discuss LGBTQ health issues in Pennsylvania, as well as her thoughts about how this issue relates to civic engagement and ways that we can get involved to promote and protect our communities and our health. Cosponsored by the President's Commission for Women, Gender and Sexuality, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Wellness Center and Health Studies.


Latinx Heritage Month: Remixing the American Dream

(Presented by Raquel Cepeda, journalist, critic, filmmaker, autobiographer)

  • Date: Wednesday, October 4
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: ATS

The American Dream, Cepeda argues, is a pipedream for some and a birthright for others. Challenging the absurdity of the black-white national conversation about the American dream, Cepeda offers a working and accessible revision to suit generations of Americans, like her, who have been pushed to the margins. Sponsored by the Clarke Forum and cosponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, Division of Student Life, and the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, English, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Latinx Heritage Month film screening: Some Girls + Q&A with filmmaker Raquel Cepeda

  • Date: Thursday, October 5
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Althouse 106

In celebration of Latinx Heritage month, we invite community members to attend a screening of the 2017 documentary Some Girls. The film chronicles the lives and experiences of a diverse group of Latinx women. After the screening, filmmaker Raquel Cepeda will participate in a Q&A session with the audience. Cosponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center.

Reproductive Health and Reproductive Justice Panel

  • Date: Monday, October 30
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Denny 317

Please join us to discuss contemporary issues related to reproductive health and reproductive justice. Our expert panelists include Leslie Hall from Planned Parenthood, Angela Kirkland from This Stops Today Harrisburg, and Dickinson's own Professor Katie Oliviero from the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Cosponsored by the President’s Commission for Women, Gender and Sexuality, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, and the Wellness Center.


#MoreColorMorePride: Transparency, Communication, & Visibility

(A Conversation with Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the City of Philadelphia.)

  • Date: Wednesday, November 1
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Social Hall West

Amber Hikes is the executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, where she develops policy and serves as the principal advisor to Mayor Jim Kenney on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. Hikes joined the Office of LGBT Affairs in March 2017 and has set her sights on fighting and advocating for the most vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community—specifically youth, transgender people, and people of color. Her personal philosophy guides the Office’s mission and approach: when we fight for the lives of the most marginalized, we, in turn, liberate ourselves. Deeply rooted in the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, she has served on the boards of the William Way LGBT Community Center, Identity Kit Project, Mountain Meadow Camp, and was a long-time organizer for the Philadelphia Dyke March. She organized numerous events to benefit LGBTQ organizations including GALAEI, Mazzoni Center, Equality PA, Equality Forum, Attic Youth Center, and ACLU-PA, among many others. Hikes received numerous awards, including the William Way Community Center Corporate Partner of the Year Award (2015), Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly (2014), Philadelphia Pride Grand Marshal (2013), and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Heroes Award (2012). She will discuss the City of Philadelphia’s decisionto add brown and black stripes to its rainbow flag. Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services and cosponsored by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, and the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center.

An Evening with Solmaz Sharif

(Presented by Solmaz Sharif)

  • Date: Thursday, November 30
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: ATS

Poet Sharif, a National Book Award finalist, will share work that explores, in eloquent detail, the conduct of contemporary war, the intimacy of loss, and the unbearable—but necessary—power of language. This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of American Studies and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.