Schedule of Events

Fall 2017

Faculty Research Lunches
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Join us and learn about exciting research by Dickinson Faculty and Staff in an informal setting. Lunch is provided and RSVP to is requested. Cosponsored by the WGRC and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.

Tuesday, September 19 – Ellen Gray, Department of Music, Althouse 201


Tuesday, October 24 – Eric Vazquez, Department of American Studies,
     Stern 102


Thursday, November 30 - Megan Yost, Department of Psychology,
     Stern 102


Dickinson Latina Discussion Group
Landis House Living Room
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 4
Monday, October 9
Monday, November 6
Monday, December 4

Please join us for conversation and community. In partnership with student facilitators, the WGRC hosts a monthly Latina discussion group at Landis House. All Latina students are welcome to this space to share thoughts and experiences. Food will be provided. Please contact Donna Bickford, Jacqui Amezcua, or Janel Pineda with any questions.


Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Thursday, September 14
NEW LOCATION: Althouse 207
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Negotiate your highest possible salary and help close the wage gap. The American Association of University Women’s Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop empowers women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages:

  • Learn what the wage gap means to you
  • Determine your target salary & benefits
  • Develop a personal budget to determine your minimum acceptable salary
  • Practice salary negotiation skill-building exercises

Register in Handshake through Gateway by September 5. Registration is required for attendance and attendees are expected to stay for the entire workshop. Open to all students. Snacks will be provided. Hosted by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and cosponsored by the WGRC, the Career Center, the Office of Financial Aid and the Dickinson College AAUW chapter.

Bullying: Identify, Act & Prevent
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Stern Center Great Room
7:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Statistics from the 2012 Indicators of School Crime and Safety show that an adult was notified in less than half (40%) of bullying incidents. This presentation and panel discussion will provide an overview of bullying for parents, family members, students, and the public, followed by a Q/A period. Refreshments and resource tables will be available. Join us at this community discussion to raise awareness. The focus of this program will be recognition of the signs of bullying, while highlighting support services and legal resources offering tactics for reduction of bullying in schools. This program is open to the general public and may be of special interest to parents and grandparents.  A question and answer segment will follow the presentation. Several exhibit tables staffed by county community services will also be available for gathering resources.

Presenters include:
Rebecca Hietsch, MS RN-BC | Celtic Healthcare
Francia Doñe Henry, PhD | Susquehanna Township Police Department
Salman Majeed, M.D. | Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
Geraldine Johnson, M.Ed. | Cumberland Valley School District

Resource Tables:
UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
Cumberland County Commission for Women
Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission
Cumberland Valley School District: It Takes One
PA Department of Education: Center for Safe Schools
YWCA Carlisle Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County

This presentation is hosted and supported by Human Resource Services, Wellness Center, Women's & Gender Resource Center, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and LGBTQ Services in collaboration with the Cumberland County Commission for Women.

Fall Film Series
Althouse 106
5:00-7:00 p.m.


Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation
Thursday, September 7

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
Wednesday, October 18 (with the Office of LGBTQ Services and the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity)

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.

He Named Me Malala

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
Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Physician Surgeon
Wednesday, September 13
7:00 p.m.

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 WGRC, the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Wellness Center and Health Studies.


Peterson Toscano: Everything is Connected
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

Connecting contemporary issues to his own bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson Toscano takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip. A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education, the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, the Department of Religion, the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.


Latinx Heritage Month: Remixing the American Dream
Raquel Cepeda, journalist, critic, filmmaker, autobiographer
Wednesday, October 4
7:00-8:30 p.m.

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 WGRC, 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
Thursday, October 5
Althouse 106
6:30-8:00 p.m.

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 WGRC.


Imagining Cuba: Emerging Documentary Filmmaking within Social Change
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

Damian Sainz explores the struggles of the emerging generation of documentary filmmakers in contemporary Cuba. The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish & Portuguese; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies; Film Studies; the Women’s & Gender Resource Center; and First Year Seminars.


Getting What You Want: Conversations About Sex & Intimacy with Dr. Timaree
Wednesday, October 25
Stern Great Room
7:00 p.m.

Join us to hear noted sexologist Timaree Schmit discuss sexual wellness, sex positivity, and healthy body image through a queer lens. Cosponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services, the WGRC, the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center, the Wellness Center and the Departments of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


What’s Important About Money to You?
Lindsey Ciarrocca, financial advisor at 1847 Financial
Thursday, October 26
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Althouse 201

What’s important about money to you? A seemingly simple question, it’s highly likely to elicit a range of responses depending upon one’s personal priorities. From building wealth to college funding to engaging social responsibility, the spectrum is vast and open to wide interpretation. While the answers to this query can vary widely, this much is certain: smart money management should matter to you – today, tomorrow and well beyond. Join local financial advisor Lindsey Ciarrocca to discuss these important issues. Feel free to bring your lunch. Cosponsored by the WGRC and SavÄ“: Financial Literacy at Dickinson.


Reproductive Health and Reproductive Justice Panel
Monday, October 30
Denny 317
5:00-6:30 p.m.

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 WGRC, the Wellness Center, and the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


#MoreColorMorePride: Transparency, Communication, & Visibility
A Conversation with Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the City of Philadelphia.
Wednesday, November 1
Social Hall West
7:00 p.m.

Join us as we listen to the story of Amber Hikes, the executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. 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. Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services and cosponsored by the WGRC and the Popel Shaw Center, Black Student Union and Sociology Department.

Dealing with challenging situations in the classroom: A Faculty Workshop
Thursday, November 9
Althouse 207
4:30-6:00 pm
This workshop provides useful concepts and tools that will help faculty create a space in the classroom for students to express their perspectives in a supportive and engaging classroom environment. Some key skills include helping faculty create a “brave space” atmosphere, and providing resources to help students explore the roots of conflict, develop awareness of personal biases, and consider a variety of ways to frame and resolve conflicts. We ask our faculty colleagues who plan to attend to register here. Facilitated by Donna Bickford (WGRC) and Vincent Stephens (PSC).


Diversity Monologues Contest
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Allison Community Room
7:00 p.m.

The Popel Shaw Center is celebrating 15 years of the Diversity Monologues Contest , an annual competition that has provided Dickinson students opportunities to create and perform original work related to themes of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The evening will include featured guest artist L.A. based poet and improv performer Yazmin Monet Watkins (’09). Students from our spoken word poetry group eXiled will also perform original poetry and spoken word pieces. There is also a delicious array of savory appetizers, desserts, and beverages! I hope you can join for this celebration. The event is also co-sponsored by: Student Life, Alumni Relations, American Studies, Film Studies, Theatre & Dance, Women’s and Gender Resource Center, & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

An Evening with Solmaz Sharif
Thursday, November 30
7:00-8:30 p.m.

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. Sharif is the winner of the 2017 PEN Center Literary Award for Poetry. 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.

See our Spring 2017 Event schedule here.