Spring 2019

It's the 10th anniversary of Dickinson's institutional Women's and Gender Resource Center, established in 2008. Check out programming on our anniversary theme of Gender and the Environment.

Spring 2019 Faculty Research Lunches
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Join us and learn about exciting research by Dickinson faculty and staff, followed by time for Q&A. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu. Cosponsored by the WGRC and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Black Power and the Myth of White Ejection
Tuesday, January 29
Stern 102

The Black Power movement has historically been understood as, in Peniel Joseph’s words, the “evil twin” of the civil rights movement. In this presentation, Professor Say Burgin (History) discusses the myth of white ejection as one of the key ways in which historians, journalists, politicians and others demonized Black Power from its earliest days. Please RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu.

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Gubernatorial Elections and Coattail Effects of Female Candidates
Thursday, February 21
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Althouse 201

Political science has a substantial literature on “party coattail effects” which is the president’s ability to attract votes for down ballot congressional candidates of the same party. In this paper, Professors Niebler and Marchetti (Political Science) examine “gender coattails”: the ability of women candidates to attract votes for other women running down ballot. Using electoral data from gubernatorial and state legislative races in 2010 and 2014, they examine the degree to which women candidates for governor attract votes for female state legislative candidates. Please RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu.

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Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Pagan Pride and Structuring Alterities
Thursday, March 21
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Stern Great Room

Increasingly, people within marginalized communities are borrowing the structure of Pride events, first popularized by the LGBTQ+ community, as a way of increasing solidarity and public visibility. Join Professor Jodie Vann (Religious Studies) in exploring how Contemporary Pagans in the U.S. and U.K. have celebrated Pagan Pride as a mechanism for social inclusivity and personal expression. Please RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu.

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Dredging the Lower Levels of Higher Education: Perspectives of a Woman of Color
Tuesday, April 16
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Stern 102
 
Professor Mireille Rebeiz (French and Francophone Studies) will discuss the challenges encountered by junior women faculty in a primarily white male environment.  Lunch is provided and RSVP to wgrc@dickinson.edu is requested. Cosponsored by the WGRC and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.

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Latina Discussion Group
Landis House Living Room
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 28
Tuesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 27

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 or Jacqui Amezcua with any questions.

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The Church of the Wild: A New and Old Way of Experiencing Spirituality
Wednesday, January 30
7:00 p.m.
Stern Great Room

Beth Norcross, from the Center for Spirituality in Nature, will be on campus to deliver the annual Wesley Lecture. Norcross will share information about her organization’s new Church of the Wild, that gathers people in nature to celebrate the mutual indwelling of the Divine and the earth. She will discuss how the gathering is attracting both regular church-goers as well as those for whom traditional church is not appealing. Organized by the Clarke Forum and Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, and co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Women's and Gender Resource Center, Center for Sustainability Education, Religion Department, College Farm and Student Life. A WGRC 10th anniversary Gender and the Environment program.

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Morgan Lecture & MLK Symposium: Understanding the Impact of Modern Day Segregation
Tuesday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
ATS

Award-winning The New York Times Magazine investigative reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones, will explore the important roles schools play in their communities, how they’re affected by their surrounding neighborhoods, and how seeing race from the lens of education tells a whole new story of inequality in America. This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Morgan Lecture Fund and co-sponsored by Dickinson’s Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society; the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; the Churchill Fund, the Department of English; the Women’s & Gender Resource Center; and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Inclusivity.

Love Your Body Week: Dickinson's annual celebration of body positivity

 

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Labyrinth
Monday, February 11
Social Hall
12:00 walk facilitated by Donna Hughes, Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice
Social Hall Center/East

Used for over 4,000 years, the Labyrinth walk is a self-alignment tool aimed to clear one's mind and give insight. The Labyrinth walk will be open from 10-8, with a facilitated walk at noon.

Kickoff Soireé
Monday, February 11
7-9 p.m.
Allison Community Room

Join various campus clubs and organizations to kick off Love Your Body Week with performances, music, dance, food, and love your body activities.

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Loving Our Queer & Trans Bodies
Tuesday, February 12
12:00-1:00 p.m.
HUB SR201-2

Relationships to our bodies can be complicated, particularly for LGBTQ+ people. Come learn, think, and share different perspectives on how we engage with our bodies. If you are queer and/or trans identified and would like to share your thoughts on this topic openly with the group, please let us know in advance by emailing LGBTQ@dickinson.edu. If you don’t have anything in particular you plan to share, please come to simply listen and participate as you feel moved to do so. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP via EngageD and email LGBTQ@dickinson.edu with any dietary restriction. A RSVP is not required to attend, but will help us with ordering food.

Group Fitness Class: Pound Fitness
Tuesday, February 12
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
HUB Dance Studio

Let’s Eat Reception
Tuesday, February 12
5:30-6:45 p.m.
Stafford Reading Room

This is an opportunity to talk with Sharrell Luckett before her 7:00 talk at ATS. Love Your Body Week materials from the archives will be displayed. NOTE: Students, if you are 21 or over, bring proper (government issued) identification if you want an alcoholic beverage.

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YoungGiftedandFat: From Liberation to Creation
Sharrell Luckett, scholar and performance artist
Tuesday, February 12
7:00 p.m.
ATS

YoungGiftedandFat author Sharrell Luckett outlines the journey towards self-love through the sharing of narratives that are at once specific and universal. This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Love Your Atypical Brain and Body
Wednesday, February 13
11:30-4:00 p.m.
In and around the HUB

Access and Disability Services will be displaying over 100 posters in and around the HUB of famous people and Dickinsonians with disabilities. There will be a simulation table where visitors can experience challenges similar to those encountered by individuals with various disabilities. A photo booth will be set up for those wishing to make their own poster related to having or supporting atypical brains and bodies.

Promoting Wellness On and Off the Field: Mental Health, Stress Management, and Sports Nutrition
Wednesday, February 13
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Stern 102

For athletes and active students, self care sometimes comes in low on the priority list. Join Wellness Center staff Missy Taylor, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, and Courtney Hager, RD, LDN, to learn how mental and nutritional self care can help you achieve your athletic goals, manage unneeded stress, and stay healthy throughout your athletic and academic career. Lunch will be provided.

Pleasurable Sex: You don’t need a brain to have sex (but it does help)
Wednesday, February 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Althouse 106

Come join us for a discussion on safe sex, pleasure, and toys, with special guests Teresa Barber, Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience and Linda MacDonald, Romance Enhancement Specialist.

Women’s Basketball with Gettysburg
Wednesday, February 13
6:00 p.m.
Kline Center

Men’s Basketball with Gettysburg
Wednesday, February 13
8:00 p.m.
Kline Center

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Love at Landis
Thursday, February 14
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Landis House

Join us for snacks and crafts. Nurture your body!

The ways we love and hate our bodies
Professor Michele Ford, Department of Psychology
Thursday, February 14
12:00 p.m.
HUB Social Hall West

We don’t love and hate our bodies just with food.  There are many emotional, behavioral and thoughtful ways we express love and hate and often our bodies bear the brunt of this expression.  In this talk we will explore the ways in which we self-destruct and, more importantly, methods of self-care in order to nurture and show love for our bodies. Bring your own lunch!

Group Fitness Class: Spinning
Thursday, February 14
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Kline Spinning Studio

Group Fitness Class: Body Blast
Thursday, February 14
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
HUB Dance Studio

Love Your Body Week events are cosponsored by Clarke Forum; Women’s and Gender Resource Center; Student Life and Campus Engagement; Office of LGBTQ Services; Wellness Center; PALS; Psi Chi; Psych Club; Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice; Access and Disability Services; Departments of Creative Writing; Theatre & Dance; Psychology; and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Waidner-Spahr Library.

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Inclusivity in STEM: Kickoff Event
Monday, February 18
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Stafford Auditorium
 
Are you passionate about inclusivity in STEM? There’s a new initiative on campus to examine these issues. Join us for the first event of the semester! Prof. Sarah Bryant will give a short talk on building strength through community. Amara Anigbo '20 will discuss her summer internship at Microsoft and her thoughts about what needs to improve in the tech industry. Following these TedTalk-style presentations, there will be a group activity and facilitated discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Any questions? Contact Sara Nash (nashsa@dickinson.edu). Hosted by the WGRC and Inclusivity in STEM planning committee.

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Film Screening: Cocote
Monday, February 18
7:00 p.m.
Althouse 106

This film, shot entirely in the Dominican Republic, is being screened in connection with Dixa Ramírez’s lecture on Tuesday, February 19. Organized by the Clarke Forum and cosponsored by the WGRC, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and Spanish & Portuguese.

Blackness in the Dominican Americas
Dixa Ramírez, Brown University
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 p.m.
ATS

This talk explores how Dominican fiction, film, architecture, fiction, and poetry negotiates the miscomprehension, miscategorization, and misperception–or ghosting–of the Dominican Republic from broader Western discourses. Organized by the Clarke Forum and cosponsored by the WGRC, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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Ouvrir la Voix (Speak Up/Make Your Way)
Amandine Gay, Filmmaker
Part of the Tournées Film Festival
Friday, February 22
5:45 p.m.
Althouse 106

Filmmaker Amandine Gay will join us for the showing of Ouvrir la voix (Speak Up/Make Your Way) and for discussion and Q&A. The film is a documentary by and about francophone European black women from the diaspora. Through art, performances, and compelling storytelling, the film focuses on a common experience related to one’s minority status in predominantly white, ex-colonial countries, while highlighting the great diversity of Afropean communities. Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of French & Francophone studies; women’s, gender & sexuality studies; film & media studies; music; history; the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, the Office of LGBTQ Services, and the French Club

Gender Week: part of the WGRC Tenth Anniversary focus on Gender and the Environment

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Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra Steingraber
Monday, March 4
12:00-1:15 p.m.
HUB SR 201
Discussion facilitated by Julie Vastine

Nothing could be more important than the health of our children, and no one is better suited to examine the threats against it than Sandra Steingraber. Once called "a poet with a knife," she blends precise science with lyrical memoir. Steingraber speaks as the scientist mother of two young children, enjoying and celebrating their lives while searching for ways to protect them--and all children--from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit. Cosponsored by Human Resources and the WGRC. Registration in Totara is required. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
4:30 p.m.--6:30 p.m.
Althouse 207

Negotiate your highest possible salary and help close the wage gap! The AAUW's Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop will help you to:

  • 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

This workshop is open to all students. Registration in Handshake is required by February 25 for attendance, and attendees are expected to stay for the entire workshop. Hosted by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and cosponsored by the Career Center, Office of Financial Aid, and the Dickinson College AAUW chapter.

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Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
Sarah McBride
Tuesday, March 5
7 p.m.
ATS Auditorium

Sarah McBride is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and one of America’s leading public voices in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Her moving memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different, chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband. A book sale and signing will follow the program. This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, the department of women’s, gender & sexuality studies, the Churchill Fund, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusivity. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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An Evening with Writer Linda Hogan
Wednesday, March 6
7:00 p.m.
ATS

Poet and novelist Linda Hogan will read from a selection of her works, many of which connect to themes related to gender, Indigeneity and the environment. This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and the departments of creative writing, English, American studies and women’s, gender & sexuality studies. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Sustainability and the WGRC's Gender Week.

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Women’s Environmental Leadership
Thursday, March 7
7:00 p.m.
Stern 102

Panelists include: Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Veronica Coptis, Executive Director, Center for Coalfield Justice; and Carlisle Borough Councilor Brenda Landis. Moderated by Julie Vastine, Director, ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring). Cosponsored by the WGRC, Department of Environmental Studies, ALLARM, and the Center for Sustainability Education.

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International Women’s Day
Friday, March 8
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Britton Plaza

The Women’s and Gender Resource Center, Dickinson’s AAUW chapter, and other campus organizations will be tabling on Britton Plaza. Come by to grab a snack and learn about famous women environmental activists and how environmental issues impact women from around the world.

Cancelled due to weather: Women’s (Trans, Femme, Non-Binary too!) Bike Ride
Friday, March 8
12:30 p.m.
Leaving from Britton Plaza
 
Join the Handlebar and WGRC for this fun celebration of women, trans, femme, and non-binary bicyclists! It will be an easy bike ride around Carlisle in order to offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere geared towards those who don't benefit from cis-male privilege in bicycling. The goal: to encourage, engage, and elevate more femme, trans, and non-binary bicyclists! Email biking@dickinson.edu with any questions.

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Book Discussion: When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter memoir (Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele)
Wednesday, March 20
4:30–6:00 p.m.
Althouse 110

Join us for a discussion of When They Call You A Terrorist. Free copies of the memoir will be made available while they last; email psc@dickinson.edu. Light refreshments provided. Organized by the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity and cosponsored by the WGRC.

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Inclusivity in Stem Panel Discussion
Monday, March 25
4:45-6:00 p.m.
Stafford Auditorium

A panel of students and faculty in STEM disciplines will discuss their journey into STEM and the successes and challenges they have experienced. Panelists include Ashley Tucewiz ’19 (Neuroscience and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Professor Tiffany Frey (Biology), Bruno Kaboyi ’21 (Math and Computer Science), and Professor Jorden Hayes (Earth Sciences). The discussion will be moderated by Professor Sarah Bryant (Mathematics). Light refreshments will be provided.

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A Night to Forget: The Intersection of Blackouts and Sex
Tuesday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
Allison Great Hall

Some people think they are invincible. They go out with the intention of blacking out. But, what happens when they don't remember the night before? How does alcohol impact the ability for a person to give consent? Cosponsored by Campus Rec, Athletics, Women's and Gender Resource Center, Wellness Center, and Title IX.

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Winx Nation: Girl Power, ‘the Girl Who Can’ and Postfeminist Edutainment
Thursday, March 28
4:30-6pm
Althouse 106

Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University) and Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College) explore the production, aesthetics, narrative, reception, and circulation of Winx Club (2004--), a cartoon series and a multinational merchandising system, ideated, developed, and produced multinationally and multilingually by Rainbow Productions, Loreto, Italy. With the contribution of Diana Dragani (Dickinson College) and Thera Dal Prà Iversen (Dickinson College ’17). Sponsored by the Department of Italian, Film and Media Studies, and the Women's and Gender Resource Center. Refreshments Italian style will follow in Bosler Lounge.

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Film Screening: The Bystander Moment
Wednesday, April 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Social Hall West

The #MeToo movement is shining much-needed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse and created unprecedented demand for gender violence prevention models that actually work. The Bystander Moment tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these models – the innovative bystander approach developed by activist and writer Jackson Katz and his colleagues. In a riveting analysis illustrated with archival footage and clips from news, sports, and entertainment media, Katz explores the role of bystanders—especially friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers—in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence. The film stresses the crucial importance of appealing to people not as potential perpetrators or passive spectators, but as active bystanders and potential leaders who have a positive role to play in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms that too often lead to gender violence. [Description from Media Education Foundation website.] Post-screening discussion facilitated by Healthy Masculinities Initiative Coordinator Jason Brode. Cosponsored by the WGRC, Title IX Office, and Healthy Masculinities Initiative.

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Womxn United: Storytelling and Resistance: Dickinson’s Annual Women’s Retreat
Friday evening, April 5 – Saturday evening, April 6
College Farm

Join us for workshops, discussions, movement activities, and more. The retreat is open to any female-identified or gender non-binary faculty, staff or student. Transportation and meals provided. The registration deadline is March 29! Register here.

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Uniform Convergence: A one-woman play, written and performed by Corrine Yap
Monday, April 8
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Althouse 106

Uniform Convergence juxtaposes the stories of two women trying to find their place in a white male-dominated academic world. The first is  historical Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya, who was lauded as a pioneer for women in science but only after years of struggle for recognition. Her life's journey is told through music and movement, in both Russian and English. The second is of a fictional Asian-American woman, known only as "Professor," trying to cope with the prejudice she faces in the present. As she teaches an introductory real analysis class, she uses mathematical concepts to draw parallels to the race and gender conflicts she encounters in society today.

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Take Back the Night
Wednesday, April 10
6:30 p.m.
Allison Great Hall

Take Back the Night is an event that honors all who are impacted by sexual and relationship violence and is an opportunity for our entire community to re-commit to creating a culture where sexual and interpersonal violence no longer exists. We will have student speakers who will share their stories and experiences, and guest speaker and alum Maria Amato Acker who will share how she was impacted by an incident while at Dickinson College, which led to a journey of self-healing and a career working at the U.S. Department Office of Justice Programs. After the speakers, a candlelight Vigil will be led by Donna Hughes, Director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice. Counselors from our Wellness Center and Advocates from the YWCA Carlisle Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis program and Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties will be present.
 
Coping and Comfort
Wednesday, April 10
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Landis House

After Take Back the Night events, the leadership of Don’t Conceal to Heal will provide quiet space and arts activities to offer supportive space and comfort.

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Film Screening: Yerma
Monday, April 15
7:00 p.m.
Althouse 106

This 2017 performance is a Simon Stone adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s 1934 tragedy Yerma, which dramatizes a young woman’s "desperate desire to have a child.” Cosponsored by the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Women's and Gender Resource Center.

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Film Screening: The Tale
Tuesday, April 16
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Stern 102

Revisiting a short story she wrote at thirteen, a documentary filmmaker (Laura Dern) faces life altering questions about her first sexual experience and the elusive nature of memory. The Tale is director Jennifer Fox’s personal memoir examining the journey from denial to truth and the stories we tell ourselves to survive. The film includes sensitive subject matter. This film will be introduced by Psychology Club students and we will have a post-discussion facilitated by Psychology Professor, Michelle Ford. Cosponsored by the WGRC, Title IX Office, Psi Chi, and the Psychology Club.

Women's (Trans, Femme, Non-Binary too!) Bike Ride
Monday, April 22
5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Handlebar

Join The Handlebar and WGRC for this fun celebration of women, trans, femme, and non-binary bicyclists! It will be an easy bike ride around Carlisle in order to offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere geared towards those who don't benefit from cis-male privilege in bicycling. The goal: to encourage, engage, and elevate more femme, trans, and non-binary bicyclists! We will be leaving from the Handlebar! Hosted by the Center for Sustainability Education and the Women's & Gender Resource Center. Email biking@dickinson.edu with any questions.

See our Fall 2018 Event schedule here.