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Dickinson Celebrates Women's History Month

Dickinson women gather for the 2022 Women of Color Summit. The 2023 Women of Color Summit is one of many events Dickinson is hosting in March to recognize  Women's History Month.

Dickinson women gather for the 2022 Women of Color Summit. The 2023 Women of Color Summit is one of many events Dickinson is hosting in March to recognize Women's History Month.

Gender Week, Women of Color Summit highlight in-person, virtual events

March is National Women’s History Month in the U.S., a time dedicated to commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. This national observance found roots as a weeklong celebration of women in 1982, and, five years later, was extended to a monthlong event, thanks to a petition by the National Women’s History Project.

At Dickinson, we celebrate women’s history in a variety of ways. Here are select events designed to mark Women’s History Month on campus and beyond. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

March 2: Faculty Research Lunch With Paul Ko

Stern 102, noon

Professor Ko will discuss research on how globalization can be a key force in reducing gender wage gap and promoting gender-equitable inclusive growth.

March 3-5: Women of Color Summit

On-campus and virtual options; free registration. 

The Women of Color Summit celebrates, connects and educates women of color who have chosen to embark on the journey of becoming a Dickinsonian. The summit serves as a platform to empower women of color to live intentionally, cultivate successful careers through community networking and thrive in any space they occupy. Learn more about these events.

Friday's and Saturday's events are open to Dickinsonians who identify as women of color. 

Ally Day events on Sunday, March 5, are open to those who identify as men of color and to all Dickinsonians.

  • Ally Day Session One: My Sister’s Keeper: Serving as an Ally to Women of Color, 10-11:30 a.m., Holland Union Building Social Hall. Open to men of color.
  • Ally Day Session Two: Performative Activism & Intent vs. Impact, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Holland Union Building Social Hall. Open to all.

Please register by Wednesday, March 1, 3 p.m.

March 6: USAWC Panelists Discuss Gendered and Racialized Work Experiences

Social Hall East, noon

U.S. Army War College panelists will discuss gendered and racialized work experiences.

March 7: Sisters of Color United (SOCU)

Althouse 201, 5 p.m.

Sisters of Color United is a group of women of color who support each other academically and socially. 

March 7-11: Gender Week

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Amy McKiernan, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program, (pictured above) will facilitate a conversation about accountability and prison abolition as part of the Gender Week event Reciprocal Education and Community Healing on Death Row in Tennessee.

Unless otherwise noted, all Gender Week events are available on Zoom. Links on EngageD.

  • Monday, March 7, noon:
    Book Discussion: Abolition. Feminism. Now.
    Professor Say Burgin will facilitate our discussion of this timely new book written by leading scholar-activists Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica Meiners, and Beth E. Richie. Free copies of the book are available to faculty, staff and students, who may pick them up at the Office of Equity & Inclusivity/Landis House Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Everyone who accepts a book so promises to attend and participate in the discussion. This is an OEI Critical (In)justice event.
  • Monday, March 7, 6 p.m.:
    Gender Week Keynote: Female Offenders: Unlocking their Sentencing Reality
    Shauntey James, professor at Penn State Harrisburg, will offer a compelling dialogue to help us understand the interlocking nature of sentencing. James received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 2000 in sociology with an emphasis in criminology, criminal justice and feminist theory. She received her J.D. in 2014 from Thomas Cooley Law School. Her teaching experience has enabled her to present on the local, state, and national levels. One of her most distinguished honors was being an Oxford Round Table Delegate. She recently co-authored a book with Alana Van Gundy titled The History, Evolution, and Current State of Female Offenders: Recommendations for Advancing the Field. This is an OEI Criminal (In)Justice event.
  • Tuesday, March 8, noon:
    Reciprocal Education and Community Healing on Death Row in Tennessee
    From 2013 to 2017, Amy McKiernan, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program, facilitated a weekly philosophy and social-justice reading group on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. At this event, McKiernan will facilitate a conversation about how her relationships with people who are incarcerated impact how she thinks about accountability and prison abolition. She will share examples of artwork and writing created by people on death row and discuss how working with people who are incarcerated has challenged her prior thinking about the victim/perpetrator dichotomy. This is an OEI Critical (In)justice event.

March 9: Boston Alumni Event:
The Representation and Influence of Women's Policy Advocates: A Women's History Month Lunch & Lecture

University Club of Boston, Boston, Mass., 11 a.m.

This gathering at the University Club of Boston features an academic lecture by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Marchetti. Cost: $35.00. Register here!

March 11: Dickinson Women's Lacrosse Alumni and Parent Happy Hour

Homecoming photo

3 p.m., Hunt Valley, Md.

Come together with alumni and parents of the Dickinson women’s lacrosse team, before the game at St. Mary's College of Maryland at 5 p.m. Grab a drink at BC Brewery with all of biggest fans of Dickinson women’s lacrosse. Register here!

Tuesday, March 22: Thinking Trans Care

Talk: Social Hall, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Di(ne)alogue Dinner: Landis House, 6:45-8:00 p.m.

A serious consideration of trans survival and flourishing requires a radical rethinking of how care operates. Hil Malatino is a College of the Liberal Arts Endowed Fellow and assistant professor of women's, gender & sexuality studies and philosophy at Penn State University. He is the author of Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad (Minnesota 2022), Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience (Nebraska 2019), and Trans Care (Minnesota 2020). He is the current president of WGS South and the director of the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI). Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services and cosponsored by Departments of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy and the Women's & Gender Resource Center.

Through Friday, March 25: Survivor Love Letters

Here is an opportunity for the Dickinson community to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence by writing survivor love letters. Letters will be displayed at Take Back the Night on April 20 and featured throughout the month of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The deadline to submit your letter is Friday, March 25.


Published February 28, 2023