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Saint Peter’s Celebrates Women’s History Month

Saint Peter’s kicked off the University’s month-long celebration of Women’s History Month with an event titled, “Celebrating the Women’s Voices of Saint Peter’s: Faculty, Staff, Students.” The event was designed to highlight the contributions of Saint Peter’s women to the University’s knowledge and mission. Members of the community gave presentations, which covered a wide variety of topics ranging from the history of Afro-Creole women in 19th century Louisiana to the effects of plasticizers on the African clawed frog! While the focus of the presentations were broad, it proved to be an excellent way to showcase the depth and breadth of the talents of the women of Saint Peter’s.

Erika Sanango ’19, an international business and trade major, shared an essay titled, “My Languages and Identity.” The essay told the story of her journey from Ecuador to America and the impact of speaking English and Spanish in her life. “As a first generation college student, I feel humbled and filled with pride to have been asked to read my essay at this event as it demonstrates how much I have accomplished,” said Sanango.

Fatima Shaik, assistant professor of communication and media culture at Saint Peter’s University, gave a presentation titled, “Kept Women,” which focused on her current research on the lives of Afro-Creole women in the 18th and 19th centuries in Louisiana.

Honors program members, Lauren Chukrallah ’17 and Lisa Thottumari ’17, shared their ongoing research project titled, “The Effects of Plasticizers on the African Clawed Frog.” The students are roommates and double majors in chemistry and biology and were happy to share their experiences as women in science.

Another member of the honors program, Lauren Squillante ’16, gave a presentation titled, “Christine de Pizan, Dame d’ Eloquence.” Squillante is majoring in history and minoring in English.

Kayla Williams ’16, a visual arts major, debuted her drawing series titled, “Her: Green,” which focused on the connection between women’s bodies and nature.  Artist and painter, Samantha Pineda ’19, also shared her work titled, “Kingdom of Women.”

Nicole Hauser, associate director of the Center for English Language Acquisition and Culture (CELAC) at Saint Peter’s gave a presentation titled,  “Marginalized Voices: An Overview of Studies on Accent, Dialect and Language Rights.”

The celebration will continue with the below events. Please join us in celebrating the generations of women who have made invaluable contributions to the world.

Wednesday, March 16: The film, Miss Representation will be shown from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Pope Lecture Hall with a discussion to follow. Please contact Alexandra Tarsitano for more information.

Monday, March 21: An event titled, “Women in Power,” sponsored by the accountancy and business law departments and the business law association, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in The Duncan Family Sky Room. The event will feature Hon. Tiffany Williams, Esq. as the keynote speaker along with Mary Ann Bauer, Esq., Kristen Branigan, Esq. and Roxanna Hammett, Esq. with Lori Buza, Esq. as moderator. Please contact Lori Buza for more information.

Wednesday, March 30: Nancy Stout will discuss her new book, One Day in December: Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution. It will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Emeriti Room and refreshments will be served. Please contact Anna Brown for more information.

Thursday, April 7: The film, The Hunting Ground will be shown to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It will be shown from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Pope Lecture Hall with a discussion to follow. Please contact Daria Peace for more information.