Purdue Northwest celebrates Women’s History Month with informative and inspirational presentations, screenings, discussions, and conversations
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) kicked off a month long celebration of women’s history with a networking event March 5. Upcoming events celebrating Women’s History Month include movie screenings, distinguished speakers, and talks on some of the most significant social issues of the last few years.
Sheila Brillson Matias, executive director of the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest, shared words of advice from her father at the inaugural event.
“My father who was a mentor to me would often remind me of the three guiding principles: ‘Sheila, the three words to remember are insistence, persistence and consistence.’ Those words have guided me throughout my career,” said Matias.
The event gave students a chance to network with community members. PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon, said instilling the idea that women are capable and deserving of every opportunity that the world has to offer is extremely important to Purdue University Northwest and its staff.
“Often times our young women don’t really get the kind of interactions that they need to help them develop and become stronger as they enter the workforce, or if they decide to continue their education after their bachelor’s degree,” Keon said. “We hope to see our student body become major contributors to society, and networking is one of many great ways to get there.”
The next series of events are set for March 19-21, called “#WomensVoices: A Celebration of Women’s History Month.” The three-day festival promotes discussion of political movements and personal perspectives central to the female experience in the 20th and 21st centuries. Made possible through a grant from the Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, events include the following:
Women in Sports: Julie DiCaro – March 19
12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 002 of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the Westville Campus, 1401 S. U.S. 421.
Julie DiCaro is a Peabody Award winning journalist, sports radio host, freelance sports columnist and national speaker. She frequently writes and reports on women’s issues in sports as a former attorney and current update anchor at 670 AM-The Score in Chicago.
Columbia College Feminist Film Festival – March 20
5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 123 of the Donald S. Powers Computing Education Building on the Hammond Campus, 6937 Woodmar Ave.
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental styles, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. The films in the festival cut across many genres.
Chicago Women Take Action – March 21
5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 130 of the Donald S. Powers Computing Education Building on the Hammond Campus, 6937 Woodmar Ave.
This discussion will touch on some of the most significant social issues in recent history, such as the #MeToo movement, the #Timesup movement, the 2017 and 2018 women’s marches, and the increase in the number of women running for office.
PNW’s Women’s History Month celebration concludes the last week of March with the following events:
Brave, Not Perfect: Breaking the Glass Ceiling – March 27 – 28
March 27, Noon-2 p.m., Great Hall of The James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the Westville Campus, 1401 S. U.S. 421.
March 28, Noon-2 p.m., Room 150D (“Room with a View”) of the Student Union Library Building on the Hammond Campus, 2233 173rd St.
A panel of distinguished PNW alumnae are welcomed back to share their outstanding achievements. Learn how their PNW education and experiences led to their successes.
Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Movie Screening
March 28, 5 p.m., Room 321 of the Student Union Library Building on the Hammond Campus, 2233 173rd St.
Following the screening, Kirsten Markusic, president of Phi Alpha Theta, will give a short presentation about Lorraine Hansberry’s work as an anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-war activist.