PNW celebrates Women’s History Month with informative and inspirational presentations, screenings, discussions, and conversations
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) pays tribute to Women’s History Month throughout this March with a series of public events centering on the theme, “Living and Working in a Political World.” Events will be held on PNW’s campuses in Hammond and Westville and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
March 6 – Women’s Voices: Experiences of women locally and globally
Female PNW students from the U.S., Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, China, and Ecuador will provide comparative perspectives in a panel discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the PNW Hammond Campus Student Union & Library, Room 321. In addition, Associate Professor of Political Science, Meg Rincker, will comment on her book, “Empowered by Design: Decentralization and the Gender Policy Trifecta.” The event is sponsored by PNW’s International Affairs Office and the Department of History and Philosophy.
March 8 – Presentation: Working with immigrant women and families
Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, respectively, will discuss their work among immigrant women and their families caught in the immigration process. The presentation is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and viewable via WebEx on the PNW Hammond Campus in the Student Union & Library, Room 321 and on the Westville Campus in the Library Student Faculty building, Room 02.
March 22 – Women’s History Month leadership luncheon
This invitation-only annual luncheon will honor and highlight the accomplishments and successes of female PNW students who are the leaders of tomorrow. The nominees represent every PNW academic department and college, athletics, international affairs, student organizations, admissions, new student orientation and several others areas. These students have grade-point-averages above 3.0 and offer strong leadership roles within their individual areas.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and Multi-Cultural Council Committee, the luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Student Union & Library, on the Hammond Campus.
March 27 – Panel discussion: Women’s issues in the professional fields of engineering, liberal arts, science and social work
The Purdue University Northwest Women’s Association presents a panel discussion entitled, “Gender, Feminism, and the Workplace,” via WebEx from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 321 in the PNW Hammond Campus Student Union & Library, and on the Westville Campus in Room 02 of the Library Student Faculty Building.
This interdisciplinary panel of PNW faculty will offer perspectives on issues that have challenged women in the fields of science, humanities, social science and engineering, while looking toward solutions for future generations.
March 27 – Film screening and discussion: “Suffragette”
The Office of Student Life and the Honors College are co-sponsoring a free screening of the 2015 film, “Suffragette,” from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Gyte 103 on the PNW Hammond Campus.
Set in London in 1912, “Suffragette” tells the tale of a working wife and mother whose life changed dramatically when she joined Great Britain’s suffragette movement to campaign for votes for women. The lead character, Maud, is played by Carey Mulligan, with Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter in featured roles.
March 29 – Speaker panels: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”
Outstanding Purdue University Northwest alumnae return to share their experiences and wisdom about what it takes to be a successful woman in today’s competitive workplace.
The panel discussions will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 150 D, Student Union & Library on the Hammond Campus, and the Westville Campus from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Dworkin Student Activities Complex, Great Hall A.
Among the Hammond panelists will be Danyele Davis, BA ’94, vice president, Flowers Communication Group; Tina Mitcheltree, BS ’90, chief financial officer, Munster Steel; Marie Hansel, MS ’94, academic affairs and dean of faculty, Prairie State University; and Lori Owens, MA ’06, BA ’02, executive director of elementary education, School City of Hammond.
Participants on the Westville panel will be Stacy Schmidt, MA ’03, superintendent, Porter County School Corporation; Laura Nirenberg, BA ’06, founding executive director, Center for Wildlife Ethics; Brandi Lewis, MBA ’14, BA ’05, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City; and Susan Lewis, MBA ’15, compliance director, Regal Beloit Corporation.