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Fisher Celebrates National Women’s History Month

03/14/2012


The Office of Campus Life, Women and Gender Studies Program, Student Government Association, and the Student Activities Board have planned a full month of events focused on National Women’s History Month.

Project D kicked off on Monday, March 12, and is an initiative that has Fisher students answering one simple question, “What is diversity?” Answers will be shared on index cards that will be displayed across campus. According to Teah Terrance, Assistant Director of Campus Life, the goal is to have a line of cards on display from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy to the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Comedian Tracey Ashley will visit Fisher on Wednesday, March 14, to make students laugh starting at 9:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Mainstage.

Motivational speaker Lizzie Valezquez will be on campus Thursday, March 15, at 9:30 p.m. to talk to students about a rare syndrome she was born with. It is so rare, in fact, that that it is still undiagnosed to this day. Valezquez is 21 years old, and weighs 60 pounds. She is also blind in one eye. She is one of only three people in the world living with the syndrome, and will speak to students about her journey and life as she lives it today.

On Wednesday, March 21, the campus is invited to stop by “Gender in the World – Folklore and Fairytales,” a self-guided exhibit in the Golisano Midlevel Gateway. The exhibit, sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program, will be on display from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on March 21 only.

“Leader for Life: Catalyst” takes place on Sunday, March 25, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. The all-day event is a leadership program for undergraduate students who are interested in starting an extraordinary initiative or project. Leader for Life is a national program by LeaderShape, and students will have an opportunity to explore what it means to choose their own path, understand how they can best connect and contribute to the groups and causes that they are passionate about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for themselves and those groups they may be involved in.

On Tuesday, March 27, SAB will be hosting a “Panelist Night” featuring Bankruptcy Judge John C. Ninfo and representatives from Exceed Financial Credit Union. They will be discussing financial planning during/after college and how to avoid debt. Ninfo was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York in 1992. For 18 years prior to taking the bench, he was with the local law firm of Underberg & Kessler, where his concentration was in the areas of bankruptcy, banking, and commercial law. In 2002, he founded the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program, a personal finance literacy education outreach program that provides interested and caring judges, trustees, attorneys, and court staff members from the Bankruptcy Community to high schools and colleges to share their unique knowledge and experiences with students, and to provide them with lessons, tactics, and techniques they need in order to help them lead a financially responsible, consumer debt-free life. The panel begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Wegmans School of Nursing Room 100.

A Networking Night is also on tap, scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Mainstage. Fisher alumni will be on hand to meet with current students and discuss life after Fisher, a great opportunity for members of the Class of 2012!

Rounding out the month of activities will be the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) event on Friday, March 30, featuring keynote speaker Reggie Littlejohn who will be speaking on the issue of female gendercide. Littlejohn is the president and founder of WRWF, a non-partisan, non-religious organization that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China. She is a renowned expert in China's One Child Policy, and has addressed the European and British Parliaments, testified before Congress, and briefed the White House on this topic. Her talk will take place from 10:10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Wegmans School of Nursing, Room 100. Littlejohn’s appearance is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Also, throughout the month of March, stop by the Campus Center Information Desk to pick up free tickets to the Susan B. Anthony House.


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