Student Life

Women's History Month

please note: due to covid-19, remaining 2020 women's history months will not be held
2020 events

Elaine Marieb Wall of Inspiration
Campus Center 3rd floor by elevator

Stop by the Campus Center to write a note about a woman who has inspired you. Add your story to the wall, read what others have written, and celebrate Women's History Month with this month-long visual project. Named in honor of Elaine Marieb, who continues to inspire the HCC community every day.

Women Leaders of HCC
Library Exhibit

Read about the inspirational lives of women students, alums, and employees in this visual exhibit created by the HCC Student Senate. Take a picture of your favorite profile(s), post them on social media, and tag them with #sheinspiresmehcc or #ellameinspirahcc.

Latina Women History Makers
Exhibit in Bookstore (CC 2nd floor)

Portraits of 14 Latinas who made a difference in their fields will be displayed at the bookstore for the month of March. These illustrations honor the many Latinas who have been changemakers in Latin America and the world. From pioneers to policy changers, advocates to contributors, these women's portraits illustrate their legacy for other Latinas to follow.

We Heart Women's Music
103.5 WCCH/DON 101-103

All month, 103.5 WCCH will take requests for music written and/or performed by women. Look for the drop box near the station to submit your request (DON 101/103).

March 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Equity in Education: Presentation by Keisha Green, PhD
KC 301/303

The Massachusetts Department of Education has developed a state-wide strategic plan focused on equity to "enhance economic and social mobility for all citizens, but particularly for those that have historically been underserved and underrepresented, especially students of color, throughout all levels of education." Equity is more than simply creating a level playing field; it requires a concerted and intentional effort to remove barriers and obstacles that hinder the success of students that heretofore did not have these advantages. Join us as Keisha Green speaks about equity in education, and covers the topics of women and gender in education as well. All are welcome to attend.

About Dr. Green: Keisha L. Green is Assistant Professor of Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her scholarly interests are English education, youth literacy practices, critical literacy, and critical pedagogy. She is published in journals including International Journal for Qualitative Studies, Equity & Excellence in Education, Race, Ethnicity & Education, and Educational Forum. She has authored chapters in edited volumes including Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth & Communities, and Youth Voices, Public Spaces & Civic Engagement. She serves as a consultant for area educational institutions supporting their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Green was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. She earned her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University.

March 9
All Women All Day
103.5 WCCH/DON 101-103

The student DJs of 103.5 WCCH will be dedicating the day to music written and/or performed by women. Stop by the station to say hello and tune in to hear great music all day long.

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A photo of HCC alums sitting in chairs. One is speaking into a microphone.March 10, 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Chat with Alumni Champions: Women in Business
Student Lounge, Campus Center 2nd floor

Meet successful local HCC alumni working in the community. Discussion topics will include: transferring from HCC to a four-year school, how they navigated a new campus and lessons learned along the way, and how they found their dream career. Opportunities for question and answer, as well as chatting over coffee and desserts.

Headshot of Loretta RossMarch 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Loretta Ross: "Calling in the Calling Out Culture: Building the Human Rights Movement"
KC 301/303

Feminist, activist, and educator Loretta Ross will visit HCC and speak about oppression, consciousness, rejecting the politics of fear, and building the human rights movement by calling people in rather than calling them out. "Fighting against oppression and injustice are the dues we pay for the privilege of being conscious, and we are honored to be able to challenge these evils by recognizing that consciousness is the ultimate privilege and requires students to be responsible to each other. We can build a unified and strategic human rights movement that weaves our strengths together, that uses our differences as a platform for modeling a positive future built on justice and the politics of radical love. We reject a return to the past based on the politics of fear and prejudice, a culture of cruelty that dominates during this political moment. However, to create this human rights movement we need to make a commitment to recognize and support each other by calling people in rather than calling them out. This presentation session will provide analyses and skills for transforming toxic practices like public shaming to avoid sucking the energy out of our work." Read Loretta's biography.

A headshot of Amy Loiselle next to a black and white archive photo of union demonstrators. Their sign is in Spanish.March 12, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Puerto Rican Needleworkers Are American Workers: Presentation by Aimee Loiselle, PhD
Center for Excellence (FR 265)

What do you picture when you hear "the American working class"? This participatory seminar uses photos to explore the history of Puerto Rican women in the textile and garment industry. Thousands of Puerto Rican women worked for US companies on the island and mainland from 1898 until factory closures in the late 1980s. But the women remain invisible in current popular narratives of labor and deindustrialization. Let's reclaim that history and expand ideas of "the American working class." All are welcome to attend.

About Dr. Loiselle: Aimee Loiselle is a postdoctoral fellow with the Reproductive Justice History Project at Smith College. She studies the modern US as a hub for transnational labor and capital with an interest in women workers, gender, race, and popular culture. Her current project "Creating Norma Rae: Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Southern Labor Organizers Lost in Reagan's America" traces the complex 20th-century textile and garment industry that led to the 1979 movie Norma Rae. It then examines the cultural work the film did to erase racial and colonial complications to reconstitute a narrow notion of the white "American working class."

March 23, 2 p.m.
"Failure is Impossible": A staged reading by students of LC 106 She Persisted
FPA 111

A staged reading of playwright Rosemary H. Knower's Failure is Impossible by students of LC 106: She Persisted. Voices include Abigail Adams, Sara Grimke, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and others. This Learning Communities class is spending the semester bringing to life the stories of specific women in order to better understand the diversity of all women's experiences. All are welcome to attend.

March 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
TED Talk Tuesday: The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better
Center for Excellence (FR 265)

A screening of the 15-minute TED Talk "The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better" by Jedidah Isler discussing diversity in STEM, with a facilitated discussion to follow led by Adrienne Smith, interim dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. All are welcome to attend.

About the TED Talk: Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale - and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. "Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be," she says. "Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can't even imagine."  

About Adrienne Smith: Dr. Smith is HCC's interim dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). She served as an associate professor and coordinator of electronics technology for four years at Quinsigamond Community College, and, most recently, at Springfield Technical Community College, where she was dean of Engineering Technologies & Mathematics for 14 years. She holds a doctorate in education from UMass Amherst, a master's degree in engineering management, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Western New England University. Her particular area of interest is in increasing the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in the area of STEM, and the focus of her doctoral research was on women in engineering.

March 28, 7 p.m. 
Las 5 Mujeres de Caguax: A multigenerational performance
The Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke

This theater piece tells the story of five Puerto Rican women from the same family lineage who dramatize their intergenerational struggles and experiences of survival in a colonized and patriarchal society within different historical eras. Abuelita Juana's spirit guides us through these various time periods, teaching us about the importance of preserving heritage, the strength of women, and the sacrifices that our ancestors made for us.

The piece is predominantly performed in English, accompanied by some Spanish. Ticket sales will go towards the ReclaimPR organization, which focuses on supporting entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico. Students pay $10 with college ID. Learn more here.

April 1, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fannie Lou Hamer: Remembering a Voting, Women's & Civil Rights Activist
KC 301/303

Please join us to view a 25-minute documentary about the courageous life of Frannie Lou Hamer, followed by a facilitated discussion. Frannie Lou Hamer was a voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a powerful leader in the '60s civil rights movement. She worked tirelessly throughout her lifetime despite facing intense levels of harassment and violence. She co-founded the Freedom Democratic Party, organized Mississippi's Freedom Summer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, and ran for the U.S. Senate. All are welcome to attend.