Female-identifying HWS students and community members are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 6 by attending a commemorative conference co-sponsored by the William Smith Deans Office, the Leadership League of Women (LLOW) and the Office of Intercultural Affairs. The event will take place in the Scandling Common Room from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
The event will feature roundtable discussions with women from international backgrounds, including Dean of William Smith Catherine Gallouët, Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata, Centennial Center for Leadership Program Manager for Global and Community Leadership Programs Solomé Rose and other women from the Geneva and HWS community. Countries represented include Nigeria, Jordan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Ethiopia and many more.
According to Associate Dean of William Smith College Lisa Kaenzig, the roundtable discussions will allow every participant to pose or respond to questions in addition to interacting with women from inspiring international backgrounds.
“Every woman there, regardless of age, will have her voice heard,” she adds.
Also in attendance will be members of the Leadership League of Women, an honor society for William Smith students and female-identifying Geneva High School students. Founded by Virginia DeWees ’16, the organization promotes partnerships between women of different backgrounds. The involvement of high school students and women from the Geneva community will allow for an inclusive conference and networking opportunity for all.
“The idea is to get young women and adult women around the table to bring our perspectives together,” explains Director of Intercultural Affairs Alejandra Molina.
The International Women’s Day Conference continues the Colleges’ tradition of celebrating the accomplishments of remarkable women in the campus community. Students who would like to attend should RSVP by emailing email@example.com before Wednesday, March 2.