College of Charleston to Host Call to Action Week

Dr. Patricia Williams-Lessane, CofC Associate Dean for Strategic Planning/Community Engagement

By Amanda Kerr

In this era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, men need to know that it’s okay to stand in solidarity with women. Join the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS), the Counseling Center, the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council (SDIC), the Department of Political Science, the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and CofC College Democrats for Call to Action Week, March 9-14, 2019. Designed to explore all facets of life for women, from health and wellness to civil rights to activism, Call to Action Week aims to empower women across the College of Charleston campus and beyond.

The following is a list of events:

Be Well Expo

March 9 // 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. // CofC North Campus (3800 Paramount Drive)

Join us for the Be Well Expo featuring panels, breakout sessions and a Wellness Village focusing on women of color, health disparities, concerns and solutions. The event is free and open to the public. CofC students, alumni and staff as well as wellness and healthcare professionals will provide attendees with tools to empower themselves to live a healthier life: mind, body and soul. Lunch will be provided; visit go.cofc.edu/be to register.

This event is co-sponsored by the OID, the President’s Office and the Counseling Center. The event is co-hosted by the Women’s Rights Empowerment Network and the YWCA of Greater Charleston.

Super Sheroes: Superwomen who Inspire Us

March 11 / 6-8 p.m. // Alumni Center (86 Wentworth St.)

From suffragettes to Freedom Riders, history is full of women who’ve kicked in the door on public service, education, arts, media, sports and much more. During Women’s History Month (March), OID, MSPS, the SDIC and CofC College Democrats will host an inspiring message by South Carolina state Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter as she highlights some of the “sheroes” who’ve inspired her long career in the state legislature. Following her speech, stick around for food, fun and engagement, including a write-in celebrating some of the super women across campus. All are welcome.

Activism Lunch and Learn

March 12 // 12-1:30 p.m. // Stern Student Center Room 201  

It’s been said that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. The same holds true for addressing social justice issues. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you make your voice heard. WGS and the Department of Political Science invite you to do just that by attending this lunchtime panel discussion featuring student and community activists making a difference on campus and in Charleston. This event is open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Campus Communities Fair

March 13 // 11 a.m.-1 p.m. // George Street

The Student Government Association is hosting a street fair to showcase the diverse communities that make up the CofC campus. Multiple student organizations and members from the Charleston community will come together with food, music and other celebrations.

This article was originally posted by The College Today

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