By Sean Lynch
March 8th is International Women’s Day! To help celebrate society’s strides in gender equality and all of womankind’s achievements, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Great Expectations Club, and Oxfam America Club will be hosting Hilbert’s own Women’s Day celebration and ceremony on March 4th. The event begins with a discussion on human trafficking from special guest speaker Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Fildes at 12:25 in Bogel Hall 101. Immediately following the presentation, representatives from Oxfam America Club will be announcing and distributing this year’s awards for some of the outstanding women at Hilbert.
These Women’s Day awards, generously provided by Oxfam America, are meant to acknowledge and honor many of the strong and inspiring women in the Hilbert College community, whether they are enrolled as students or employed as faculty or staff, and the club could use your help in choosing the nominees. The club is seeking to honor nominees whose roles in the community represent pillars of inspiration for the achievements of womankind and also demonstrate the eight Franciscan values (hope, peace, service, joy, integrity, respect, compassion, and vision) through their lives and actions.
Last year’s Women’s Day ceremony began with guest speaker Mariatu Kamara, a war survivor from Sierra Leone and UNICEF special representative. After a gripping and eye-opening speech about her experiences during the conflict, which even took her hands, she gave an empowering message about how true strength can be found within. When Kamara’s presentation had concluded, Oxfam America Club members announced and distributed awards to Kim Sperring, Dr. Amy Smith, Erin Robson, and Lauren Watkins for being influential women in Hilbert’s staff. Marjorie Sanders, Hayley Ploetz, Jamie Hopkins, and Olivia Kimble received the Women’s Day awards for the school’s student body.
By filling out a short nomination sheet, you can help to recognize and honor our campus’ strong and inspiring women. The nomination period runs until February 21st and the clubs would like to have as many nominations as possible. Nomination applications can be found in the faculty lounge or can be requested through Marne Griffin (BH 108), so be sure to spread the word and spread the recognition. For more information about Oxfam America, the not-for-profit organization seeking to end poverty and social injustices, please visit their website at oxfamamerica.org. And if you would like to learn more about International Women’s Day or read about other related events, please visit internationalwomensday.com.