Women's History Month programs honor those who fight discrimination

February 28, 2024
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Fitchburg State University will commemorate Women’s History Month in March with a series of programs that celebrate women who advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

The national Women’s History Month’s theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, bias and discrimination must be eliminated from our lives and institutions.

Programs include the Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in which Rachel O’Leary Carmona will present “Fostering Our Feminist Future.” Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, will discuss her activism work and the future of feminism in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The talk will be delivered in the Randall Lecture Hall of the Antonucci Science Complex. Admission is free and open to the public. 

The lecture is presented by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Economics, History, and Political Science Department; the English Studies Department; the Humanities Department; and the Behavioral Sciences Department.

Poster for Women in the Arts 2024

The campus will also celebrate Women in the Arts with a performance at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. For this event, the Women’s History Month planning committee is welcoming singers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, poets, actors, visual artists, and more to perform and/or display work in celebration of women. There will be an exhibition at 3:30 p.m. before the performances at 4 p.m.

The full calendar of offerings may be viewed online.

Also this month, the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library presents the exhibit "Mapping Our Past: The Women of Fitchburg State's Campus Buildings." The exhibit, located near the first floor entrance of the library, features the women who serve as the namesakes for a number of buildings and spaces around campus, including the library itself.

Fitchburg State's celebration of Women's History Month was organized by the following:

  • Junior Pena, Director for Student Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion Programs
  • Krysta Lopez, Program Coordinator for the Center for Diversity & Inclusiveness 
  • Marquise Harding, Undergraduate Intern for the Center for Diversity & Inclusiveness
  • Shane Franzen, Associate Director of Student Development, Commuter, & Volunteer Affairs
  • Angelo Prevosto, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Development 
  • Elizabeth Swartz, Director for TRIO Student Support Services 
  • Allison Bunnell, Technology Trainer, and Academic Project Administrator
  • Additional Contributions made by the African Student Association, Latin American Student Organization, and the Black Student Union