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Spring 2018 Speakers



Women in Graduate School Day Conference: Featuring Gloria BPhoto of Gloria Burgess speakingurgess

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Baker Center Theater, 2nd floor

Please register for the conference in order to attend Dr. Burgess's talk:

Dr. Gloria J. Burgess loves nothing more than inspiring others to create a bridge from what was... and what is… to what can be… and she’s dedicated her entire life to doing just that. An experienced business woman and top inspirational speaker in the US and internationally, she shares her story of overcoming extreme poverty, racism, and sexism, showing us that your life circumstances do not have to predict your destiny. Gloria engages individuals and organizations in finding the vital core of their creative genius. And she weaves together her own personal legacy using the threads of authenticity, creativity, soulfulness, and inclusive leadership. A trusted adviser to Fortune 500 companies, her clients include Starbucks, Microsoft, Citigroup, Boeing, AT&T, the South African Embassy, and President’s Office of Paraguay.

For more information about the conference, please visit

Co-sponsored with: Co-sponsored with the Graduate College, Graduate Student Senate, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Alumni Association, and the LGBT Center. If you're interested in co-sponsoring the conference, please contact Dr. M. Geneva Murray at


Sara Safari: Women's History Month Keynote Speaker


Photo of Sara Safari standing on Mt. EverestThursday, March 1, 2018
Nelson Commons

Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor and advocate for women's empowerment. She was born in Iran. She moved to the United States in 2002 and continued her education in electrical engineering at UCLA. She graduated summa cum lauda in 2009.

After working in large companies such as Broadcom and Raytheon, she realized her passion lay in teaching. When she started teaching at California State University Fullerton, she met the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She decided to climb and summit Mt. Everest (29,000 ft) to bring funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. Last year, during the devastating 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal, she survived the avalanches on Mt. Everest and came back down to help the victims and families of the 10,000 of whom lost their lives and 100,000 kids who lost their homes.

She received the award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls. She dedicated her book “Follow My Footsteps” to ENG. She is working on her Ph.D. In leadership and change.

Learn more about Sara Safari's work here:

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Center; Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Electrical Engineering; Center for Campus and Community Engagement; College of Business; Multicultural Faculty In-Residence; Recreation and Sport Pedagogy; Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate; Multicultural Center; BSCPB; and the History Department.



Tres Vidas

An International Women's Day Celebration of the lives of three women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Glidden Music Hall

In partnership with the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies. Co-Sponsored by: School of Music, Patton College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and Professions, College of Arts & Sciences, University College, Research & Creative Activity, Scripps College of Communication, and more!

Photo of cellist Ju Young Lee performingA chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano, and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.







Photo of performers in musical theater production The text of the performance is by Marjorie Agosin. Music includes popular and folk songs from Mexico, El Salvador, and Argentina as well as Vocal and Instrumental Music by Astor Piazolla, Carlos Gardel and Osvaldo Golijov.









Photo of participants in Pens to Pictures

Fall 2017 Speakers


Pens to Pictures

"Art with a Purpose: The Use of Film-Making in Social Justice" 
Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30 PM, Schoonover 450


Film Screening:
Five inaugural short films created with women in Dayton Correctional Institution in 2016
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 PM, Athena Cinema

Pens to Pictures is a film-making collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. During its inaugural year in 2016, five films were made in partnership between women in Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI) and the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania artist communities.

Join founder Chinonye Chukwu and two of the inaugural participants (Jamie Ochs and Beverly Fears) for the workshop and film showing at the Athena. The five short inaugural films will be shown on September 19th. Please note that some of the shorts include scenes of drug use and sexual assault.

Co-sponsored with the Women's Center; Cutler Scholars Program; the Multicultural Center; Making and Breaking the Law Theme; Center for Law, Justice & Culture; the LGBT Center; the College of Fine Arts Film Division; Ebony Minds; BSCPB; Diversity Studies Certificate; Interdisciplinary Arts; Honors Tutorial College; the Multicultural Faculty In-Residence; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and in partnership with the Athena Cinema.




Photo of JJ DiGeronimo

Strategies to Pave Your Professional Path with JJ DiGeronimo

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 PM, Schoonover 450

In this interactive roundtable discussion, JJ DiGeronimo will share some of her action-based strategies from over two decades in tech-based roles and companies. Many professional women aspire to advance their career. Yet many encounter a sea of obstacles because they don't have "the playbook" to navigate corporate cultures and industries. Join us as JJ discusses a series of proven initiatives that high-impact women and men leverage to accelerate their professional paths. Through personal anecdotes, examples, and stories from those who have stumbled, fallen and succeeded, JJ will share this playbook with you so that you can focus on specific actions to maximize your talents and make your professional goals a reality.

Co-sponsored with the School of Information and Telecommunication Studies; Women in Information and Telecommunication Studies; the Women's Center; Scripps College Diversity Committee; Women in Information Systems; Society of Women Engineers; and AAUW - Student Group.

Please register in advance of this event at




The Monument Quilt

Aerial view of the Monument Quilt

A Guide to Upsetting Rape Culture: Lecture

Thursday, October 12. 2017
7:00 PM
Schoonover 145

This lecture is presented by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and will be an overview of how they have used art in their activism to end sexual violence.

Closeup photo of a Monument Quilt square inscribed "Stand With Survivors: Rape takes away a person's voice. It is time we recognize that we need to give them back the right to be HEARD"

Quilt Display

Friday, October 13, 2017
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Peden Stadium
Rain Location: Indoor Tennis Courts (106 S Green Drive)

Speakers on topics of sexual assault will be incorporated in the quilt showing at 9AM, Noon, 3:30PM and 6:30PM .



The Monument Quilt: a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. Organized by Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, the Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Center; Multicultural Center; LGBT Center; BSCPB; Center for Law, Justice & Culture; Diversity Studies Certificate; Division of Student Affairs; Department of Social and Public Health; United Campus Ministries; Cutler Scholars Program; Honors Tutorial College; Multicultural Faculty In-Residence; Ohio Athletics; College of Fine Arts; Political Science; Psychology; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Between Love and Hate Theme.


Volunteers for the Monument Quilt should apply here: Faculty wanting a sign-in sheet for their class at the quilt showing should submit this form:

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