Recent Event Wrap-Up

Over the past year, the Penn State Commission for Women has sponsored quite a few inspiring events across our commonwealth campuses, from lectures to spoken word performances to conferences. Let’s take a moment as we close this year to see what attendees experienced and consider where we might go in the upcoming year!

AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

at Penn State Hershey Medical Center

GWIMS at Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Angela Rogers keynote at GWIMS.

Angela Rogers, B.A., M.S., DTM, spoke on the topic of the Imposter Phenomenon, which  occurs when high-achieving women have difficulty believing they belong in the higher echelons and fear being exposed as a fraud. Over thirty people attended and appreciated the choice and relevance of the topic, as well as the interactivity of the session. They had the opportunity to network over a dinner before the keynote address and to brainstorm ideas for upcoming events and programs afterward.

Are you faculty or administration at an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital? Consider advocating for women’s advancement and leadership with GWIMS. For more information, contact Becky Moyer at rmoyer7@hmc.psu.edu or call (717) 531-4565.

This event was previously covered on the CFW Check-In on December 2, 2016.

Women’s History Speaker & PA Women’s Conference

at Penn State Great Valley

A "Votes for Women" women's suffrage banner from the 19th century features a woman blowing a trumpet.

A “Votes for Women” women’s suffrage banner from the 19th century.

On March 8, 2017, Penn State Great Valley hosted Laurie Rofini from the Chester County Historical Society, who spoke on “Votes for Women!” at the Women’s History Luncheon. Rofini’s talk highlighted the women and men from southeastern PA who helped get American women the right to vote—particularly at the Pennsylvania Woman’s Rights Convention, held in West Chester in June 1852, almost 70 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

On October 2, 2016, a contingent from the Penn State Great Valley community attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia. Participants appreciated the keynote speakers and breakout sessions that addressed personal development, emerging professionals, leadership, health and wellness, transitions, and career advancement.

We’re proud to support both historical look-backs and professional development!

Spoken Word Artist Lady Caress

at Penn State DuBois

Lady Caress performing at the Penn State DuBois library.

Lady Caress performing at the Penn State DuBois library.

Everyone who thinks libraries are quiet places full of shushing librarians should have joined the students who gathered in the Penn State DuBois library on March 21. Attendees were impressed by champion spoken word artist Lady Caress’s beatboxing, poetry, and female empowerment. Her message was uplifting and spoke to the heart of what it means to be a woman. What a strong message to share!

If you’re at Penn State DuBois, watch out for more events like these!

International Women’s Day

at State College

Awards and Honors at International Women's Day 2017

Awards and Honors at International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 16 was a touching and inspiring celebration with guests from both the university and the community, and a keynote from Professor Shoba Wadhia, Director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She shared her personal journey to empowerment and brought issues of immigrants and the conditions of many women immigrants in this country to people’s attention.

The celebration also particularly honored the two outstanding recipients of 2017 Spirit of Internationalization Award—Dr. Carolyn Sachs and Aynoa Riley. Dr. Sachs, professor in the Rural Sociology Department, works in the areas of gender and agriculture and spoke about her impressive work with sustainable agriculture, women farmers, and issues of gender and climate change. Aynoa Riley, a second-year graduate student in the Master of International Affairs program, has taken on numerous opportunities to advocate for women, immigrants, and refugees. Learn more about her work in the Penn State News story on March 29, 2017.

Watch videos of the event on the Global Connections Centre County Facebook page.

Talk by Susan Russell

at Penn State Worthington-Scranton

Susan Russell speaking on "Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate"

“Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate”

On March 29, Dr. Susan Russell of the School of Theater gave a talk called “Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate,” which focused on awareness and what to do to start a conversation—how to help others feel comfortable enough to communicate honestly. She made attendees, who included faculty, staff, and students, both laugh and think, and they all walked away feeling a bit more knowledgable than they had before it started.

Special thanks to Maria Baker, Marly Doty, Suzan Kershner, Sharon Shen, and Marianne Gable for sharing the information and photos featured in this blog post.


If your organization is interested in securing funds for an event in the upcoming academic year, please see the summary explanation of funding requirements and complete the form online at the Commission for Women website.

Please keep in mind, requests for funding are accepted throughout the academic year; we do ask that your request be submitted at least one month before the event or program. A member of the Commission will contact your organization if we need more information. Every effort will be made to notify applicants of decisions within two weeks of their application date. The maximum request is $250 per group, or $300 per campus liaison with one request per organization per year. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No funds remain available for the current academic year.

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