Trinity’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center Hosting Programs All Semester

Events Continue with February 9 Screening and Discussion of Film ‘Suffragette’ at Cinestudio

Hartford, Connecticut, February 8, 2016 – Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) is offering a busy schedule of programming during the spring semester. The calendar includes forums, lectures, performances, and film screenings, and culminates with a campus-wide Take Back the Night event to raise awareness about issues related to gender-based violence.

​WGRAC staff members provided information at the recent Student Involvement Fair. From left to right are: Whitney Gulden ’16, co-coordinator, Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS); Emy Farrow-German ’16, co-coordinator, SECS; and Ariana Adamski ’17, coordinator, Promoting Healthy Awareness of the Body (PHAB). Photo courtesy of Laura Lockwood.
 “WGRAC students and staff are excited to partner with a wide range of organizations and departments this semester in educating the community on women’s rights and their intersection with institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression,” said WGRAC Director Laura Lockwood. “The principals of intersectional feminism and social justice guide our educational programming. Building community by breaking down barriers while giving voice to those often silenced is a constant theme of our work. We strive for creative and interesting ways for students to grow, express themselves in community and create a respectful campus culture.”

The semester’s programs began on February 4 with a panel discussion called “What's it Like to be Black and Queer?” which examined the intersectionality of “Blackness” and “Queerness.” The Black History Month program featured a panel of Trinity faculty, alumni, staff, and students who identify as both “Black” and “Queer.” The event was co-sponsored by Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education (PRIDE), Imani: Trinity College Black Student Union, the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), Encouraging Respect of Sexualities (EROS), and WGRAC.

WGRAC continues its programs on Tuesday, February 9, with a screening of the 2015 film Suffragette and a discussion facilitated by Trinity College Assistant Professor of History Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre. In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron.

In addition to the special programs listed below, WGRAC hosts discussion meetings over pizza each Friday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the WGRAC Lounge on the second floor of Mather Hall, next to Terrace Room C. The discussions are open to all students. Students lead the discussions and choose the topics, which have included U.S. immigration policy, Black Lives Matter, the presidential election, limits on reproductive rights, the gender pay gap, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and more. 

Below is a calendar of WGRAC events scheduled at Trinity College during the Spring 2016 semester. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Suffragette (2015) Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio

Regular ticket fee.

Discussion facilitator Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre, PhD, FRHist, teaches a range of classes in British and British Imperial history as assistant professor of history at Trinity College. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire (Palgrave, 2009) and editor of For the Liberty of Ireland at Home and Abroad (UCD Press, 2010). She is writing a history of wine in the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Snow date for the discussion is February 10.

Sponsored by WGRAC.

For more information, contact Laura Lockwood or visit


Opposing Islamophobia, Deportations, Racism, and War

Saturday, February 13, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Terrace Rooms B & C, Mather Hall

Join a discussion about unity, solidarity, justice, and peace. Panel discussion led by Mongi Dhaouadi, former executive director of CAIR CT. Other panelists to be determined.

Sponsored by WGRAC, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and Socialist Action.


A Monologue, A Memory, A Rant & A Prayer (MMRP)

Friday, February 26, 8:00 p.m., Trinity College Chapel

A fundraiser for the Interval House, Hartford’s battered women’s shelter.

Donation: $ 5, Student ID; $ 10 Non-students, based on ability to pay.

Director: Dabin Lim, ’16; Assistant Director: Christa Prophete, ’17

MMRP is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle.

Sponsored by, MMRP is hosted and produced by WGRAC, SECS (Students Encouraging Consensual Sex), and the Trinity College Chapel. SARALesbians is also a co-sponsor. Based in Hartford and Storrs, Conn., SARALesbians (Seasoned And Rising Again) is a community of lesbians open to all women who work to promote gender equality and change the way women experience the cultural challenges of growing old.

For more information, contact Laura Lockwood or visit


Janice Flemming-Butler, ’09, Executive Director, Voices of Women of Color, Hartford

Friday, March 4, 12:30 p.m., Seabury Hall 215.       

The Voices of Women of Color LLC (VOWOC) is a for-profit corporation located in Hartford that teaches, empowers, and encourages women of color by providing them with the leadership skills that lead to gainful employment opportunities and civil activism in the public and private sectors.

Sponsored by WGRAC.

For more information, contact Laura Lockwood or visit


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014) Screening & Discussion

Saturday, April 2, 2:30 p.m., Cinestudio   

Free admission.

Speakers: Mary Dore, Director; Vilunya Dickson, author, Our Bodies, Our Selves.

SBWSA resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971; from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). SBWSA recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual orientation and leadership that arose in the women’s movement. SBWSA captures the spirit of the time - thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious. A film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights. 

Sponsored by WGRAC, the Trinity College Departments of History, Sociology, and Political Science, Zeta Omega Eta, and SARALesbians.

For more information, contact Laura Lockwood or visit


Take Back the Night

Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Vernon Social Center   

Take Back the Night, a campus-wide event, is an evening of presentations, entertainment and survivor stories intended to raise awareness about issues related to gender based violence.

Sponsored by SECS and WGRAC.

For more information, contact Abdul Staten.


Events and schedules are subject to change. For more information about this schedule, please contact the Women & Gender Resource Action Center at 860-297-4131, or visit the WGRAC website.

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