Hartford, Connecticut, February 21, 2017 – Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) has scheduled a diverse lineup of speakers and events this semester. In addition to its traditional programing including Love Your Body Week, International Women’s Day, and Take Back the Night, WGRAC is hosting special speakers, comedic performances, a play, and a trip to the Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury, Connecticut.
On Friday, February 24, WGRAC, The Chapel, SECS (Students Encouraging Consensual Sex), and SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) are sponsoring A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, a play that brings to life a collection of stories by a variety of world-renowned authors and playwrights. The play is directed by two Trinity students, Christa Prophete ’17 and Allan Rios ’17, and will be performed at 8:00 p.m. in the Trinity College Chapel. The event will raise money for Hartford's Interval House, which provides support and services to victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students and will be sold at the door and in the Mather Hall lobby the week of the performance. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay.
Love Your Body Week begins February 26 and is sponsored by WGRAC, Promoting Healthy Awareness of the Body (PHAB), and Health Education. Each day highlights a new body-positive event. Programming will include a yoga class, healthy hike, movie night, and fun awareness activities on body image and air-brushing. Please see the schedule of events (left) or click here.
To kick off Women’s History Month WGRAC is taking a trip to Hartford Stage on Wednesday, March 1, to see a performance of Caryl Churchill’s international hit, Cloud 9. Jumping from Victorian colonial times to the shifting landscape of sexual politics in 1970s London, Cloud 9 is a provocative comedy that explores the ever-changing world of sexual identity. Space is limited. Please contact WGRAC Director Laura Lockwood for information.
On Thursday, March 9, WGRAC, Trinity’s Women’s Leadership Council, Venture, and a number of student organizations will celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme, “Be Bold for Change.” The luncheon program will honor the women who inspire us and raise awareness of women’s rights movements here and abroad. The event will be held during Common Hour in Terrace Rooms B and C of Mather Hall.
Also on Thursday, March 9, WGRAC will team up with the American Studies Department and the Center for Caribbean Studies to host “Hartford Black Mothers Raising Bridges Over Troubled Waters,” a discussion featuring Trinity alumna Channon Miller ’11. The event will examine the dynamic between black women and mothers from the Caribbean, Africa, and United States. The event will be held in Terrace Room C, Mather Hall, at 4:30 p.m., with light refreshments.
Supermodel and motivational speaker Stacey McKenzie (pictured at left) will be coming to Trinity on Thursday, March 23, to share her story of overcoming bullying and bias as she worked to fulfill her life-long dream. In her talk, “Ruling Your Life’s Runway,” the audience will follow McKenzie’s journey from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, to travelling the globe as an international top model. Along the way, McKenzie will weave in issues of diversity, societal beauty standards, and, girl’s and women’s empowerment. This event will be held in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at 12:15 p.m.
Fatima Al Ansar ’17 will join a panel of local activist women to discuss the direction of the women’s movement following the national and international women’s marches on January 21. The program “After Women’s March: Which Way Forward?” will be held on Friday, March 24, at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford at 7:30 p.m.
WGRAC plans to host a trip for students to visit the Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury, Connecticut, on Saturday, March 25. Crandall opened a private academy in 1831 for the daughters of white families in Canterbury and neighboring communities. In 1833, Crandall re-opened the school as one exclusively for young women of color. Young black women from all around the northeast came to learn at the school. However, just a year later the school was forced to close due to increased violence against the academy and the women. While only open for a short time, the Canterbury Female Academy was the first private educational opportunity for African-American women in New England. Please contact WGRAC Director Laura Lockwood for trip details.
April programs include the annual Take Back the Night rally on Tuesday, April 18, featuring guest speaker Cathy Malloy, Connecticut’s first lady. Beginning at 7 p.m. in Vernon Social, this campuswide event includes an evening of presentations, entertainment, and survivor stories intended to raise awareness about issues related to gender-based violence. The program is sponsored by Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), a student-led organization of WGRAC. On April 27, WGRAC hosts its annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day Luncheon. Lastly, on April 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the Main Quad, WGRAC’s Masculinity Project will host the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. Male identified students don red high heels for a trek around campus to demonstrate support for survivors of sexual violence. Good food, music, and fun characterize this spring event.
For more information about WGRAC and its upcoming events, please click here.
Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17