The WILL Program strives to foster a deeper understanding of gender and its intersections with race, culture, class, sexuality and other aspects of social identity. By connecting students with each other, and to a strong supportive network of faculty, staff, alumnae and community mentors, WILL students develop critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving and leadership skills. In addition, WILL students participate in a variety of community engaged learning projects designed to promote positive participation in the local and global community. This program provides opportunities for women to explore career and life choices in multiple disciplines that enable them to excel and realize their full potential.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2017
MARCH 8, 2017 (WEDNESDAY) JESSIE DANIELS LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 5:30 – 7:00 PM
“Protesting Trump’s Discriminatory Actions: Resurgence of College Student Activism”
Bio: Jessie Daniels, PhD is professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY (sociology, critical social psychology). An internationally recognized expert in internet expressions of racism. She is the author of two books about racism on either side of the digital revolution: Cyber Racism and White Lies
MARCH 21, 2017 (TUESDAY) JUST & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PANEL EDU. 212 12:30 – 1:50 PM
JAMESE KWELE, Project Manager – THE FOOD TRUST
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in the city and across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. Jamese develops and manages programs spanning a variety of areas including early childhood nutrition, farm to shelter and community health. She has a special interest in maternal-child health and is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. Jamese holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
BENTRICE JUSU – BOTH HANDS
Both Hands is the only arts-based organization in Trenton that specifically serves teens. More importantly, we welcome all teens as they are and acknowledge the important insights they possess. This philosophy undergirds not only program design but also interactions between youth, mentors, and staff. We reject the assumption that teens are broken people waiting to be mended and filled with knowledge. Instead, relationships are interactive; mentors and youth of all backgrounds learn from one another. To us, this is essential to community development.
ANGELA CHUNG – ASSOCIATE LEGAL OFFICER WITH THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development agency, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners
MARCH 22, 2017 (WEDNESDAY) MAJORA CARTER MAYO CONCERT HALL 1:00- 2:30 PM
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
MARCH 29, 2017 (WEDNESDAY) WGS ALUM PANEL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 5:00 – 7:00 PM
KELSEY MARTIN/JESSICA POND/MONIQUE HANKERSON (SYPE)
APRIL 4, 2017 (TUESDAY) WGS ALUMS IN POLITICS PANEL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 5:00 – 7:30 PM
“TRUE REPRESENTATION: YOUNG WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT”
JACKIE CORNELL/KARI OSMOND/TAI COOPER/ AIDA FIGUEROA-EPIFANIO
APRIL 5, 2017 (WEDNESDAY) AMALIA DACHE-GERBINO LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 5:00 – 7:30 PM GLORIA HARPER DICKISNON MEMMORIAL LETURE
Dr. Amalia Dache-Gerbino is an Afro-Cubana Latina scholar who is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at The University of Missouri’s College of Education. Her experiences as a former Cuban refugee and student traversing U.S. educational systems, such as inner-city K-12 schools, community college, state college and a private research intensive university inform her professional experiences. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner School of Education. Her major research areas include the postcolonial geographic contexts of higher education, activism and education and college access and transition of low-income, Black and Latina/o students in the U.S. and abroad.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tcnj.vday/
In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozen of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their stories of survival, leading her to see that The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.
On Valentine’s Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Set up as a 501(c)(3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization’s seed money came from a star-studded, sold out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.
V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March, and April, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers. What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,800 V-Day events annually.
Performance is just the beginning. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women.
V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.
V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.
V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.
V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.
V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.
V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.
V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!
Our work is grounded in four core beliefs:
– Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act
– Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things
– Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders
– One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women
Attend LUNAFEST and enjoy great films while supporting an important community cause. Have fun and make a difference with entertainment by, for, and about women!
April 7, 2017 7:00-9:00pm
Mayo Concert Hall at The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08618
Hosted by Women in Learning and Leadership and The College of New Jersey School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science
Celebrate with the women in your life!
Advisor Mary Lynn Hopps alongside WILL students
WILL Alum Kelsey Martin since graduating in 2012 has been busy teaching for Teach for America as well as creating the girls empowerment organization “Rise Like A Girl.”
RISE like a girl is on a mission to make our world a more equal place for women by teaching our girls to rise like stars. Girl world will never be the same!
RISE stands for RESPECT, IMAGINE, SUPPORT, EMPOWER, and is having a big impact on young women. To learn how to get involved and learn more about RISE like a girl, please click here.
Congrats to Jackie Cornell (’04) for being named on Senator Weinberg’s “2016 Women’s Power List!” Ms. Cornell is the former regional director of HHS Region II, which includes the States of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a TCNJ and WILL graduate Ms. Cornell works in mentoring current WILL students.
The full Women’s Power list can be seen here
**UPDATE: Jackie Cornell has since become the Senior Director of Federal Relations and Regulatory Affairs for the NJ Hospital Association. (2/15/17)
Congratulations to our WILL 2017 Executive Board Members. These women will begin their tenure pursuing WILL’s mission to foster a deeper understanding of gender and its intersections with race, culture, class, sexuality and other aspects of social identity at The College of New Jersey in 2017.
TCNJ and WILL Alum Leathia Lipscomb is making a big impact on her school district. Leathia has been teaching for 6 years for TeachforAmerica. Read the article about Lethia’s impact here!
Vice Executive Chair Bridget Appleby
Learn a bit about Vice Executive Chair of
WILL Bridget Appleby.
Major and Minor: Psychology with a WGS Minor
Clubs and Activities: WILL Vice Executive Chair, Sigma Sigma Sigma
Other Hobbies include: Reading, Drawing, Baking, Playing Harvest Moon (silly farming game!)
One of her best TCNJ Experiences,
“I would say that going abroad the summer after my freshman year shaped me in ways that I never would have possibly imagined. When I went abroad on the Harlaxton-Romania trip in June 2014 I knew near no one going, and was what I thought
to be happily engaged to my then boyfriend. As the trip progressed, I came to make friends that I am still in contact with now and of whom I consider life-long companions: we, seven Harry Potter fanatics, called ourselves the
Horcruxes. With these amazing women, I had a supportive group where I could intellectually discuss anything with, from periods to obscure Harry Potter complexities. But most amazingly, beyond just making these incredible friendships, I was free; I felt an independence that I had never experienced before. It stemmed from the fact that I did not wear my engagement ring, and had little to no contact with my boyfriend. I didn’t wear the ring at first in fear of losing it, but then I came to realize that I never wanted it in the first place. It was because of these women and their fierce independence and support that I realized that at all. This started a ripple effect that would influence my decisions from then on, within the year breaking off the engagement and then finally breaking off the entire unhealthy relationship. I became heavy-handed in my involvement in WILL, joined a sorority where I maintain close and very important sisterhood relations… I can’t thank those Horcruxes enough for just being there on that trip, and their roles in who I am today.”
What do you love about WILL and what would you say to those who want to join?
“I love WILL because it has given me a tremendous language and sense of activism in feminism which I felt was missing in my life beforehand.”
Fun Fact: “I don’t know how I am going to identify with any grad school considering I love TCNJ so much.”
Favorite Food, Movie, TV show?Food? French Fries. Movie? Howl’s Moving Castle. TV Show? BBC’s Jane Eyre
Favorite Quote: “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.” Jane Eyre telling off Rochester
What does WILL and WGS mean to you?
Education, leadership, empowerment
A little more about Bridget,
“I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE TCNJ, I WANT TO BE A LION FOREVER!”
WILL women traveled to Nicaragua to participate in the fourth solidarity project. View a photo gallery of the trip here! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]Read more
WILL Alum Kelsey Martin since graduating in 2012 has been busy teaching for Teach for America as well as creating the girls empowerment organization “Rise Like A Girl.” RISE like a girl is on a mission to make our world a more equal place for women by teaching our girls to rise like stars. Girl […]Read more
Congrats to Jackie Cornell (’04) for being named on Senator Weinberg’s “2016 Women’s Power List!” Ms. Cornell is the former regional director of HHS Region II, which includes the States of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a TCNJ and WILL graduate Ms. Cornell works […]Read more
Congratulations to our WILL 2017 Executive Board Members. These women will begin their tenure pursuing WILL’s mission to foster a deeper understanding of gender and its intersections with race, culture, class, sexuality and other aspects of social identity at The College of New Jersey in 2017. Executive Chair Kathleen Dispoto Vice Exec: Gigi Garrity Abbey […]Read more
WILL Presents Redefining Sex Week! Women In Learning & Leadership presents our annual Redefining Sex Week, aimed at changing the way our society relates discussions of sex & sexuality with gender inequalities. Please join us Monday November 14th through Friday November 18th at some of these events aimed at sexual education and discussions of inequalities. […]Read more
TCNJ and WILL Alum Leathia Lipscomb is making a big impact on her school district. Leathia has been teaching for 6 years for TeachforAmerica. Read the article about Lethia’s impact here! https://atlanta.teachforamerica.org/impact-blog/six-years-still-going-strong-leadership-pathRead more
Vice Executive Chair Bridget Appleby Learn a bit about Vice Executive Chair of WILL Bridget Appleby. Major and Minor: Psychology with a WGS Minor Clubs and Activities: WILL Vice Executive Chair, Sigma Sigma Sigma Other Hobbies include: Reading, Drawing, Baking, Playing Harvest Moon (silly farming game!) One of her best TCNJ Experiences, “I would […]Read more
Liz Abzug “Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century” Join us as founder of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, national consultant, professor, lobbyist and candidate for NYC elective office Liz Abzug speaks about the important role of women in the political sphere. Tuesday October 25th 5:30PM Library Auditorium This event is co-sponsored by: […]Read more
Vice Executive Chair Kayla Termyna Learn a bit about Senior and Vice Executive Chair of WILL Kayla Termyna! Major and Minor: Deaf Education and Women and Gender Studies Clubs and Activities: WILL and Deaf/Hearing Connection Other Hobbies include: Crafting, Cross Stitching, Smashing the Patriarchy, ASL song interpretations One of her best TCNJ Experiences, “Being […]Read more
Slutwalk 2016 Photos http://www.hercampus.com/school/tcnj/slutwalk-march-end-rape-culture Read “Slutwalk: A March to End Rape Culture” by Sumayah Medlin to read about the annual Slutwalk held by TCNJ. This year Slutwalk was held on September 13th. Also check us out in the signal! http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2013/10/01/students-protest-rape-with-slutwalk/Read more