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WILL Women Wednesday: Emily Bent’ 03

WILL Women Wednesday: Emily Bent’ 03

TCNJ and WILL alumna Emily Bent will be recognized Saturday, April 28th, 2018 and awarded with TCNJ’s 2018 Distinguished Service at 11:00am in the Ed Building Room 212.

During her time at TCNJ, Emily Bent excelled in the following;

  • Iota, Iota, Iota, Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society, Co-founder and initiated member, 2001
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Member 2002
  • Achieved Dean’s List during all undergraduate academic semesters
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • 2003 Hoffman Fund and 2004 New Jersey Project, Honorable Mention award recipient for paper “Pro-Anorexia
  • Websites and the Cult of Thinness: My Best Friend Ana”

Service / Activism

The College of New Jersey, Women’s and Gender Studies Department                     

Visiting Assistant Professor (2013-2014) / Adjunct Instructor                                         2004 – 2014

¨ Co-instructed Women In Learning Leadership (WILL) capstone course, “Women’s Leadership and Social Change”

¨ Advised a class of 8 graduating seniors in the WILL program on development and implementation of a global activism project

¨ Developed WILL LC “Rebel Girls: Introduction to Girls’ Activism and Leadership” which included community engagement component with Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks, and Warren Counties 

¨ Coordinated and advised WILL students in creation of the “Girls Hall of Fame” as part of the Kidsbridge Museum at TCNJ

¨ Co-led WILL’s Feminist Solidarity Experiential Learning and Leadership Project in Nicaragua in Summer 2013

¨ Facilitated WILL student participation as part of the United Nations International Day of the Girl held at UN Headquarters (October 2011 – present)

¨ Supervised WILL & WGS student internships and volunteer work with the Working Group on Girls at the United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, Girls Learn International, Feminist Majority Foundation, 
 Sage Girl, and Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks, and Warren Counties 

¨ Serves on WILL Advisory Council 

Freedom on Our Terms Conference, Co-Organizer

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, New York                                                                   2007

¨  Co-organized two day, feminist conference celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference

¨  Moderated the “Riding the Waves: Learning from Intergenerational Feminists” panel discussion

¨  Developed and supervised girl-oriented activities including, the “(Re)Defining Girl” Workshop and girls only issue caucus

¨  Coordinated conference finale featuring musical compilation and student representation of the waves of feminism

¨  Assisted in drafting the Women and Girls Platform for Action highlighting key issues for change

¨  Facilitated participation and volunteer engagement of TCNJ WILL students

Undergraduate Service: The Bod Squad, President                                                                                       

Center for Campus Wellness, The College of New Jersey                                                              Spring 2002-Spring 2003

¨  Implemented and coordinated a campus organization designed to educate students about body image issues

¨  Designed and presented programs on eating disorders, media advertisements, cosmetic surgery, and healthy body-esteem

¨  Originated and produced an “I Love My Body” Campaign

¨  Planned Body Pride Month, incorporating speakers, social protests, and clothing drives

¨  Launched a Body Awareness Campaign through informational, educational and awareness advertisements

¨  Received certification as a Peer Educator from Bacchus & Gamma


Undergraduate Service: The Women’s Center, President

The College of New Jersey                                                                                               Spring 2002-Spring 2003

¨  Supervised a campus organization of over thirty members

¨  Educated the community through programs such as National Young Women’s Day of Action and Take Back the Night

¨  Stimulated campus dialogue through the sponsorship of Biased Bake Sales and “The Vagina Monologues”

¨  Interfaced with Women’s and Gender Studies professionals to enhance communication amongst students and professors


Undergraduate Service: Women In Learning Leadership (WILL), Active Member                                               Spring 2001-Spring 2003

¨  Actively recruited new members through public speeches and discussions

¨  Accurately recorded membership activities and requirements

¨  Facilitated discussion amongst members on women’s issues


Undergraduate Service: The Vagina Monologues, Actor and Planner                                                                     February 2002 & 2003 

¨  Performed the “My Short Skirt” monologue and “My Vagina Was My Village” during a three-night production

¨  Advertised throughout the Ewing community and TCNJ campus