International Women's Week At Lee To Begin March 1

Monday, February 22, 2021 - by Eliza Souers, Lee University
Gloria Scott Richmond
Gloria Scott Richmond

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Lee University’s Cultural Diversity Committee will host a series of events during the week of March 1-5 celebrating International Women’s Week. Activities will include lectures, chapel services, and a poster competition.

IWD was first observed on Lee’s campus in 2008 and provides students the opportunity to join with the global community to recognize and celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements and contributions of women to society.

“At Lee, this meaningful celebration was founded on Genesis 1:27-28, ‘God created man and woman in his own image; together both man and woman are blessed,’” said Dr. ChoEun Lee, IWW subcommittee chair and assistant professor of collaborate piano and vocal coaching at the school. “COVID has brought us many challenges; however, it also provided us an opportunity to explore new adventures, like virtual events. We are grateful and thrilled to continue our Annual International Women's Week with our Lee community, and we look forward to hearing our guest speakers’ stories and our students’ thoughts on difficulties and achievements women had, are having, or might have.”

Throughout the week, the annual interdisciplinary poster presentation will be available to view and comment on through the IWW Virtual Student Poster Session website, found at https://iwwpostersession2021.wordpress.com/. Students from diverse majors including anthropology, criminal justice, English, music, nursing, political science, and theology will present on a variety of topics pertaining to women's issues and equality. The students’ posters and audio presentations will be uploaded to the website and visible Monday-Friday, March 1-5.

On Thursday, March 11, at 4 p.m. via Zoom, the top three student poster presentations will be awarded a cash prize. 

Julie Burchfield, IWWVSPS coordinator, assistant professor, and distance learning librarian said, “The International Women’s Week Student Poster Session allows students the opportunity to present topics they are passionate about and which highlight both the struggles and accomplishments of women.”

On Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m., Latte in the Library, hosted by the LEAP (Learn Engage Achieve Program) office, will take place. The lecture and discussion with Gloria Scott-Richmond, director of racial and ethnic relations, will be presented via Zoom.

Scott-Richmond will also bring the chapel message in the Lee Chapel on Tuesday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Lisa Long, director of graduate studies in Christian ministries and associate professor of Christian formation, will officiate the service, and the Ladies of Lee, led by Dr. Randy and Debbie Sheeks, will lead worship.

Dr. Cheryl Johns, an author and faculty at Church of God Pentecostal Theological Seminary, will join Lee’s campus on Thursday, March 4, at 10:45 a.m. to speak in the Conn Center chapel service, closing out the week.

All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

There will also be a reception on Wednesday afternoon to honor the women faculty and staff of Lee and recognize their achievements.

“I love hearing the wonderful tributes to the Lee University women being honored at the IWW reception,” said Mary Mathias-Dickerson, IWW faculty and staff reception emcee and associate professor of art. “It is encouraging to see their work being appreciated.”

The Tuesday and Thursday chapel services are available for livestream viewing at https://livestream.com/leeu.

For more information about Lee’s IWD events or to receive the Zoom links for the award presentation or Latte in the Library, contact Dr. Lee at clee@leeuniversity.edu.

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