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MARCH 2021

Telling Her Story 

Presenter: Stephanie Robillard, Stanford University 

Date & Time - Monday, March 1st, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 40 min presentation, 20 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1 hour 
Zoom Recording: Click here,  Click here for the presentation slides and click here for additional resources

One anti-racist pedagogy move secondary English teachers are encouraged to make is adopting young adult multicultural literature (YAML) written by those from that community. Multicultural literature allows for those who are rarely the protagonist in narratives to see themselves reflected back as through a mirror and provides an opportunity for others to see in as through a window (Sims Bishop, 1990). YAML that centers girls and young women as protagonists are all the more vital in depicting the real possibilities and challenges that they face in the world. Stephanie Robillard will discuss some of the findings from her recent study on the challenges a first-year teacher encountered when attempting to introduce contemporary young adult multicultural literature into her classroom. Findings presented address the ways in which adolescent girls are depicted in YAML - whose stories are told, the types of stories forefronted, and how teachers can ensure that greater representation is available. Co-Sponsored by Arts & Lectures.


Revolutionary Women - Film Screening of Misfits and Q&A with Ciani Rey Walker 

Date & Time – Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 20 min film screening, 40 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1 hour 
Zoom Recording: Click here.

Ciani Rey Walker is a writer/director whose mission is to tell stories that give audiences a new lens through which to see the world, whether that be a less-covered aspect of an event/era or through the eyes of an underrepresented group. Her short-film titled Misfits is about two sisters who learn that their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination. The two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history. Misfits is regarded as one of the top short films to stream at the 2020 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Coordinated by Rhonda Findling. Co-Sponsored by SR Intercultural Center.



POSTPONED: ALOHA - The Art of Love in War 

Presenter: Kealoha Pisciotta, Spokesperson for Mauna Kea Anaina Hou and Kai Palaoa 
Will be rescheduled - Date & Time - TBD
Zoom format: 60 min presentation, 30 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1.5 hours 
Zoom link: TBA

Kealoha Pisciotta is a Native Hawaiian Cultural and Religious Practitioner and community leader. For more than 20 years she has been a leading voice of the movement to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from further development by the astronomy industry. Her advocacy on behalf of the environment, both Aina and Moana (land and ocean), has meant intervention on the frontlines and in the courts. Kealoha is a traditional knowledge keeper. On the Mauna (mountain) her traditional practices include star lore, solstices and equinoxes. For the Moana (ocean) her practices include ocean medicine and healing rescue of ocean whales and other denizens of the sea. Kealoha will present to us how Aloha is codified in Nature and can be used as a tool for greater Peace. Coordinated by Lynda Williams and Lauren Servais. Co-Sponsored by APASS & Arts & Lectures. For more information, go to: https://kaipalaoa.com/ 


Real Talk: Understanding Latinx Voters 

Presenter: Dr. Cecilia Ballí   

Date & Time – Monday, March 8th, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 45 min presentation, 45 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1.5 hours 
Zoom Recording: Click here

There has been much talk about the “Latino vote,” but the very notion presumes a monolithic voting bloc when in fact U.S. Latinas/os differ profoundly along regional, socioeconomic, ethnocultural and racial lines. Tejana anthropologist and journalist Cecilia Ballí will share insight from her in-depth study of Latinx voters in Texas, the state with some of the most surprising voting patterns. Coordinated by Dr. Amanda Morrison, Coordinator of Our House Intercultural Center, Petaluma Campus.   


Radical Women in the Burned-Over District:  Antebellum Religious, Racial, and Gender Challenges along the Erie Canal 

Presenter: Anne Donegan, Santa Rosa Junior College 

Date & Time – Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 60 min presentation, 30 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1.5 hours 
Zoom Recording: Click here.

Upstate NY was the fastest growing area of the United States just before the Civil War. Because of the Erie Canal, towns, populations, and businesses thrived in the region. This region was also ground zero for the Second Great Awakening: a zealous wave of religious activity that led to the creation of not only new religious groups but also fueled many reform movements. Women from various ethnic backgrounds were involved in both movements. In this talk, SRJC’s esteemed historian, Anne Donegan, will specifically focus on women who challenged political and religious patriarchy, slavery, and expected gender identities.


BIPOC Women’s Circle 

Date & Time – Friday, March 12th, 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 120 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 2 hours 

Let's get together to surface our experiences at SRJC. What are our issues? What are our concerns? What are our fears? What are our joys? What are our gains? How can we intentionally support and ally to transform our SRJC community so we can thrive? Coordinators: Lauren Servais and Lori Kuwabara.


Colorblindness is Not the Goal! 

Presenter: Michelle DeJohnette, San Diego State University 

Date & Time – Monday, March 15th, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 40 min presentation, 20 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1 hour 
Zoom Recording: Click here.

There is a common misbelief that young children do not notice differences. In fact, children become aware of differences in skin color, hair texture, language, gender, and physical ability at a very early age. Children are also sensitive to the spoken and unspoken messages (hidden curriculum) received through implicit bias and stereotypes. Michelle DeJohnette’s presentation will discuss the need for teachers to critically reflect on their own biases in order to implement an anti-bias framework in early childhood classrooms. Current data will be presented about the experiences of Black children in early childhood education. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how implicit bias informs teaching practice and gain tools to begin or move forward in their journey as an anti-bias/anti-racist educator. Co-Sponsored by Arts & Lectures.


Education was the Foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and Septima Clark was their Champion 

Presenter: Sabrina Rawson, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign 

Date & Time - Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 40 min presentation, 20 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1 hour 
Zoom Recording: Click here.

Septima Clark shared the same social, economic, and segregated background as other black community members. American cultural memory of women in the Civil Rights Movement continues to be a problem with female leaders being conveniently left out of historiography. She had to constantly struggle to be heard, yet her struggle and her sacrifice have been forgotten in the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Illiteracy, she argued, was at the core of racial inequities. She didn’t just teach the Black community how to read and write; she used daily experiences to show them how justified self-sufficiency was worthy of their aspirations. In this presentation, former SRJC student, current University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign Ed.M. candidate Sabrina Rawson will argue that for Septima Clark, education was a necessary cornerstone of political and legislative freedom; however, gendered ideas about activism—both then and now—have kept her significant contributions from being recognized. Education was the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and Septima Clark was their champion.


Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Date & Time - Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm (PST)
Zoom format: 45 min presentation, 45 min conversation/Q&A, Time frame: 1.5 hours 
Zoom Recording: Click here,  Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation

On September 18th, 2020, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away leaving a legacy that deserves our constant recognition. This presentation will commemorate Justice Ginsburg and reflect on how she has changed the world for the better. As America struggles with racism and sexism, we must work harder than ever to keep Ginsburg's legacy alive. Coordinators: Phyllis Usina, Lori Kuwabara, Katrina Smith, and Purnur Ozbirinci. To watch RBG, the film directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, please follow this link and log in using your SRJC SID and pin: 


All events will take place through Zoom in March 2021 Pacific Standard Time (PST). All events are FREE, open to the public, and flex approved. 

Contact pozbirinci@santarosa.edu for more info. 

All events are sponsored by the SRJC Women’s History Month Committee, SR Intercultural Center, APASS, BSU, and UMOJA.

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