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Penelope at Her Stitching: The Process of Women’s Mythmaking 

Thursday, March 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

Myths are the narrative patterns that unite a group of people and provide individuals with the necessary experience, language, words, or stories that help them shape their lives and identities. Thus, mythmakers, who possess these keys, have the power to adjust, to manipulate, and to change these societies. However, for centuries, women were withheld from creating their own myths and truths. Those who could access the “word” imposed their own myths upon all “others.” However, women’s existence depends on their power to use the “word.” In this presentation, SRJC English Faculty Dr. Purnur Ozbirinci will argue that women can only exist as equals when their myths are retold and accepted equitably to link them to the contemporary social order. For this reason, it is our utmost duty to reveal the oppressive myths of the patriarchy to regain our own voice and to recreate our own myths. 



Art, Social Justice and the Radical Imaginary: A Talk by Favianna Rodriguez 

Monday, March 9, 12:00-2:00

12:00-1:00 - Burbank Black Box Theater 

1:00-2:00 - Hands-on art workshop, Intercultural Center, Pioneer Hall 

Art and culture surround us all the time. It shapes our identity and forges our collective imagination. Why is art so critical in today’s age of systemic racism and gender inequality? How can art challenge the status quo and promote ideas centered on dignity, joy and pleasure? Renowned and award-winning Bay Area artist and activist, Favianna Rodriguez, discusses how art can inspire, mobilize, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics alone can do. This lecture will be followed by a hands-on art workshop with Ms. Rodriguez which will include food/drinks and the opportunity to purchase Ms. Rodriguez’ art posters and have them signed by her.  



Preserving Institutional Memory: Women’s Legacy at SRJC  

Tuesday, March 10th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

In 2019, 39 SRJC faculty, 46 classified professionals, and 13 managers have taken advantage of an Early Retirement Initiative and retired from SRJC. These employees’ years of service total a staggering 1,962 years. Among those retirees were esteemed SRJC Women’s History Month Committee members who have dedicated their careers to empowering female-identifying SRJC colleagues and students. In this panel, we will hear from Psychology Faculty Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks, SRJC’s Director of Institutional Research KC Greaney, English Faculty Abby Bogomolny, and others, who have each served the College for over 20 years. Panelists will reflect on what it was like to work at SRJC as a woman, and intersectionally, if applicable, as a woman of color, as a queer woman, as a parent etc.; the biggest challenges they have faced; their most meaningful accomplishments; and their advice to future generations. 



Closing Equity Gaps: Integrating SRJC Student Data with Students' Experiences  

Thursday, March 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Welcome & Connect Center (Plover Hall Rm 531)  

As part of the Integrated Student Success Committee (ISSC), a branch of the Fall 2019 research inquiry teamwork centered on first-year student achievements. Surprising results were noted that revealed a lower success rate for specific female groups who are part of the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) and who identify as LGTBQ, white, African American, and Native American. Director of Assessment Services & Student Success Technologies, Michelle Vidaurri’s presentation will focus on this research and data to narrow down the criteria that result in a higher disproportionate impact for our first year, female students. Moreover, to learn more about how the campus can work to close these equity gaps, we will hear from a panel of SRJC students, so we can pair research and data with SRJC students’ experiences.  



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

Tuesday, March 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

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 Sonoma State University MA 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.



One Woman, One Vote – A PBS Documentary (Film Screening)

Monday March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Richard Call Building, PC 656

To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, SRJC Instructor Alice Roberti will be screening the PBS documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon and produced by Ruth Pollak, One Woman, One Vote (1995).


“Moon Mujeres” Painting Plática with Amanda Ayala

Wednesday March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center, Jacobs Hall PC 116

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sonoma County artist and SRJC alum Amanda Ayala will lead a Chicana-feminist themed painting workshop focused on the motif of la luna (the moon).


Iron Jawed Angels (Film Screening)

Monday March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Richard Call Building, PC 656

In celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, SRJC Instructor Alice Roberti will be screening, director Katja von Garnier’s Iron Clawed Angels (2004). The movie commemorates the contributions of the courageous women’s suffragettes who fought for American women’s citizenship and voting rights.