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Heritage & Health Series Program

Women's History Month 2018 "Together for Justice"

Lecture Series I: Muslim Artist, Activist, and Author Samina Ali

Thursday, March 1
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

10-11 a.m.  Artist-in-residence Samina Ali's TEDTalk now has nearly two million views -- and her breakthrough novel Madras on Rainy Days was among the first novels published by a Muslim woman in America. Join her for a continuing discussion of the role of Muslim Women in America and worldwide.

12 noon-1 p.m. Our author in residence, Samina Ali is the world famous curator of the critically-acclaimed exhibition  Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices. Sponsored by the Global Fund for Women, this exhibition is a groundbreaking collection of thought pieces and artwork from contemporary Muslim women from around the world who are defining their own identities and, in the process, shattering pervasive stereotypes. Samina’s presentation will focus on both her work and the work of contemporary Muslim women artists in resistance to fundamentalism globally.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Join our artist-in-residence --celebrated novelist, activist, and curator Samina Ali-- for a continued lecture/discussion regarding the role of Muslim Women in America and worldwide.

Assertiveness 101: How To Get What You Need In Relationships

Monday, March 5
12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

Do you have trouble getting your needs met or knowing what your needs are? Do you have trouble saying "no"? Are you afraid to speak up about something important to you? Come learn tools from Foothill College Psychological Services & Personal Counseling counselors Alexis Donato, MFT and Lisa Slede, MFT that are intended to help you understand assertiveness, express your needs, and take steps to getting them met.

College Hour: Woman Warrior Concert

Wednesday, March 7
12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (2201)

Join the Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen in kicking off this special College Hour event. Come expecting lots of excitement and leave empowered after hearing the well-known and inpsiring Woman Warrior song and other songs by Osunfemi! Hailing from Oakland CA., Osunfemi is a Sweet Water, Neo Soul-Hip Hop Vocalist and Songwriter. Melodies and lyrics flow from the universe, to crown, to paper, to beautiful music. Believing in the transformative power of words and blessed with a musical bloodline, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri is ready to deliver her healing sound of Woman Warrior. Complimentary refreshments served.

Workshop: Self-Defense Clinic

Wednesday, March 7
1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

Learn about world-class street-smart self-defense training for all ages, fitness and skill levels. Instructor Cordelia Clancy packs a powerful skill set for teaching others how to address the dangers of violent crime. Clancy was the first female hand-to-hand combat instructor to train security for the Pentagon's top-ranked General. In addition, Clancy has been called upon to train law enforcement, military special forces and homeland security personnel. Her passion remains empowering people with the skills and street-smarts to "Be your own Bodyguard."

The Evolvement of the #MeToo Movement and its Impact Around the World: International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8
12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Toyon Room (Room 2020)

In 2017, women around the world shared their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault in response to the #MeToo tweet. But did you know that the #MeToo Movement actually started in 2006? Foothill College We for She Club members will present how #MeToo Movement evolved, what the movement is about, and more! In spirit of International Women’s Day, We for She Club will present how #MeToo affected women globally. Attend and learn about the movement that has affected millions around the world!

Lecture Series II: Nonverbal & Verbal Communication in the Workplace

Monday, March 12
4-5 p.m.
Location: Foothill College Sunnyvale Center, 1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale, Room 204

Please join Foothill College Communication Studies Instructor Che Meneses for a collaborative, dynamic and candid conversation addressing verbal and non-verbal forms of sexual harassment in the workplace. This informative discussion covers key information that includes what people can do to train and inform each other to assume a responsible, professional, and equitable approach in dealing with workplace sexual harassment and how to identify appropriate versus inappropriate workplace communication.

Workshop: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Tuesday, March 13
10-11:15 a.m.
Location: Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

As seen by the #MeToo Movement, sexual harassment is a prevalent issue, including in the workplace. This workshop is dedicated to bringing awareness of sexual harassment at work. Foothill College We for She Club members will present on the differences of sexual harassment, sexual assault, signs of sexual harassment, and the impact it has on employees, followed by a Know Your Rights section presented by sexual harassment lawyer, Katrina Saleen.

Meet the Artist Reception: House of Books Series: Botswana & Lesotho, Southern Africa
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Wednesday, March 14
2-3 p.m.
Location: Foothill College Hubert H. Semans Library

Come meet and hear from Lesley Louden, the artist whose art will be displayed in the Foothill College Hubert H. Semans Library throughout March, and see her exhibit which features a series of photographs of students, teachers, and parents in primary schools in Botswana and Lesotho that observed the simultaneous focus on modern education as well as the importance of the preservation of cultural tradition for students and families. Artist Lesley Louden received her BFA in photography from Ohio Wesleyan University, her MA in photo-media from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and her MFA in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lesley teaches photography at Foothill College, West Valley-Mission College, and Cabrillo College. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Lecture Series III: Women's Activism, from the Progressive Movement to #MeToo

Thursday, March 15
10 a.m.-12 noon
Location: Council Chambers (Room 2018)

The #MeToo movement has sparked interest in women's activism, but this is not the first time that women have taken to the streets and the media to attempt to bring about change. One of the great periods of change was the Progressive Era in the United States, which culminated in the right of women to vote.  How significant were women in the Progressive Movement, locally and nationally? And how did this movement influence the international movements with similar goals? Hear from Professor & Chair, Departments of History & Women's Studies, Foothill College Secretary, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Dolores Davison and feel empowered!

Film Festival: Pre-Law Club; The Hunting Ground

Thursday, March 15
12 noon-2 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers (Room 2018)

Hosted and facilitated by the Pre-Law club, The Hunting Ground is a documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States and what its creators say is a failure of college administrations to deal with it adequately.

Women’s Empowerment: #MeToo Dinner, Dance, Guest Speakers, and Fashion Show

Friday, March 16
6-10 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (2201)

On March 16th, International Student Connection Club is hosting a #MeToo supporting event in the Dining Hall (Foothill Cafeteria), from 6 to 8 pm,  followed by the Dance Party afterwards. The event will have 7 different cuisines, a fashion show, and guest speakers. The "Me Too" movement spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment against females, especially in the workplace. March is declared as Women's History Month, and highlights the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.  Please join us to celebrate all women around the world, and demonstrate support for gender equity!

Women's Empowerment Book Tour: Enough As She Is

Tuesday, March 20
7-9 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre

Best-selling author and girl expert Rachel Simmons will share strategies to help girls move beyond impossible standards of success to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.

College Hour: Women's emPOWERment Drum Gathering

Thursday, March 22nd
12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (2201)

As a destress before finals, women's empowerment is a full body experience.  Feeling and being empowered comes from within, and drumming is one resource of 'tuning in' to your body, to your thoughts, to your focus and to your clarity.  As the San Francisco Bay Area organization, Women Drummer's International puts it, drumming is a way "to empower women and girls in all aspects of their lives through the message of the drum, which represents not only a musical experience, but a cultural and healing experience as well."  Please acknowledge that while this event is supporting the empowerment of women, all gender identities are welcome!

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