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BSU, NTC to recognize Women's History Month

Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College will honor March as Women’s History Month along with International Women’s Day on March 8.

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BEMIDJI — Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College will honor March as Women’s History Month along with International Women’s Day on March 8.

“As we look forward to International Women’s Day, the events of our time are a reminder not only of the issues women continue to face, but also of everything we have overcome,” President Faith Hensrud said in a release.

Recognizing this year’s women’s history month celebrations during a period of worldwide turmoil, Hensrud continued, “the privilege to rejoice in the accomplishments of women, while honoring each other and our futures, is a hopeful reminder that turmoil can be overcome and that together we can build a more equitable world for all.”

Nicholas Taylor, BSU/NTC interim affirmative action officer, emphasized the importance of elevating women’s work along with representation within both institutions.

“Women have played – and continue to play – a vital role in the educational systems of Minnesota,” Taylor said in a release. “Representation matters (...) We can and must do better with supporting women on our campuses, in our community and especially in addressing the health and safety of queer and Indigenous women in our state.”

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BSU and NTC’s Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organizes annual educational events for Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

Two reading-and-conversation sessions will focus on women in teaching.

Dr. Judith Zatkin, assistant professor of psychology, will facilitate “Purim, Feminism and Sexual Double Standards” from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in Hagg-Sauer Hall.

Ashley Charwood, assistant professor of social work, will lead a social work-focused session from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in Bensen Hall.

Both sessions are also available by Zoom, and are free and open to the public.

Additionally, NTC will display “Women Who Changed My Life” message boards across campus, which will be available for students, faculty and staff to leave messages to the women who have impacted their lives.

“We honor the pioneering women who have paved the way for us,” Dr. Solar Hong, director of diversity, equity and inclusion, said in a release. “We celebrate the brave women who have been standing up for us, and we will continue our fight for justice, equal rights for every woman and every human.”

More information can be found at www.bemidjistate.edu and www.ntcmn.edu .

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