Residency Highlights 40 Years of Women's Accomplishments and Next Steps

By Lori McCaffrey

March 28, 2011

Women's Study Residency A group of 50 students, faculty, alumni and staff from the Northeast Center, Central New York Center, Hudson Valley Center and Metropolitan Center participated in the recent Women’s Study Residency at SUNY Empire State College. Highlights of the event, themed “Life Begins at 40: Celebrating Women's Studies at SUNY Empire State College,” included the keynote by Liz Abzug and workshops focused on how far women have come in the last 40 years (hardships, accomplishments, activism) and how women can continue to educate society, empower themselves and help initiate change that will impact future generations of both women and men.

The workshops were presented by current and retired faculty, professionals and students and covered topics such as Women and Technology, Occupational Segregation, and Online Community Activism. An inspiring luncheon panel featured Dr. Desiree Roberts, Dr. Miriam Russell, Dr. Margaret Craft Ditch and OCGR VP Mary Caroline Powers who told their individual stories of "nonretirement," the ways they have professionally and personally reinvented themselves and how the women's movement influenced their careers and life choices.

Additionally, an Open Mic/Poetry Slam night hosted by CNY faculty member and artist Peggy Lynn featured Lynn presenting her original songs to illustrate the important role women played in shaping the history of New York state and their accomplishments. Most of the students and faculty participating took turns reading poems, singing songs and telling stories.

At the closing session, students shared their impressions of the residency and agreed that experience had been “educational, empowering and inspiring.”

It is worth noting that the residency was substantially "green" this year. Efforts included providing students with reusable, recyclable mugs to use instead of plastic or paper products, decreasing the number of handouts and paper materials and hiring a caterer who uses local produce, free-trade coffee and recyclable and sustainable products, including plates made from palm leaves.

Pictured is Dr. Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Director of Academic Support at the Northeast Center, presenting her workshop, A Cross Generational View of Women and Technology

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