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Women’s History Month at SBU Celebrates Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Women's history month. women of different ages, nationalities and religions come together. vector.

Women's history month. women of different ages, nationalities and religions come together. vector.

Stony Brook University is celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a variety of educational, social and cultural programs following this year’s theme, “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”

The annual tradition kicked off March 6 with the Opening Celebration Luncheon in Ballroom A of the Student Activities Center. It featured a panel discussion, student performances and giveaways. The day also included workshop sessions and other events focused on women’s empowerment and self-care, held at various locations on campus.

The panel discussion included two women who have been influential leaders at Stony Brook: Arnika Edwards, assistant athletics director of Student-Athlete Career and Leadership Development, and Unity Watts-Bailey, interim director of Residential Education for Apartments and Suites. The talk was moderated by Judy Jaquez, co-chair of the Women’s History Month Committee and associate director for Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement (DICE).

The talk revealed the unique career journeys Edwards and Watts-Bailey have had and reviewed the challenges and successes they’ve faced, along with the many ways their intersectional identities have influenced their lives and careers.

Jazela Wright, third-place winner at the 2024 Black History Month Open Mic and Spoken Word Competition, delivered her spoken word performance. Wright is a junior majoring in English and minoring in creative writing. She is the Vice President of BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ), a student organization, and is also a writer/editor for Black World magazine and a copy editor for The Statesman.

Jayleen Garcia provided a vocal performance at the event. Garcia, a junior majoring in mathematics, is a residential assistant in Tabler Community, treasurer of the Caribbean Student Organization, a peer assistant leader and office assistant for New Student & Transition Programs, a WISE mentor, and part of the Black & Latina Women’s Initiative.

Other events will take place throughout the month. Visit the Women’s History Month website for the latest event information.

Women’s History Month is an annual Stony Brook tradition that highlights the achievements of women, raises awareness against bias, and promotes social action for equality. It is coordinated by Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement and presented by the Women’s History Month Committee.

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