Women's History Month


Edinboro University will mark Women’s History Month with a series of presentations highlighting the unique legacies, accomplishments and struggles of women.

Edinboro University's Women's History Month programming includes:

Dr. Melinda Brennan

Intersectionality at the Crossroads of Gender and Race: Material Support Across Difference

Wednesday, March 3, at 4 p.m. 

Dr. Melinda Q. Brennan, assistant chair of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present on the topic of intersectionality. The term refers to the discrimination and disadvantages that affect people from overlapping social categories, such as race, class or gender, as well as people with disabilities or the LGBTQ+ community.

The virtual presentation is being held as part of Slippery Rock University's Diversity Management Speaker Series. Members of the Edinboro University and SRU communities can register for the event by completing the online form, after which they will receive a Zoom link via email to access the event.

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Prabhu and Spraggins

Self-Care for BIPOC Women

Thursday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m.

Catch a reairing of this fall 2020 discussion, followed by a live Zoom session with Edinboro alum Angelica Spraggins, MA. Spraggins joined Dr. Shraddha Prabhu, assistant professor in Edinboro’s Department of Social Work, for a discussion on the importance of self-care for women of color.

Angelica Joyelle Spraggins is an alumni of Edinboro University and is one of Erie’s 40 under 40 for 2020. She is one of the founding member of Erie's Black Wall Street and a fierce, relentless advocate for equity. She also serves as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services.

Dr. Prabhu's teaching and research focus on issues related to intersectionality, diversity and inequity, trauma exposure and resilience. Her advocacy efforts focus on centering experiences of those who experience marginalization and continue to lead the fight for equity.


Norman and Rinfrette

Self-Care: What, Why and How

Tuesday, March 16, at 4 p.m.

Take time to rewatch this popular dialogue from fall 2020 featuring Edinboro faculty members Sujata Norman (Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education) and Dr. Elaine Rinfrette (Social Work Department). Norman and Rinfrette present the importance of self-care during the pandemic with mindfulness techniques that will help you deal with stress and anxiety – and create a quality of malleability without breaking you down.


National Pan-Hellenic Council

The Women of the National PanHellenic Council (D9)

Thursday, March 18 

Ms. Monika Brooks, California State University - East Bay will discuss D9 sororities throughout history: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


Tres Vidas

Tres Vidas

Tuesday, March 23, at 4 p.m

Edinboro University presents "Tres Vidas," a virtual show featuring actress Rosa Rodriguez and a core ensemble of cello, piano and percussion, followed by a Zoom interaction with Rodriguez.

The performance is based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Music ranges from traditional Mexican folk and Argentine tango songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latino composers. 

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Women and social change

Women and Social Change

Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. - Closing Keynote

Edinboro professor Dr. Rhonda Matthews and Edinboro alumna Dr. Jess Leveto will speak to the current reality of women in America, touching on political and social activism, COVID-19's impact on the lives of women and other relevant topics. Dr. Leveto is a member of the Sociology Department at Kent State Ashtabula.

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The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Frank G. Pogue Student Center
405 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-2912

Dr. Terrence Mitchell
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Suite 213
Email: tamitchell@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-1259