Campus reflects on Women's History Month celebration

Dr. Marisela Rosas Hemphill
Dr. Marisela Rosas Hemphill was the keynote speaker at the Women's History Month closing reception.

Radford University students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered on campus March 31 to celebrate the end of a rich and rewarding Women's History Month.

Throughout March, there were dozens of events across campus that engaged the campus community in reflection of women's countless contributions to society as well as their struggles and triumphs.

Events included the 10th anniversary dance performance of "Paradigm Shift;" the eighth annual play "Vagina Monologues; the 14th annual Circle of Life/Intergenerational Dialogue; as well as the 14th annual Her-Story Celebration.

Dr. and First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, wife of Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, was the keynote speaker at the reception. In her remarks, she reflected on those who encouraged her to chase her dreams.

"My mother knew that the higher education experience would not only be a means to a better life for her children, but it would provide the inspiration and knowledge for us to help others," Hemphill said. "And she was right. It was in college that I found my voice, just as the students in this room have found theirs."

Hemphill thanked all those who helped organize the Women's History Month events and congratulated the students who are minoring in Women's and Gender Studies.

"I challenge each of you to never give up," she told student attendees. "May you continue to make discoveries and ask questions that challenge the status quo and to be an agent of change in the process of bringing humanity one step closer to true equality."

The program concluded as Associate Professor of Psychology Sarah Hastings and Hemphill presented Women's and Gender Studies minor students Shannel Arellano, Michaela Scott and Caitlyn Busser with stoles.

Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Marisela Rosas Hemphill and College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Dean Kate Hawkins with Women's and Gender Studies minor students Shannel Arellano, Michaela Scott and Caitlyn Busser.

Apr 11, 2017
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