Month-long celebration of women's history culminates with Women's Fair March 31

March 26, 2015

Throughout the month of March, Penn State York has celebrated Women’s History Month with a variety of panel discussions from women’s health and fitness to talking about issues related to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Ally (LGBTQIA) community and the issues faced by members of this group. The culminating event in the month-long celebration, is the third annual Women’s Fair:  Beauty, Brains and Body, set from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. The women’s fair is free and open to the public.
“Women’s History Month at Penn State York is designed to educate the campus and the community on the unique issues that women face,” said Jessica Petrie financial aid coordinator and a co-chair of the campus’ Women’s History Month celebration. “Our Women’s Fair: Beauty, Brains and Body, brings together resources that women can use either now or in the future that focus on the well-being of the whole person.”  

Petrie, along with Kristin Cole, assistant professor of English and chairperson of the campus diversity committee, and Cynthia Jones, administrative support assistant in student affairs, are the co-chairs of the Women’s History Month committee on campus.

Highlights of the fair include a student makeover by York’s Dress for Success; a poetry reading by Carla Christopher-Waid; York city poet laureate emerita; and a yoga demonstration by Kerry Magni, a kinesiology faculty member who teaches yoga and other courses at York campus.

The fair will bring together a variety of community and campus organizations, including Access York/Victim’s Assistance Center, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Community Progress Council of York, York Dress for Success, the National Organization for Women (NOW), Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Planned Parenthood, Spring Garden Police Department, and the York Social Dance Studio.  

Information tables stocked with a variety of materials about Penn State York programs will also be available, and representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

A PowerPoint presentation, featuring a history of women at Penn State (including the York campus), created by Deborah Eicher-Catt, professor of communication arts and sciences at the York campus, will also be shown at the fair.

Last Updated March 26, 2015