HPU to Celebrate International Women’s Day

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 18, 2016 – High Point University will join with the YWCA High Point, the Latino Family Center and World Relief High Point, in celebrating the city’s rich and diverse community of women at the International Women’s Day Celebration. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the YWCA High Point. The event is free and open to the public.

Jacqueline Zepeda, student dancer with the Latino Family Center Hispanic Folk Dance troupe, dances at the celebration last year.

Jacqueline Zepeda, student dancer with the Latino Family Center Hispanic Folk Dance troupe, dances at the celebration last year.

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration acknowledging the contributions of women to society and the importance of gender equality. This event will include food, music and performances representing the rich and diverse local activity that connects women from all over the world and make up the great “International City.” Performers and exhibits will include the Montagnard American Organization, the Twisted Dance Collective and digital storytelling projects from the High Point community.

HPU students in the service learning course “Feminist Theory and Praxis” have taken an active role in helping to plan this year’s event.

“In partnering with community programs that empower and address the needs of women, students have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of course concepts as they put feminist theory into action,” said Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies and assistant professor of English at HPU. “Last year was the first year we partnered with the YWCA and Latino Family Center to host the event, which was a great success. This year we hope for an even larger turnout as we have increased the number of performers and participants.”

HPU students involved in the project say the International Women’s Day Celebration will offer a fun atmosphere for people to gather around the common cause of improving the lives of women locally.

“This celebration is a unique way to learn about the different women in our city,” said HPU student Nicole Forman. “By speaking with the women, learning about their struggles and seeing their art, you really get an inside perspective on a culture other than your own.”

“Through this event, we will celebrate the inclusion of women from all walks of life, cultures and ethnicities that bring vibrancy to the city of High Point and the larger community,” said Citlaly Mora, director of the Women’s Resource Center at the YWCA High Point. “We want to recognize the movements for women’s rights globally and connect that back to our community.”

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