HPU and YWCA to Host International Women’s Day Celebration

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HIGH POINT, N.C., March 8, 2017 – High Point University will join with the YWCA High Point 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 March 15 at the YWCA High Point. The event is free and open to the public.

During last year’s event, attendees enjoyed a performance by the Helix ATS Troupe from Twisted Dance Studios.

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 Cambodian dancers, Ritmos Peruanos, members of the Twisted Dance Collective and digital storytelling projects from the Latino Family Center.

HPU students and faculty have taken an active role in helping to plan this year’s event.

“This is the third year that we’ve partnered with the YWCA on organizing the International Women’s Day Celebration, and we see it as not only a chance to highlight the contributions and achievements of women in our community, but also as an opportunity to bring about global awareness of women’s issues,” said Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies and assistant professor of English at HPU. “It’s a great way for our students to interact with the community, while also bringing the community into our academic programs. It truly is a partnership.”

“The Women’s Resource Center wants to use this as an opportunity to uplift the women in our community who represent different backgrounds, cultures and experiences with an inclusive celebration that recognizes their value and worth in our world and for High Point,” said Citlaly Mora, manager of the Women’s Resource Center. “It’s a day recognized and commemorated around the globe that highlights women’s achievements, history and the progress left to be made for equality. High Point is no exception and this is just one of many ways we can show our support for all women who reside here.”

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