HPU and YWCA of High Point Celebrate International Women’s Day

Community members enjoyed food, vendors and dance performances by various groups.

HPU Women’s and Gender Studies student Lyndsey Clos took part in the fourth annual International Women’s Day Celebration, presenting research to community members.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 16, 2018 – Music, performances and food from all over the world brought together women from the city of High Point for the fourth International Women’s Day Celebration hosted by High Point University and the YWCA High Point on March 14.

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration acknowledging the contributions of women to society and the importance of gender equality. HPU students took an active role in planning this year’s event to help celebrate the city of High Point’s rich and diverse community of women.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for the event and the enthusiasm from the community,” says Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies and assistant professor of English at HPU. “Students in three different Women’s and Gender Studies courses presented their work and research and had the chance to engage with the performers and guests.”

Performers and exhibits included UNCG’s Latinx Dance Group, Ritmos Peruanos, members of the Twisted Dance Collective, and student performances from the Latino Family Center.

“I am encouraged to keep this going and to keep expanding it since the High Point community is really receptive to celebrating women and culture,” says Citlaly Mora, senior director of the YWCA’s Women’s Resource Center and Latino Family Center. “I love to see the HPU students out, interacting and taking part in the community beyond campus. The event wouldn’t be possible without Dr. Brandt’s leadership and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program partnership that allows people to enjoy and celebrate but also be aware that there is still more to do.”

Community members enjoyed food, vendors and dance performances by various groups.

HPU student Douglas McCollum speaks to a crowded room at the International Women’s Day Celebration.

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