The Niagara College community recognizes and supports gender equality both on and off campus, but students can expect some additional recognition of this important topic on Friday, March 8 for International Women’s Day (IWD), a day acknowledged by the United Nations, that is celebrated in more than 100 countries, recognizing the achievements of women and calling gender parity to action.
“Our goal of celebrating International Women’s Day on campus is to raise awareness about what it means, to celebrate the accomplishments of women, and discuss what we can do as a whole to work towards equality for everyone,” said student transition program coordinator Dana Brown. “We have come a long way but we have to work together as a whole to overcome the gender equality challenges that still exist.”
Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) and NC’s International Division are working collaboratively to offer an IWD event, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring cupcake and flower giveaways. The event will take place at both campuses: the foyer of the Segal International Centre at the Welland Campus and the Glass Activity Room at the Niagara-on-the-lake campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the booth to share what IWD means to them, take a picture with the official hashtags, or write a note of encouragement to share on social media.
“Having a diverse student population, many students may not know this special day exists and we simply want to let them know what it’s about, how they can get involved, reflect on what it means to them, and celebrate the women in their lives,” said Brown.
Matthew Franko, a first-year NC Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film student, has been volunteering his video production expertise with CSEL to gain more experience in his field of study. Franko will be helping CSEL record interviews with students, staff and faculty on Friday regarding what IWD means to them, which will be used to create a video to be shared on CSEL’s social media at a later date.
NC’s Welland Campus Athletics Centre will be decorated for IWD on Friday, March 8 as eight college-level women’s volleyball teams from across Canada – including the NC Knights – compete for the 41st annual Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s National Volleyball Championship. The theme of Friday’s game will be in support of IWD and fans can anticipate swag giveaways during the game. The game is free for NC students, $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free and all are welcome to celebrate IWD by cheering on female athletes from across Canada.
Later this month, Niagara College will also participate in a gender equality forum in Santiago, Chile and contribute to global dialogue surrounding gender and social inclusion.