Womens Empowerment Symposium Set for March 7

Women's Empowerment Symposium - March 7, 2016

The Spring Symposium will bring together members of the Champlain College faculty, staff, students, alumni and community for learning and engaged discussion.

All are welcome.


Empowering Experiences

2 p.m., Argosy Gym, IDX Student Life Center. 

Diverse Perspectives: Developing Agency & Voice. A panel of professionals sharing their insights.

Panel Moderator: Linda Tarr-Whelan, Former UN Ambassador and U.S. Presidential Advisor, UN Status of Women Commissioner

Panelists: Rachel Arnold, Co-Director, Girl Develop It

Diana Gonzalez, State Representative, Winooski

Christine Hallquist, CEO Vermont Electric Corporation

Kate Williams, CEO of 1% of the Planet

Breakout Sessions & Interactive Resource Fair

3:40-5 p.m., Argosy Gymnasium, IDX Student Life 

Vermont Works for Women, Dress for Success, Hopeworks, Women Helping Battered Women, RAD Defense Training, Make a Change: Gender & Gaming, Mercy Connections, Change the Story, See Say Do Campaign, Champlain College Women's Center, Feminist Talk, Breakaway Game, Women's Leadership Council, Stop Human Trafficking and many more!

Recognizing Our Champions

5:15-5:30 p.m., Champlain Room, Center for Communication and Creative Media 

Join us in recognizing the members of our community who have made a difference for women-identified people on campus.

Keynote Speaker: Moni Basu, CNN Senior Journalist

5:30  p.m., Champlain Room. 

Finale: Girl Rising and Breakaway video game

7 p.m., Alumni Auditorium 

Learn how Champlain College is supporting initiatives that address barriers to education and gender equality. A Breakaway facilitator team will show a demonstration of their work around the world.

Professor Tanya Lee Stone will reflect on her experience adapting and expanding the film, Girl Rising, into a book. Both the film and the book seek to answer the question, "Why are 62 million girls around the world not being educated?" (Girl Rising, is a CNN produced film about issues women and young girls face around the world.)

Film showing: Girl Rising

Following the film, the Breakaway game facilitators will lead a Q&A session about the film and their work in gender agency and empowerment around the world.

Watch a short video capturing the events of the day:

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.