Women's Symposium Takes a Look at 'Being Brave'

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The Women's Empowerment Symposium will be held on on Monday, April 3. The theme this year is "Being Brave: Cultivating our Courage & Confidence." The event is open to all and offers a diverse day of activities, celebrates diversity and features keynote speaker Alexia Vernon, who will focus on bravery and using challenges to an advantage. Vernon is founder and president of Influencer Academy. Branded a "Moxie Maven" by the White House Office of Public Engagement for her unique and effective approach to women's leadership, Vernon has spent her life engaged in growing female leaders.


A diverse all-student panel will discuss feminism: what it means and how it's evolving. Members are: 

  • Emily Rice, '17 -Moderator
  • Bryn Bachmann '19
  • Dylan Cullen, '17
  • Morandah Garrett, '17
  • Absa Samba, '20
  • Sue Te, '19

Hands-on workshops including:

  • Stand Up & Negotiate Your Worth (presented by Alexia Vernon)
  • Using Entertainment to Change Public Opinion (presented by Population Media Center)
  • Self-Defense for Women by Women (presented by The Safety Team)
  • Mansplaining by Dan & Luke: Men as Allies (presented by Luke Lewis & Dan O'Hara)

A highlight of the day will be the afternoon poetry slam featuring Muslim Girls Making Change and faculty, student and staff presenters.

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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 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit  www.champlain.edu.