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Women’s History Month…more!

Honoring Women’s History Month, World Down Syndrome Day, Trans Women…more!

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Women’s History Month 2023 & OSJD

Celebrate Women’s History Month 2023 with the Office for Social Justice and Diversity (OSJD)! This March and year-round, we acknowledge women and womanhood at the intersection of race, sexuality, faith, spirituality and ethnicity. Join us for collaborative, campus-wide events with student organizations, academic departments and student affairs offices. Check Them Out!

Honoring Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a month-long celebration of the many inspiring women who have made significant contributions to the world. It is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the achievements of women from all walks of life and across all disciplines. This month also serves to educate and empower people of all genders to understand the history of gender discrimination, as well as to recognize the ongoing challenges women still face in many areas of life. It is a time to celebrate the progress we have made and to work together to create a more equitable and inclusive future. Let’s use this month to honor the many brilliant and brave women who have changed the course of history! We Stand Together.

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Trans & Non-Binary in Women’s History

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. However, very often Trans and Non-Binary individuals are overlooked in the retelling of history. The theme for Women’s History Month 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” Let us learn more about these remarkable persons’ stories and contributions. Get the Details.

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Women’s History Month Flag Raising

Today we kicked off a month of commemorating women in history for their sacrifices, contributions and successes! This year’s theme is “Women Who Tell Our Stories” to celebrate how women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history, including caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic. We had students from various backgrounds and identities share their perspectives on the importance of women’s history month with a proclamation read by Dr. Dawn Soufleris and a selection by Jasmin Holmes. See the Photos!

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All Femme Everything

Come celebrate all forms of womanhood, sisterhood and femininity at the OSJD’s celebration of Women’s History Month, All Femme Everything, Thursday, March 23, 5-7 p.m., School of Communication and Media, Presentation Hall. All Femme Everything will be a talent showcase in honor of this year’s theme, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” where women of all intersecting identities will share their talents for the Montclair community. If you’re a woman-identified dancer, singer, rapper, actress, musician, DJ, poet or any other type of creative and would like to be a part of All Femme Everything, please submit an audition form. Show Us Your Talent!

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Sorority History is Women’s History

For generations, the sorority experience has enhanced the college experience. The American sorority experience was started by many of the brave women who were among the first to attend colleges and established women’s fraternities (sororities) to create communities of empowerment, education and opportunity for their members within the walls of higher learning. Throughout the history of sororities one can find women who have been trailblazers and pioneers in our history. We invite you to learn more about the impact of the Sorority experience in the history of higher education and our nation, their alumni, understand each of their histories, legacies and potential through Montclair State University’s 19 sororities of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), The United Greek Coalition (UGC) and The Local Council (TLC) as we honor them this Women’s History Month. Go Greek!

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World Down Syndrome Day

Tuesday, March 21, marks World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which results in Down Syndrome. Learn More.

Forget Me Not

Additionally, join the Disability Caucus on Wednesday, March 22, 5:30-8 p.m., University Hall, Room 1070, for a screening of the film Forget Me Not, with a post-film panel discussion on the systematic segregation of students with Down Syndrome in schools and the ongoing efforts to increase educational equity for students with disabilities. Register Now!

Safe Space Training

Safe Space Training is a program that provides attendees with information and tools to combat homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism and heterosexism. As a participant, you will reflect on your own experiences to enhance your personal and professional development, provide further education and identify ways to create change on campus and beyond. Next Safe Space training will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2-5 p.m., Student Center, Room 419. Register Today!

Workshop Request

The OJSD Workshop Request form is live for the spring semester! The form will close on Friday, March 31. We at the OSJD ask that all submitted requests be submitted at least four weeks before your requested date. This allows us time to secure an educator and adequately communicate with everyone. At this time, we are only allowing two requests per person.

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This Edition’s Contributors!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the March 2023 edition of Incl(us)ion News!

Darius W. Edwards, M.A., Janaye Taylor, Devan DePue, Dr. Monica Taylor, Claudio Josuel Alejo and Dr. Priya Lalvani.