The Center for Women and Community (formerly Everywoman’s Center) has provided leadership and advocacy to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Five Colleges, and Hampshire County since 1972.
All are welcome to join in celebrating “Our Story” as we turn 50!
Our Story: CWC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Throughout the day, were joined by performers and campus and community leaders celebrating CWC’s historical impact throughout Hampshire County and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The Supporting Our Story Award were given to key supporters in recognition of their contributions to EWC/CWC. Award recipients included UMass and community partners who have supported the mission and helped the organization be what it is today.
All EWC/CWC/and WOCLN Alumni were invited to stay until 4:45pm for open mic, group photos, and to reconnect with old friends.
CWC is delighted to mark this anniversary by awarding the new CWC YIS Scholarship. YIS: Your Intervention Strategies represent bystander options to make a difference in our community. We awarded two UMass undergraduates who have stepped up as active bystanders using YIS strategies.
10:30 am: Claire Sheedy, Speaker of the Senate for SGA
11:00 am: Elena Cohen, District Director on behalf of MA State Senator Jo Comerford
11:30 am: Patricia Lee Lewis, Founder, Everywoman’s Center and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
12:00 pm: Carol Wallace, Former Director, Everywoman’s Center and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
12:30 pm: Michelle Goncalves, Founder and Executive Director of UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
1:00 pm :“Note-orious” Acapella Group, UMass
1:30 pm: Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, UMass, Our Shared Story Award Recipient
2:00 pm: Karen Lederer, Former Undergraduate Advisor in the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department (WGSS) and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
2:30 pm: Marisa Pizii, Deputy Director of Programs and Policy with Collective Power for Reproductive Justice and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
3:00 pm: Brandi Hephner-LaBanc, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life
3:30 pm: 1st Annual YIS Scholarship Awardees
4:00 pm: Shelly Perdomo -Amhed Former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
4:15 pm: Amanda Suzzi-Simmons, Vice President, Graduate Student Senate
4:30 pm: Patricia Cardoso-Erase, Deputy Dean of Students and Supporting Our Story Award Recipient
4:45 pm: Alumni Hour begins (Open mic, group photos, and more)
5:30 pm: Iréne “I-Shea” Shaikly, Drummer, Artist, and UMass & CWC Alumni