Environmental sustainability at centre of International Women’s Day event

The role of females in the field of sustainability will be at the centre of an event held at Brock University in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Women leaders in sustainability will gather on campus Friday, March 8 for a panel discussion during which they will share their experiences and provide insight into the field for interested members of the Brock community.

The discussion will be held in TH 253 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a light lunch to follow.

The interactive event is co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) through the Brock University Charter Agreement with Facilities Management.

Panelists include:

  • Julia Baird, Assistant Professor, ESRC, and Canada Research Chair
  • Carrie Beatty, Chief Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Town of Lincoln
  • Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, ESRC and Geography and Tourism Studies
  • Ellen Savoia, Senior Manager, Environmental Planning, Niagara Parks Commission
  • Natalie Green, Project Manager, Niagara River Remedial Action Plan
  • Mary Quintana, Director, Asset Management and Utilities, Brock University

Due to limited seating, individuals are asked to RSVP for the event on ExperienceBU. For anyone unable to attend, the event will livestreamed online.

Other Brock events related to International Women’s Day include:

Tuesday, March 5

Tampon Tuesday: Members of the Brock community are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day by learning about women living in poverty. Tampon Tuesday events will be taking place Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cat’s Kitchen and Bar in Niagara Falls, Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill in St. Catharines and Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse in Welland.

Brock representatives will be bringing the menstrual hygiene products collected from the University’s three-week-long drive to the St. Catharines event. Last-minute donations of pads and tampons can be dropped off to the bright pink and purple boxes located across Brock’s main and satellite campuses by Monday, March 4, or directly at one of the Tampon Tuesday event locations on or before Tuesday, March 5.

Wednesday, March 6

Brock Women in Business present The Rise: An event dedicated to recognizing and celebrating inspirational female business leaders in Canada, The Rise  highlights not their gender but their accomplishments and provides a platform for them to inspire and advise younger generations. The event is creating a safe space to have discussions about the issues and benefits of being a woman in the workplace and encouraging an honest dialogue about women. Before the panel discussion at 2 p.m., a limited number of students have the opportunity to meet with panel members in an informal setting. The free event runs until 4 p.m. in the Goodman Atrium. Register online.

COSC Female Get Together: In honour of International Women’s Day, Senior Lab Demonstrator and Co-ordinator Poling Bork is hosting a Computer Science Female Get Together.

Held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in TH 247, the event will bring together female faculty and staff with female students with a major or minor in Computer Science. The event is meant to help build connections in a field often dominated by men. To RSVP for the event, email pbork@brocku.ca

Friday, March 8

Vivek Shraya and the Queer Songbook Orchestra performance: As part of International Women’s Day, in conjunction with Brock Pride Week, Polaris Music Prize nominee Vivek Shraya will perform with 12-piece chamber pop ensemble the Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO).

The concert will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.

Tickets are $20 each, or $13 for students, and can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website. To prevent cost from being a barrier, free tickets are also available by contacting Brock Human Rights and Equity Advisor Michelle Poirier at mpoirier@brocku.ca

The event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Office and Women’s Campus Safety Grant. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

If you know of any additional International Women’s Day events happening at Brock, please send details to universitycom@brocku.ca

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