Written by Jordan Sakal
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will be holding eight University Hour events during the spring 2014 semester. The University Hour series includes events held by campus offices or clubs to build awareness on campus of ongoing issues in society. The events are held from 3 to 4 p.m on Wednesdays. at various locations on campus.
The first event is a seminar on women and wealth set to occur Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. Hosted by the Women's Center, the event will help women plan for a healthy financial future.
The semester's second event will occur Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., also in the Student Center Theatre. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the event "Half of Me" discusses diversity issues on campus focused on the LGBTQ community.
The semester's third event is "A Conversation with Maurice Clarett." Hosted by the Office of Equity and Diversity in the Student Center Theatre, the former Ohio State University football star discusses his rise to stardom playing college football and the lifestyle he chose that resulted in four years in prison.
Eastern Connecticut State University's Pride Room, Women's Center, Intercultural Center and Office of Equity and Diversity will host Division 1 basketball player Kye Allums on March 5 in the Student Center Theatre. Allums, is the first transgender Division I NCAA athlete. He will discuss the challenges and triumphs of coming out as a transgender individual with his coaches, teammates and family.
March 12 brings the Girl Rising Project to Eastern, as the Women's Center hosts a groundbreaking feature film in the Student Center Theatre that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.
On March 26, Chief Justice Chase Rogers of the Connecticut Supreme Court visits Eastern to discuss women and access to justice. The event is hosted by the Women's Center in the Student Center Theatre and seeks to empower women and teach them about their legal rights and responsibilities.
Interpersonal violence affects everyone in society. On April 9 in the Student Center Theatre, Eastern remembers those who survived, faced or lost their lives to intimate partner and sexual violence. Join the Women's Center for a discussion on current issues relating to interpersonal violence and a community response that empowers all to use their voice, their influence and their actions to become a part of the solution to interpersonal violence.
April 23 is the semester's final University Hour and will cover "The Economic Argument for Ethnic Studies" with host Jim Estrada. The event seeks to enrich professionals so that they become culturally aware of the changing world around them as business becomes increasingly more diverse, multinational and multiethnic.
All University Hour events are free of charge and open to the public.