Ella T. Grasso Awards

Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 3 pm | Student Center, Theatre

The Ella T. Grasso Distinguished Service Awards recognize members of the campus and local community whose actions promote women’s rights and gender equality. The Keynote Speaker for this year’s ceremony is Attorney Michelle Cruz who, with over twenty years of experience, has worked with crime victims in a variety of roles and most notably as Connecticut’s Second State Victim Advocate. This year’s award recipients are: Erika Sanchez, Dr. Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, and Ms. Lee Ellen Terry. We asked what they think their legacies will be:

Student Award Recipient: Erika Sanchez
“My legacy is to encourage others to embrace their culture and take pride in their roots. I aim to honor women who have silently contributed to history. I am because they were. Lastly, I want to make mi gente (my Mexican people) and my mom proud, so they know that all their sacrifices were not made in vain. I want to uplift, support and encourage them in any way I can.”

Faculty Award Recipient: Dr. Cara Bergstrom-Lynch
“My legacy, on a professional level is to inspire my students to practice and take what I’ve tried to instill about diversity, activism, and critical consciousness, into the world. On a personal level, my daughters are my legacy. Everything I teach them about, that relates to gender, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and social justice goes back to how I want the world to be for them.”

Community Award Recipient: Lee Ellen Terry
“My legacy is to honor those in my past who have loved and inspired me to be an example for her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends — to continue the work that punctuated my career, for economic well-being, fairness and justice.”

CT Women’s Hall of Fame: A Reflection

Post Contributor: Yamundow Jatta

On February 19th, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame was invited by the Women’s Center to present at Eastern Connecticut State University. Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is an educational outreach organization whose mission is to publicly honor the achievements of Connecticut women. They preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls.

During this event, we learned a lot about many women in Connecticut that have done amazing things but are often lost or overlooked by history books. The speaker that came on this day was particularly focused on the achievement of black women throughout history. From Jewel Plummer Cobb, who led the way for equal access to education and professional opportunities for women and minorities, to Denise Lynn Nappier, a woman of firsts: she was the first woman elected State Treasurer in Connecticut history, the first African American woman elected State Treasurer in the United States, and the first African American woman elected to any statewide office in Connecticut.

Although we wish more came to learn about the amazing women that are from our very own state, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame has a website that can be accessed by anyone. For those that missed the event, they can read all about these amazing women online.

Students that attended this event were very interested in the topics discussed. Since it was a small group, it was more interactive with questions being asked and answered throughout the presentation. Overall, I would say the event was a success but we would like to see more people attend it next time. Next time we hope to collaborate with the Women’s Studies professors, who can give out extra-credit to students that attend the event.

Confidence Talk

CWHF LogoThursday, February 19, 2015 | 1 pm – 2 pm | Student Center, Room 115

Join us for a talk with a presenter from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame about women who have overcome great adversity within their lives. Attendees will learn about various women through history, including: Marian Anderson, Denise Nappier, Jewel Plummer Cobb, and Martha Franklin. To learn more about the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, you check out their website. Their mission is to publicly honor the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public, and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. This event is free and open to the public. People of all genders are encouraged to attend.