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Spring 2018 Schedule

We hope you will join us at our events this semester!
Email reminders with details will be sent to students prior to each event. Any questions, please email iwl@nichols.edu.

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January: Motivation and Leadership Month

  • IWL Open House ~ Thursday January 18, 2018 1:00-2:30 pm
    Campus invite to stop by the IWL for refreshments and to learn more about the IWL’s activities and plans.
  • Movie Night: The Post ~ Tuesday January 23, 2018 3:30-6:30 pm
    Student are welcome to join the IWL on a trip Blackstone Valley Cinema de Lux tin Millbury to see The Post starting Meryl Streep, keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Katharine Graham (Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers—and very freedom—to help bring long-buried truths to light.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday January 24, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    First monthly Women of Nichols Lean In Circle of the semester offering motivation, learning, support and connections with other female students in a supportive, open environment. Topic: Reset Your Mindset; Activity: DIY Heat Pack
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Meeting ~ Thursday January 25, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    Monthly meeting for the 2017-2018 panel to plan.
  • Conversation Project Breakfast ~ Monday January 29, 2018 10:30-11:30 am
    Conversation Projects are gatherings where students have the opportunity to meet and network with visiting professionals in a comfortable, conversational setting. Guest: Brittany Wagner, motivation expert, Last Chance U star. In collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement.
  • Conversation Project Lunch ~ Monday January 29, 2018 1:15-2:30 pm
    Guest: Pam Borton, leadership coach, D1 basketball coach. In collaboration with the SMGT Department.
          Lead In Session for Staff/Faculty ~ 12:00-1:15 pm
          Conversation Project (in Davis 205/207) ~ 1:30-2:15 pm

 February: Black History Month

  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday February 5, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.
  • Goal Setting Workshop ~ Tuesday February 6, 2018 9:30-10:30 pm
    Nichols student volunteers mentor a group of middle school age students on goal setting for their future. Held at Grace Academy in Hartford, CT.
  • Awareness Event ~ Friday February 9, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Opening of the Winter Olympics. Highlighting the difference between men’s and women’s events.
  • Awareness Event ~ Wednesday February 14, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Why you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day: highlighting offensive pick-up lines used toward women and raising awareness of how to avoid using them.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Thursday February 15, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Topic: Group Think-tank; Activity: Bring a male counterpart to discuss how poverty affects men and women differently.
  • Awareness Event ~ Wednesday February 21, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Highlighting the wage gap that exists for black women. As a part of Black History Month.
  • Social Justice Series ~ Thursday February 22, 2018 3:45 pm
    The Social Justice Speaker Series aims to explore how wealth, opportunity, and privilege are distributed in society and how ethnic origin, gender, economic status, race, religion, etc., can limit or advance individuals and groups. Speaker: Christina Bain, Director of the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery at Babson College. She studies the role of businesses to combat human trafficking; the growth of the black market trade in human organs, and its relationship to human trafficking; and the impact of climate change on trafficking. In collaboration with the Fisher Institute and CJM Department
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Meeting ~ Thursday February 22, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    Monthly meeting for the 2017-2018 panel to plan.
  • Ann Taylor Loft Event ~ Sunday February 25, 2018 5:30-8:30 pm
    A fashion show for students to understand and find clothing to fit the business casual model. Put on by Ann Taylor Loft of Millbury.
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Monday February 26,  2018 5:00-7:00 pm
    Guest: Tori Sadler. CEO & designer of TORI NICOLE® hand bags. Via Skype.
  • Film Series ~ Wednesday February 28, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    A film will be shown in the IWL Suite. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

March: Women’s History Month

  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday March 5, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.
  • Women’s Overnight Dinner ~ Monday March 5, 2018 5:00-6:00 pm
    Prospective accepted female students are invited to dinner in the IWL Suite during their overnight stay on campus to learn about the added resource available to them.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday March 7, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Topic: Sexual Harassment; Activity: Homemade Hand Scrub
  • College Connection Mentoring Program/Part II ~ Thursday March 8, 2018 8:30-2:00 pm
    Nichols student volunteers spend the day mentoring a group of high school juniors on: the college search and application process, as well as transitioning from high school to college.
  • Goal Setting Workshop ~ Tuesday March 13, 2018 5:00-6:00 pm
    Nichols student volunteers spend the day mentoring a group of high school age students on setting goals for their future.
  • Empowering Women in Business Conference ~ Thursday March 22, 2018 12:30-6:00 pm
    Nichols presents its 8th annual conference, welcoming professional women in the region for networking, skill building, and inspiration. Visit empowering-women.biz for information. Registration required.
  • Campus Leadership Summit ~ Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00-6:00 pm
    Planned in conjunction with other departments on campus, students apply to be part of a day of professional development and brainstorming. Designed to bring together student leaders from a variety of areas on campus.
  • Muslim Women’s Human Rights ~ Monday March 26, 2018
    Speaker: Kelly Shannon. Ms. Shannon will discuss her new book, U.S. Foreign Policy and Muslim Women’s Human Rights. Her talk will address contemporary U.S. relations with the Muslim world, particularly how Americans gradually identified women’s human rights in Islamic societies as vitally important to U.S. foreign policy. This lecture is co-sponsored with the Fisher Institute and is part of the celebration of Women’s History Month.
          Conversation Project ~ 1:30-2:15 pm
          Presentation ~ 3:45 pm
          Conversation Project (at the Black Tavern) ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Sexual Harassment Fishbowl ~ Wednesday March 28, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    Hosted by professors Mike Neagle of the History Department and Boyd Brown of the Criminal Justice Department. How far have we come or not come as a society related to the positions of power and sexual exploitation dynamic? What are the implications for the current society-wide heightened awareness of systemic abuse among industry leaders?
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Meeting ~ Thursday March 29, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    Monthly meeting for the 2017-2018 panel to plan.
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ TBD 5:00-7:00 pm
    Guest: Shahira Gmira. Head of the Newton Mosharafa Fund—a £50 million, seven-year science and innovation partnership between the UK and Egypt—at the British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. The Fund brings together the British and Egyptian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing Egypt in economic development and social welfare. Via Skype.

April: Wage Gap Awareness Month

  • Negotiation Workshop ~ Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:00-7:00 pm
    In partnership with the American Association of University Women, female Nichols students will be trained in assertive, respectful salary negotiation techniques, in an effort to help decrease the gender wage gap. Dinner will be provided. Limited seats; registration required.
  • Awareness Event ~ Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Highlighting sexual assault nationally. Wear denim to show your support for survivors.
  • Conversation Project (at the President’s House) ~ Thursday April 5, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm
    Guest: Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer.
  • Awareness Week ~ April 9-13, 2018
    Events highlighting women’s issues focusing on the gender wage gap and demand equal pay for equal work for Women. Based around National Equal Pay Day on April 10th. National Equal Pay Day is symbolic of how far into the year women must work to in order to earn what men did in the previous year. See next page for more details.
             Movement Monday
             Troublesome Tuesday
             Wednesday Words
             Thursday Thoughts
             Friday Feels
  • International Speaker Series I ~ Monday April 9, 2018
    Speaker: Selma Inocência. A journalist who received two honorary mentions under the National Press Award, a national journalism award, and won two international awards from CNN (2011 and 2013). Ms. Inocência’s career interests include international civilian peacekeeping. She is an experienced TV anchor/producer and journalist. Selma has been the Media Specialist at the USAID Mozambique Media Strengthening Program, training more than 50 universities’ students to be better journalists. In collaboration with Professor Marcus Goncalves, the IBUS, HIST, HUM, and BCOM departments and the Fisher Institute.
          Conversation Project ~ 1:30-2:15 pm
          Presentation ~ 3:45 pm
  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday April 16, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment. Male faculty are welcome.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:30-2:15 pm
    Topic: Feminism; Activity: Painted Glassware
  • Film Series ~ Wednesday April 25, 2018 4:30-6:00 pm
    A film will be shown in the IWL Suite. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Meeting ~ Thursday April 26, 2017 4:30-6:00 pm
    Monthly meeting for the 2017-2018 panel to plan.
  • Farewell to the Class of 2018 ~ Friday April 27, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm
    Faculty and staff are invited to bring a guest of the senior class for a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Awareness Week Events

  • Survey
    Questions about women in business, the pay gap, and diversity in general and will be distributed campus wide Monday and Friday. It will be anonymous and assess our overall awareness as a community before and after awareness week. Generated by the IWL Advisory Panel.
  • Chalk the Sidewalk
    The kick-start to awareness week, keep an eye out for statistics around campus highlighting women.

Movement Monday

  • Flowers for a Cause
    Flowers with motivational messages will be distributed through the student population. Feel free to pass on the message to someone in need.
  • Love Your Selfie Campaign ~ Nicon Plaza & Fels Main Street 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Nichols students will be asked to write what they like about themselves on a white board and pose with it for a Polaroid instaprint. Participants will receive Panera and IWL giveaways.

Troublesome Tuesday

National Equal Pay Day, symbolic of how far into the year women must work to in order to earn what men did in the previous year. Wear red to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

  • Equal Pay Day Bake Sale ~ Nicon Plaza & Fels Main Street 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    A nationwide awareness event where men will pay $1 while women will pay 75 cents – to underscore the impact of the gender wage gap. All proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc. of Worcester.

Wednesday Words

  • In Their Own Words Campaign ~ Nicon Plaza & Fels Main Street 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Women of Nichols will be asked to confront the offensive things they hear on a daily basis by posing with printed posters during this public event. They will write a racist or sexist label they face and redefine themselves in their own words. Participants will receive Dunkin Donuts and IWL giveaways.

Thursday Thoughts

  • Tearing it Up Campaign ~ Nicon Plaza & Fels Main Street 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Nichols students will be asked to be photographed tearing up words and phrases that perpetuate stereotypes. This campaign focuses on generating awareness of the stereotypes that exist, fostering a commitment to not use the language, and facilitating a conversation about why. (Student Station & Panelist visits to Faculty and Staff)
  • Support the Softball Team ~ 3:00 pm
    Come and support the women of the Nichols College Softball Team. The first 25 attendees will receive IWL giveaways.

Friday Feels

  • Who Influences You Campaign ~ Nicon Plaza & Fels Main Street 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Men of Nichols will be asked to pose with a board on which they write the name of a female who influenced them in order to heighten their awareness of how the gender gap affects those they love. Participants will receive Dippin Donuts and IWL giveaways.
  • (Un) happy Hour Pub Night ~ 8:30-11:30 pm on the Copper Quad
    A nationwide awareness event where men will pay a $1 cover while women will pay 75 cents – to underscore the impact of the gender wage gap. All proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc. of Worcester. Entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, and IWL giveaways. Wear black to stand in solidarity with our sisters to say #timesup on the imbalance of power across all industries. For more information @TIMESUPNOW, @timesupnow.

 

 

Students Lean In with the IWL

Lean In Circles are monthly gatherings offering motivation, learning, support and connections with other female students in a supportive, open environment. Lean in Circles are held worldwide with women of all ages.

The idea was based on the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. In order to appeal to our audience of college students, we have paired an activity with our topic of discussion. We’ve found this has promoted our attendance and fostered the discussion.

Last Semester we held four Lean In Circles.

September’s Topic: Goal Setting,  Activity: Goal Cork Boards  Septemeber

October’s Topic: Stress Management, Activity: Terrariums October

November’s Topic/Activity: Group Think-tank
Panel members were invited to bring a male counterpart to brainstorm IWL initiatives and events to involve male students and gain a male perspective on the current initiatives and events the IWL has planned.

December’s Topic: Work-Life Balance, Activity: Ornaments December

This semester we have an additional four Lean In Circles planned.

Student Lean In Circle January Invitation

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January

Topic: Reset Your Mindset

Activity: Heat Packs

 

Student Lean In Circle February Invitation

 

February

Topic: Group Think-tank

Female guests are invited to bring a male counterpart to brainstorm IWL initiatives and events to involve male students and gain a male perspective on the current initiatives and events the IWL has planned.Student Lean In Circle March Invitation

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March

Topic: Sexual Harassment

Activity: Hand ScrubStudent Lean In Circle April Invitation

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April

Topic: Feminism

Activity: Painted Glassware

IWL Through the Eyes of First-Year Panelists

FullSizeRenderFall Semester 2017 was certainly new for the IWL. A new Director, Programming Coordinator, and Panel braved the New Year. Here, we’ve described the events we held this semester through the eyes of our panelists.

Lean In Circles:

We held four Student Lean In Circles this semester incorporating activities to foster the conversation around our topics. To discuss goal setting as a kickoff to the semester in September, we created corkboards. As a stress relief activity during midterms, we created terrariums in October to remind students stress management is important. In November, we asked our panelists to bring a male friend for a Think-tank Lean In brainstorming how to get males involved in the conversation. To wrap up the semester, we discussed work-life balance, an issue faced by students in the midst of exams, while making ornaments in light of the holiday.

“The activities enable students to engage in the conversations. We aim to pair the activity to further drive the topic. Its improved the participation of students in the monthly gatherings. I look forward to what we come up with for next semester.” –Rachael Fassnacht, Programming Coordinator

Conversation Projects:

We held three conversation projects with guests including an Author and Delegate of several U.S. State Department–led entrepreneurship missions, Social Worker providing court ordered treatment, Manager in the Court System, and an Assistant Director of Culture and Talent.

Jennifer Kushell was very inspiring during her visit at the IWL suite, she herself very welcome and allowed us to pick her brain. We chatted up making it big even if you have nothing, taking care of yourself even if you’re on a constant schedule that does not stop. She made us feel as though with or without a business degree, with or without a relationship and especially without the promised word of the world we can be as successful and happy as the next millionaire women if we just keep rooting for ourselves.” –Patricia Loudior ‘20

Awareness Events:

During the fall semester, two national awareness days occurred which we held events for highlighting the wage gap and demand for equal pay for equal work for Native Pacific and Latina Women.

“The awareness events are meant to provide a consistent presence on campus to touch on important topics.  I want the Nichols community to understand the challenges that women face.  The hope is this information can be a catalyst to change.” –Rachel Ferreira, Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership

First-Year Student Dinner:

We hosted a get-to-know-you catered dinner for all first year females.

“The First-Year Student Dinner was really my first opportunity to introduce IWL to our incoming female students.  I put pressure on myself to create a presentation that would wow our incoming female students and get them to be excited to be involved.  What ended up happening was that our first year students sat at a table with strong female student leaders on campus and that was where the magic happened.  I am always to amazed the impact our students have on each other and on me.  We talked a lot about the wage gap and the issues that are facing women today.  However, the young women at Nichols didn’t need convincing and many of the first year students in attendance applied to be a part of the panel.  Another great addition were the number of staff and faculty that were in attendance including President Engelkemeyer, coaching staff, advisors, professors, etc.  For first year students to have the opportunity to meet these women was another perfect addition to the night.” –Rachel Ferreira, Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership

College Connection Mentoring Program Part I:

This was our third-annual College Connection Program in partnership with Barttlet High School. Our panelists spent the day mentoring the high school juniors and seniors on: visioning their future, networking and assertive communication.

“My favorite event would have to be the College Connection Part I. I met a lot of great high school students, and many of them had big aspirations for the future. It was inspiring to hear about their goals and their visions for after graduation. I am excited to see them again in the spring semester” –Megan Nathanson ‘20

“College Connection was important and memorable for me because it involved younger women continuing their education, which is who we all currently are. Considering the fact that I never thought I would even be at college myself, I tend to make sure these girls at least leave with an idea of what they want to be after high school. The girls talked about military life, potential majors and one of them recently just got accepted to Nichols, congratulations to Tiana! I’m glad college connection left a life changing mark on these young girls.” –Patricia Louidor ‘20