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International Women’s Day Celebration March 8


Las Vegas, NM – New Mexico Highlands University hosts an International Women’s Day Celebration March 8 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

The public is welcome at the free evening of food, music, dance, art, poetry and discussion of international women’s issues.

The Highlands University celebration is one of thousands of events being held worldwide on March 8. The theme this year for International Women’s Day is The Gender Agenda – Gaining Momentum.

The university’s Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Center, and Women for a Change Club are sponsoring the event.

“International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements, creativity and knowledge of current pressing issues facing women globally,” said Erika Derkas, Highlands University sociology professor. “The students’ passion for organizing this event came from their desire for a future that is safe, rewarding, and full of options for women and girls.

“The students come from disciplines across campus. They did an exceptional job of planning the event and reaching out to community members,” Derkas said.

She added that the event is a time to honor women locally, nationally and globally. It also coincides with Women’s History Month in the United States, which traces its roots to the first International Women’s Day in 1911.

Students and faculty are preparing the food for the celebration, which will have an international flavor with cuisine from countries like Cameroon, Russia and the Ukraine. Northern New Mexican favorites and other American dishes will also be served.

Entertainment includes dances performed by Highlands University students Tina Sione and Lina Roberts. The poetry reading includes Highlands students Antoinette Smith and Lauren Harris, along with Española poet Amanda Salinas.

Faculty, student and community art will be on display, including sculptures and paintings.

An international women’s panel discussion from Highlands will feature criminal justice professor Shilpa Karbhari from India, and students Gabriela Hernandez from Mexico, Julia Tech from Russia, and Lina Roberts from Polynesia.

Highlands University student Stephanie Santillanes is the master of ceremonies for the evening. Jessica Pacheco, a vocalist from Española, will perform the opening and closing song.

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