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Women’s Herstory Month Opening Ceremony: Empowering Women in the New Normal – Body, Mind and Soul

March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
| Zoom

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Join us for the Women’s Herstory Month Opening Ceremony, with the theme Empowering Women in the New Normal: Body, Mind and Soul.  This event will observe the change, impact, and shared experiences women, especially BIPOC women, have gone through in the past year due to COVID-19, as well as the cultural and political climate of our nation – all through a social justice lens.

The event will have three phenomenal and powerful keynote speakers.  We will start off with the Brujas of Brooklyn, Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon and Dr. Miguelina Rodriguez, Afro-Latina identical twins and CUNY Professors who believe in the power and magic of collective wellness.  The event will end with the captivating Lyla June, an Indigenous musician, artist, poet, scholar, and community organizer  who works toward collective and ecological healing.

About the Speakers

The Brujas of Brooklyn are Brujas, witches. Practical magic makers. They are Afro-Dominican identical twins, born and raised in Brooklyn. PhD, Social Science Brujas. Professors and Scholars. True Witch Doctors! They believe in the power of spirit to cast spells that aid in collective healing. They do so by creating safe spaces for women to share, grow, and release.

Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon (Dr. G.) is one half of Brujas of Brooklyn. She is a professor, doula and kundalini yogi. She earned a PhD in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender Studies from Syracuse University.  Dr. G. teaches courses related to Racism and Birthing  (In)Justice in the US. She is a published author and Board member for the IMAGE Initiative, dedicated to empowering young women of color. The home-birth of her sun Talib changed her life forever.

Dr. Miguelina Rodriguez is an unapologetic critic of gentrification with 8 years of teaching experience as an Urban Studies professor at LaGuardia Community College. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Rutgers University; her dissertation was a critical ethnographic study on the Gentrification in Washington Heights and its effects on 2nd generation Dominicans. Dr. Rodriguez thanks Saturn’s Return for shaping her life as a Yoni priestess. Womb wellness is her life’s work.

Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous public speaker, artist, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages from Taos, New Mexico.  Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, traditional land stewardship practices and healing inter-generational and intercultural trauma. She blends undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University, graduate work in Native American Pedagogy at the University of New Mexico, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her internationally acclaimed presentations are conveyed through the medium of poetry, music and/or speech. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Indigenous Studies with a focus on Indigenous Food Systems Revitalization.

Join us via Zoom: https://bmcc-cuny.zoom.us/j/81026471955?pwd=OW1qU3Z3Y0JLTVg4cC9uS3RwME5iUT09

See a list of all Women’s Herstory Month events.

Attend 2 or more WHM events for Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) credit. 

For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at wrc@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Details
Date:
March 2
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open to:
All CUNY