International Women’s Day

Written by guest blogger –Stacey Dorang Peeler

Last week the Smeal College of Business celebrated International Women’s Day. In addition to many Smeal employees, faculty, and students attending the university-wide breakfast sponsored by Global Connections, the college continued the celebration with other awareness events, including exhibits and information tables in The Atrium, hosted by representatives from the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

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In addition to collecting donations for the CCWRC, information was distributed about how the center can help women in the community. Volunteers also handed out purple ribbons to promote awareness of women’s issues.

One of the hosts, Debra Greenleaf, was recognized earlier in the day for her commitment to women with the 2015 Spirit of Internationalization Award (presented by Global Connections). Debra and her colleagues teach and promote an activity called body-mapping. Body-mapping is a way for women to communicate their experiences by artistic expression, even when there are language barriers or other verbal communication obstacles.

Sarah Kern, a Prevention Educator at the CCWRC, encouraged people to stop by and show their support by leaving empowering messages for women to make great choices in their lives.


We hope the videos and pictures encourage you to learn more about International Women’s Day and some of the resources available to help women live better lives for themselves and for others.




View the video clips:

Debra Greenleaf–International Women’s Day at The Smeal College of Business

Sarah Kern–International Women’s Day at The Smeal College of Business

Prevention Educator Jordan Gibby staffs the CCWRC info table at the event.   JG - Int W Day