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The Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Representing a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation, participants receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokeswomen in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a network of alumnae who support each other.
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WMC Progressive Women’s Voices starts with a highly competitive application process. Women who graduate from the program leave with a sophisticated understanding of the current media climate, what messages work best for different audiences, the most effective interview presentation and techniques.
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Spike Video featuring Monica Miller  about the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

The LU Women's Center has changed its name to The Center for Gender Equity:  Read More Here

In an effort to enhance and promote the goals, aims, and life of the Africana Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Lehigh University, De'Anna Daniels, a graduate student in American Studies at Lehigh University, has been named the inaugural "Social Media Program Assistant" for two Interdisciplinary programs that share much intellectual and programmatic collaborative synergy. The Africana Studies and WGSS program also represent and blend vital aspects of Ms. Daniel's ongoing research interests and developing thesis project. Ms. Daniel's plans to pursue Doctoral Studies after completion of her graduate work at Lehigh.

De’Anna M. Daniels is currently a graduate student in the American Studies program at Lehigh University, where she'll receive an M.A. with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies focus. Daniels embarked on her journey to Lehigh because it afforded her the opportunity to study in an interdisciplinary setting while having the opportunity to work with prodigious faculty such as Drs. James Braxton Peterson and Monica R. Miller. Her research interests include the intersections of Hip Hop, Womanism, Religion, and Gender. More specifically, the critical examination of Black culture and its cosmological underpinnings through the lens of Black women’s bodies in particular. Originally from Chicago, Daniels received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Alma College in 2010. While at Alma, she contributed to the production, Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues. In 2013, she completed a Master’s of Divinity (M.Div) from Union Presbyterian Seminary, where she worked with Womanist scholar, Dr. Katie Cannon and was there too, ordained in the COGIC Reformed church. In May of 2014, at the same institution, Daniels went on to receive a Master’s of Theology (Th.M) with a focus in Theology and Ethics which culminated in a thesis entitled, “Demythologizing Mystopic Realities: A Trill Seminarian Makes it Plain”. The project provided an in depth analysis and explication of the recent and emerging Hip Hop Scholarship, Social Media Activism and Conferences, convergences of Spirituality and Hip Hop and the ethical implications it has on urban millennials. After completing her degree at Lehigh, Daniels plans to continue her academic career by pursing doctoral studies. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year’s campaign, facilitated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), focuses on the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. In conjunction with the month-long focus on the issue, Lehigh will host a screening of the documentary film The Hunting Ground, which highlights the extensive scope and institutional handling of campus sexual assault through real-life stories and statistics.

“College is a risk factor for rape.” The words lingered on the screen in front of a full house as Danielle Dirks, assistant professor of sociology at Occidental College, explained the evolution of the End Rape on Campus movement.

Perched on a stool on the stage of Baker Hall in the Zoellner Arts Center, Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, didn’t mince words. Dyson engaged in a candid conversation with James Peterson, associate professor of English, about the lasting legacy of Malcolm X and its significance today in a keynote titled “Malcolm X’s Influence: 50 Years.”

The life and legacy of Malcolm X will take center stage next week as the College of Arts and Sciences, with Lehigh's Africana Studies program and political science department, hosts a three-day conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the human rights activist’s assassination.

Professor Kelly Austin abstract was published in the International Journal of Comoparative Sociology. Gendered vulnerabilities to a neglected disease: A comparative investigation of the effect of women’s legal economic rights and social status on malaria rates.

More than 600 people packed Baker Hall Wednesday night to hear award-winning activist Michelle Alexander deliver the keynote address for Lehigh’s year-long celebration of the life of the late civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monica Miller and Christopher Driscoll engage in impolite conversation with John L. Jackson, Jr. about his new book Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money and Religion.

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During the past academic year, the planners of Lehigh’s MLK celebration expanded programming that was concentrated during one week in January to a series of events that spanned the entire academic year. The success of that effort, coupled with a greater institutional focus on diversity, has led to the second year of robust programming related to social justice issues, particularly focusing on the prison industrial complex as part of the larger theme of "Incarcerated Justice."

For the past six years the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference has offered a variety of sessions designed to address issues of the LGBTQA community on college campuses. This year, the conference will address varying issues of religion and spirituality surrounding our diverse identities with our conference theme “Continuing the Conversation: Religion and Spirituality in LQBTQA Communities.”