Women's History Month Celebration Continues with Event in Newport News

March 14, 2017

Saint Leo’s celebration of Women’s Guest Speaker Shana Haines History Month didn’t end on International Women’s Day on March 8. The School of Arts and Sciences will present guest speaker Shana L. Haines at the university’s celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the Newport News Education Office. The community is welcome to this free event.

Haines will discuss “How to Live Free in This Black Body: African American Women Negotiating Citizenship from Jim Crow to Black Lives Matter.” She is an assistant professor of English at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA, and is a PhD student in American studies at the College of William & Mary focusing on race, law, and literature. She has her juris doctor  degree from Boston University School of Law and her master’s in British and American literature from Hunter College.

The Women’s History Month celebration will be in Room 112 at the Newport News Education Office, One BayPort Way, Room 112, Newport News, VA  23606.

student display at the women's HERstory celebration

The celebration also can be accessed via Video Teaching and Teleconferencing (VTT) at other Saint Leo locations, including:

● South Hampton Roads Education Center in Virginia Beach, 1481 D. St., Building 3016, Room 203, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459;  

● Fort Eustis Education Office, 1500 Madison Ave., U.S. Army Education Center, Fort Eustis, VA  23604;

● Chesapeake Education Office, 1434 Crossways Blvd., Suite 175, Chesapeake, VA  23320

● Marietta Education Center, 1395 S. Marietta Parkway, Building 300, Suite 104, Marietta, GA 30067;

● Morrow Education Center, 1590 Adamson Parkway, Suite 120, Morrow, GA  30260; and

● University Campus, TECO Hall, School of Business building, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574.

On International Women’s Day, the School of Arts and Sciences hosted “A Celebration of Women’s HERstory” in the Student Community Center boardrooms at University Campus.

Lexus Choate member of Slam Poetry ClubThe day featured student art displays, performances, and music, as well as scholarship and interactive student exhibits.

The day was capped off with special guest, spoken-word artist Gabriela Garcia Medina. 

Members of the Slam Poetry Club shared their works and discussed issues that women face today. Club president Milynthia Foard posed questions to those attending and encouraged everyone to share their answers.

Eight members of the club presented “Love Is Not Love,” a poem by Slam Poetry member Journey IsomEnglish instructor Marissa Glover McLargin, the club’s advisor. The poem takes its title from William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116” and reflects the experiences of many women. The ending reminds women to take care of themselves:

But love is not love that forfeits her own soul’s worth,
so in all of my loving, I’ll love myself first.