What better way to celebrate a landmark anniversary than by
sharing memories and hopes for the future with friends?
That’s just what the Emory Women’s Center plans to do
with its Sept. 30 program, “Conversations With Six Notable
Emory Women.” The program—one of many events held in
honor of the center’s 10th anniversary on campus—will
be held at Miller-Ward Alumni House from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The cross-section of women participating in the event aptly represents
Emory—pre- and post-Women’s Center existence. Speakers
include Cheryl Elliott, a lieutenant with the Emory Police Department;
Robyn Fivush, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology; Dana
Greene, ’71GS, dean and CEO of Oxford College; Andy Lowry,
graduate student in the Institute for Women’s Studies; Eleanor
Main, director of Educational Studies; and Aida Rita Sued-Dominguez,
Program moderators are Patti Owen-Smith, professor of psychology
and women’s studies at Oxford, and Paula Washington, one of
the first two women to earn a doctorate in women’s studies
at Emory in 1995.
“All of these women have seen many changes at Emory, and they
have been and will continue to be agents of transformation themselves,”
said Ali Crown, director of the Women’s Center since its 1992
opening. “They each have a story. Individually and collectively,
they are the story of women’s history at Emory.”
When Owen-Smith joined the Oxford faculty in 1986, there was no
Women’s Center or women’s studies program on either
campus. The addition of these two components have legitimized womens’
voices in the Emory community, Owen-Smith said, adding that Women’s
Center events act as a conduit for such an idea.
“Since its inception, events sponsored by the Women’s
Center have provided places and venues for learning, connection
and conversation between and among women,” Owen-Smith said.
“These events have also provided a celebration of voices and
our accomplishments—both on campus and in the larger world.”
“Conversations” will allow its panelists’ voices
to be heard in very personal terms that show how the Women’s
Center has impacted their lives, said Washington, who then emphasized
how much of an impact the Women’s Center had on her time at
When she first matriculated in the early 1990s, Washington was a
non-traditional student; she had started her career in President
Jimmy Carter’s administration and held various corporate positions
in labor relations, working with issues facing working women. With
more than 20 years in the professional world, she re-entered the
academic sphere and found support at the Women’s Center, which
she says “completely supported and embraced” her and
Giving back to the Women’s Center—through program participation,
monetary donations or volunteer support—is necessary in helping
the center grow, Washington said.
“We stress our commitment to diversity within our community
and giving even stronger support in terms of budget, space and personnel
to the Women’s Center is essential to honoring that commitment,”
“Conversations” is free and open to the public, but
advance reservations are recommended. To make reservations, call
404-727-2001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.