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Women's History Month at Linfield

Honoring Women of Valor

Women's History Month

Every March in honor of Women's History Month, Linfield celebrates the vital role women have played in American history. We celebrate the character, courage and commitment among us. Join us for any and all of the following 2021 events. They are free and open to the public!

Gale Castillo

Thursday, March 11, 12 p.m.

A Conversation with Gale Castillo

Gale Castillo, a Linfield alumna, shares her leadership journey as a Latina in Oregon who has worked both in the public and private sector. She is a successful entrepreneur and a community leader advocating for economic advancement. Gale is the president and co-owner of Cascade Centers, Inc., one of the largest privately-held companies providing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, staff development and other well-being services globally. She is also the chair of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber and served as the president/executive director for more than 20 years.

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Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons

Wednesday, March 17, 12 p.m.

A Conversation with Tracy Fitzsimmons

Dr. Fitzsimmons shares her journey to top leadership in higher education and discusses the role of women leaders in the times we are in. Dr. Fitzsimmons is Shenandoah University’s 16th president and the institution’s first female president since its founding in 1875. As president of Shenandoah University, she leads an institution of 4,100 students, and 900 faculty and staff at its 129-acre site in Winchester, Va., and sites in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Clarke Counties, Va. In 2020, Virginia Business featured President Fitzsimmons in its Virginia 500 Power List.

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Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia

Tuesday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

’21 LAB Summit Keynote Address

Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia (Dr. AMC) will deliver her keynote speech focused on systemic racism as a form of trauma. Dr. AMC is an expert in global health, trauma, addiction, system development and change. She is currently serving as the associate director of the McLean Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and as a faculty member at the Harvard University Medical School.

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Rukaiyah Adams

Wednesday, March 24, 12 p.m.

A Conversation with Rukaiyah Adams

Rukaiyah Adams, the chief investment officer at the Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in the Pacific Northwest, shares her leadership journey and the pivotal role of women in high administrative positions. Ms. Adams is responsible for leading all investment activities to ensure the long-term financial strength of the Meyer Memorial Trust and throughout her tenure as CIO, she has delivered top quartile performance. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Miles K. Davis.

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Dr. Nicole Been

Thursday, March 25, 12 p.m.

A Conversation with Nicole Been, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicole Been shares her leadership journey as a Native woman and discusses how race, racism, discrimination and bias have impacted her journey. She is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation originally from Okemah, Oklahoma and serves as the vice president of strategic initiatives and special projects at Bacone College. Dr. Been is a three-time published author and her additional research interests include youth development, sports in Native American culture, strategies to address the educational achievement gap of Native American students, and economic development and financial literacy in rural and tribal communities. She has been named a Native American 40 under 40.

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Dr. Julie Cross

Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.

A Woman of Genius: The Life and Music of Pauline Garcia Viardot

In honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Pauline Garcia Viardot (1821-1910), one of the greatest divas and overlooked composers of the 19th century, mezzo-soprano Dr. Julie Cross and pianist Susan McDaniel present a recital of her works.

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Trystan Reese and family

Wednesday, March 31, 7 p.m.

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Trystan Reese is an established thought leader, educator and speaker, focusing on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has been organizing with the trans community for nearly two decades and on the frontlines of this generation’s biggest fights for LGBTQ justice. Trystan launched onto the global stage as “the pregnant man” in 2017 when his family’s unique journey gained international media attention. He has partnered with many major media outlets to bring his message of love and resilience to the mainstream.

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If you have questions about Linfield's Women of Valor events in honor of Women's History Month, please reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Esperance Ibuka and Kaelia Neal '18
Director and Program Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion, Access and Diversity
Riley Hall