Saint Mary’s resumes ‘Justice Fridays’ lectures

first_imgThis past Friday, the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary’s College began its year-long “Justice Fridays” lecture series with an afternoon discussion about misconceptions and stereotypes women face.Discussion leader and senior Jessica Richmond said the goal of the meeting was to discuss labels placed on women.“I found myself facing labels and misconceptions once I hit high school … and the demeaning hold they take on women is a step in the wrong direction for our society,” she said. “I’m just one story. I want to hear other’s stories and brain storm ways to take a stand to these horrific terms and phrases used against women.”After watching a brief video about the stereotypes women hold in society, program attendees shared labels, such as “tomboy,” “ditzy” and “promiscuous,” which they have experienced personally. Labels such as these are concrete examples of the barriers fellow students are up against, Richmond said.“We can still be strong women with a man beside us, but when people come up with a strong voice, they are often criticized,” she said, “I don’t view myself as ornamental. I have my mind and so much more to offer.”Media is the source of many misconceptions, Richmond said. In order to change what media is portraying, we must first think about the labels we give ourselves, she said.“Media only portrays what we want to see, and if we say that what they are showing is not okay then eventually it will change,” she said, “We have to start small, with our inner circles.“I think as a Saint Mary’s women we are empowered and we empower each other, which is phenomenal … now it is time to turn this out into the communities we reside in to make a change.”First-year student Kendall Smith said she enjoyed the discussion and the stories shared by her classmates.“I was really impressed with how many different opinions came up,” she said. “It was really comforting to know that other girls have the same ideas.”The “Justice Fridays” program series is designed by Saint Mary’s Justice Education students and will continue all year, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said. It allows students to combat issues they feel passionate about while enacting the mission of the Justice Education program in making the world a more just and peaceful place, she said.“‘Justice Fridays’ are designed to stimulate a campus-wide dialogue on ways to identify and combat injustice, and on methods of advancing social justice,” she said. “By facilitating dialogues that encourage students to think in comprehensive and systemic ways, ‘Justice Fridays’ and the Justice Education program enable students to understand and analyze the experiences of the disenfranchised, to constructively respond to unjust situations and to develop concrete and sustainable methods of advancing justice.”Speakers from the school and surrounding community will facilitate future discussions on topics including gender, racial, environmental, legal and economic justice, Chockley said. The meetings occur from 12-12:50 p.m. in the student center and are open to the public. Those interested in suggesting topics of discussion can contact Chockley at [email protected]: Justice Education Program, Justice Fridays, labels, lecture series, SMC, stereotypeslast_img read more

Co-operative Insurance Companies Adds to Management and Technology Teams

first_imgMiddlebury, VT — Co-operative Insurance Companies filled two openings on its management team and added a new position in information services this spring, hiring Eric Rhoades as claims manager, Bradley Fortier as director of marketing operations, and Jeff Simmons as Web application developer.”We are pleased to welcome these gentlemen aboard,” said Jim Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO. “Brad and Eric both have extensive industry experience and leadership skills that will benefit not only their new workgroups, but the company as a whole. Jeff’s strong technical background and direct experience with our specific technology and vendor have allowed him to hit the ground running on our most important development project.”Rhoades became claims manager in March after eleven years in an analogous position with Progressive Insurance in Colchester, VT, and two years with AAA Northern New England. A Maine native, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Husson College.Fortier joined the company in June to fill the position being vacated by Stephen Stanitis in July. Fortier has spent 26 years in the insurance industry, most recently as director of marketing at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, and previously as VP of marketing at Champlain Casualty Company, both in Montpelier. He is a graduate of Champlain College and holds the AAI and CIC designations.Simmons also joined the company in June. A graduate of Augusta Technical College, he spent ten years as a senior programmer analyst with Computer Sciences Corporation working on projects for clients in the insurance and financial services industry. He will continue to reside in Columbia, SC.Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire. -30-last_img read more