Carroll Community College to host gender equality film and panel
By Jennifer Turiano
Carroll County Times|
Apr 25, 2018 at 7:10 PM
Carroll Community College is participating in Let it Ripple Film Studio's 50/50 Day on Thursday, April 26, to promote gender equality with more than 30,000 venues across the globe.
From 4 to 5 p.m. at the college's Babylon Great Hall, Carroll Community will screen the film "50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women and Power," host a panel discussion and invite the audience to take the 50/50 pledge.
Anyone who takes the 50/50 pledge at www.whyipledge5050.org is promising to contribute to "getting to a more gender-balanced world that's better for everyone: all genders, all races, all ages, all issues," according to the site.
With April being Community College Awareness Month, those at Carroll Community College — including Steven Wantz, the executive director of Institutional Advancement — are working to promote and celebrate and institution working to make a difference in the county.
"The purpose of this is to educate Carroll Community College on the issue of gender inequality and how we can move to a 50/50 society that promotes all genders," said Jonathan Rowe, Integrity and Judicial Affairs Advocate of the college's CARE Team.
As a member of the Carroll's CARE Team, Rowe focuses on the prevention and early intervention of students who are experiencing distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, but he said this event is more directly correlated with the institution's Title IX Office, which works to build and maintain a safe, gender equitable environment for students, faculty and staff.
"Carroll Community College is an organization that values, recognizes and rewards just, humane, honest and respectful human interaction; ethical and truthful representation of the college to students and the community; positive and collaborative problem-solving; and solutions-oriented action," Rowe said Wednesday afternoon.
"Students at Carroll, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation have equal access to all services, programs, activities and facilities of the college."
Panelists Thursday will include: Student Government Senator Kat Richie, Social Sciences Assistant Professor Jennifer Brinegar, CarrollCAN Director Raquel Walsh and Social Sciences Division Chair Michael Stovall. The local speakers will discuss specifically how the campus Title IX Office works to build and maintain a safe, gender-equitable environment for students faculty and staff and the importance of promoting gender equality as well as the global goals of the 50/50 Day event.
Starting Thursday, April 26, Carroll Community College will take viewers back to the posh world of late Victorian England just in time to poke fun at it all as they put on Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
50/50 Day is born out of San Franciso-based Let it Ripple Film Studio as part of its mission to use film, technology, discussion materials, and events to engage a 21st century audience in conversation and action around complicated subjects that shape modern-day life.
"We are thrilled to partner with Carroll Community College on 50/50 Day 2018," said Tiffany Shlain, a 50/50 Day co-founder who directed the flagship film. "We are at a moment in history when meaningful progress finally feels within reach. 50/50 Day will inspire people everywhere to take the leap from raising awareness to taking action for creating a more balanced, fair, and just world."
The more than 30,000 various venues are spread across 65 countries and will take their own spin on featuring the studio's short films, discussion materials, and live stream programming — with speakers and featured events through www.letitripple.org and the organization's Facebook page from noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday.