Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dan Choi at Ramapo College!

Last night Ramapo was lucky enough to welcome Lt. Dan Choi to speak on our campus in honor of Queer History Month. Lt. Choi has been getting quite a bit of media attention over the last few days as a result of the roller-coaster ride Don't Ask Don't Tell has gone through.

At the time of Lt. Choi's speech the policy had been suspended, after an order from the Pentagon supported the U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' October 12th ruling. Just a few minutes after Lt. Choi stepped off the stage we were informed that an appeals court had put on a stay on the original ruling, and that the Obama administration is filing an appeal to the court decision that suspended the law in the first place.

Below are two news clips that featured the speech, they aired last night (10/20) on the ABC and CBS 11pm news! Several Women's center staffers and friends made it into the video... Ali Melillo, President of Ramapo Pride, even got to speak on camera! Shane Hoff, the Women's Center QPS responsible for coming up with and organizing this event was also interviewed by ABC News.

Keep posted for the full uncut speech that Lt. Choi gave to over three hundred members of the Ramapo community! That video will be up within the next few days. After that we will feature exclusive video footage of the question and answer section that took place after the event!

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