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“Together We Can Do It!” is Theme of First Annual Women’s Research Symposium

Cazenovia College’s Women’s Empowerment Group to host April 10th event; present award to nationally recognized Women’s Studies scholar
Cazenovia, N.Y. (April 4, 2014)  – The Cazenovia College Women’s Empowerment Group is hosting The First Annual Women’s Research Symposium – “Together We Can Do It!” – on April 10, 2014, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Morgan Room (located in the lower level of Hubbard Hall on the Cazenovia College campus).  The symposium will highlight Cazenovia College student and faculty research projects that have female centric subjects and/or topics related to issues facing women here in the United States or abroad, and will include presentations from the following members of the College faculty and staff.
  • Professor Elizabeth Moore, Professor, Interior Design -  Enlightened Domesticity
  • Dr. Julia Sloan, Associate Professor of Social Science/Director, International Studies Program – Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina during the Dirty War
  • Dr. Erica Miller, Assistant Professor, Inclusive Education/Director, Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Education –  Female Intellectual Downplaying
  • Dr. Heather Ferrara, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies - Polygamy
  • Professor Joy Fashu Kanu, Visiting Instructor, Social Sciences – Modern Day Sex Slavery
  • Mr. Mark Ewing, Residence Director – Hook-up Culture and Sexual Assault
The Women’s Empowerment Group (WEG) is a Cazenovia College student organization, currently led by junior Hannah Werther (of Avon by the Sea, N.J.), who serves as the group’s president.  The WEG has a vested interest in empowering, educating and advocating for women’s rights and feminist ideals.

Sally Roesch WagnerA highlight of the morning’s festivities will be the presentation of the Excellence in Research Award to Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, a nationally recognized Women’s Studies scholar.  Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, the Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of woman’s rights history.  One of the first women to receive a doctorate in the United States for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and a founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs, (CSU Sacramento). Dr. Wagner has taught in women’s studies for  44 years. She currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Honors Program at Syracuse University.  She received the Katherine Coffey Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums for outstanding service to museology in 2012.
“Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is a very distinguished scholar and leader in the field of Women’s Studies,” shared Dr. Erica Miller, Assistant Professor, Inclusive Education and WEG advisor.  “We are thrilled that she will be attending as our guest of honor.”
The event is free and open to the entire Cazenovia College community, as well as members of the wider community.
Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction. For more information, visit