Nyanar Kual

 Attendees at the Lieben Center for Women’s virtual September Women’s Journey painted wooden coasters. They were provided with decorating supplies before the event. Valarie Kaur’s book “See No Stranger” led the group discussion, which touched on topics like interconnectedness and radical love. This is the first installment of the center’s Virtual Advocacy Series. The Lieben Center for Women will be hosting two upcoming events: October Women’s Journey and an event discussing the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 Creighton’s Lieben Center for Women hosted its September Women’s Journey virtually on Sept. 24 to provide space for women on campus to come together and discuss the relevant things going on in their lives. 

“For this whole year, we’re taking this approach to all of our programs on focusing on intersectionality, to really focus in on all the aspects of people’s identity that make them who they are as one whole unique person,” said Abby Slyter, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and student coordinator of the Lieben Center. 

In the past, the Women’s Journey events typically involved making a meal, discussing a topic chosen by a designated event leader and participating in a hands-on activity. 

In striving to replicate its previous Women’s Journey events over Zoom, the center made sanitized activity kits that included a variety of snacks, printed out discussion questions and a coaster decorating activity that it distributed to participants from its office in the Creighton Intercultural Center in Lower Brandeis. 

As the leader of the September Women’s Journey, Bhavan Chana, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and intersectionality programmer for the Lieben Center, chose to discuss a book called “See No Stranger” by Valarie Kaur. 

In this book, Kaur discusses the idea of interconnectedness and promotes revolutionary love as a means of creating social change through the lens of the Sikh religion, which Chana is also a part of. 

“It’s a huge part of my identity, and I wanted to share that with the group,” said Chana. “When you feel that sense of connectedness with other people that really changes your perspective about who you are and then what you can bring to this world.” 

Participants of the event went on to discuss the idea of radical love and how it can influence their views of the world. 

“I think that love is a really good baseline, and if you can establish a connection of even just mutual respect and understanding, you can get a lot further,” said Jenna Ampulski, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In order to participate in events such as the September Women’s Journey, be sure to follow the Lieben Center’s social media pages to stay up to date. 

Some future events to look out for are the second installment of the Virtual Advocacy Series, the October Women’s Journey and an event that will focus on discussing the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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