UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMMING
West Chester University of PA | Center for Women & Gender Equity | Sykes 10A
Guest Speaker, LaTreice V Branson
High-functioning fatigue. Pride in overworking and extending yourself. Getting the job done at all costs. It’s the “exhaustion complex” in full force. Join artist and educatorLaTreice Branson in a vivacious and interactive personal exploration of the challenges of being an exhausted woman, as she shares self-care strategies that will lead us into self-love, wellness and joy. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide dessert! Sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender Equity and University Forum Grant.
7pm - 10pm
Leeway Foundation Celebrates 25 years! | "Changemakers Cabaret"
Ibrahim Theater at International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Featured Artists: LaTreice V. Branson, Judith Sachs, Wit López, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Ursula Rucker, Catzie Vilayphonh, Ezra Berkley Nepon, & Chaska Sofia
w/ Yinka Orafidiya
Temple University and The African American Museum of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
About the event:
Channeling her experiences in Africa, Yinka was inspired to curate a series of artistic events designed to unify, empower, and reconnect black women with their clay roots and with each other. The goal is to engage and unite demographically diverse groups of black women through hands-on pottery workshops, which will take place in the gallery space of Temple Contemporary in North Philadelphia.
The vision is to facilitate cross-generational gatherings of black women from different socio-economic backgrounds and use art as the catalyst for removing the barriers that divide us. The participating women will work collectively to build dozens of pottery vessels, a shared artistic experience designed to foster connection and solidarity.
Next, in a dynamic drum-processional from Temple Contemporary, led by the women of Drum Like a Lady, additional groups of black women will ritualistically carry the finished pottery vessels 3 miles through residential communities to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Upon arrival at the museum, the project will culminate in a free public exhibition and opening reception/celebration.
Overall, the project strives to spark a social movement that defies stereotypes and builds community through the confluence of art, culture, performance and tradition.
ABOUT UNITE FOR HER:
When Unite for HER founder Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began searching for information on therapies that would complement the medical treatments she was receiving. What she discovered was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.
Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Unite for HER’s cornerstone has been to bridge that gap for breast cancer patients, focusing on wellness initiatives that will positively impact their health, as well as the health of all women and girls.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS | Breast Surgical Oncologist
Dr. Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS is a board certified, fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the new Grand View/Penn Cancer Network Cancer Program in Sellersville, PA. She specializes in benign and malignant breast disease, high risk genetics, and
state of the art, minimally-invasive breast surgery approaches.
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Gary completed her medical education from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completion of general surgery training at University of Massachusetts/Berkshire Medical Center, she completed fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is a diplomate and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the highest distinction awarded to surgeons in the nation. In 2015 she relocated back to the greater Philadelphia area to join the breast cancer program at
Grand View Health. She is one of four Hidden Scar Centers of Excellence in Pennsylvania, and a recipient of the 2017 CBS-KYW Women’s Achievement Award. She has also been recognized as a Leading Physicians of the World and Top Breast Surgeon in Pennsylvania for 2017 and 2018 by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.
Dr. Gary holds faculty appointments with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an invited guest editor for several journals and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications in cancer research. She is a grant reviewer and speaker for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as several other local and national nonprofit cancer organizations. She is passionate about using her expertise to develop programs to address cancer risk and prevention, research and healthcare inequality in
and around the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County areas.