The Bristol Community College Women’s Center is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with a free Women’s Leadership Seminar that's open to all.

The theme is "Equity through Unity," and speakers will tell stories of women supporting and empowering each other to excel and overcome obstacles.

Keynote speaker Hilina D. Ajakaiye is founder of the RISE Women’s Leadership Conference. She immigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia at the age of twelve, earned her MBA from Northeastern University. She is the recipient of many awards.

The event will also feature Candida Rose and the Kabu Band Ensemble; autism advocate Patti Menzel; and Rev. Dr. Norma Heath, founder and executive director of Amron International, Inc.

The event is set for Wednesday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jackson Arts Center Auditorium and Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery on the Bristol Community College Fall River Campus at 777 Elsbree Street.

The stated mission of the Women’s Center at Bristol Community College is to provide a safe and supportive space of empowerment through advocacy and education.

"The Women’s Center promotes the concept of intersectionality—that gender intersects with all other markers of identity—and thus works to help students understand the complexity of their lives and the lives of others," a press release states.

To register for the event, or for more information, please visit

The event is presented by the Bristol Community College Women’s Center and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

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