Students and staff of Fairmont State University gathered at the Falcon Center for their own celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday.
The event also included students from East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior High Schools, so they could share in the discussion and network with women from around the world.
“International Women’s Day is a day of celebration in terms of women, education, culture, and it’s pretty much an organized opportunity to exchange information and encourage one another. It’s about promoting and encouraging education, awareness and networking connectivity,” said Amanda Stinemetz, director of Educational Pathways for International Centers and Students (EPICS) at Fairmont State University.
The main speaker for the event was Donna Hopkins, a sports broadcaster and Fairmont State graduate. She tries to keep in touch with students from her alma mater and especially young women to encourage them and be sure they know the value they have as they go into the world.
“Some of the times, they don’t realize that they have a lot that has not been birthed into them yet that they have to offer the world, and I think it’s important to come back to show them how important they are in moving forward,” said Hopkins.
International students at Fairmont State were also on hand to share their experience about being a woman in the cultures they grew up in, and to share both the differences and the similarities so that women around the world are able to see the world with a greater perspective.
“For them to connect with a person from that country, from that culture, to share ideas and analysis based her experience that is not a limited experience about culture, it’s a relationship that just opens more doorways one way or another,” said Stinemetz.