RISE: Celebrating Women, Community Love and Leadership Published: March 14, 2017 By: Andy Sohn Celebrating Women, Community Love and Leadership, is an event for all women to unapologetically celebrate and honor the work and contributions given by women to our communities. RISE is about highlighting the endeavors and efforts of our women leaders, especially queer women and women of color, as well as appreciating, as a community, the daily functioning, striving and travail of all women as we give to each other’s lives and rise together. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm Anna Head Alumnae Hall, UC Berkeley RSVP for this event! Volunteer for this event! About our theme Although many saw Georgia O’Keefe’s revolutionary flower paintings as representative of the female experience with a connotation of biological determinism, at the core, her flowers were beautiful no matter what the viewer chose to project onto them when reading into her work. Every woman is different, just as all flowers are different, and we want to acknowledge and celebrate all who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity — past, present, future, and fluid. In the past decades, new emerging gazes have continually added diverse meanings to her works. By acknowledging the past understandings of O’Keefe’s work and following the innovating legacy, in saying “No Matter the Flower,” we seek to explore the transformative power brought by members in our communities who embrace and traverse new consciousness, boundaries and identities, take initiatives, and keep re-defining themselves, the community, and women’s leadership. The event will include a dinner and an award ceremony honoring campus and community women, as well as performances and speakers throughout. Please join us! Everyone welcome! We welcome all who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity — past, present, future, and fluid. Questions? Contact Mariya or Celine.