Angéla Kóczé, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was one of the speakers, recently, at a conference focused on minority rights in the United States and in Europe.
The Central European University web site reported that Kóczé and other experts gathered in Budapest Dec. 7-8 for CEU’s conference called “Inside the Struggle: The U.S. Civil Rights Movement & the European Roma Rights Crisis.”
The conference juxtaposed the situation of Roma communities in Europe that face discrimination, violence and poverty with the U.S. civil rights movement’s successes and continued challenges.
Read more about the conference here.
Thanks in part to professor Angéla Kóczé’s service learning course, “Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility,” El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.
As part of the course, Kóczé’s students generate social change through entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, she and her students developed a grant proposal to help women in the El Buen Pastor community start their own businesses. The funds awarded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will provide support for training, workshops, networking, seed funding and hands-on experiences to an initial group of 10 women entrepreneurs.
The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute, IPLACe and the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) are organizing an event to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.
The celebration will be held on Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the new Loft Area at SECCA.
As part of Visiting Assistant Professor Angéla Kóczé’s course on researching feminism, social justice and public engagement, students are preparing for the event by exploring Angelou’s presence, teaching and activism at Wake Forest and beyond. Their collective portfolio, which includes oral histories, stories, photographs and images, will be donated to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections.
Serenus Churn Sr., senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, will open the event.
Wake Forest faculty and students as well as members of the Winston-Salem community will read poems. A selection of Angelou’s poems will be performed in song by Lynn Book, associate director of the Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and a professor in the department of theatre and dance.
The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the celebration.
Angéla Kóczé, a visiting faculty member with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, invited women from El Buen Pastor to participate in an entrepreneurship project. Utilizing a framework from one of her classes, Kóczé and her students worked together to help each participant to identify future career possibilities, evaluate personal assets and challenges and to find a best path forward.
Read more in the El Buen Pastor newsletter.
Kóczé recently won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for her human rights work with the Roma people of Hungary,