In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, AAWCC organizes its annual Day of Dialogue to encourage chapters to engage in thoughtful conversation about issues impacting women attending and working at community colleges. AAWCC develops a themed topic, as well as resources to assist chapters in planning events and discussions. Chapters develop programming to complement the topic. While called Day of Dialogue, chapter programming takes place throughout the month of March.  

The theme for 2021 is "Let's Be Notorious." This past year has been significant for women. We marks 100 years of voting and mourned the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For the Day of Dialogue, we pay homage to the women who charted the way and ensured women's rights and equal protections in the law. The 2021 theme celebrates the life of Justice Ginsburg and the Women's Suffrage movement. This theme also challenges us to reconnect with the past 100 years, where exclusion has existed within political and social justice movements. 

Developing Thoughtful Discussion

Before you start planning your Day of Dialogue or series of events, take time to research the topic. Our AAWCC Day of Dialogue Planning Toolkit (PDF) includes a number of books, movies, TV shows, and website articles that can inform your planning.

Additional guidance for crafting thoughtful discussion within the chapter and across campuses is included in the AAWCC Planning Toolkit, which available for download as a PDF. Consider these topical questions for dialogue: 

  • How far have we come, or not come?
  • How have some been left behind or not included in the fight for rights?
  • Where is gender bias evident or masked on our campuses?
  • How does the binaryc onstruct of male/female impact women’s rights?
  • Why did the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) never get passed?
  • Why is equal pay still not codified in law?
  • How have women uniquely continued to fight for equal rights and social justice?
  • How has the pandemic impacted gender identity groups disproportionately?
  • What has been the role of our college in addressing gender inequities?

Planning Day of Dialogue Event 

The planning toolkit also serves as a valuable event planning guide for chapters for the Day of Dialogue. The COVID-19 pandemic has created opportunities for integrating online events with in-person events. Each campus/chapter will need to plan according to your location’s realities. This year, you may need to plan for multiple modalities to deliver your program. These are events that chapters have held in the past:

  • Speakers (keynote speakers or panelists) on campus and/or via webcasting (Zoom, Facebook, Teams, etc.)

  • Large Group Discussions

  • Small Group Discussions

  • Women of Achievement Awards (honoring women in the community)

  • Day of Service

  • Opening or closing with a speaker and including discussion sessions throughout the day.

Sharing Your Event with AAWCC and Lessons Learned

  • During your Day of Dialogue, take some pics to share on Facebook or at #AAWCC and #dayofdialogue.

  • Email pictures of your event that may be used on the AAWCC website to showcase Dialogues to the AAWCC Vice President of Communications at ehoman@howardcc.edu.
  • Submit your chapter for the AAWCC Model Chapter Award and the AAWCC Model Program Award
  • Report to AAWCC about your chapter's events for the Day of Dialogue. By submitting this online report, chapters across the country can benefit from your chapter's experiences. Additionally, your information will assist with future planning efforts of the Day of Dialogue.

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