Each Shining Brightly in Her Own Way: Photo Highlights from “Voices of Women at Soka”
Women’s History Month at SUA culminated with “Voices of Women at Soka,” a panel discussion and community mixer highlighting the rich diversity of women’s identities and experiences on campus.
Six women from the Soka community spoke at the March event, which was moderated by Emma Sherbine MA ’24 and Karly Sierka ’25. The panel included Anne Pearce, director of the creative arts program, Soka alumnus Giselle Velasquez ’15, Nappa Kataoka ’23, and Wilnie Merilien, residence hall coordinator.
“I had such an uplifting experience,” said Kataoka. “Growing up, I always felt uneasy about navigating the world as a girl; there seemed to be countless barriers and hurdles, though usually invisible, that hindered me from attaining what other people relished.” At Soka, she gained the frameworks and vocabulary to intellectualize and understand her feelings and struggles.
“I believe ‘Voices of Women at Soka’ provided an opportunity for the participants to reflect on personal experiences, ponder what their gender identity means to them, and envision how to shine as brightly in their own way as they can and make a positive change in their respective places,” Kataoka shared.
Enjoy these photo highlights from “Voices of Women at Soka.” Please click an image to enlarge it.