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The annual Sistah Power! celebration will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— The Sistah Power! program will present an evening of reflection, sharing, music, and dance on Friday, December 4. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 6:00pm on the second floor of the Students' Building.

The celebration will feature Vassar students and girls, aged seven to 13-years-old, from the City of Poughkeepsie School District and students from the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. They will present African dance and drumming, which they have learned throughout the semester. This event marks the conclusion of the fall portion of the program and will display the semester long experiences of bonding, learning and growing of the program participants.

Sistah Power! intern Anastasia Hardin ’10 reflected on the program, “Participating in the Sistah Power! has been one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of my four years at Vassar; I learned, not only how to be a teacher, but also how to be a learner.”

About Sistah Power! program
The Sistah Power! program is an Independent Study Course, which uses African dance, drumming, and weekly educational activities to foster sisterhood and empowerment for Vassar students and girls from the City of Poughkeepsie School District, ages seven to 13.

The Vassar student participants serve as a mentors and “Big Sisters” to each girl and are responsible for developing and implementing educational activities. Weekly sessions are held at the Warring Magnet Academy, in Poughkeepsie and at Vassar College.

As part of Vassar students' learning experience, students meet regularly to discuss feminist approaches to community outreach, girls' physical, cultural and emotional development needs, and implementation of their educational activities.

Sistah Power is a collaborative effort between the Campus Life Office/ALANA Programs, the Women's Studies Program at Vassar College, and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 25, 2009