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RMSC to celebrate local change-making women

RMSC to celebrate local change-making women

The first in a series of five virtual events designed to celebrate local women will be held Tuesday evening.

Rochester Museum & Science Center will begin its “Meet the Changemakers” speaker series on April 6 at 7 p.m. Attendees will hear from Annette Ramos, LatinX arts curator, community connector and featured changemaker, as well as a panel of four “Latina Changemakers of Tomorrow” that include Paola LaBoy, Erika De Jesus Rodriguez, Katelyn Cruz-Plonczynski and Neyda Colon-DiMaria.

Those who attend the events will learn how these women broke barriers in their respective fields, creating innovative solutions to long-standing problems and amplifying their own voices as well as those of others that deserve to be heard.

“When looking at the women featured in this exhibit and the groundbreaking, admirable, and sometimes larger-than-life work that they’ve accomplished, it feels so inspiring,” said Allison Shultes, director of education at RMSC. “Through this speaker series, we hope to further elevate the stories of persistence and changemaking in our community. We also hope people can learn that these women are just like them and that working toward change isn’t as impossible or unattainable as it may seem.”

Other speakers in the series will include:

• Norma Holland: Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
• Aesha Ash: Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
• Michelle Shenandoah: Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
• Alexis Vogt: Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

“This speaker series gives visitors a chance to meet, hear from, and talk to some of these amazing women whose stories are told in our exhibit. It can enhance what visitors may have already learned about women’s history in Rochester after exploring the exhibit, and can help them connect to their own inner changemaker and encourage them to inspire future generations to be changemakers,” Shultes said.

The speaker series is geared toward older children and adults, and is free with a suggested donation of $10. More information about the series is available at

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