Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring Jaquira Díaz

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: The Women's Initiative and UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff


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Listen to and honor The Women’s Initiative’s “Challenge Into Change” essay contest participants while celebrating the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment. Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls: A Memoir) will read from her work, contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

These authors–Jaquira Díaz and the contest award recipients—will amaze you with their histories, tenacity, and courage. We challenge you to step forward and hear their wonderfully rich voices.

Here’s what attendees had to say about previous Challenge Into Change programs:

  • “This program inspired and moved me, motivated me to write and hopefully participate in the future.”
  • “Speakers were inspiring, eloquent and courageous.”
  • “Thank you for opening our minds. I feel very much empowered”

“Every once in a while, a truly electric debut memoir comes along, and this fall, Ordinary Girls is it. It’s the story of an ordinary girl; it’s the story of all of the extraordinary girls. Díaz is a skilled writer; the depth of layering is strong, from the details to the larger structures of identity, white supremacy, colonialism, and brown, queer, and femme resilience and resistance.” —BuzzFeed

“Díaz does not flinch with the hard-hitting details of growing up in communities that deserve our wholehearted attention. She complicates how we imagine girlhood and offers a beautiful memoir written with so much love, compassion and intelligence. This book is a necessary read at a time where the system and the media is so often working against the survival of women of color. This book burns in the memory and makes one feel all the feelings. A triumph!” —Bustle (Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana)

“A dynamic examination of the power of persistence.” —Time (Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019)