Women’s History Month: UNC Charlotte’s celebration sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. Programs are free and open to the public. Events coming up:
• March 18: “Defining Dress Code,” part of the Women of Color Conversation Series, on creating and strengthening connections for women students of color at UNCC. 4:30 p.m., Student Union, Room 267.
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• March 19: “Let’s Talk About It: Gender,” discussion on differences in treatment and actions among men and women. 12:30 p.m., Student Union room 263.
• March 24: “Let’s Talk About It: Feminism,” part of Feminist Coming Out Day. Dialogue about what it means to be a feminist. 12:30 p.m., Student Union room 340.
• March 24: “What Men Think About Feminism,” panel discussion exploring men’s involvement in feminism. 2 p.m., Student Union room 340.
• March 24: “Wonder Women!” documentary and panel discussion investigate untold story of American superheroines and the legacy of Wonder Woman. 7 p.m., Student Union room 340.
Environmental initiative: UNCC’s Urban Institute, in partnership with the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, has launched “Keeping Watch,” a three-year initiative designed to bring a higher profile to, and engage the public in, issues about the natural environment, according to Mary Newsom in the institute’s weekly email newsletter. Working with historians, writers, artists, scientists and environmental experts, the effort will explore three local environmental issues: plastic waste and recycling (2014), urban streams (2015), and air quality and the value of trees (2016). Most events will take place around Earth Day. “Keeping Watch on Plastics” will begin March 28. See more at http://ui.uncc.edu/story/institute-partners-launch-3-year-look-environmental-topics#sthash.GCMw7UpM.dpuf.
Sustainability awards: Nominations are due March 17 for Sustain Charlotte’s third annual Community Sustainability Awards + Earth Day Celebration. Local organizations and individuals will be recognized for their efforts to help realize “ Charlotte 2030: A Sustainable Vision for Our Region.” Awards will be presented to local organizations in the following categories: air quality, land use, sustainable economy, energy, food, waste reduction, social equity, transportation and water. Nonprofits including neighborhood organizations, academic institutions/schools, businesses and government agencies are welcome to apply. Outstanding Overall Leader and Outstanding Educator Awards also will be presented to individuals. Details: www.sustaincharlotte.org/events.
Nominate police: Nominations are due April 1 for the 35th annual Police Community Relations Awards sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee. The award recognizes officers and work teams from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for building positive, problem-solving relationships with residents and neighborhood groups. To nominate an officer or team, call 704-336-3056 to request a nomination form or visit www.charmeck.org and click “Departments,” then “Community Relations,” then “Police-Community Relations Award.”