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Jandoli School presents ‘Speak on Sistas’ Tuesday at QCA in honor of history months

Mar 13, 2023

In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University will present “Speak on Sistas” at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

Presented by the Jandoli School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in partnership with St. Bonaventure University’s Black Student Union, and produced by JAB Unlimited Productions, LLC, “Speak on Sistas” is a Harlem Renaissance salon-style showcase featuring music, poetry, and spoken word performances from several female African-American artists from the Buffalo-Niagara region and Los Angeles.

These powerful performances will shed light on African-American women’s unique experiences and often overlooked perspectives. As authors, poets, musicians, public speakers, and therapists, these women have a powerful message to share that will resonate with women from all backgrounds.

Dr. Kimberly DeSimone, leadership professor and chair of the Jandoli Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, highlighted the importance of this showcase and recalled last semester’s Election Day showcase, “Hear the Brothas,” which featured male Black American artists.

“Building on the success of ‘Hear the Brothas’ and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we could not wait to bring ‘Speak on Sistas’ to our campus this spring,” DeSimone said. “It is a continuation of our efforts to amplify the voices of traditionally underrepresented groups and provide a platform to share their experiences. ‘Hear the Brothas’ and ‘Speak on Sistas’ are spectacular, entertaining and meaningful events — you won’t want to miss it!”

“Speak on Sistas” is a free event open to residents of Olean and surrounding areas. This event will also be streaming live here.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the #5 regional university value in the North in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 college rankings edition.