Film Screening - Girl Rising 

Girl Rising Film Screening

October 2nd, 2013
6 - 8 pm
Kahl Campus Center Gymnasium

Parents, Educators, Counselors, Girls 14 and up

Girl Rising - a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. For more information, visit the Girl Rising website

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Due to the popularity of this program, registration for this event is full.


The Film 

Girl Rising Trailer


The Panel 

Dr. Lori QuigleyDr. Lori Quigley, panel moderator, is Professor and Dean of the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges. With a Ph.D. in Language, Learning and Literacy, Lori has taught language arts methods to pre-service teachers and clinical reading courses to graduate students. Her research interests include second language acquisition, culturally relevant pedagogy, learning community theory and multigenerational trauma. In her work, Lori focuses a great deal of energy on the development and sustainability of education programs that are socially just, culturally responsive, and aggressively seek to serve all students.


Bindya BhaktaBindya Bhakta is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Consulting Psychology from CSPP at Alliant International University, preceded by a M.S. in Consulting Psychology, along with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked with the City of San Diego concentrating on the areas of strategic planning, training, team development, performance management, and survey design. Immediately prior to joining the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Bindya consulted with organizations in the areas of recruitment strategies, leadership and management practices, diversity, inclusion, organizational culture, decision-making, communication, strategic planning, and various HR systems. She continually aims to be better than her best.

Kathryn FortuneKathryn Fortune, Ambassador Girl Scout, is entering her senior year of high school at the Academy of the Holy Names. Kathryn plays the piano and is actively involved in Girl Scouts. Last spring, she participated in the Girls for the World Internship where she learned about advocacy while working with community organizations and had the opportunity to shadow Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy. Kathryn has also traveled with the Girl Scouts through destinations in Paris last summer and Germany and Austria this past July. She is in the process of earning her Gold Award on a project she created called Cooking is for Everyone which aims to teach children about food allergies and nutrition. In college, Kathryn plans to foster her love of science and is thinking about a career in healthcare. She looks forward to her last year in Girl Scouts and hopes to continue to be actively involved in her council as a volunteer.


Ha’Lena Acquasanta has been a member of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region for over three years.  After hearing some of her friends were going to a place that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM, and attending some of the teen programs, she was hooked.  Ha’Lena is a natural leader and it has been evident in the way she conducts herself not only at Girls Inc., but also at Schenectady High School, where she just started her junior year.  Ha’Lena is an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people to help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  Next year, when Ha’Lena graduates, she will have an Advanced Regents diploma, as well. Ha’Lena has been working with Girls Inc. staff to help further develop the teen mentoring programs and is starting a new role as a Creation Station Program Specialist at Girls Inc. It is no surprise that Ha’Lena plans on studying social work and accounting when she graduates from high school and attends college in the next couple years.

Juliet Mosoke

Juliet Musoke grew up in Uganda, East Africa, in a small village called Kawanda. She immigrated to the United States when she was 24 years old for a better education and a better living. Fortunately, Juliet was able to come to the United States on a Foreign Student Visa. She attended college at Morristown College in Nashville, Tennessee. She transferred to the College of St. Rose after completing her first year at Morristown, and obtained her first Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.  After working for 10 years, she went back for a second Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. Juliet works as a Legal Clerk for Solomon and Solomon, P.C.  She resides in West Sand Lake with her 14 year-old daughter, Gloria.  She would like her daughter to achieve the best education she can and to become a very respectable, helpful, and hardworking citizen, who is more than willing to give back to the community.


Sponsors and Supporters

Interested in finding out how you or your institution can become a part or lend support to the this important programming? Contact Wendy Diefendorf by email or phone, 518-244-2443.


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