Sage Hosts Screening of Groundbreaking Film "Girl Rising" and Panel Discussion on Oct. 2

September 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

The Sage Colleges is proud to provide for the community a screening of the film Girl Rising, on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. on the Albany campus.

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. The film is suitable for girls 14 and older. For more about the film, go to

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required; go to or call (518) 244-2443.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by the dean of the Esteves School of Education, Lori V. Quigley; and including three wonderful young women.


Bindya Bhakta is a staff member with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Consulting Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and holds a M.S. in Consulting Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked with the City of San Diego on strategic planning, training, team development, performance management, and survey design. Prior to joining the Girl Scouts, Bhakta consulted with organizations on recruitment strategies, leadership and management practices, diversity, inclusion, organizational culture, decision-making, communication, strategic planning, and various HR systems.

Kathryn Fortune, Ambassador Girl Scout, is entering her senior year of high school at the Academy of the Holy Names. She plays the piano and is active in the Girl Scouts. Last spring, she participated in the Girls for the World Internship, in which she learned about advocacy while working with community organizations, and had the opportunity to shadow Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy. She has also traveled with the Girl Scouts to Paris, Germany and Austria. Fortune 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, she plans to pursue her love of science and is considering a career in health care.

Ha’Lena Acquasanta has been a member of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region for more than 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. Acquasanta is a junior at Schenectady High School, and 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. She has been working with Girls Inc. to help further develop the teen mentoring programs, as well as serving as a Creation Station Program Specialist. Acquasanta is working toward an Advanced Regents diploma, and plans on studying social work and accounting after graduating high school.

Dr. Lori V. Quigley, panel moderator, is dean of the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges. With a Ph.D. in Language, Learning and Literacy, Quigley 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. Quigley focuses a great deal of energy on the development and sustainability of education programs that are socially just, culturally responsive, and seek to serve all students.


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For more information, please contact:

Wendy Diefendorf
(518) 244-2443