Harvard GlobalWE Student/Alumni Roundtable

The Impact of COVID on Women

Sunday, February 21, 2021 | 12:00-1:15pm ET | Zoom Event


This event took place on February 21st, 2021. You can find a recording of the event on our YouTube Channel.

Harvard GlobalWE invites students, alumni, and friends to our 4th Annual Student/Alumni Roundtable discussion on Sunday, February 21st, 12:00-1:15pm ET, via Zoom. This year, we will have a timely dialogue on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of women. This event is hosted in collaboration with Harvard Alumni for Fashion, Luxury, & Retail and Harvard W3D: Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development.

We are pleased to welcome the following panelists to the roundtable: Harvard undergraduate Amanda Stickels, digital teamwork expert and author Erica Dhawan, and social advocate and human rights defender Zuleika Yusuf Daffalla. Through their unique perspectives, these panelists will share how the pandemic has brought change to their communities as well as to their educational, professional, and personal journeys. The discussion will be moderated by Harvard GlobalWE board member Lindsay Laguna.

This event will provide an opportunity for you both to hear from the panelists and to discuss this topic in small groups. Register today! 

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Event schedule

  • Introductions 
  • Panelist Discussion
  • Breakout Sessions 
  • Full group discussion and recap
  • Conclusion


Last year, alumni and students gathered to examine and discuss the role of fashion as a form of oppression and self-expression. The event was hosted by Harvard GlobalWE in collaboration with the Harvard Alumni for Fashion, Luxury & Retail SIG and the Islamic Fashion and Design Council. We were joined by five wonderful panelists, acclaimed entrepreneurs, scholars, curators, and historians who discussed the relationship between the fashion industry and gendered societal authority structures: Heather Bowie Kaye (Harvard University, AB ’96), Angela Latham, Marley Healy (Harvard Extension School, ALB '12), Elizabeth SemmelhackSusan Brown. 


Two years ago, alumni and students gathered in a roundtable discussion on the polarization of the media with Annafi Wahed founder of The Flip Side and board members Allison Lee Pillinger Choi, AB '06, and Angela Cho (as covered in The Crimson).

Event Details

Sunday, February 21, 2020

12:00pm - 1:15pm Eastern Time





FREE for Harvard College students, Harvard University graduate students, Harvard University alumni, affiliates, staff and guest. While membership and most of our events are free, GlobalWE is grateful for donations from members to support its programming and initiatives. Please consider making any accompanying donation here to support our work: 





Panelist Bios

Amanda Stickels

Amanda is a first-year student at Harvard College, who lived on campus last semester. After graduating high school, she took a gap year where she became involved with Harvard GlobalWE, particularly with regard to the Essay Contest, and is excited to take on a leadership role in the undergraduate chapter this upcoming semester. Amanda will speak to the impact COVID has had on students.


Erica Dhawan

"Erica is an internationally recognized leading authority, author and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. She shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness." (*WSB). Erica will speak to the impact COVID has had on working professionals.


Zuleika Yusuf Daffalla

Zuleika is a social advocate and human rights defender. She is the founding director of Woman Without Borders, an organization that is engaged in stopping sexual and gender based violence. When the ten months school closure in Kenya during the Covid 19 pandemic led to a spike of teenage pregnancies, Zuleika worked with pregnant teenagers in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Zuleika will speak to the impact of COVID on the women's empowerment efforts globally.


Moderator: Lindsay Laguna

Lindsay is a board member of Harvard GlobalWE. Professionally, Lindsay has served in roles across higher education, international education, and workforce and career development. After working in career development at diverse institutions, Lindsay understands that people seeking growth need to analyze their experiences both through individualistic and systemic frameworks. By marrying these complementary perspectives in her work, she works as a careeer coach, coaching each person with a holistic approach. Lindsay earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign and her EdM in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.




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The views expressed during our events are solely those of the speaker(s) and participating audience and do not imply endorsement by Harvard GlobalWE and/or Harvard University.


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We are dedicated to the empowerment of women through education, dialogue and connection among individuals working for women's rights and freedoms worldwide. Harvard GlobalWE does not advocate a specific ideology or political or cultural agenda. We are an inclusive organization with membership open to and comprising all genders.


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12:00PM - 1:15PM Sun 21 Feb 2021, Eastern timezone

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