Winthrop Women's Coalition

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 4th, 7 p.m. in Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.
Women and the Law: A Panel Discussion

Press Release

Women in the Law Poster


Past Events 

Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
Women in Science: A Panel Discussion 

Takita Sumter

    Sumter, who oversees Winthrop’s largest degree-granting college, has served in numerous leadership roles, including as the university’s first Provost’s Faculty Fellow. She’s been published frequently in refereed scientific journals, such as Science’s Nextwave, and has served as chair of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Minority Affairs Committee. She was also in recent years elected to the society’s council, one of only nine selected nationwide. 

    She holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of South Carolina and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the Winthrop community in 2004. She’s taught courses in general chemistry and biochemistry sequence and loves to mentor undergraduate research. 

Alena James

    Before her current role, James taught at different universities, including Marymount, where she directed student research in microbiology and managed the scientific laboratories. She also contributed to The Pandora Report, a biodefense blog, where she wrote about the use of U.S. drones to fight terrorism, the transporting of Ebola infected patients to the U.S., and the political and technological processes for destroying chemical weapons in Syria. She’s served as an expert for the Federation of American Scientists, interned at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism and completed a fellowship with the Chemical and Biological Defense ORISE program. 

    She holds multiple degrees from Winthrop: a B.S. in biology; a B.A. in political science with a German minor; and a master’s degree in biology. She’s a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University, from which she earned a master’s degree in biodefense. 

Jenny Johnson

    Johnson works as a medical writer with MedThink SciCom, where she delivers accurate, inclusive and engaging content for the organization’s biopharma clients. She previously worked in a similar role for the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. 

    Johnson holds a Ph.D. in pathology and immunology from Case Western Reserve University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where her research focused on cell-mediated immune regulation in airway model systems. 

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Women in Medicine: A Panel Discussion in the Context of COVID-19
A panel discussion featuring Ashton Brock Nelson '11, Ph.D.; Amy J. Petty '12, M.D., Ph.D.; and Felicia Mullins Pickering '97, '00. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Annual Scholarship Reception
A celebration of philanthropy and students, honoring graduates who are recipients of support provided by the WWC.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Women in Politics: Obstacle and Opportunities
A panel discussion featuring State Representatives Wendy C. Brawley, Chandra Dillard and Raye Felder; and State Senator Katrina Shealy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Hidden Figures of The Civil Rights Movement: Segregation and Activism in Rock Hill

A panel discussion featuring three women who were involved in Rock Hill’s civil rights history. Panelists included Phyllis Thompson Hyatt, Gladys Feely Robinson, and Darnell Ivory.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Facing the Challenges of a 21st-Century Education

A panel discussion featuring five educational leaders from Winthrop University, Rock Hill Schools, York School District I and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

Friday, June 29, 2018
Winthrop Women’s Coalition’s First Professional Development Conference

The Winthrop Women's Coalition hosted its first professional development conference with topics ranging from launching your career and breaking the glass ceiling, to stress management, and adaptability, flexibility, and courage in taking on new opportunities.