Mar 14

Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club

Thu, March 14, 2024 • 9:00am - 10:00am (1h) • virtual

Menstruation, Shame, and Cultural Renewal:
supporting girls' healthcare, dignity, and body autonomy
with Ariana Abadian-Heifetz ’12

Thursday, March 14, 2024
9 a.m. Central Time
via Zoom

For the last decade, Ariana Abadian-Heifetz ’12 has been exploring how to disrupt cycles of violence and trauma by using body-positive metaphors and stories to dislodge shame and address the underlying mindsets and beliefs that perpetuate harmful practices. Based on her prior work with young women in India, she authored an acclaimed graphic novel, Spreading Your Wings, to inspire positive self-image shifts around menstruation and gender norms.

Join Ariana in a dialogue around healing shame, supporting cultural renewal, and addressing the underlying root causes of gender discrimination.

Ariana holds a Master’s degree from NYU in Identity Development and studied social movements (POSC/IR) at Carleton. She is an avid poet, potter, and dancer and draws insight from navigating her own liminal identities as an Iranian-Zoroastrian and American-Ashkenazi Jew. She currently lives in Washington D.C., and works for KONU as a facilitator on Adaptive Leadership, mobilizing change processes, and adult social-emotional learning.

Her work has been featured in Teacher Plus Magazine The New Indian ExpressFeminism in IndiaFirstpostand Mid-Dayand she has also published pieces on gender norms and social-emotional learning in India TodayDeccan Chronicleand Daily Pioneer.

Register by Wednesday, March 13 to participate in this Zoom event.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations via email or 800-729-2586. To join the Carleton Breakfast Club email list, email and indicate you would like to be added to the Carleton Breakfast club email list.

Event Contact: Krista Herbstrith

Event Summary

Carleton Virtual Breakfast Club
  • Intended For: General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, Prospective Students, Families
  • Categories: Lecture/Panel

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