March’s national celebration for Women’s History Month will be recognized at the University of San Diego with a variety of events and programs that will educate and inspire. The 2013 national theme for Women’s History Month is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”
Events listed for USD’s Women’s History Month celebration — and sponsored in part by the USD Women’s Center, USD AFFIRM, USD Center for Education Excellence, Graduate Student Life, the United Front Multicultural Center, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, include:
Wednesday, March 6
• Women’s History Month Kickoff, noon-2 p.m., Student Life Pavilion’s Exhibit Hall (across from Frank’s Lounge): In collaboration with USD’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity’s monthly First Wednesday Sweet Celebration, the Women’s Center will launch Women’s History Month. Lori Watson, associate professor of philosophy and director of USD’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program, will speak and there will also be student performances and free food. All are welcome.
• “Why Gender Matters” Dinner/Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UC Forum B: Examination of the role gender plays in our everyday lives at a local, national and global level continues to be relevant. Scholars and students will discuss their perspective on the role gender plays within their disciplines and throughout our lives. Moderator: Lori Watson. Panelists: B.A. Watford, associate dean of Academic Affairs and director of the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech; Mary Doak, USD associate professor, Theology and Religious Studies; Bradley Bond, USD assistant professor, Communication Studies; Stacey Williams, SOLES graduate student and Women’s Center graduate assistant; Kelly Longeran and Leanne Falzon, USD undergraduate students.
Thursday, March 7
• Diversity, From Thought to Action, 12:15-2:15 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room I: Virginia Tech’s B.A. Watford will discuss this topic in regards to what has been done about diversity at Virginia Tech, both successfully and not-so-successful. The hope is that this stimulates discussion of what can be done in other environments, including at USD. This event is open to faculty and staff.
• United Front Multicultural Center Community Lunch: Spotlight on Women’s History Month, 12:30-2 p.m., Student Life Pavilion, Room 418: Attend the UFMC’s free, monthly lunch gathering and learn more about Women’s History Month and engage in discussion with others in the campus community.
• AFFIRM Lecture: A Personal Perspective on Diversity, 7-8:30 p.m., SOLES’ Warren Auditorium: Virginia Tech’s B.A. Watford will give a lecture (open to USD students, staff and faculty) about her journey from earning an undergraduate degree in mining engineering to getting involved in diversity efforts. This talk will discuss how different experiences in her life led her to change career goals to focus on diversity and inclusion in engineering.
Friday, March 8
• Adorn ~ A Celebration of Your Beauty: Clothing and Accessory Exchange, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Commuter Student Commons (UC 119): This is a Graduate Student Life event for graduate and law student women to exchange items they no longer wear. Any leftover items not claimed will be donated.
Wednesday, March 13
• International Women’s Day Breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms A-D: This ninth annual event will feature special guest Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Laureate, Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. The IPJ will share a report from the recent 57th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, where the focus was on the global pandemic of violence against women. Proceeds from the breakfast support the Women PeaceMakers Program, which documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. Tickets required.
• Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series: Leymah Gbowee, “Transforming Conflict through Nonviolent Coalitions”; 6-7:30 p.m., IPJ Theatre: Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace — which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 — is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” Mighty Be Our Powers will be available for purchase following the lecture at the public reception. Seating in the IPJ Theatre is full, but RSVPs for overflow seating are being accepted. The lecture will be streamed live online.
— Inside USD