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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

The History of Women's History Month

Each year, the month of March is named Women's History Month by Presidental proclamation. During this time, we honor women's contributions to American history and continue to fight for gender equality. The month originally began as a week-long celebration in Santa Rose, Calif., in 1978. The organizers chose the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women's Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own women's history celebrations the following year. Then, in 1980, the National Women's History Project successfully lobbied for national recognition. In March of 1987, Congress passed a public law to designate March as Women's History Month. - womenshistory.org 

Student Life Events:

International Women's Day
Mon., March 8 | Noon-2 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
International Women's Day is a world-wide celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Stop by to make a nomination for our Wonderful Women of UHV Awards, write a message on our affirmations board, and enter a raffle for a free Women's Day t-shirt!

World Day of Muslim Culture
Thurs., March 11 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Learn more about Muslim culture and enjoy free snacks. 

Disability Awareness Day
Tues., March 23 | Noon-2 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
MAC will be displaying information on various developmental disabilities. There will also be free treats and giveaways available.

Wonderful Women of UHV Awards
Thurs., March 25 
We will be announcing the winners of the 2021 Wonderful Women of UHV Awards. Nominations and voting will take place throughout the month of March. The winners will be announced via video presentation.   

Brave Space Series: Faces of Feminism 
Tues., March 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join our panelists as we discuss what feminism is and why it's important for gender equality. 

International Transgender Day of Visibilty 
Wed., March 31 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Celebrate Trans Visibility with free snacks and giveaways. 

Quote of the Month:
"You see, our glorious diversity - our diversity of faiths, and colors
and creeds - that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are."
-Michelle Obama


Latino Faculty & Staff Association - March Meeting
Thurs., March 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Guest speaker, Sonia Trevino, joins the meeting from Corpus Christi. Sonia is a Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter and has worked as a court reporter for over 35 years. She will be the first Latina from Corpus Chrisit to serve as a president-elect for the Texas Court Reporters Association.

International Cafe Series: Coping with COVID-19 As An International Student
Fri., March 26 | Noon-1 p.m. | Microsoft Teams


CommUNITY Book Club (weekly virtual event)
The CommUNITY Book Club is hosted by the United Way of the Crossroads and meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. The next club starts in April with the novel "Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African Women Who Helped Win the Space Race", by Margot Lee Shetterly. For more information, follow the United Way of the Crossroads on social media or check back at UnitedWayCrossroads.org to find out about upcoming events. 

Save the Date: International Festival
Fri., April 16 | 3-5 p.m. | Microsoft Teams


Global Citizen Forum
Wed., March 3 - Fri., March 5 | Virtual | Registration: $50
The theme of this year's' forum is Struggles, Strategies, and Solutions for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education. The event is hosted by Drake University and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

International Women's Summit 2021
Mon., March 8 | Noon-1p.m. | Zoom Meeting | Registration: Free
Join the Anti-Defamation League of Houston and the Houston Rockets as they celebrate International Women's Day. Panelists include Laura Murillo, President/CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Alex Lewis, student influencer and Eagle Scout; Tamika Curry Smith, global human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant; and Cynthia Cooper, coach and former WNBA star. Moderated by AT&T Sportnet Anchor Julia Morales. 

Women in Leadership Symposium - Texas Diversity Council of the Gulf Coast
Thurs., March 25 | 9 a.m.-Noon | Virtual | Registration: $59
This year's theme is Onward and Upward: The Era of the Empowered Woman. Moderating the event is Ivette Mayo, CEO/Founder of the POWER On Heels Fund, Inc. 

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