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Penn State To Host Women’s History Month Events Beginning March 1

Penn State and various organizations will host events in honor of National Women’s History Month beginning on Wednesday, March 1. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

Wednesday, March 1 — “See No Stranger” With Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader, author, and public speaker. She’s also the author of “See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love,” a novel focused on understanding others in a time of conflict and hate.

At 7 p.m. in the HUB’s Heritage Hall, Kaur will deliver a keynote presentation, speak about her work, and sign copies of her book.

Wednesday, March 1 — “Intersections” Film Series

Screenings for “Intersections,” a film series that follows an all-female production team across the country, begin at 7 p.m. on March 1. The team interviews influential women in a variety of male-dominated career fields.

There will be a panel discussion where viewers can speak with student leaders from Penn State’s female advocacy groups in underrepresented areas.

You can learn more about the Empowerment Project here and register for the virtual screening here.

Wednesday, March 1 — Navigating Law School Panel

The School of Labor and Employment Relations and pre-law advisor Arthur Matthews will host five women speakers at 7 p.m. to discuss their paths through law school and talk to female students about the process of earning their J.D. Attendees must register for the event.

Thursday, March 2 — Women & Queer Bike Night

Students and community members can head to the Bike Den at 6 p.m. for a night of workshops. The event hopes to bring underrepresented groups in biking together to meet other hobbyists and professionals in cycling.

The Bike Den is located on the first floor of the West Parking Deck.

March 13 To 17 — UPUA Women’s Empowerment Week Events

In addition to events taking place across campus for National Women’s History Month, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) is hosting its own schedule of events for Women’s Empowerment Week.

  • Monday, March 13 — Women’s Empowerment Resource Station
    From noon to 4 p.m. in the HUB, UPUA will provide information about women’s health and advocacy resources. Stickers will be provided.
  • Tuesday, March 14 — Tea with Title IX
    At 5 p.m., location TBD, UPUA will provide refreshments and Title IX education with a Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Roundtable. Title IX Coordinator Amber Grove and Associate Director of the Gender Equity Center Becca Geiger Wallen will answer questions about protections provided through Title IX.
  • Wednesday, March 15 — Art and Advocacy: Women’s Leadership Painting Night
    At 5 p.m. at 132 Flex Theater in the HUB, student and staff leadership will paint portraits of famous female activists. They will also host discussions about making Penn State a stronger community for women.
  • Friday, March 17 — Women’s Empowerment Day of Advocacy
    From 4 to 7 p.m. in 132 Flex Theater in the HUB, there will be information about social justice organization involvement, internships, and other opportunities across campus in a fair-style event. Berkey Creamery ice cream will be provided, too!

Thursday, March 16 — True Crime Night With The Gender Equity Center

For all true crime viewers on campus, True Crime Night at 6 p.m. in 132 Flex Theater of the HUB will examine the case of Tamla Horsford, a Black woman who was pronounced deceased under muddied circumstances.

The event will discuss hurdles that women of color experience, particularly in the legal system, and host a discussion of the circumstances of the true crime case.

March 20 To April 23 — Wikipedia Editathon

Penn State Libraries and experienced and novice Wikipedia editors will gather virtually to improve articles and references to the pages of Native American women activists and environmentalists.

The event coincides with Earth Day festivities. You can learn more on the Wikipedia Meetup page.

Tuesday, March 21 — “Ungendering Expectations” With The College Of Health And Human Development

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Health and Human Development will examine common gender stereotypes and their associated consequences through an interactive activity.

The event will host an interactive discussion about women’s involvement in STEM fields and leadership positions and will provide resources on bystander intervention techniques.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Henderson 110.

Friday, March 24 — Gender Equity Center Bus Trip To Washington, D.C.

In a trip to D.C., students will see gender equity at work. Information about careers in gender equity and the history of past and present influential women in gender equity will be explored.

There will be networking with D.C. alumni and discussions about their work to promote equity and inclusion. The trip is an all-day event, and students must register.

Tuesday, March 28 — “See No Stranger” Book Discussion

From 6 to 7 p.m. in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library), the Gender Equity Center and Penn State Libraries will host a discussion of Valarie Kaur’s “See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.” The discussion will focus on the memoir’s themes and how they’re applicable to students’ lives.

There is no expectation to sign up, however, you’ll receive a free copy of the book by completing an online form.

Wednesday, March 29 — Native American Wikipedia Editathon, Speaker Nicky Day Michael

As part of the Wikipedia Editathon beginning March 20, the event will host speaker Nicky Day Michael, the interim president of Bacone College and executive director of Indigenous Studies and Curriculum.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in HUB 233, she’ll discuss her experience as both a tribal leader of the Delaware Tribe and her extensive background in indigenous education and pedagogy.

Thursday, March 30 — D’Manda Martini: Women’s History Month Keynote With The Center For Sexual And Gender Diversity

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in HUB 233, the Gender Equity Center and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will host a keynote presentation from D’Manda Martini, a cosplayer, drag performer, and theater artist.

She will discuss the experiences of queer people in cosplay and its boundaries in a moderated discussion. The event will also showcase a 45 to 60-minute video about cosplay and preparations in the lead-up to a convention.

Throughout The Month — Penn State Libraries Digital Collections & Resources

Throughout the month, Penn State Libraries will host exhibits and collections for National Women’s History Month. Some of the events include:

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