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The Women’s Center sponsors and works with campus and community partners to offer a wide range of events and programs each year, including a number of annual events. If you are interested in collaborating on an event, please contact us at or 612-625-9837.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Women's Center at or 612-625-9837 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Spring 2016 Events

Women's Center Spring 2016 Calendar



Women’s Faculty Cabinet Monthly Lunch and Book Discussion
Thursday, January 14, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Campus Club rooms B & C
Women faculty are invited to join in a discussion of Dear Committee Members, a humorous novel about life in academia, by the University of Minnesota’s own Julie Schumacher. Q&A with the author! Led by Associate Professor Brenda Ogle.


MLK Jr. Tribute Concert
Thursday, January 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall
Hosted by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music.
For more details:


Feminist Ambassador Brigade (FAB) Info Session
Friday, January 22, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 41 Appleby Hall
Learn about FAB, the Women’s Center student volunteer program, and enjoy free treats while mingling with current FAB members!


Gender and Digital Harassment
January Date TBA, Freeman Commons, HHH
Hosted by the Gender, Sex, and Policy Event Committee (GSPEC) 
A discussion on internet violence and harassment and how we as individuals and policy-makers can have an impact.
For more details, visit the GSPEC Facebook page


Feminist Ambassador Brigade (FAB) Training*
Friday, January 29, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. 41 Appleby Hall
To join FAB, students must complete a 4-hour training, offered each semester!
RSVP required




How To Start Your Own Success/Learning Circle!

Monday, February 1, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 101 Walter Library

Success/Learning Circles are a powerful tool for achieving one’s dreams, empowering others, and improving the organizational culture. Peg Lonnquist, Ph.D., Women’s Center Director, explains how to start your own! Bring your own lunch.

RSVP encouraged



Feminist Friday: Mama's Boy

Friday, February 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 101 Walter Library

Co-sponsored with the GLBTA Programs Office

"How I learned to integrate and appreciate black femininity into my everyday existence as a gay man." Discussion led by Jason Jackson, Assistant Director in the GLBTA Programs Office.

RSVP encouraged



Grand Opening of the Garden Level Lactation Room

Thursday, February 11, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 38 Appleby Hall

Join us to celebrate a new lactation room on campus - close to the Women’s Center and the Student Parent Help Center. Brief program at 12:30.



AHA! Gallery Spring Art Show Opening

Tuesday, February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Appleby Hall Ground Floor

Join us for refreshments and an introduction of the artist, Lisha Kirpalani, at the opening celebration of our spring art show, Tree Clocks!



Gender and Negotiation Workshop

Thursday, February 18, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Freeman Commons, HHH

Hosted by the Gender, Sex, and Policy Event Committee

Join former Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher for a workshop on how gender and intersectionality affect negotiations and bargaining power. (Includes mock negotiation and negotiation skill practice).

For more details:



P&A Women's Council | microaggressions: it's the little things

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 101 Walter Library

What is a microaggression and what can we do about them? Join this brown bag discussion about intentional and unintentional everyday slights around marginalized identities.




Feminist Friday: API Herstory
Friday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 101 Walter Library
Co-sponsored with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) Twin Cities Chapter
RSVP encouraged


Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Summit: Igniting Leadership, Confidence, and Cultural Strength
Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Coffman
Regional summit centering and prioritizing the voices and experiences of women-identified indigenous students and students of color. Keynote by Kabo Yang, Executive Director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, workshops, and networking.
RSVP required


International Women’s Day: Call to Action
Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 65 Appleby Hall
Co-sponsored with Culture Corps/ISSS and Feminist Ambassador Brigade
Be part of one of the world-wide events celebrating the achievements of women around the world while calling for greater equality.


A Taste for Brown Sugar | Author Talk with Mireille Miller-Young -- CANCELLED*
Friday, March 25, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 1314 Social Sciences Building
Hosted by The Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquium
Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC-Santa Barbara, talks about A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.
For more details:


Networking with Women of Color in STEM

Thursday, March 31, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Bruininks Hall

Hosted by MSTEM, CSE Women in Science and Engineering Initiative, and the College of Biological Sciences
Roundtable discussions and networking focused on women of color students in STEM programs and professionals in STEM industries

Students RSVP here; professionals please RSVP here.




Annual Speaker | The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America - Author Talk with Sarah Deer

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Co-sponsored with American Indian Studies, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, Circle of Indigenous Nations, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and the University of Minnesota Press

Sarah Deer, a 2014 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline, delivers a talk on the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. Book signing to follow.

RSVP encouraged



Award Applications Due -- NOTE NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE

Friday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.

Award applications due for Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award, Charlotte Striebel Equity Award, Mullen-Spector-Truax Leadership for Women Award, Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award, Sharon Doherty Student Leadership Award.

For more details:



Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women’s Equity Workshop

Tuesday, April 12, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. St. Paul Student Center

Learn about women’s status today and how you can contribute to women’s equity, which benefits everyone. (Part of the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program).

RSVP required



Keeping Our Faculty Symposium VII: Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing American Indian Faculty & Faculty of Color

Sunday-Tuesday, April 17-19 Commons Hotel

Hosted by Office for Equity and Diversity

The only national symposium focused on advancing faculty diversity in higher education. College and university researchers, scholars, administrators, and policymakers from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

For more details:



Feminist Friday: Film Screening and Discussion of No Más Bebés

Friday, April 22, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Mayo Auditorium

Co-sponsored with Chicano & Latino Studies

No Más Bebés [No More Babies], directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, tells the story of Mexican and Mexican American women who sued doctors and the U.S. government after they were unwillingly sterilized at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 1970s.

RSVP encouraged



Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women’s Equity Workshop

Monday, April 25, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Founder’s Room, Northrop Auditorium

See previous April workshop for details.

RSVP required





Feminist Friday: Creativity and Self-Care

Friday, May 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 215 Coffman

Co-sponsored with Feminist Student Activist Collective

Get ready for finals week by finding creative ways to practice self-care!

RSVP encouraged



Women’s Faculty Leadership Retreat | Well-Being in Academia: Cultivating Life Balance

Tuesday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. East Bank Campus

Hosted by the Women’s Faculty Cabinet





Scholarship and Grant Applications Due

Friday, June 3, 4:30 p.m.

Applications due for Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship, and Gender Equity Project Grants (formerly Institutional Change Grants).

For more details:


Ongoing groups and events:

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