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Spring 2018 Events

Ongoing groups and events:

  • Feminist Ambassador Brigade, for more details:
  • Lactation Advocacy Committee, monthly on first Thursdays, 10 am, 109 Appleby, for more details:
  • Our Voices: Indigenous Women and Women of Color dialogue group, bi-weekly meetings, for more details:
  • P&A Women’s Council, monthly on 3rd Tuesdays at 12 pm, 41 Appleby, for more details:
  • University Indigenous Women & Women of Color, for more details:
  • Women’s Faculty Council (Faculty & Academic Affairs), for more details:


MLK Jr. Tribute Concert

Thursday, January 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall

Hosted by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. 

For more details:


Our Voices: Indigenous Women and Women of Color Dialogue Group Kickoff 

Monday, January 22, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, 41 Appleby Hall 

Drop in to this dialogue group centering women-identified indigenous students and students of color, co-sponsored with MCAE and Multicultural Student Engagement! Bi-weekly meetings starting January 22. 


Women’s Center Open House + Director Meet & Greet

Tuesday, January 23, 2:30-4:30 pm, Women’s Center Study/Lounge (65 Appleby Hall)

Drop in to meet Anitra Cottledge, the new Director of the Women’s Center, in our study/lounge and learn more about our programs -- including FAB, our student volunteer program! Treats provided!


Feminist Ambassador Brigade (FAB) Spring Training

Friday, January 26, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Appleby Hall (room TBD)

To join FAB, students must register for and complete a 4-hour training, offered each semester! 

RSVP required!



Feminist Ambassador Brigade Art Show

Friday, February 9, 5:00-7:00 pm, Appleby Hall 

In the interest of undoing past discrimination and exclusion of women from the canon of Western art, Feminist Ambassador Brigade at the University of Minnesota is hosting an Art Show to celebrate and support the diverse work of local femme-identified artists and their unique approaches to art. We want to provide a professional environment where the artists have the opportunity to showcase their artworks which can be pieces of painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, etc. for viewing and/or purchasing.


Women’s Faculty Cabinet | Forum with Provost Karen Hanson

Tuesday, February 13, 11:45-1:00 pm, Location TBA

Join WFC and Provost Hanson for a forum on the following theme: "Making the UMN a leader in gender equity: solutions to workplace bias and harassment." For more information:


P&A Women Read 

Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 - 1:00 pm, 101 Walter Library

Informal networking from 11:30-12:00, article discussion from 12:00-1:00 pm. Join P&A Women’s Council for an article discussion on Crucial Conversations and tools for effective conversation. This will be a a preview of the April 18 workshop with P&A Women's Council and Joy Harken. All are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch; treats will be provided. Click here to read the articles.



International Women’s Day Celebration!

Wednesday, March 8, Time and Location TBA

Co-sponsored with Feminist Ambassador Brigade

Drop-in to celebrate the achievements of women around the world, take action toward greater equality, and enjoy treats!


Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Summit

Saturday, March 24, Carlson School of Management

Co-sponsored with Carlson and Multicultural Student Engagement

This World is Ours to Build: This bi-annual summit centers women-identified indigenous students and students of color. Registration required at


Networking with Women of Color in STEM

Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 101 Walter Library

Co-sponsored CSE Women in Science and Engineering Initiative and NorthStar STEM Alliance

Roundtable discussions and networking focused on women of color students in STEM programs and professionals in STEM industries. Students, RSVP requested here



Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity

Tuesday, April 3, 1:00-4:00 pm, 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:


Feminist Friday: Decolonizing Sex Positivity

Friday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, 412 Bruininks 

Developed by Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy and presented by The Smitten Kitten, this workshop offers a challenge to white-dominated perspectives on sex positivity, and engages anyone seeking to expand and complicate their understanding of sex positivity. What are ways that people with intersecting identities, especially people of color, can stay true to their whole selves and honor the complexities of all their identities? This event is supported through a Campus Climate Micro-Grant. 


P&A Women’s Council | Crucial Conversations Workshop

Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 - 12:30 pm, Cargill Building

Crucial Conversations Training teaches skills for communicating when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Facilitated by Joy Harken, BSW, MHA; Certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator and Administrative Supervisor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more details:



Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity

Tuesday, May 8, 8:30-11:30 am, Northrop

See earlier workshop for details. RSVP required: 


Women’s Faculty Cabinet | Women’s Faculty Leadership Retreat

Wednesday, May 16, Time and Location TBA

Save the date for this annual retreat sponsored by the Women’s Faculty Cabinet. The retreat will continue the theme from the February forum with Provost Hanson: "Making the UMN a leader in gender equity: solutions to workplace bias and harassment.” Open to all UMN women faculty. For more information:



Award, Grant, and Scholarship Applications Due

Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm

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, Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship, and Gender Equity Project Grants. For more details:


About Women's Center Events

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. Join/share our events on Facebook here.


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


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