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Upcoming Spring 2017 Women's Center Events

Date/Time/Place  Event

Thursday, February 23

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Women and STEM: Dr. Taviare Hawkins

Dr. Taviare Hawkins is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and specializes in computational methods and experimental biophysics. In celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Hawkins will share about her journey to becoming the 50th Black woman in U.S. history to earn a PhD in Physics (she earned her doctorate in 2009).

Co-Sponsored with: UW System Women and Science Program, Black Student UnionFit Oshkosh

Monday, February 27

Women's Center


Discussion with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Brenda Doolittle is the Forensic Program Coordinator from Aurora Medical Center. She is coming to campus to talk about the options for victims of sexual assault and how to access services in the event that you or someone you know are sexually assaulted. She has a lot of great information to share with the campus. Please join CARE and the Women's Center in hosting this event.

Co-Sponsored with: CARE

Monday, February 27

Reeve Union Theater (307)


Global Google Hangout: Black Cyberfeminism 

Join us to learn from scholars and gamers who deconstruct the intersecting oppressions Black women experience in virtual spaces. Dr. TreaAndrea Russworm, Melissa Brown, and others will guide us through a discussion about the intersection of race and gender in specific video games and the broader virtual community.

Co-Sponsored with: Black Student UnionFit OshkoshLGBTQ Resource Center, Women’s Advocacy Council 

March 2

Reeve Union Room 227B


Social Justice, Safe Spaces and Free Speech: A Roundtable Discussion


  • Ameerah McBride, Equity and Affirmative Action Office
  • Tony Laing, Men of Color Initiative
  • Liz Cannon, LGBTQ Resource Center

Please preregister here.

The Black Lives Matter marches over the last year and the recent Women’s March bring home the importance of integrating contemporary events into our teaching. These marches lift up the voices of people of color, trans and queer people and women. And, thus, they place at the center lives, experiences and histories of people that have traditionally been marginalized within academic traditions and classroom discussion.

This Roundtable Discussion will focus on how we effectively bring pressing contemporary events and issues into our courses. This open forum will be a collaborative exploration of how we connect the past and present in our classrooms. It will engage the national conversation being held on campuses across the country concerning how we both honor multiple perspectives in the classroom and, simultaneously, stand for social justice. It will explore the national debate concerning safe spaces on campus and how we create such spaces in our classrooms. We invite you to bring and share your best ideas for including in your classroom voices traditionally marginalized from it. Several dynamic speakers will kick off the event to inspire our conversations.

This workshop is a joint collaboration between CETL, the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action and the Office of the Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, including the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Men of Color Initiative and the Women’s Center. 

March 2

Reeve Union Theater (307)


Diversity and Inclusion Film Series: Dream, Girl

After quitting her 9 to 5 to make a movie and launch her own company, Erin Bagwell discovers what it really takes to be a successful founder. The film focuses on five entrepreneurs Mariama Camara, Komal Minhas, Annie Wang, Joanne Wilson and Clara Villarosa. We hear their experiences as female entrepreneurs, from being underestimated by their male counterparts, to getting the courage to take the leap and quit their nine-to-fives, to finding funding and financing for their start-ups, and taking a break from their careers to focus on their families. Each woman has an authentic story unique to her individual experience, yet we learn our stories are interconnected in ways that uplift us all, in business and in life.

There will be a networking and pizza event following the film!

Co-Sponsored with: Reeve UnionCollege of BusinessInternational Business Club, African American Studies Program

Friday, March 3

Reeve Union Ballroom


Titan Nights: Professional Dress Fashion Show featuring Katie Manthey

Are you ready to dress professional during your internship or after graduation? During this event Titan models will assemble professional outfits from the Career Closet while we explore how narrow definitions of professional dress can be oppressive for many minority populations. Our emcee for the evening will be Katie Manthey, creator of Dress Profesh.

Co-Sponsored with: Reeve UnionCareer Services, African American Studies Program, LGBTQ Resource Center

Monday, March 6

Evergreen Retirement Community


Women in Sports Today: A Presentation for the Learning in Retirement Community

Since Title IX was passed in 1972, the number of intercollegiate female athletes has risen from 16,000 to 200,000. Title IX has undoubtedly increased the number of sport participation opportunities available to girls and women. But what is the overall status of women in sports today? Unfortunately, gender equity has yet to be realized. The number of women coaches has declined since the passing of Title IX and women are still severely underrepresented in leadership positions within sport. If we look beyond the United States, we can see that the disparities are even greater in many countries. In this talk, Dr. Johnson will share about the current status of women in sports in the U.S. and will also share about her research on women's sport in Uganda (East Africa). 

Wednesday, March 8

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International Women's Day: UW Oshkosh Faculty Feature

This panel will feature UW Oshkosh faculty who are international scholars. Whether they grew up outside the U.S. or conduct research in countries outside the U.S., these faculty members will share about their journeys as female international scholars. Check back for confirmed panelists! 

Co-Sponsored with: UW System Women and Science Program, Model UN, Women's and Gender Studies

March 11


Shamrock Shuffle 

The UW Oshkosh Shamrock Shuffle is a 5K walk/run chip-timed event for all ages. This family-friendly event is a great way to start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. You can sign up as an individual, or gather up your friends and co-workers and form a team.

Go here for event, registration, and route information.

March 14

Hooper Community Building (36 Broad Street)

12:00-1:30pm OR 6:30-8:00 pm

 Color-Brave Community Read: The Sisters Are Alright

Building from Fit Oshkosh’s first Color-Brave Community Read and the author’s visit to UW Oshkosh in October 2016, we are collaborating with Fit Oshkosh to facilitate a Color-Brave Community Read of Tamara Winfrey-Harris’s book, The Sisters Are Alright: Deconstructing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. The Color-Brave Community Reads will be held in the Hooper Community Building (36 Broad Street) on January 10, February 7, and March 14. Participants can choose to attend the either of the two discussion times: 12-1:30pm or 6:30-8pm. Each session will include a featured reader, a local, influential Black woman who will read a passage from the section to be discussed and briefly reflect on that passage. 

Reading Assignment: Chapters 6 and 7, Epilogue

This event is a collaboration between Fit Oshkosh and the UW Oshkosh Women's Center

March 14

Reeve 306


Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Start Smart workshops are specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive. By using the skills taught in this workshop, you are prepared to

  • Negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early,
  • Improve your lifelong earning potential,
  • Articulate your value,
  • Build confidence in your negotiation style,
  • Sharpen your budgeting skills.

Register in advance here:

Facilitators: Chelsy Cegielski and Angela Victor of Career Services

Wednesday, March 15

Campus Center for Equity and Diversity (Classroom 006B)


Queer Film Series: Game Face (2014)

This award winning documentary tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMAs first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a young, ambitious and talented college basketball player in Oklahoma, who happens to be gay. - Our Director, Dr. Alicia Johnson, will facilitate the talkback following the film.

Co-Sponsored with: LGBTQ Resource Center

March 16

Sage Hall 3224


Women’s and Gender Studies Career Panel 

Bring your dreams, hopes, fears, and questions to this panel, where our esteemed panelists will share their career experiences and answer any and all questions. 


  • Alicia Johnson, UW Oshkosh Women’s Center Director
  • Shannon Lee Wyman Kenevan, Community Engagement Leader, Fox Valley Voices of Men
  • Rebecca Krummel, Elementary School Counselor for Manitowoc Public School District
  • Marianne Radley, Advocacy Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Reach Counseling Services
  • McKenzie Valenta, Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator at Day by Day Warming Shelter

Questions? Contact Dr. Christie Launius at

Hosted by the UW Oshkosh Women's and Gender Studies Program

March 28

Reeve Union Theater (307)


Panel on Popular Culture: Female Superheroes 

Over the next 5 years there are over 30 new superhero movies scheduled to hit theaters. Only 2 of those movies will feature a female lead. While there are some positive trends, such as the new Ms. Marvel being a Muslim-American woman or Wonder Woman's origin story reboot to include a female lover, more diverse conceptualizations of superheroes are still needed. Put on your cape and join us for a discussion on the representation of gender and diversity in superhero tales. 

Co-Sponsored with: LGBTQ Resource CenterWomen’s Advocacy Council 

Tuesday, April 4

Reeve Union Theater (307)


Queer Film Series - Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014)

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck. This is her journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Co-Sponsored with: LGBTQ Resource CenterReeve Union

April 5

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center Ballroom


Gender Equity in Sport: Why You Should be an Advocate Even if You've Never Done a Sit-Up 

Interested in learning how you can be an advocate for gender equity in sport? Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics and will be sharing her expertise. A scholar, an author, public speaker and activist, and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, she has a commitment to empowerment, using sport as a vehicle for social change. Hogshead-Makar leads Champion Women, a non-profit leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport.

Presenting Sponsor: Women’s Advocacy Council 

Co-Sponsored with: Women's Center, Titan AthleticsCARE

Wednesday, April 5

Reeve Union Ballroom



UWOSH-Con will take the form of a miniature comic con event. There will be crafts, games, and delicious food and beverages. Students are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters and enjoy chatting with others about the stories they love. 

The Women's Center will be selling bow ties at this event! 

Tuesday, April 11

Reeve Union Ballroom


Creating Connections

Students of diversity, employers want to meet you! At this event you will build multicultural communication skills and gain feedback from professionals. Dress code is business casual and there will be free hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Presenting Sponsor: Career Services

Wednesday, April 19

Reeve 306


Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Start Smart workshops are specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive. By using the skills taught in this workshop, you are prepared to

  • Negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early,
  • Improve your lifelong earning potential,
  • Articulate your value,
  • Build confidence in your negotiation style,
  • Sharpen your budgeting skills.

Register in advance here:

Facilitators: Danielle Jones, Assistant Dean of Students and Alicia Johnson, Women's Center Director

April 26

Reeve Union Concourse


Denim Day

Wear your jeans on Wednesday April 26th to show your support for sexual assault prevention. Join CARE in Reeve Concourse to decorate jean squares and get stickers showing your support for sexual assault prevention!

Sponsor of event: CARE

April 26

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How often do you or someone you know use the word 'rape' throughout the day? Come find out why everyone is wearing teal bandanas and why #rapeisnotajoke! This event was developed a few years ago to address concerns with how often someone might use the word "rape" in a joking manner on media/tv, on campus and other areas. The students felt compelled to make programming to address this concern and so #rapeisnotajoke was born! Students will be performing and sharing their experiences. Come learn about rape culture, social norms and what CARE has to offer. We hope everyone joins us so that we can make UWO a safer environment for all!

Co-sponsored with: CAREWomen’s Advocacy Council 

April 29

Reeve Union Ballroom


World of Girls Journey Jump-start

Have you ever wondered what an average day in the life of a girl in a different country is like? What does she eat, what does she wear, and what does she read? How is the experience of being a girl in the U.S. similar to and different from being a girl in other parts of the world? UW-Oshkosh Quest III students will help Girl Scouts discover the answers to these questions and more!

Co-Sponsored with: University Studies Program, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Women's and Gender Studies Program

May 3

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center


Walk A Mile in Her Shoes(R) Oshkosh 2017

The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.

No matter whose shoes you're wearing, sexual violence affects everyone.

Whether someone is wearing heels and a skirt or sweatpants and crocs, there's no excuse for gender-based violence. To say that "immodest attire" invites rape is not only skirting the real issue, but it's insulting to men-as if seeing a bit of skin suddenly robs men of their better judgment. So, grab a pair of heels and come walk a mile with us to show that attire is not consent or an excuse!

Men are encouraged to wear high heels for this mile-long walk. Women are encouraged to come as they are (feel free to  wear heels, tennis shoes, flats, slippers, or whatever else you'd like). Participation is free, but we encourage donations to support Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services and Reach Counseling. Prizes will be awarded for most donations raised, highest heels, and more! 

Monday, May 8

Women's Center


Finals Survival Night

If you need a place to study or de-stress, we are here for you! We will be staying open late and have coloring books, board and video games, and other activities to help get you through the stress of finals. Survival kits filled with goodies will be available, while supplies last.

May 15-17

Women’s Center


Faculty and Staff Unwind 

We know students aren’t the only ones stressed at the end of the semester! Join us for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and a stress-free environment. Bring your colleagues and unwind while playing games, coloring, or just dropping by for a chat.

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