Programs and Events
The Women’s Center offers, and collaborates with others to provide, programs that raise awareness of women's and gender issues and enhance the lives of women at Miami. Ongoing activities include film screenings and social discussions, social gatherings, and wellness workshops. Each year additional programs are presented as opportunities and issues arise. The following are signature events that the Women's Center sponsors or co-sponsors annually.
Women's Equality Day - Fall (2016: August 31, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Armstrong Student Center)
In observance of Women's Equality Day, first celebrated in 1971, the Women's Center partners with the League of Women Voters of Oxford to sponsor a voter registration drive. Women's Equality Day, celebrated nationally on August 26, commemorates the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Learn more about the history and current observances of Women's Equality Day.
Gathering for New Faculty and Staff Women - Fall (2016: September 27, 4:30-6:00 pm, Shriver Dolibois A)
The Women's Center, in collaboration with the Provost's Office and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, hosts a gathering for new women-identified faculty and staff to introduce them to resources and to facilitate networking and community building.
The Clothesline Project - Fall (2016: October 5-7, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, The Hub)
The Clothesline Project is an annual display of t-shirts made by those in our community (and their allies) who are survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence against women and others who experience gender oppression. This program is held in early October in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information about the national Clothesline Project, see www.clotheslineproject.org. T-shirt making takes place at the Women’s Center leading up to the week that the Clothesline Project is on display; materials are provided at no cost and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!
Celebrating Global Sisterhood - Spring (2017: March 7, 4:00-5:30 pm, Shriver Dolibois Rooms)
Launched in 1992 as the Women of Color Celebration and renamed Celebrating Global Sisterhood in 2013, this event brings people together to celebrate the cultural diversity and accomplishments of women of color in the University and around the world. Typically held in early March on or near International Women's Day, this event features a guest speaker, student testimonials, global cuisine, and awards presentations. Nominations for the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award are typically due in early February.
Women's Read-In - Spring (2017: March 14, 10:00 am-4:30 pm, King Library)
Each year the Women's Center and University Libraries partner to observe National Women's History Month with a Women's Read-In. Participants read from their own or other work for, by, or about women. Other forms of participation (e.g., performance, multimedia, etc.) are also encouraged. Participants may also simply observe.
Women's Leadership and Male Ally Awards - Spring (2017: tbd)
The Women’s Center celebrates leadership that advances gender equity through presentation of the Women's Leadership and Male Ally Awards. First presented in 1998 as the Women Breaking Barriers Awards, the Women's Leadership Awards recognize and honor women who make a difference on campus and/or in their communities. The Male Ally Award was added in 2007. The awards are sometimes part of the Women in Leadership Symposium brought to you by the Miami Initiative for Advancing, Mentoring and Investing in Women (M.I.A.M.I. Women) and several co-sponsoring offices.
"The Women's Center promotes unity and sisterhood, allowing young women to explore race, sexuality, identity and health, among other issues." (Tracia)
The Women's Center "has made me come out of my shell and research and do things I previously would have never done. It has increased my leadership ability and made me the strong feminist woman I am today." (Anonymous)