Women's Herstory Month

Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

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2024 Events

The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions. 

Women from every background have long realized that an uneven playing field will never bring equality or justice. Many feel the critical need to speak up and work harder for fairness in our institutions and social interactions.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Bridge Display

All of March | Located on The Bridge connect the Student Services Center and the Shepherd Union

According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, there are an estimated 4,200 missing and murdered unsolved cases. The Native American Cultural Center and the Women’s Center have collected the handprints of students, faculty, staff, and community members across campus to curate this interactive art piece. Each handprint represents a Missing or Murdered Indigenous Person (MMIP). Please come check out this amazing display throughout the entirety of March on the bridge. 

Marquardt Peace & Possibility Speaker Series presents: Journalist Erin Reed

Thursday, March 14 | 1-2 p.m. | WSU Ogden |  Wildcat Theater 

Join us for a presentation by a distinguished transgender journalist, Erin Reed. In "From History to Headlines: Trans Rights and Resistance in the Modern Rainbow Scare," we delve into the rich history of transgender existence, underscoring its integral role in the human experience as well as the many challenges transgender people have faced throughout time. We will trace the journey from historical presence to current cultural moments, shedding light on the specific laws and societal dynamics impacting the transgender community today. We will navigate the modern 'Rainbow Scare,' with the aim to improve understanding of the lived realities and strategic considerations transgender individuals face daily. We will culminate with insights on advocacy and how to support the transgender people in your life.

"I am thrilled to share this space with all LGBTQ+ people and allies and hope to foster an insightful and empowering event for all."

Learn More and Register for Peace & Possibility Series 

Women's History Month Luncheon with Equality Utah and Olivia Jaramillo

Tuesday, March 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | WSU Ogden |  Shepherd Union Ballroom A | Registration Required

Join the Women's Herstory Month planning committee, the LGBTQ+ Center, and Equality Utah in having a conversation with a trailblazing leader for LGBTQ+ Rights in Utah, Olivia Jaramillio. Olivia's presentation will provide an overview and opportunity to discuss local issues impacting the LGBTQ+ student community at Weber State University. Everyone is welcome!

Olivia is a Social Psychology Researcher and Strategic Leadership Consultant. She is currently Director for Public Outreach and Training at Equality Utah. She was born and raised in Mexico. She’s a retired United States Air Force Veteran, where she served on tours to Iraq, Europe, and humanitarian missions into Africa. In 2016 she was one of the first individuals nationwide to legally change her name and gender marker while still serving on Active Duty. She has worked in furthering DEI and Common Ground Initiatives for several companies and organizations including Goldman Sachs, Recursion, VIVINT, Qualtrics, Dominion Energy, Zions Bank, and Adobe. She is a Commissioner on the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, a member of the YWCA’s Public Policy Committee, and was a political candidate in 2020. She was awarded the 2023 Utah’s 40 over 40 women making an impact award, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with her son Oliver

 Register for Luncheon*

*Space is limited and the signup link will expire once we reach full capacity. 

Starting a Brave Discussion: Finding Empathy and Common Ground in a Time of Global Conflict Workshop 

Thursday, March 21 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | WSU Ogden | Hetzel Hoellein Room, Stewart Library Room 321 

Theme: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) (Indigeneity & Genocide)

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4th Annual Utah Southwest Regional Conference on Student Research in Gender and Sexuality Studies 

Friday, March 22 | University of Utah

The Women & Gender Studies program at the University of Utah University and the Global Women's Studies program at BYU is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Utah Southwest Regional Conference on Student Research in Gender and Women’s Studies to be held on the University of Utah University Campus.

Conference Schedule (schedule may change slightly):

  • 9:00 - 12:15: Presentations
  • 12:15 - 1:15: Lunch Break
  • 1:30 - 3:30: Downtown SLC Walking Tour with Better Days
  • 4:00 - 5:00: Happy Hour at  Under the Umbrella Bookstore.

Register for Regional Conference

Student Involvement Keynote: Carly Fiorina 

Tuesday, March 26 | 12:30 p.m. | WSU Ogden | Lindquist Hall Room 101

Join us as Carly speaks to leadership skills and navigating through reorganization, with a culture in flux and openness to the daily changes and challenges in culture.

Women's Herstory Month Keynote: Amanda Tachine 

Wednesday, March 27 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | WSU Ogden | Hetzel Hoellein Room, Stewart Library Room 321 

Please join us for this year's Women's Herstory Month Keynote on "Native Presence and Sovereignty in College: Indigenous Weapons to Defeat Systemic Monsters" -- a conversation with author Amanda Tachine. Tachine will discuss her book, Native Presence and Sovereignty in College: Indigenous Weapons to Defeat Systemic Monsters which weaves the stories of Native college students' experiences in navigating their senior year in high school and first year in college. Stories detail Indigenous knowledge systems of love, kinship, sacredness, and sovereignty.


Dr. Amanda TachineDr. Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water) born for Tł’ízí łání (Many Goats). She is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Innovation at Arizona State University. Amanda’s research explores the relationship between systemic and structural histories of settler colonialism and the ongoing erasure of Indigenous presence and belonging in college settings using qualitative Indigenous methodologies. She is the author of Native Presence and Sovereignty in College and co-editor of Weaving an Otherwise: In-relations Methodological Practice. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and other scholarly outlets. She also has published thought pieces in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, The Hill, Teen Vogue, Indian Country Today, Inside Higher Ed, and Navajo Times where she advances ideas regarding discriminatory actions, educational policies, and inspirational movements.

From Student to Speaker: US Attorney Trina A. Higgins Returns to Weber State

Wednesday, March 27 1:30-2:30 p.m. | WSU Ogden | Shepherd Union Ballroom C

Trina A. Higgins is the first presidentially-appointed woman to serve as US Attorney for the District of Utah. As an alumnus of Weber State University, we are so excited for her return to discuss her path to leadership in the law. Her presentation though law-focused will also extend to a greater theme of the benefits of working in public service. Students and staff alike, whether law oriented or not, are encouraged to attend to hear from an inspirational individual in law enforcement who exemplifies just what a degree from Weber State can do.

Safe@Weber Advocacy Program: Plant Your Dreams 

Wednesday, March 27 | 2 - 4 p.m. | WSU Ogden | Shepherd Union Room 331 

The Women’s Center and the Safe@Weber Advocacy Program are having a plant potting and pot decorating event for survivors and allies. We will be discussing resiliency, hope, and dreams for the future. “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican Proverb 

Sister Circle: Rainbow Day 

Thursday, March 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Stewart Bell Tower Plaza

For more information or to request accommodations in relation to a disability, contact Andrea Hernández at andreahernandez2@weber.edu