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Fall Semester

The Women’s Center offers a variety of programs exploring important issues such as women’s health, financial independence, sexuality, and violence. Each year, we look forward to hosting these annual programs:

Women’s Center/Women’s Studies Open House

The Women’s Center collaborates with the Women’s Studies Faculty to talk about the Women's Studies Certificate Program or a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women's Studies, Careers, and Women’s Empowerment at the beginning of the Fall Semester. Come meet our affiliate faculty, the Coordinator for the Women’s Center, and the 12-14 students who works as volunteers, interns, and hired staff. Learn how you can add Women’s Studies to your degree or become part of the Women's Center 'ohana!

Women’s Speed Mentoring Program

This program in September gives you a chance to be paired with a mentor for the year. You must fill out an application and attend the “Speed Mentoring” event, where you get to meet more than 20 mentors in the room and then we match you according to your ratings. The expectations include meeting 2 times a semester and then have a reception at the end of the year. You can unlock your potential through networking with some of the most influential women in Hawaii! The Women’s Center collaborates with the American Association for University Women (AAUW) and ZONTA International. The mentors come from all over Hilo and their advanced degrees and interests range from Marine Biology, Astronomy, Math, English, Hawaiian Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Law, and so much more.

National Coming Out Week

National Coming Out Day is on October 12th across the nation, but started officially in 2014 on the UH Hilo campus. We partner with the Registered Independent Organization (RISO)-PRIDE HILO. “Coming Out” can be a hard process because of the fear of bullying, heterosexism, and homophobia. We want to make everyone feel safe and accepted on campus. During the week we will hand out wristbands that say “I AM AN ALLY” and have an event everyday. We have “Genderbread Cookie” decorating, Coming Out Stories, UH Hilo Safe Zone Training, Movie Night, and a Drag Show to end the week! This week celebrates the fact that “Human Rights are for everyone”.

The Clothesline Project & Project Unbreakable

October is “Domestic Violence Awareness” Month. The Clothesline Project (CLP) started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women, men, genderqueer, transgender, and all identities. with the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.In 2014, the Women’s Center decided to add Project Unbreakable to the Clothesline Project in order for UH Hilo to include those who may want to heal in other ways.

The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence, and encourage the act of healing through art.

Created in October of 2011 by 19-year-old photographer Grace Brown, Project Unbreakable originally featured photos of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers including photos from survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. It was soon discovered that this provides a way of healing for violence survivors. The website is and you can submit your own photos to us via email to Just put the words “Project Unbreakable” in the subject line and we will start a small movement in Hilo, Hawaii.

The Domestic Violence Vigil – Downtown Hilo

The Women’s Center partners with the Family Violence and Awareness Interagency Committee, Zonta, the United Nations, and many other organizations to hold the annual Domestic Violence Family Peace Walk and Vigil which ends with resources and a candlelight vigil. We wear purple (symbolizing DV) and orange (symbolizing child abuse) ribbons as a statement against gender violence, and any violence against children and men. Come to unite as a community to stop violence throughout the world.

Empowering Women Through Art

November is UH Hilo Women’s Empowerment Month and we want to celebrate the accomplishments of women and others who support women through art, music, poetry, and any creative expression. We pair with the UH Hilo RISO’s and it is a fun and empowering night to end the month of helping all women establish equal treatment at the university. There will also be an opportunity to write a card of encouragement or acknowledgement to a woman who made an impact on your life! Be a part of this new event established in 2014.

We are happy to have so many of you come out and support our programs. Everyone who supports women should come and get involved. As you can see Social Justice and the Intersections of Identity are our main focus. If you come as an ally, you can help change the world!!