The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has a host of activities and events for Women’s History Month.
3/17 Program Update: Because of the coronavirus situation, all remaining Women’s History Month events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date yet to be determined.
2nd Annual Women in STEM Conference
- March 5: 2nd Annual Women in STEM Conference. Event organized by graduate students in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program, with support from the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Women’s Center, and the LGBTQ+ Center. This year’s theme, “Educate to Empower: Uplifting All Women in STEM.” Day-long event with lectures, panel discussions, training workshops, and networking. Keynote speaker neurotoxicologist Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Davis.
- March 6: the Kūʻikapiko Anthropology Club sponsors Women’s History Month Movie Night, showcasing three movies that highlight women in history, stories of equity and injustice, struggles, and journeys specific to indigenous women: Once Were Warriors, Daughters of Mau, and Iron Jawed Angels. Special guest speakers and a discussion panel of diverse women at the event to celebrate Women’s History Month. Contact: Tarisi Vunidilo.
Women and Museums Seminar
- March 11: UH Hilo Museology class (ANTH470) hosts a Women and Museums seminar. Three speakers: Nicole Garcia, UH Hilo alumna with a bachelor of arts in anthropology and now a graduate student in the master of arts in heritage management program; Momi Naughton, coordinator of the Heritage Center in Honoka‘a; and Celia Bardwell-Jones, associate professor of philosophy at UH Hilo. Anthro470 students will present their research on Women and Museums in the U.S., Hawai‘i and Oceania. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Lunch will be provided. All welcome. Contact: Tarisi Vunidilo.
Events sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Center, Campus Center
- March 11: Feminist Loteria, 5:00-7:00 p.m
- March 24: Black Panther, film, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
- March 30: Art as Activism March, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Film: Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX
- March 23: Film, Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX, with Introduction by Joey Akeo Miyashiro, one of the original players on the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team. UH Hilo student athlete panel discussion to follow film. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Kalākaua Lab, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. Sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity and Kīpuka. Contact: Jennifer Stotter.
Hawai‘i artist Shar Tuiasoa aka “Punky Aloha”
- March 24: Three events with Hawai‘i artist Shar Tuiasoa aka “Punky Aloha.” 1) Artist Presentation, 10:30-12:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. 2) Local Artist Panel: An Exploration of Art, Culture and Civic Engagement, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m., UCB, room 127. 3) Punky Aloha Live Art & ‘Awa Jam, 4:00-7:00 p.m., on the lanai at Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. Sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity and Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. Contact: Jennifer Stotter.
Women’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Panel
- March 25: Womenʻs Small Business and Entrepreneurship Panel, featuring: Jessica Wong of Kamea Designs; Valerie Grab, executive director of the Children’s Law Project of Hawai‘i; Tricia Ventura of TriciaMarie Photography; Ramona Herlihy of Lilinoe’s Fruit Stand, Honomu Haven; and Lani Kaluhiwa from Lani’s Snack Shack. 3:00-4:15 p.m. at the multipurpose room at the College of Business and Economics. Sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity and College of Business and Economics. Contact: Jennifer Stotter.
Equal Pay Day
- March 31: Equal Pay Day, the date that women (on average) finally catch up to men’s pay from the previous year. This year it falls on March 31, in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Jennifer Stotter, director of the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity, is collaborating with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to bring a representative from the County of Hawai‘i Office of the Mayor to present a Mayor’s Proclamation—this will be followed by a Salary Negotiation Workshop. 1:00-3:30 p.m., Campus Center, room 301. Sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity and Womenʻs Center, LGBTQ Center, the League of Women Voters, and AAUW. Contact: Jennifer Stotter.
Info compiled by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.