3/17 PROGRAM UPDATE: Because of the coronovirus situation, all remaining Womenʻs History Month events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date yet to be determined.
The conference’s theme, “Educate to Empower: Uplifting All Women in STEM,” was prominent in the panel discussions and various workshops offered throughout the day.
In his keynote address, NASA Astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough spoke about the special connection between himself and Ellison Onizuka.
The inaugural event was planned by women students in the sciences, and the discussions were led by accomplished women scientists, administrators and staff who know a thing or two about the challenges women face in advancing their STEM careers.
At the event, students and staff gathered at the UH Hilo Campus Center Plaza to paint t-shirts with meaningful messages in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.
Photos help spread awareness and encourage students to be active participants in the fight against gender based oppression.
Domestic violence rates on Hawai‘i Island are twice the national average, making this problem even more detrimental to local communities.
Participants in the event spent time at the Campus Center Plaza painting t-shirts with heartfelt and emotional words about domestic violence to raise awareness in the campus community.