Missouri State University will present speakers and student-led discussions this March in celebration of Women’s History Month.
This year’s event themed, “HERstory,” will celebrate strides in equality made by women, especially women of color. Topics of discussion will include black feminist and womanist theory, trans and non gender-conforming identity, and religion.
Inclusion and Public Affairs
The month will also highlight the public affairs mission through the lived experiences of women and their continued push for progress.
“We have changed the spelling of ‘history’ to emphasize the importance of inclusion,” said Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, director of multicultural programs. “It is my hope that participants understand the importance of viewing identity from an intersectional lens.” The message being how femininity is separate from the traditional gender binary.
Matt Banks, coordinator of multicultural programs and the LGBTQ+ student resource center, is particularly excited about the events and their inclusivity.
“Our goal is to show the wide range of experiences, identities and histories of women,” said Banks. “From religious practice to trans identity to racial intersections, Women’s HERstory Month is about showing the power, accomplishments and contributions that women have had in our society and here at Missouri State.”
Some of the events planned for Women’s HERstory Month that are free and open to the public include:
A screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” at 8 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater.
“Finding HERstory in American Religion,” a panel of academics, faith leaders and practitioners discuss their own experiences, research and belief systems as it relates to gender identity and faith. This event will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union, Room 312.
Tish Norman will give the keynote presentation at 8 p.m. in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center auditorium. Norman is a doctoral candidate in Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville and will talk about success, networking and how to be an outstanding woman.
For more information, contact Garcia-Pusateri at 417-836-3035.