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Herstory Month

March is HERStory Month!

Since 1985, March has been designated by Congress and the President of the United States as Women’s History Month.  This proclamation is intended to recognize the struggles and celebrate the achievements of women in the United States.  The Library of Congress states that, “…women have struggled throughout our history to gain rights not simply for themselves but for many other under-represented and disenfranchised groups in America.”

Many campuses, including CSUSM, have begun celebrating Women’s Herstory Month with their communities.  The concept of herstory has been coined as a way to look at history through the experiences of women.

At CSUSM Women’s Herstory Month is a campus-wide celebration. 

Spring 2018 Events Include:

Light the Way

  • March 1, 2018
  • U-Hour
  • USU 3200

Make lanterns for the women in your life that have helped light the way to where you are now. These lanterns will also be symbolic for the women who we will light a new path for. Materials provided by the Gender Equity Center. 

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Dr. Seuss Day

  • March 1, 2018
  • 5:30pm
  • USU 3200

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at our annual read-along hosted by the Gender Equity Center and the Bookstore. This kid-friendly celebration is open to student and faculty parents and their children. Come connect with campus parents, while learning about the many services our spaces have to offer. Incentives: Free book for kids, snacks and refreshments.

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center and CSUSM Bookstore

The Monomyth featuring Michelle Boulé

  • March 6, 2018
  • 6:00pm
  • USU Ballroom

Following the trajectory of the soloist (Boulé) across precarious encounters with isolation and ritual identification, “The Monomyth” illuminates the emotional and choreographic transformation of the feminine/feminist hero to reimagine Joseph Campbell’s concept of myth-making as a “challengingly persistent suggestion of more remaining to be experienced than will ever be known or told.” Boulé’s solo relies on an exquisite somatic alchemy to metabolize these shamanic narratives, the slow burn of disco and environmental sound fragments to conjure an ancient, yet intimate, consciousness in the present.

Sponsored by:  Dance Studies Program and Instructionally Related Activities Fund

Guante: Poet, Activist, Educator

  • March 7, 2018
  • 6:30pm
  • USU Ballroom

Whether deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, or just telling stories about the different jobs he’s had, Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency.

Sponsored by: Student Health and Counseling Services, HOPE and Wellness Center, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Gender Equity Center and Women’s Studies

Activist Lab: Radical Self-Love

  • March 8. 2018
  • 2:30pm
  • USU 3200

In this world we live in, we are taught to not love our skin, body, or even ideas. We are taught to not glorify ourselves, to be humble, to allow room for others to praise us but never to praise ourselves. This writing workshop seeks to use radical self-love to explore art in a way that offers up praise to the people we are and the people we are becoming. Presented by the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion, Porsha Olayiwola.

Sponsored by: Cross Cultural Center and Gender Equity Center

Served Like a Girl

  • March 8, 2018
  • 4:00pm
  • Arts 240

Director Lysa Heslov's powerful documentary, SERVED LIKE A GIRL, follows several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the MS. VETERAN AMERICA competition. Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars. It is an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality.

Served Like a Girl Trailer

Sponsored by: HOPE and Wellness Center, Student Health and Counseling Services, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Black Student Center, Veterans Services and Gender Equity Center

Women and Activism

  • March 12, 2018
  • 11:00am
  • USU 3200

This series of panels will feature CSUSM women who will discuss their personal and professional work and their efforts to create social change.

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Pi Day

  • March 14, 2018
  • 3:00pm
  • USU 3200

Celebrate Pi Day in the GEC! Learn about diversity in STEM fields while enjoying some delicious Pi! Check out our social media to see what flavors we will have!

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center, Board of Directors, USU Live, College of Science and Mathematics, and LGBTQA Pride Center

GEC Movie Night

  • March 26, 2018
  • 6:00pm
  • USU 3200

 Movie night at the GEC! Enjoy a women’s herstory month themed movie with free pizza and movie snacks. 

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Rescheduled: International Women’s Day Lunch

  • March 27, 2018
  • 11:30am-12:50pm
  • USU Ballroom

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 – join us as we celebrate the women in our life and the women who have paved the way. Join us for lunch, mentorship, and community. This lunch is open to all students.

RSVP to International Women's Day Lunch

Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Women Breaking Boundaries: Lisa Ling

  • March 28, 2018
  • 6:00pm
  • USU Ballroom

What would it be like to give up a job on a popular national daytime talk show to be out in the field as an “explorer”—to follow your passion? Lisa Ling, executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN, knows because she lived it. Recognized for her role as a cohost of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show, Lisa went on to become a contributor to National Geographic’s Explorer and ABC News’ Nightline and field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Lisa has reported from dozens of countries around the world, covering stories that deal with issues that are too often ignored. She got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. Come and hear Lisa share her story and explore how she overcame barriers and challenges experienced by women in nontraditional careers.

CSUSM Students: FREE 
Community: $12 
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6

Women Breaking Boundaries Tickets

Sponsored by: CSUSM Arts and Lectures