2023 Womxn's Herstory Month

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This month is dedicated to celebrating womxn’s contributions to herstory, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Womxn’s Herstory Month 2023 will take place from Wednesday, March 1 - Friday, March 31, 2023. 

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(Source: https://womenshistorymonth.gov

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Spartan Speaker Series Presents: Jenny Slate - The Intersection of Comedy and Mental Health

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual Event | Zoom Registration

Jenny Slate is an actress, author, and comedian, whose breakout role came by way of her leading performance in Obvious Child. Jenny's comedy special "Stage Fright" was released on Netflix to rave reviews and exemplified her ability to reframe comedy's relationship to mental health using humor to hold space for anxiety, and fear.

She has had several notable television performances in such series as Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Bored to Death, and Girls.

Additionally, Jenny wrote the national bestselling novel Little Weirds, which Vanity Fair named one of its "31 Great Quarantine Reads.”

All online broadcasts will be captioned. Individuals requiring other accommodations should contact the Division of Student Affairs at 408-924-5900 or vp.studentaffairs@sjsu.edu as soon as possible.

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Inaugural Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong (CHI) Month

Thursday, March 2, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
In Person | 7th Street Plaza

Join us in celebration of the legacies of labor rights leaders César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong.
Performances, Art, Activities, Swag & more!

  • DJ Lex
  • Screen Printing
  • PiÑata Making

Sponsored by the César E. Chávez Community Action Center a program of Associated Students, Inc. of San José State University.

Questions? Contact Diana Garcia Rodriguez, CCCAC Program Coordinator, at diana.garciarodriguez@sjsu.edu.

Events are wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign language interpreters,real-time captioners or other accommodations should contact as-info@sjsu.edu or (408) 924-6241 promptly.

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Tuesday Night Lecture Series: Alyssarhaye Graciano

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
In Person | Art Building Room #133

Meet Alyssarhaye Graciano, MACLA’s new Visual Arts Curator. Both Alyssarhaye’s arts and curatorial practices focus on challenging the traditional ideologies of fine arts. In this artist talk, Graciano will discuss how knitting beanies weaved a path from owning a small business to writing a book, and into the nonprofit arts world. She will cover how to develop your professional goals by leaning into your strengths and interests. Hear the perspective of a curator and learn how exhibitions come together, from concept to the opening.

Tuesday Night Lecture Series

This acclaimed weekly lecture series brings in artists, designers, and critical theorists from around the world. All lecture presentations are held in Art Building Room #133, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, unless otherwise indicated.

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Women's Empowerment Through Art

Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Student Union Meeting Room 3B (Level 2)

Celebrate Women's History Month with us an come together to paint and collaborative mosaic mural representing the women who lift us up in our communities. Participants will learn about Local Color and women in art.

Lunch provided (limited slots) | RSVP Here

Sponsored by AS CCCAC


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Women in Leadership League Conference (WILL Conference)

Friday, March 10, 2023 
8:15 am to 12:45 pm
Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom

On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Lucas College of Business will host the 6th Annual Women in Leadership League Conference, in-person. This conference brings together top Silicon Valley leaders, alumni, and students from all disciplines. The day is a mix of a keynote speaker panel discussion and breakout group discussions, providing participants with inspirational experiences as well as practical advice and strategies from successful leaders. Hear about career and life journeys and personal perspectives on leadership. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and for informal conversations.


8:15 Check-in and breakfast

Part A: Keynote Speaker Panel of influential Silicon Valley leaders. 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Gabrielle Capoluppo, Engineering Office of the CTO, Juniper Networks
  • Monique Edmondson, Senior Director, Employee Experiences, Cisco
  • Sonal Sinha, Partner, PwC Consulting, Cloud and Digital
  • Lucia Soares, Chief Information Officer, The Carlyle Group
  • Moderated by SJSU President, Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Part B: Networking with a Purpose: Birds of a Feather table discussions with Industry Mentors from top Silicon Valley Companies.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. - Session 1
  • 11:40 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. - Session 2

Participating organizations include Juniper Networks, Silicon Valley Bank, Cisco, Armanino, Salesforce, Visit San Jose, TrendMicro, Intel, PWC, HP, Discord, and more!

For questions please contact: womeninleadership@sjsu.edu

Connect with us online @willsjsu

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Women's Health Summit 2023

Sunday, March 12, 2023
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown - Arena
300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

On March 12, 2023, The Sacramento Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Sacramento National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and One Community Health will host the 2023 Women's Health Summit. The summit will bring together women leaders, health experts, and advocates from California to address the critical issues of reproductive health, mental health, and HIV care and prevention. The theme for this year's summit is "Learning from Our Legacy: Dismantling Health Inequities Among Women."

The summit will provide a platform for women to share their experiences and knowledge on how to address health disparities that disproportionately affect women, particularly those in marginalized communities. Discussions will focus on reproductive health, mental health, and HIV care and prevention, as these are areas where women continue to face significant challenges.

The keynote speakers and panelists at the summit will engage participants in discussing a range of topics, including access to healthcare, education and awareness, stigma and discrimination, policy and advocacy, and community engagement. They will share best practices, research findings, and innovative solutions to address these issues.

Registration for the 2023 Women's Health Summit is now open. Interested participants can visit the summit's event page at https://2023WomenSummit.eventbrite.com to learn more and register for free.

Please contact Keshia Lynch at klynch@onecommunityhealth.com for any questions.

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A.S. Elections 2023 Meet Your Candidates

Come out to our election events to meet your candidates! Campaigning begins March 13th.

Elections Kickoff

Monday, March 13, 1-3pm
A.S. House Fireside Room

Meet the Candidates

Monday, April 3, 1-3pm
A.S. House Fireside Room

Candidate Debates

Monday, April 10, 1-3pm
Student Union Meeting Room 4

Election Results Party

Thursday, April 13, 1-3pm
Student Union Meeting Room, TBA

Official list of candidates will be available on sjsu.edu/as/vote

Questions? Contact the Students' Election Commission (SEC) at student-elections@sjsu.edu. 


WGSS Mukhopadhyay Lecture: The Possibilities and Limits of Transnational Feminist Critique in the Context of Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Hybrid | Diaz Compean Student Union, Meeting Room 4B | Zoom Registration

SJSU Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies Program presents, “The Possibilities and Limits of Transnational Feminist Critique in the Context of Afghanistan” with Dr. Anila Daulatzai and Dr. Najwa Mayer, moderated by Dr. Saugher Nojan.

Co-sponsored with Boston University - Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

Dr. Anila Daulatzai is a sociocultural anthropologist with active research projects in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her current interests primarily circulate around the themes of war and humanitarianism, as well as the related themes of violence and care. She holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and graduate degrees from UCLA in public health and Islamic studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "War and What Remains: Everyday Life in Contemporary Kabul, Afghanistan” which explores everyday life amidst a current war and occupation with a backdrop of prior wars, occupation, and humanitarianism.

Dr. Najwa Mayer is a postdoctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, with affiliations in Religion and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. As an interdisciplinary scholar of cultural politics, her research areas vary widely though her current research focuses on the gendered and sexual governance of race and religion in the US and its empire in the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular interest in the global “war on terror.” Her first book manuscript examines this century’s mass globalization of and contentions within “Muslim American” popular cultures through the interrelations between racial, sexual, and secular politics, cultural genres, and global Markets.

The Carol Mukhopadhyay Feminist Lecture Series was endowed in 2012 by Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Dr. Carol Mukhopadhyay and has featured feminist scholars ranging from Sistersong founder Lorretta Ross to Chicana scholars Maylei Blackwell and Maria Cotera; it remains the sole annual lecture series at SJSU.

The event will be a coast-to-coast hybrid on Zoom with Dr. Mayer in Boston speaking with the rest of us in the San Francisco Bay Area. At SJSU, we will meet in person in the Compean Student Union for a live broadcast with students, faculty, and staff. The event is public and open to all at no cost.

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When Women Lead: Strategies to Advance Equity

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 
11:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Virtual | Zoom Registration

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) for a conversation with a diverse panel of women transportation leaders representing academia, public and private industries, and the nonprofit sectors as they share personal stories from their careers and lessons learned as they rose to the top. 

Moderated by April Rai, CEO of COMTO and a member of the MTI Board of Trustees, this webinar delves into a critical issue faced by the transportation industry: How are we prioritizing women and other traditionally underrepresented voices to build the most inclusive and effective transportation workforce for our future? What can their success stories teach us about the values of empowering women? 


  • Melissa Figueroa, Chief of Strategic Communications, California High-Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA)
  • Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)
  • Kimberly Slaughter, CEO, SYSTRA USA
  • Lynda Tran, Director of Public Engagement & Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

Moderator: April Rai, President & CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)

*1 PDH credit available

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WGSS Book Talk with Dr. Lois Helmbold: Making Choices, Making Do: Survival Strategies of Black and White Working-Class Women during the Great Depression

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 
Hybrid | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225 | Zoom Registration

Dr. Helmbold is an independent American historian and women’s studies scholar with a long history of Women’s Studies research and activism. She served previously as professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Program here at San Jose State, and also the department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research includes topics of work, welfare, and government programs and the experiences of black and white working-class women, particularly in the Great Depression.

Her 2022 book with Rutgers Press, Making Choices, Making Do is a comparative study of Black and white working-class women’s survival strategies during the Great Depression. Based on analysis of employment histories and Depression-era interviews of 1,340 women in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and South Bend and letters from domestic workers, Lois Helmbold finds that Black women lost work more rapidly and in greater proportions. The benefits that white women accrued because of structural racism meant they avoided the utter destitution that more commonly swallowed their Black peers, even when they practiced similar strategies. This important work of labor history challenges the limits of segregated histories and encourage more comparative analyses.

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A Commitment to Public Service: Panel Discussion with Women Staffers in SJSU's Delegation

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Meeting Room 2B

SJSU's Community and Government Relations team, the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, and Pi Sigma Alpha are coming together to celebrate Women's History Month! Come hear from women staffers working in politics today and how they are shaping the future of our community.

Light beverages and cookies will be provided.

RSVP at here


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Latinas in Leadership

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In Person | Diaz Compean Student Union, Meeting Room 1A

We invite you to an engaging and informative Latinas in Leadership panel, featuring distinguished mujeres from the local community. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with these successful mujeres and delve into the world of Latina Leadership!

Sponsored by the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center.

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Center for Literary Arts Presents: Jean Guerrero

Thursday, March 23, 2023 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
In Person | Student Union Theater

The Center for Literary Arts is pleased to present 2023 Lurie Professor and acclaimed author, Jean Guerrero in a reading and conversation with J. Michael Martinez on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Student Union Theater at 7:00 pm (PST). 

Jean Guerrero is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump and the White Nationalist Agenda. Her first book, Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, won a PEN Literary Award and was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2019. Her writing is featured in Vanity Fair, Politico, The Nation, Wired, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Best American Essays 2019 by Rebecca Solnit and more. She won the 2022 "Best Commentary" award from the Sacramento Press Club. While working at KPBS as an investigative border reporter, she won an Emmy, contributed to NPR, the PBS NewsHour and more. Months before Trump’s family separations captured national attention, her PBS reporting on the practice was cited by members of Congress. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires as a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America. She was named one of the California Chicano News Media Association’s most influential Latina journalists.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, winner of the National Poetry Series, and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, J. Michael Martinez is the author of three collections of poetry, Heredities (LSU Press), In the Garden of the Bridehouse (University of Arizona Press), and Museum of the Americas (Penguin Press).  A fourth collection of poetry , Tarta Americana, is forthcoming from Penguin Press in 2023.  A Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, Martinez's poetry may be found in various publications including PBS, The Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Series, New American Writing, and POETRY.  His writings have been anthologized in Ahsahta Press' "The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral,'' Rescue Press' "The New Census: 40 American Poets," and Counterpath Press' "Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing."  An Assistant Professor of Poetry at San Jose State University, Martinez lives in California.

This event is made possible thanks to the continued support of the Joyce Milligan Family Foundation and SV Creates

For more information, please visit clasanjose.org.

Womxn’s Herstory Highlights

March 1 - March 31 | Instagram @SJSUGenEC
Gender Equity Center 

We will be highlighting different womxn, past and present, on our Instagram throughout the month of March 2023. Be sure to check it out on our Instagram @sjsugenec and follow us to stay updated!