Events and Programs

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Signature Programs

  • Ada Comstock Distinguished Woman Scholar Lecture/Award Program: This prestigious award was established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to offer a forum for them to share their insights and ideas with a campus and community audience.
  • Celebrating Changemakers is held each fall to honor the recipients of Women’s Center-affiliated awards, grants and scholarships.
  • Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Symposium: Held every other year, this summit brings together indigenous women and women of color undergraduate and graduate students to dialogue and address issues of community-building, activism, and leadership.
  • International Women's Day: Every year on March 8 the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women during International Women’s Day. The Women's Center, along with other campus and community partners, collectively sponsor an annual celebration that digs deeply into an issue of contemporary concern for gender equity (view past International Women's Day event information).

Ongoing Programs and Inititatives

  • Feminist Fridays is an ongoing series featuring scholars, activists, artists, and professionals discussing their values in action.
  • Leadership development initiatives, including Women's Leadership Institute (staff and faculty).
  • Our Voices, a dialogue and community-building group centering the voices and experiences of indigenous women and women of color students.
  • Women's Health Equity, Empowerment, & Leadership Series (WHEEL): A partnership among ten centers, institutes, and programs from UMN and beyond, WHEEL is a recurring women’s health webinar series to share perspectives on the intersection of disparities in global women’s health and public policy, human rights, ethics, and more. These seminars are meant to generate ideas for interprofessional collaboration and action. 
  • Workshops, including salary negotiation, understanding and advancing gender equity, and more.