OLLU celebrates Women’s Herstory Month with series of events

OLLU is celebrating Women’s History Month “Existir es Resistir: Storytelling as Survival” with a series of events that are open to the community. Women’s HERstory Month events are hosted by the OLLU Center for Women in Church and Society, in collaboration with the OLLU Saints Productions Board, Alumni and Family Relations Office, Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, CMASR Research Collections, Sueltenfuss Library, International Folk Culture Center, Historical Society and the Associates of the Congregation of Divine Providence.

Events taking place during the month include:

“Believing While Grieving: A Journey to Find Blessing in Brokenness”
Friday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake Convent: Regan Community Room
Join OLLU alumna and author Bonnie Abadie, MTS, ACDP, as she reads from her book, “Believing While Grieving: A Journey to Find Blessing in Brokenness.” A book signing and reception will follow. Books will be available for purchase as well as her artwork. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Congregation of Divine Providence and Our Lady of the Lake University.

Zapatista Women’s Liberation Movement: International Women’s March Solidarity Event
Tuesday, March 17
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sister Annie B’s Cafeteria
In solidarity with the Second International Gathering for Women Who Struggle, OLLU students, staff and faculty are invited to wear a black ribbon on their arm as a joint action against women’s oppression, and in memory of all women who have disappeared or been murdered. Ribbons can be picked up at the Elliott House anytime from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

OLLU Comadres: A Sobrevivencia of Graduate Student Mothers in Higher Education
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room
Join us for this discussion about support groups for student mothers in higher education. Listen to the stories of five graduate student mothers and two OLLU faculty members who hope to spark a plática (discussion) on the growing number of Comadres groups in our community. Guests will include Candace de León-Zepeda, PhD, OLLU associate professor of English; Aimee Villarreal, PhD, OLLU assistant professor of Mexican American Studies; members from the UTSA Comadres group, and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.

El Sacrificio Para Mi Educación: A First-Generation Student Testimony
Thursday, March 19
6 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room
OLLU Social Justice Living Learning Community student Paola Saldaña-Avila will speak about her first semester experience as a first-generation student and the sacrifices she’s made for her education.

Race, Power and Reproduction in the Americas
Monday, March 23
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Providence Hall, Blue Room
This talk explores key moments in the history of the Americas through an intersectional lens. Students will explore the ways race shaped women’s reproductive lives through a series of cases from the role of Malintzin in the Spanish Conquest, to the struggle for reproductive justice in the United States. Guests include Bonnie A. Lucero, PhD, associate professor of history and director for the Center of Latino Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.

OLLU Unplugged Poetry Night
Tuesday, March 24
6 p.m.
International Folk Culture Center, Ballroom
Awaken your soul with two powerful spoken word artists: Black Mexican American poet, Ariana Brown, and Kenyan, immigrant, queer womxn storyteller, FreeQuency.

Storytelling and Sobrevivencia for Mujeristas
Tuesday, March 31
6 p.m.
Providence Hall, West Social Room
Join Sally Gomez-Jung, MA, MTS, MEd, professor emerita from the Oblate School of Theology, as she discusses the important role storytelling plays in the human formation as a source of oppression or liberation. Women are invited to attend this event to claim their historias (histories) and feel empowered to bring about change in self and society through examination of feminine language and leadership styles that can help move from sobrevivencia (surviving) to thriving. Featuring guest Joseph De-León from the OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research Las Hermanas Archives research collection.