Women's History Month at The University of Akron

Women's History Month 2020

Mission: Women's History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates the history, understanding, and empowerment of women and their impact on the campus, community, and world. 

Hope and Healing Drive for African American Hair Products

Sponsor: NPHC, PHC, and SAAS

Description: Taking place for the whole month of March, NPHC, PHC, and SAAS are presenting an African American Hair Care Product Drive with all donations benefitting the Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center.

Some items we are looking for are:

  • Any Shea Moisture products
  • EcoStyler Gel
  • Any Cantu Products
  • Coconut Oil
  • Edge Control
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Softee Protein Styling Gel
  • B&B Moisturizing Hair Lotion
  • Blue Magic Coconut Oil
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Bonnets
  • Ball Hair Ties
  • Scarves
  • Mini Rubberbands
  • Pantene or TRESemme Shampoo and Conditioners 

Drop off locations will be at the Department of Student Life, Buchtel Hall, and Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center, Rec Center 246.

March 2

Badge Day

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Outside of the Fraternity and Sorority Life office

Sponsor: Fraternity and Sorority Life

March 3

Kenyette Tisha Barnes

Time: 7pm-8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: Women’s Studies

Description#MuteRKelly: Turning Passion Into Activism” is the title of a talk to be presented by guest speaker Kenyette Tisha Barnes on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Gardner Theatre in Jean Hower Taber Student Union. The talk is part of the Women’s Studies Program speaker series. It is free and open to the public.

Barnes is a political strategist, lobbyist, public speaker, trainer, mother and CEO of Nia Vizyon, LLC, a social justice, consulting and political strategy lobbying firm. She also is the national co-founder of #MuteRKelly. 

The organization was established to “call for a worldwide financial boycott, a ‘mute,’ on R&B singer, Robert ‘R.’ Kelly, due to his 25-year history of sexual, physical and emotional abuse allegations. While he hasn’t been found guilty in a court of law, the evidence is overwhelming that he has created an uninterrupted pattern of sexual violence in the African American community that must be stopped. If the court system is unable to protect our young black women and girls, we must step forward to do so ourselves.

March 4

Spoken Word: Ashlee Haze

Time: 7:17pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks

Sponsor: RHPB

Description: Ashlee Haze is a poet and spoken word artist from Atlanta by way of Chicago. Earning the nickname “Big 30" because of her consistency in getting a perfect score, she is one of the most accomplished poets in the sport of poetry slam. After her poem “For Colored Girls who Don’t Need Katy Perry when Missy Elliott is Enough” went viral, Missy Elliott was so moved she showed up at the poet’s house. Ashlee Haze is a 3- time Queen of the South poetry Slam Champion, 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist and 2- time National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. She recently appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk series alongside Blood Orange. Her sophomore book "Smoke" is scheduled for release fall 2020. 

March 6


Time: 8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: ZPN

Description: This is free with a valid Zipcard and only $2 for guests.

March 7


Time: 8pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: ZPN

Description: This is free with a valid Zipcard and only $2 for guests.

March 9

International Women’s Day

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union International Lounge

Sponsor: Campus Programs

DescriptionCome join Campus Programs on March 9th to celebrate International Women’s Day. Strike the #EachforEqual pose to make a positive difference for women everywhere. Enjoy free International Women’s Day swag and cookies from 11am-1pm.

March 10

Strong Female Characters: Fictional Women with Super Strength

Time: 12pm-1pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 316

Sponsor: Dr. Kara Kvaran, Women’s Studies Program

DescriptionThis presentation will examine female television characters who possess super strength and how this impacts their gender identities and expression.

March 12

Mosaic: Women of Color

Time: 1pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union 314

Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center

Women’s Suffrage: Right to Vote

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Piano Lounge

Sponsor: Campus Programs & Bliss Institute

Description: Join us in the Piano Lounge to learn more about the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrate with us the 100th year of most women gaining the right to vote. We will be handing out cookies and prizes for stopping by!

March 17

Women’s History Trivia Day

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union International Lounge

Sponsor: ZPN

Description: Join us in the International lounge to learn about historic women challenging trivia and food! You'll also have a chance to win an all campus gift card!


March 31

Business Women Empowerment Discussion

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor: USG and SAAS

Description: From corporate to purpose: Her testimony became her passion; she is sought after as a voice on the Power of I Am, purposed filled living and community change. Today Nicky Miller, MBA is a dynamic Empowerment speaker, Socialpreneur and Breakthrough coach. She is also a Self-Help Author of three empowerment journals called The Power of I AM, The New Generation and A New Vision; providing inspiration to women, adolescents and the visually impaired.

Nicky is the Founder of I AM: Mirror Messages nonprofit; a cultural movement and multiplatform designed to build the self-esteem and positive mindset of women and girls facing domestic violence and low self-esteem. She uses positive “I AM” affirmations and mindfulness meditation techniques to help individuals master their mindset and energy.

There’s an epidemic of low self-esteem and Nicky is on a mission to change the culture. Her favorite quote is “If your presents doesn’t make an impact, your absence won’t make a difference