Each year in March, the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Eastern Illinois University hosts one of the biggest annual events on campus, Women's History and Awareness Month (WHAM). Events include featured speakers, musicians, the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, and the WGS Award Ceremony. Check out our Facebook Page for more details about upcoming events.
Our events this year will focus on the disproportionate effects national demonstrations and global crises have on women and people of color.
All events are free of charge and will be held virtually
WHAM Calendar of Events
Dr. Adrianna Piatti-Crocker
“From Gender Quotas to Gender Parity: The Case of Argentina”
February 24, 5:00pm
Sponsored by the Latina American Studies Program
Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Kick-off to EIUnity Conference
March 5, 9:00-10:00am
Sponsored the Office of Inclusion & Academic Engagement and
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, EIU
Women in Leadership: How Representation Doesn’t Always Translate to Inclusion & Power
Monday, March 8 3:30-4:30 pm
Join us to discuss female leaders around the world, including United States Vice President Harris, and the issues that continue to arise despite their achievements.
Panelists: Dr. Melinda Mueller, Professor and Department Chair of EIU Department of Political Science, Dr. Özlem Ersin, Dean EIU College Of Health And Human Services
Camille Compo Memorial Lecture
March 25, 5pm
Please pre-register for this event here:
Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival (CIFFF)
Films are available to view here
Dr. Barbara Ransby- “Listening to the Ancestors: Ella Baker's Lessons for 21st Century Freedom Fighters"
March 29, 5:30-6:00
Co-sponsored with Texas Tech University
Zoom link #1:
Women’s History and Awareness Month Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00pm
“Black Women Could Not Breathe from Birth”
Jennifer Cannon, M.S, M.Div., CHES
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Annual Awards
During Women's History and Awareness Month undergraduate and graduate students, as well as women from the local community, are honored for their accomplishments. Check out the below information to nominate yourself or someone you know.
2021 Undergraduate Winner - Diana Argueta (see her work here)
2021 Winner, EIU - Sheila Simon
2021 Winner, Community - Kelly Hardy