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Women 2019 Events

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Celebrating 50 years of Women at Xavier
Read about the history of Women at Xavier—by Roger Fortin, PhD 
A Timeline of Women at Xavier—by Anne Ryckbost, Xavier Archivist 


Distribute Commemorative T-shirts – Rec. Sports Department  
Female participants of the Intramural Sports program, the Club Sports program, the Group Exercise program, and student employees will receive a T-shirt that commemorates women at Xavier.  Contact Glenn Arnold for details.

Leadership Mastery and Moxie in 31 Days
Proceeds from the guide for career women go to support the Women of Excellence "Endowed Scholarship."
Order the journals here. Contact Debra Mooney for details. 

Spring Semester


Moxie Leadership for Mentor Pairs   — 1/30
With a grant awarded by the American Association of University Women to the Office of Career Development, student and professional mentoring pairs will gather to engage in Debra Mooney’s “Leadership Mastery and Moxie” career reflection guide on Jan. 30, Networking Skills on Feb. 20 and Breaking Stereotypes on March 6. Contact April Robles for details.


A Conversation on Hot Topics in Women's Leadership—2/15  
With a grant from ACE-WNO, through Debra Mooney, Xavier women leaders and readers gathered to share their leadership learnings and take-aways.

Hump Day - 2/20, Arrupe Lounge  
50-Year Celebration Kickoff for faculty and staff with comments from Fr. Graham and Dr. Chris Dacey '74.
Hosted by: WCB, Plant and Building, Business/Risk Management 

The WCB Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by PNC Foundation, 2/27, 12-1:00.

Matter of Fact: A Conversation With Soledad O'Brien on Women, Leadership and Education is open to the public. RSVP to hear from the acclaimed journalist, news anchor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. 

There will be a private Women Business Leaders in Cincinnati panel discussion with the speaker for 125 female high school students prior to the luncheon. 

Supporting Women in Computer Science

This new group for women in computing supports females in a predominately male field with a number of weekly events including:

  • Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing conference held in Huron. Feb. 22-23
  • Lunch and Learn Series: A speaker series that brings in professional female computer scientists to talk about their careers and be mentors to the current undergraduates. February & April
  • Girl Scout Technology Day: A one day outreach event that brings local Girl Scout troops to campus, and aids them in earning their technology related badges. April 6
  • End-of-Year Dinner to say goodbye to the seniors in Women in Computing.
  • Contact Katie Timmerman for details on the above.

Faith to Conquer Fear Workshop 
The book, Faith to Conquer Fear TM — The Journey , gives relevant action steps to conquer fear and achieve the God-designed and assigned vision for our lives. The Faith to Conquer Fear TM —  Workshop Series is designed to take Fear Conquerors on a journey of self-discovery. In this four-part interactive workshop format designed specifically for women (faculty, students and community), participants will read the book, develop support and accountability via group discussions, and learn additional biblical principles to support the book's content. Contact Kyra Shahid for details. 


Recognizing Women at Xavier

To celebrate Women’s History Month, SGA invites the campus community to nominate an exceptional woman, students, faculty or staff, to be highlighted during the month-long campaign. Participate through the Women of XU nomination form.  

Visualize Your Success – 3/1

  • 8:00 a.m. - Noon (workshop to begin at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Surkamp Family Conference Room – Xavier University Alumni Center (1507 Dana Ave.)
  • Cost: $25
  • Space is limited, visit event page to learn more and to RSVP.

Women’s Ignatian Leadership Salon  3/5
This  workshop strengthens capacities and confidence of women leaders through personal reflection, small group conversation, and peer support. Topics include building on strengths building, impression management, communication, networking and more. Contact Debra Mooney, facilitator, for details.

Sustainability and Equity –  3/21
Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors" will address her work to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.   The event is in the Conaton Boardroom, 4-5pm, and is open to the public. Contact Nancy Bertaux for details.


Business, Balance & Bliss: How the B3 Method Can Transform Your Career and Life with Amy Vetter – Facilitated by Gild Collective 4/4

  • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (workshop to begin at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Location: Surkamp Family Conference Room – Xavier University Alumni Center (1507 Dana Ave.)
  • Cost: $15
  • Space is limited, visit event page to learn more and to RSVP.

Breaking Barriers: Closing the gender Gap in Public Life with Betsy Fischer Martin with Betsy Fischer Martin

  • Friday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hailstones Hall, Room 100x
  • Free to attend, breakfast and lunch provided 
  • Visit breaking barriers website to learn more and RSVP

The Vagina Monologues  
The Theatre’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s  The Vagina Monologues  provides young women with a platform for their voices to be heard in the Xavier community, and is a joyful celebration of the power and resilience of women. Contact Ellie Conniff for details.

For the past two years, it has staged a reading. This year, for the first time, the annual production will be entirely run and directed by students, all female. 

Leadership Development
The Office of Student Involvement was able to challenge and grow the leadership skills of the Collegiate Leadership Competition team. The curriculum allowed students to not only learn about themselves but understand how to work with other unique leadership styles and collaboratively work through challenges such as riddles, building giant paper cranes, or even how to stack Pringles into a standing circular figure.

After pariticpating in their first competition as a team at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on April 12-13, 2019, Xavier placed fourth overall. Use following link for a detailed summary


Unlock Your Financial Power with Christine Luken, The Financial Lifeguard – Facilitated by Gild Collective

  • 5/9. 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (workshop to begin at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Location: Surkamp Family Conference Room – Xavier University Alumni Center (1507 Dana Ave.)
  • Cost: $15
  • Space is limited, visit event page to learn more and to RSVP.


AAUW Work Smart Salary negotiation workshop designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate for what they're worth.

  • 6/6. 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (workshop to begin at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Location: Surkamp Family Conference Room – Xavier University Alumni Center (1507 Dana Ave.)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Space is limited, visit event page to learn more and to RSVP.


Art at the X - Presented by the Xavier University Art Gallery - 8/29

Join Xavier President Mike Graham, S.J., on Thursday, Aug. 29, for an opening reception and awards presentation for ART at the X: Celebrating Women, an exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Women at Xavier. Funded by Women of Excellence, this national juried competition features original works of art thematically focused on woman-centered subjects. The selected art will be exhibited in the Xavier University Art Galleries, Department of Art, through Sept. 20.  Purchase award art will become part of Xavier’s Fine Art Collection for permanent exhibition on campus. The artists’ reception is from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Xavier University Art Galleries located in the A.B. Cohen Center. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Visit event page for more information and details.

Fall Semester


Xavier Jazz Concert Series: Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle

The Xavier Jazz Concert Season will open with a Q&A session, demo, and performance by Grammy Award Winner drummer and band leader Terri Lyne Carrington and her Money Jungle Project. Terri is the founder of Jazz and Gender Institute and is the first African American woman to get a Grammy for best Jazz Instrumental Album. The event is made possible by the Women of Excellence Grant and is free for every Xavier Community Member. Click https://www.terrilynecarrington.com/home for more information about Terri Lyne Carrington.

  • Wednesday, September 25 – Q&A Session & Demo at 1:30 pm, Concert at 8 pm
  • Location: Gallagher Theater
  • Free to attend
  • Link to reserve tickets: https://www.xavier.edu/musicseries/


Social Media and Gender Violence in the Spanish Speaking World
The following series of campus events and encounters with a prominent Spanish-speaking writer, Soledad Vallejos, who has led social media campaigns demanding equal protection for women in her community includes:

  • 10/30 - A campus panel discussion (open to the public) on the topic of activism against gender-based violence against women in Spanish-speaking countries. More Information on Social Media Activism & Gender Violence in South America.
  • 10/31 - A roundtable conversation with the guest, and Ashley Hinck and Andrew Zolides, professors of Digital Media in the Communication Department.
  • 11/1 - Vallejos will work with students in classes and discussion groups with faculty and staff members
  • Contact David Knutson for details.

The WCB Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by PNC Foundation, 10/17.

With Janice Bryant Howroyd, details to be finalized.


Women's Higher Education Conference
Xavier women faculty and staff are attending the 2019 American Council on Education Women’s Network of Ohio conference on Friday, Nov. 1 at Edison State Community College in Piqua.  

A Celebration of 50 Years of Women at Xavier
Saturday, November 9, 1:00-2:30pm, Arrupe Overlook
This fall marks 50 years since Xavier first admitted women to the undergraduate day program, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone during Alumni Weekend. Learn about what Xavier was like 50 years ago and hear from some of the pioneering women who helped blaze the trail for today's women of Xavier.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

Over Millennia: Celebrating Women at Xavier

Over Millennia: Celebrating Women and Xavier will be a performative collaboration between Xavier students and L.A.-based composer and pianist Josh Nelson. Students in several English courses will collaborate long-distance with Nelson throughout the Fall 2019 semester, culminating with a public performance of a world-premiere choral piece entitled "Over Millennia" set to the poetry of 19th-century Cincinnatian Alice Cary and of Xavier faculty Anne McCartyKristen Renzi, and Kathleen Smythe, all in celebration of Xavier's women. The performance is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 16.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel. Contact Polina Bespalko or Rachel Chrastil for details.