Our 2024 Women’s History Month Theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

This National Women's History Month theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions. - National Women’s History Alliance


Women’s History Month Kickoff Event

Feb. 26 | Noon | Zoom

The Women's History Month committee invites you to join us on Monday, Feb. 26 at noon for this year's special Zoom kickoff event. Delve into the rich history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, discover inspiring women in history, and share your vision for women's progress today. Highlights of this month include an International Alumni Celebration, a Health and Wellness Fair, a Zoom lecture with contemporary Catholic author Katy Carl, a graveyard tribute to the first Mexican American Sister in Texas, and a Visionary Social Club-Artist Celebration of Diversity featuring speaker Valeria Watkins. Women from across our UIW and greater San Antonio community will speak at the event Be part of the conversation about our vibrant history and your aspirations for women's futures.

For more information contact LuElla D’Amico at ldamico@uiwtx.edu.

Register and Watch via Zoom


Screening of Arise Documentary  

UiW Libraries Present
Celebrating Women's History Month

Farhad’s Film Series | March 2024

Arise | 2012 | 80 minutes

On every continent, women are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment and are empowering others to respect the earth. Arise presents the stories of a diverse group of 13 women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages.

Click here to watch the film


UIW Community Convocation + Artists’ Celebration of Diversity  

March 1 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | SEC 2030

Hosted by Honors Social Justice Committee and the  Visionary Social Club (a collaborative planning group of student organizations)

As we close Black History Month and welcome Women’s History Month, join the Social Justice Committee led by Senior Art (Therapy) student and Art Club President, Giani Melendez as they gather numerous student organizations across the disciplines for a collaboration on Friday, March 1.  

Dr. Valeria WatkinsThis event will create socially conscious conversations, celebrate the diversity of our city through music, and create a call to action that meets the needs of our local and global communities. With the help of each student organization, we hope to empower and inspire female-led communities, people of color, people with neurodivergence, the special needs community, LGBTQ+ youth, environmentalists, and of course, the artist.  

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the event will carry out multiple artistic activities that celebrate intersectionality, a meaningful seminar by Dr. Valeria Watkins, PhD, that will open hearts for compassion and action, and a wonderful celebration where live music, performances and fellowship welcomes the networking of each organization and person that joins us. 

We welcome all and anyone to join us, including non-UIW members for this special gathering. Lunch will be provided.

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The Stations of the Cross of Our Day

March 8 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Our Lady’s Chapel

Mission & Ministry’s Office of DEI invites the UIW Community to “The Stations of the Cross of Our Day” on March 8, 2024, from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. Scheduled during Lent and Women’s History Month, this prayer service will remember the women who accompanied Jesus on his journey to the cross and honor the women who are working to eradicate the cross of sexism and racism in our world today.


International Women’s Day

March 8

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Each year, this day serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made towards gender equality and highlights the work that still needs to be done. In 2024, the campaign theme “Inspire Inclusion” emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. This year's campaign theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality. It calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. Inspire Inclusion encourages everyone to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalized communities. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

Learn More at International Women's Day


Youth-Led Initiatives in a Young Women’s Global Leadership Program in USA, Uganda, Kenya, and Kosovo

March 16 | 8-9:30 a.m. | Virtual Event

high school studentsThe University of the Incarnate Word Young Women’s Global Leadership Program (YWGLP) high school scholars will be presenting virtually at the United Nations 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women held live in New York. Join us as we explore vital intersections of young women's health, climate initiatives, and food scarcity. High School scholars will share insights, fostering a dialogue that aims to break barriers and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.

For more information on the event or to learn more about the University of the Incarnate Word Young Women’s Global Leadership Program (YWGLP), please email Dr. Haskins at ehaskins@uiwtx.edu or visit the YWGLP informational website here.

Watch the Virtual Event

Register to see all the United Nations NGO-CSW68 Forum, on March 10-22, 2024.

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Screening of $avvy documentary   

March 19 | 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | Library Auditorium

cartoon character with moneyWomen. Money. Freedom

Savvy, produced and directed by Robin Hauser, investigates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money. It explores why it's critical for women to understand and take control of their personal finances.

UIW students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this event.

For questions, contact Dr. Alicia Rubio by email at alrodri4@uiwtx.edu

Hosted by the H-E-B School of Business and Administration.

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Women’s History Month Lecture Featuring Contemporary Catholic Author Katy Carl 

March 20 | 10:30 a.m. | Location TBD

Katy CarlThe Department of English and Women’s and Gender Studies are proud to host Katy Carl as the annual Women’s History Month Speaker. Carl is the author of Fragile Objects (Wiseblood Books, 2023) and As Earth Without Water (Wiseblood Books, 2021). She is also the editor in chief of Dappled Things magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Windhover, Vita Poetica, Belle Ombre, Across the Margin, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, Evangelization & Culture, Genealogies of Modernity, St. Louis Magazine, and the National Catholic Register, among others. 


“Women Wage Peace” in Israel and They Invite Us to Peacebuilding

March 20 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Mabee Library Special Collections Room and Webinar Option

Women speakers

Hear from a leader in the organization Women Wage Peace, Avital Brown of Tel Aviv, Israel, about WWP and their close partnership with the Palestinian women's organization, Women of the Sun.  Representatives from both movements were chosen among Time Magazine's Women of the Year. Learn about The Mothers' Call, 2023, a joint statement of the two organizations that “demands that our leaders begin peace talks and negotiations with a determined commitment to achieving a political solution to the long and painful conflict.”  The women “from all walks of life, [are] united in the human desire for a future of peace, freedom, equality, rights, and security for our children and the next generations”.  The gathering will be moderated by Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Oral Historian, Researcher, and Jewish scholar residing in Montreal. Learn of her work at HOME | BigTree Life Stories.

Register for more information and the Holy Land lunch.

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Contact: Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, kirk@uiwtx.edu, 210-883-5934.


Legislative Write-In

March 20 | 1-4 p.m. | SEC Concourse

This year, honoring Women’s History Month, we will highlight the importance of advocacy with a legislative write-in. The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability will provide postcards and writing materials to send to their local, state, and national representatives. Completed postcards will be mailed at the end of each event.

For more information you may contact Ms. Carbajal-Levy, Assistant Director for the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, at mcarbaja@uiwtx.edu.


Mother Mary Claude Esparza (1852-1914): Honoring the Legacy of the first CCVI Mexican-American Sister in Texas

March 25 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | The Incarnate Word Cemetery, 4503 Broadway St., San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Erika Arredondo-Haskins will explore the life of the first CCVI Mexican-American religious sister in Texas. The daughter of an Alamo survivor, Mother Mary Claude Esparza (1852-1914) entered the order of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in the 19th century amidst the backdrop of shifting borders, cultural blending, and the continued challenges of postbellum. 

Dr. Haskins teaches Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word and facilitates the UIW Young Women’s Global Leadership Program. For more information, you may contact Dr. Haskins at ehaskins@uiwtx.edu.


UIW Festival of Colors & Int’l Women’s Fair

March 26 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | West Gate Circle

studentsThe UIW Women’s History Month Committee is hosting the 11th Annual UIW International Women’s Fair on Tuesday, March 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UIW campus. The Fair will feature students, campus orgs, UIW offices, UIW research, and booths from community non-profits and women-run businesses in San Antonio.

This event will be combined with the UIW Festival of Colors Fair, celebrating the diversity on UIW campus.

In the event of rain, we will meet at the SEC concourse.

For more info on the Women’s Fair, please email: mcarbaja@uiwtx.edu.

For more info on the Festival of Color’s Fair, please email intl@uiwtx.edu.


Celebrating Our Women Building Bridges Inviting Youth Globally and Locally to Create “Artistic Bridges”

March 28 | 5-6 p.m. | Nursing 142 or Zoom Registration

woman with plantsDarlene Jasso, UIW Communication Arts Graduate, Gianni Melendez, UIW Honors Student, and Carolina Ajozal will be celebrated for their positive efforts to help those in need and to brings others together from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in Nursing 142.

Jasso and Ajozal have been working with the Little Angels of Mary program to help provide nutrition and literacy to malnourished children in Guatemala.Carolina Ajozal, whose first language is the Mayan dialect Kaqhikel, helps to linguistically helps to build connections with the founder of the Little Angels of Mary and the people impacted by the organization.Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Little Angels of Mary and about potentially visiting Guatemala to help those in need. 

children paintingIn addition, Melendez has been awarded a prestigiousChangemaker GrantbyPace e Bene Nonviolence Service in recognition of her and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk’s, CCVI, collective efforts to develop Artistic Bridges for theCharter for Compassionwebsite which can be read in 131 languages. The invitation to “Artistic Bridges” for Youth and Children will open on Friday, April 5 on the Charter site.Learn how to be a partof this amazing project where youth all over the world can share their art, poetry, music, and dance.

For more info, please contactSr. Martha Ann Kirk by email atkirk@uiwtx.eduor by phone at(210) 883-5934.