Our 2023 Women’s History Month Theme is
“Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

This year’s theme is the recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news and social media. This timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth and reflecting society decade after decade.


HEBSBA Entrepreneurship Class to Hold Market

March 1 | 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Dubuis Lawn

UIW entrepreneurship students from HEBSBA are holding a market from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, on Dubuis Lawn. The students will be selling artisan goods and other products (cookies and muffins) to support the women of the Peruvian Shipibo tribe as part of their class projects. There will be authentic handmade beaded necklaces, bracelets and purses, as well as hand-embroidered table clothes, tapestries and lots more! All are welcome to shop or leave a donation. For more information, contact Dr. Teresa Harrison at teresa.harrison@uiwtx.edu.

Learn about the Women of the Shipibo Tribe


Transforming the Community Through Sports (Open to UIW community)

March 8 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. | Library Auditorium

Speaker: Jenny Carnes, Chief Executive Officer at San Antonio Sports

UIW alum Jenny Carnes will present her experience at San Antonio Sports and what it means to be a UIW graduate and leader in the community. She will discuss how she has helped mentor other women and will talk about the importance of mentors in her life. She will guide attendees through her personal journey, from an internship at the start of her career to her current position. She will share the challenges and/or acceptance she has experienced as a woman in a male-dominated career. She will also provide advice she has for other women, as well as for student-athletes, entering the workforce.

A native of Uvalde, Texas, college basketball lured Carnes to San Antonio in 1995 with a scholarship to the University of the Incarnate Word where she was an All-American for UIW’s nationally-ranked basketball team and a member of the tennis team as well. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Sports Management. In addition to being named the business school’s Top Business Management Student and UIW’s Student-Athlete of the Year. In 1999, Carnes was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2005 Inaugural Class.

Carnes remains rooted in the sports community through her work with San Antonio Sports, as a regular speaker for local university sports management classes and as a student mentor for sports management students. She began working at San Antonio Sports in September 1999 as an intern.


UIW International Women's Day Fair and the Festival of Colors Market

March 7 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Westgate Circle

The UIW community is invited to join the International Student and Scholar Services office for a combined celebration as it hosts the UIW International Women's Day Fair and the Festival of Colors Market from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Westgate Circle. Following these two events, the Holi Color Powder throw will be from 4:30 - 5 p.m. in the Natatorium parking lot. The day will feature community non-profits, organizations that benefit women, and culturally diverse booths from around the globe all focusing on celebrating the diversity on the UIW campus.


Innovation and Technological Change

March 11 | 8 - 10 a.m. | Zoom

The UIW Young Women’s Global Leadership Program and Summit share a panel in the United Nations 67th Conference of the Status of Women NGO Parallel Events. Mary Marquez, a St. Anthony High School leader who has focused on the digital divide and assisting partners in Africa, is among the speakers.

Register to attend virtually


Guatemala Solidarity: Building Relationships with Indigenous Women

March 14 and 21 | 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. | Virtual Conference

Former UIW students Darlene Jasso and Edwin Hipp Mendoza founded Little Angels of Mary non-profit working among Mayan indigenous women in villages in Guatemala City. The two are in bi-weekly conversation with UIW Professors Dr. Beth Senne-Duff (Nutrition) and Sister Martha Ann Kirk (Religious Studies) considering nutrition, literacy and cultures. Listen and learn or make plans to join them on the solidarity trip to Guatemala from May 12-26. Additionally, you can support scholarships for UIW students hoping to serve with this organization.

Consider that Guatemala has the sixth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world with 48% of all children under five-years-old being malnourished. That is why our former students founded the Little Angels of Mary and why Dr. Senne-Duff and Sr. Martha Ann invite all to work with them. Learn more and sign up for the conversation here.

For more information, contact Sr. Martha Ann Kirk at kirk@uiwtx.edu.

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Education in the Digital Age for Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls

March 16 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Zoom

UIW Young Women’s Global Leadership Program participants will travel to New York City to present from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. The presentation will be on “Gender-Responsive Action for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Digital Age.” The young women (Seyma Kilic, Betul Ufak, Nesibe Celik, Esma Korkmaz) will be accompanied by Dr. Lopita Nath, professor and chair of the UIW History department, Dr. Sumeyra Tek and Angelica Docog.

For more information, contact Dr. Joan Labay by email at labaymar@uiwtx.edu.

Register for the NGO CSW Forum


Lifting Others, An Inspiration

March 20 | 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Library Auditorium

Speaker: Janie Barrera, Founder of LiftFund

UIW graduate Janie Barrera, the founder of LiftFund, will share her experiences encouraging women and minorities. LiftFund has disbursed over $420 Million to business owners in underserved communities. Berrera was inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.

Read Janie's Story

Barrera is a change agent in the field of microfinance. She has worked hard to level the financial playing field for entrepreneurs who historically have faced considerable obstacles when seeking the financing they need to start and grow their businesses. A firm believer that entrepreneurship is a viable tool to break the cycle of poverty. Barrera has dedicated her career to helping and empowering individuals to build assets, create wealth and leave a legacy for future generations.


Teaching and Learning with Gloria E. Anzaldua: An Interdisciplinary Women's History Month Special Event

March 22 | 1:30 p.m. | SEC Ballroom

Women's and Gender Studies is hosting its annual Women's History Month lecture at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the SEC Ballroom. Margaret Cantu-Sanchez from St. Mary’s University will give a talk titled, "Teaching and Learning with Gloria Anzaldua: An Interdisciplinary Women's History Month Special Event." There will be a lecture and discussion from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., followed by a workshop focused on pedagogy from 2:30 - 3 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Cantu-Sanchez and her research here. This year's Women’s and Gender Studies lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. For more information, contact Dr. LuElla D’Amico at ldamico@uiwtx.edu or Dr. Sandra Guzman Foster at sfoster@uiwtx.edu.


“Incarnate Word Sisters and Social Justice” Exhibit and Presentation

March 29 | Noon - 1 p.m.| UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

Join UIW RSO for a presentation on the Incarnate Word Sisters and Social Justice, presented by Sr. Marth Ann Kirk from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in RSO Events Room 301. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were founded to serve in healthcare in 1869, and this exhibit shows their resilience in responding to many needs, such orphan care, housing, education and social work. Today, we continue the legacy of discerning needs and responding compassionately. This exhibit has been made possible through a “Humanities Research for the Public Good” Grant, a part of the Council of Independent Colleges “Connecting Independent Colleges with Their Communities through Undergraduate Research.” This project has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Learning Our Herstory: UIW Women Leaders Share Stories of Inspiration and Connection

March 30 | 3 p.m.| Mabee Library Special Collections Room

UIW faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a special Women's History Month roundtable discussion: "Learning Our Herstory: UIW Women Leaders Share Stories of Inspiration and Connection" at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Sr. Yolanda Tarango, CCVI, PhD (Congregational Leader), Sr. Eilish Ryan, CCVI, PhD (Professor Emerita), Dr. Kathi Light (Provost Emerita) and Dr. Monica Cruz (Former UIW Ettling Center Director) will share leadership tips, stories, and experiences from their time in leadership at UIW and beyond. The session will feature an enlightening talk, a Q&A and refreshments. This event is co-sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies and Mission and Ministry. For more information, contact Dr. Ann David ( addavid@uiwtx.edu), Dr. Adrienne Ambrose ( ambrosea@uiwtx.edu) or Dr. LuElla D'Amico ( ldamico@uiwtx.edu).