Women’s Week attracted many to a diversity of experiences

(03-24-2014)

The idea for Adams State University Women's Week started when Tori Vigil '15, sociology major, decided to hold a public showing of "Miss Representation." From there, professors, staff, and students joined Vigil to organize many activities. According to Vigil, approximately 450 people attended through the week. She said: A first for Adams State, Women's Week was a big success."

The nine events planned for the week-long celebration, from March 3 through March 8, included films, lectures, round-table discussions, a poetry slam, student presentations and more.

Dr. Beez Schell, Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE) Department chair, talked about monumental moments for women in sports at the Kindred Spirits Luncheon. "A very impactful part of her talk was on Title IX, which is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls," Vigil said. Title IX opened the door for girls to pursue math and science and for the fair treatment for pregnant and parenting students, and it protects students from bullying and sexual violence.

Melody Reynolds spoke for the Wellness Wednesday lunch-n-learn. She talked about love languages. The languages are words of affirmation, touch, gifts, acts of service, and quality time. "She skillfully demonstrated how difficult it is to navigate and communicate in a relationship when the two are speaking different love languages," Vigil said. For example, if one person has the love language of gifts, that is how they give love and they feel most loved when others give them gifts as well. If however, the other partner's love language is quality time and that's how they give love and feel the most loved the two might end up feeling unloved. Reynolds claims if two people in a relationship take the time to find out what their love languages are they would better understand each other , as well as how to communicate better and how to express their feelings so the other person feels loved.

Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, professor of sociology, spoke on invisible sexism during her faculty lecture. She presented her latest research on the topic: "Most sources of these inequalities are so embedded in our psyche and social world that we simply don't notice them. They are invisible. They exist in the way we interact with one another, the way we evaluate one another, the way we handle our failures, the way we perceive our successes and the way we manage our personal lives."

Vigil said the poetry slam performers were amazing women. "They were fierce, bold, brave and impactful." The slam was held in the mall court of the Student Union Building. Many students passing through the area as they were rushing to class stopped to enjoy the music, food, and powerful poetry. Others took time out of their busy day to enjoy all the performances.

"We are very pleased with the turnout and the show of support for this first ever Women's Week at ASU. The results really exceeded our expectations and I hope next year will be even better," said Vigil.

She announced that the theme for next year's event will be "I Have A Voice," celebrating the diverse, influential, and powerful voices of women. Anyone wishing to join the committee for next year's event should email Vigil at vigilpv@grizzlies.adams.edu. Planning will begin in the fall semester.

This student led event included efforts from offices and departments across campus. The English, Theatre and Communications Department, Academic Affairs, Counseling and Career Center, Creative Relations, Student Life, Facilities Services, Residence Life, HPPE, Institutional Research, Sociology Department, Student Union Building, and the Teacher Education Department all played a part in the planning and execution of this event.