Events & Programs

Events and Programs for Spring 2021 

Book Club

This spring we are hosting a book club via Zoom where we are reading and discussing Britt Bennett's "The Vanishing Halft" (2020), a novel about identical twin sisters who grow up in a small, southern black town who run away at 16 and live very different lives as adults. In fall of 2020, we read "Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women a Movement Forgot" by Mikki Kendall, a book focusing on the failings of mainstream feminism and the marginalized women left behind in "feminist conversations" and discussing intersectional feminism.

Drop-in Dismantling

The Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs host Drop-in Dismantling - every other Thursday at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Drop-in Dismantling sessions provide a virtual space for all students, faculty and staff to talk about strategies for challenging racism and colonization in our daily lives.

The topic and activities change every week, so join us as you are able to engage in some ongoing (un)learning! Email for the Zoom link.

Being the First: But Making Sure You are Not the Last

The nation recently welcomed Kamala Harris, our first woman and first woman of color, into the role of Vice President of the United States. The Center for Women & Gender Equity within the Division of Diversity and Belonging invites you to view “Being the First: But Making Sure You are Not the Last” – a brief roundtable discussion with Dr. Lisa Dubose, Dr. Kathleen Kollman, and Dr. Melissa Miller about the meaning and impact of having our first woman as Vice President. We’ll also discuss how to get women more involved in leadership at a local level and the importance of representation. You can view the recording here. On January 27th at 12:30pm, you can join Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder, for a live discussion follow-up of the panel on Instagram @bgsu.cwge.

Research Series

This lunchtime series advances research on women, gender, and intersecting identities through research presentations from BGSU faculty and staff. This spring we will host two research seminars. One by Jacqueline Barco from the Counseling Center as part of Womxn's History Month  and one with Dr. Shuba Nagarajan. Please learn more here!

Body Positivity, Identity & Purpose

Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator and cross-country coach, ultramarathoner, author of the Amazon bestselling memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress, and antiracism educator. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008 and started her blog Fatgirlrunning—about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner endurance athletes—while training for her first marathon. Mirna's athletic story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, on NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. In 2018 she was chosen as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and most recently appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show and Access Daily. When she wears her diversity, equity, and inclusion hat, she helps schools, nonprofits, and businesses to step up their antiracism efforts. She currently lives, trains, and works in Vermont, USA. Learn more about events here.

Crochet and Connect

Join us as we gather to as a group and engage in conversation surrounding social justice, current events, and general check-ins in build community. This group is meant to create virtual support and comradery through creativity. To learn more, email

Women of Color Leadership Summit

This annual event brings women of color activist-scholars to BGSU to discuss the contributions women of color have made to leadership, activism, and advocacy in their communities and more broadly. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members and allows speakers to share insights on their own achievements, obstacles, and the steps they have taken to become leaders in their communities. Learn more about this year's event here.

International Womxn's Day

International Womxn’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Help us celebrate International Womxn's Day! Join Chef Marissa and Dietitian Paige as they walk you through a delicious mug cake that can be made in the comfort of your dorm. Only equipment needed is a microwave and the mug and ingredients are provided! Hurry and register while supplies last!