International Women’s Day at EOU

Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day (IWD) honors the social, cultural and political achievements of women throughout time. The day also serves as a rallying cry to fight for equality, bringing groups together across the world to advocate for equal rights.

Eastern Oregon University students have the opportunity to participate in a series of events from March 4 to March 8 to commemorate IWD and acquire new knowledge and skills.

The theme of March 4 is “Empowerment and Advocacy.” The day will start with a presentation in Badgley Hall from 11-11:50 a.m, featuring local resources for dating or sexual violence. Moving to Loso Hall 230 from 2-3 p.m., students will learn self-advocacy skills that can help build their confidence. The day will be finished with a virtual discussion via Zoom from 3:30-4:15 p.m. about budgeting and credit.

March 5, which is all about “EO-YOU,” will start in the EOU Library with a presentation on stress management from 9-10 a.m. Following that, there will be a presentation in Badgley Hall 148 from 11-11:50 a.m. on understanding the Financial Aid dashboard. After lunch, there will be a gender inclusivity training in Zabel 202 from 1-2:30 p.m. To finish off the day, stop by the Learning Center from 4:30-5 p.m. to learn more about the resources available at the Learning Center!

Focusing on accessibility, equity and inclusion, March 7 will begin with a Zoom presentation from 11-11:50 a.m. on “ways to embody a new way of living that is inclusive, equitable, and thriving!” The second and final presentation of the day will take place via Zoom from 3-4 p.m. and will teach students about intersectionality and how it affects access to reproductive healthcare in Eastern Oregon.

Concluding the week, March 8 will focus on inspiring inclusion, the official theme of IWD 2024! The day will start with a brunch in Hoke 339 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., complete with free IWD swag and a drawing to win a gift card to the Liberty Cafe, a local woman-owned business. The last event of the day will be an interactive session in Zabel 110 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., exploring how to find common ground and amplify underrepresented voices.

Students who would like to join any of the IWD activities can sign up at

The IWD events are sponsored by the Soroptimists of La Grande Oregon, Title IX, the Learning Center and DEIB, in partnership with Shelter From the Storm and Planned Parenthood.

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