HRWGC is celebrating it’s 50th birthday

Sydni Zidarevich, Justice, Equity and Diversity Beat Reporter

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Women’s Herstory Month!

The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center is celebrating their 50th birthday, inviting everyone to join the festivities with cake, open-mic, karaoke, a Tiny Kitchen Concert and HRWGC and OSU Creamery’s debut of their very own ice cream, ‘Fudge the Patriarchy’.

Women and Gender centers started being founded on college campuses in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so, we’re not the only center in recent years to celebrate 50 years,” said HRWGC center director Whitney Archer.  “The University of Idaho Women’s Center is celebrating 50 years this year too, and my colleague who directs their center shared with me that, a local brewery made a beer for them for their 50th anniversary…Shortly after learning about the University of Idaho brewery collaboration, I saw the OSU Creamery food truck on campus and I was like, ‘Students, we should reach out and see if they want to partner and make an ice cream.”

According to Archer it was a thought and idea that the students were excited about and reached out to make a partnership possible. 

“We reached out to Robin [Frojen], who runs the creamery, and they were game to make something happen!’ It was about looking for something that was unique, not every school has a creamery; it was the chance to have unlikely collaboration,” Archer said.

“Fudge the Patriarchy” which will be debuted at their birthday party on Thursday at 4 p.m. alongside gluten free and vegan cupcakes, as well as drinks and other snacks. Kicking off the party will be an open house from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by open-mic and karaoke until 6 p.m., which is when the band Bluessence will perform a Tiny Kitchen Concert until the end of the event.

“We have these certain months to pause reflect and to focus on various communities but in the cultural resource centers, we strive to do identity affirming, community and belonging 12 months out of the year,” Archer said. “I think having a birthday party, offers a celebratory vibe, it is a chance to connect and uplift each other.”

HRWGC will also be hosting events throughout the month of March to recognize and celebrate Women’s Month that students are invited to attend.

Mar. 8 

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. International Women’s Day Celebration at the SEC Plaza

Hosted by ASOSU Women & Gender and International & Cultural Coordinators, the SEC Plaza will have a celebration station where individuals can enjoy games, a hot cocoa bar and gain more information about the organizations and resources available at OSU that promote the causes of women on campus, in the US and around the world.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. International Women’s Day Reception at the MU Main Lounge

Join President Murthy and Provost Feser as they host the reception for the International Women’s Day Celebration, as they reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of women at OSU and their teaching, research, outreach and leadership that promotes and progresses the status of women at home and around the world. The event will also speak to the UN Commision on the Status of Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2023, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” with guest speakers from The GenderMag Project, Dr. Margaret Burnett and Vice Provost for Information and Technology, Andrea Ballinger.

Mar. 9

Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center’s 50th Birthday Party at HRWGC (little blue building by the library quad)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open House and B-Day Party

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Open-Mic and Karaoke

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tiny Kitchen Concert featuring Bluessence

Mar. 13

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crafternoon at the HRWGC

Mar. 14

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. OSUPC Women’s History Month Jeopardy at the MU Horizon Room

Bring your friends and test your knowledge for a chance to win cash prizes in this game of Jeopardy! A student ID is needed to scan in for free.

Mar. 15

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. AYA Women of Color Discussion Group at HRWGC

Mar. 17

11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. WGSS 111 Reproductive Justice Gallery Walk at the MU Horizon Room

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