PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo and its Diversity Resource Center will host a variety of events in March in honor of Women’s History Month, including an Empowering Women Leadership Series, a purple pump extravaganza, and a Japanese Girl’s Day celebration.
All events are free of charge.
A lecture series will feature female boxer Chantel Cordova, local non-profit director Dena Rodriquez, author/alumnus Pamela Sterner, and aspiring NASCAR drive Tia Norfleet.
Pueblo West native Chantel Cordova will speak about her career in the male-dominated sport of boxing, and how she has made a name for herself. Learn about her nutrition and fitness regime as well. Cordova will speak from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in the Diversity Resource Center, Occhiato University Center 031. Cordova has been boxing in her father’s gym since she was nine years old. She began her career as an amateur and became one of the first women from Colorado to be on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She has been a professional since 2006. She is committed to making her professional career a path for others to follow. She has learned to balance her boxing career with her life as a full-time employee and mother of a five-year-old son.
Pueblo Native and CSU-Pueblo Alumna Dena Rodriguez will discuss her career and how her social work degree from CSU-Pueblo has helped her serve the Pueblo community as executive director of Pueblo Rape Crisis Services and as the Southeast Regional Representative for the Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She hopes to complete a master’s degree in social work by this May. Prior to working at Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, Dena worked as the Family Advocate at the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center and assisted families through the investigation of child abuse. In addition, Rodriguez has extensive knowledge in sexual assault to include victim advocacy/privilege advocacy, victim rights, rape trauma, child sexual abuse, mandatory reporting, and the judicial process. Rodriguez’s presentation begins at noon on Wednesday, March 19, also in the Diversity Resource Center, OUC031. Lunch will be provided at both events.
Later that afternoon from 4-6 p.m., author and CSU-Pueblo alumnus Pamela Sterner will sign and discuss her new book, Restoring Valor, in LARC 109. Sterner will discuss the federal law that resulted from a paper she wrote as a non-traditional student here and how the media played a vital role in the passage of the Stolen Valor Act. This event is co-sponsored by the alumni Association and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership.
Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented Suffolk, Va. native, is the daughter of 20-year veteran NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet. She will discuss her career aspirations beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in Library and Academic Resources Center 109.
Additional activities featuring and honoring women will be held throughout the month. On Monday Monday, March 3, a Girls Day Celebration honoring Japanese holiday Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Day or Girl’s Day) will feature mocha (Japanese rice cake), lantern decorating, and origami from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Greenhorn Residence Hall Classroom.
English Vinglish, a film about an Indian housewife who teaches herself English, gaining self-confidence and self-respect in the process, will be shown from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 in the Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031. Snacks will be provided.
Pampering, healing, and health will be the focus of the Purple Pump Extravaganza from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the OUC Ballroom with refreshments, mocktails, health screenings, and henna among the offerings.
The month’s activities will conclude on Monday, March 31 with the 2nd Annual Spirituality Fair & Gospel Explosion. Attendees will be able to explore and experience the religious diversity of Colorado through gospel performances by the students and churches in Southern Colorado! The Spirituality Fair will be from noon-3 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom with the Gospel Explosion to follow @ 6 p.m. The event will be co-Sponsored by the University Board of Diversity & Equity.