student reading at Pedroso center

"Women Who Advocate For Equity, Diversity and Inclusion"

International Women's day event honoring the legacy of Angelina pedroso: rematriation: Resistance, Resilience and Revitalization  

3:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel at

This event will speak to the ways Native Hawaiian women have been leading resistance efforts against the U.S. occupation of Hawaii. Our speaker Lanialoha Lee will center on her dedication to cultural revitalization and the role Chicago plays in Hula history.

This event will feature the intergenerational music of Aloha Lives. 

K(no)w More: women of color in violence prevention

3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 6 
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

CHicago Film Society Presents "pumping iron ii: THe women" 

7:30-9:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 6
NEIU Auditorium 

Directed by George Butler • 1985 • 35mm from University of North Carolina School of the Arts

A profile of the female bodybuilders changing the face of a hyper-masculine sport. It’s like "Pumping Iron," but better. “You walk into this movie expecting to see a lot of sweat, and you walk out with more to think about than you bargained for."  -Roger Ebert

Preceded by: "Catherine Deneuve Chanel Commercial Reel"

University Events Calendar

10th ANnual Genocide And Human Rights Research in africa conference 

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9
Main Campus 

The Center for Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora will host its 10th annual conference at Northeastern Illinois University. While this three-day event will cover many issues relating to genocide, a special focus will center on the role of gender in Africa and the Diaspora.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab 

Lawyer, human rights advocate, author with the IBA's Human Rights Institute, and co-founder of the Coalition for Genocide Response. 

March 7
In Person and Via Zoom
Main Campus, Alumni Hall


Friday, March 8
7:30 p.m.
Main Campus, Auditorium 


The 10-piece all women brass ensemble, tenThing, have firmly established themselves on the international scene. tenThing are celebrated for their commitment to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire that spans from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok. 

The promo code for free tickets is TENTHING:
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Statistics: women in science 7th annual CONFERENCE 

March 18-20
8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Main Campus

This year’s Women In Science Conference will focus on the wonderful women in the field of statistics. The conference will kick off with the 23rd Math Modeling Workshop, followed by the 2024 student Datathon competition! 

Art & About: Creative space for femme liberation 

Monday, March 18 
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel at

Join the Pedroso Center to kick off your evening of creativity that uses the process of art-making to uplift physical, mental and emotional well-being while building community.

Lgbtq+ Students dicuss the intersections of mental health & Disability 

Tuesday. March 19
1:40-2:55 p.m. 
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel at

Join Pride Alliance, WGS and the Pedroso Center to hear about students' experiences coming out, being out and living with mental and physical disabilities

KNowing while black: Deconstructing white lies and surviving an anti-black World 

Thursday, March 21
3:05-5:00 p.m. 
Main Campus, Room BBH 101

Dr. K. Bailey Thomas will deliver this year's Philosophy Department's Inspiring TriVia Lecture. "This talk details a socio-epistemic practice that I have dubbed 'knowing while Black', a strategic practice that Black individuals have utilized as a means of survival in anti-Black societies. Building upon Patricia Hill Collins’ conceptual framework for resisting malicious epistemic frameworks ("oppositional knowledge”), I propose Black epistemic agents are uniquely equipped to identify and dismantle white ignorance and white lies. This, I argue, will then allow the marginalized also to resist the negative social imaginations that fuel harmful dominant epistemic frameworks as well as the need to appeal for recognition from the oppressive subjects who implement these harmful ways of knowing."


Tuesday, March 26
Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel,

Trans Day of Visibility takes place every March 31. It marks a time to celebrate trans and non-binary people, and to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by the community worldwide. Join the Pedroso Center and Q-spot on March 26 for a Trans-Visibility Luncheon with guest speaker Mx. Geri Zamora (He/They).  

"Barbie" MOvie screening and intergenerational panel 

Tuesday, March 26
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Main Campus, Room LWH 1002

Join us in our on campus screening of "Barbie" directed and co-written by Greta Gerwig, starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera. The cast also includes Kate McKinnon as the so-called “Weird Barbie,” Issa Rae as President Barbie; Alexandra Shipp as Doctor Barbie, Simu Liu as a Ken and Michael Cera as Allen. 

After the film please stick around for an NEIU community panel discussion.

Sister talk book club: 
"Abolition. FEMINISM. now."

Meeting 1
Feb. 28
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Meeting 2
March 27
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Meeting 3
April 17
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel,

Sister Talk is an affinity space developed to create sisterhood (not cis-terhood) among NEIU students, faculty and staff where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) identified women/femmes are centered and affirmed in their identities. The Pedroso Center believes stories bind us to each other. The use of a semesterly book club will help create a structure where students are encouraged to critically think, engage in literary discussion, share and deeply listen to one another’s stories. 

This semester’s book is "Abolition. Feminism. Now." In this remarkable collaborative work, leading scholar-activists Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Beth E. Richie and NEIU’s own Erica R. Meiners engage in conversation around the often unrecognized genealogies of queer, anti-capitalist, internationalist, grassroots and women-of-color-led feminist movements, struggles and organizations that have helped to define abolition and feminism in the 21st century. 

"Born in flames" by Lizzie borden

Thursday, March 28
4:15-6:55 p.m.
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)
Contact: Fawn E. Pochel,

Join us for a screening of punk and science fiction. "Born in Flames" is a 1983 American dystopian docufiction drama film written, directed, produced and edited by radical intersectional feminist Lizzie Borden set in the not-too-distant future (which is to say, in the now). The film centers around an underground women's army forming in a dystopian New York City. 

Career Development Workshops

Wednesday, March 20
Monday, March 25
Thursday, April 18
1:00-2:30 p.m. 
Main Campus, Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

Join Career Development, Proyecto Pa'lante and the Pedroso Center for a workshop series focused on developing soft skills that are essential for personal and professional success. 

7th Annual women in science conference 

Wednesday, March 20
9:45 a.m.
Main Campus, Alumni Hall and via Zoom

The conference will include keynote and plenary speakers, a career panel, and hands-on learning activities. 

Sign up to attend