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Women’s Center’s 50th Anniversary

The University of Idaho Women’s Center Celebrates 50 years!

Founded on November 4, 1972, the University of Idaho's Women's Center is one of the longest-running, continuously operated campus-based women’s centers in the United States! For 50 years, we’ve been advocating for gender justice by providing innovative ways for students, staff, faculty, and local community members to learn more about social justice and enjoy a safe, comfortable place to gather, interact, and study. True to our founding mission, we're continuing to facilitate exceptional opportunities for deep learning and engaged activism in order to support and empower all individuals in building an inclusive and compassionate society.  

In 2012, Gloria Steinem said we are “one of the most important women’s centers in the nation.” Founded at a time of rampant (and perfectly legal) gender-based discrimination, the individuals who worked tirelessly to address issues of gender equity at the University of Idaho risked their relationships, reputations and careers to do what was right and to lead the campaign that resulted in the establishment of the Women’s Center. 

We’ve planned a spectacular series of programs and events to both honor the legacy of those who came before us and to inspire generations of future gender justice activists. We want YOU to be part of our celebrations! Please join us this academic year to honor and celebrate the important work of generations of feminist activists and community organizers.  

Events

DismantALE Launch

The official release of DismantALE the Patriarchy was held at the Moscow Brewing Co. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Over 250 people showed up for the event! DismantALE is a commemorative golden ale specially commissioned from the Micropolis Brewing Company to celebrate the Women’s Center’s 50 years of working for gender equity on campus and in the community! You can find the beer in several local businesses and a part of your purchase price will go towards the Women's Center.

A Timeline of Women's History 

Sept. 26 to Oct. 7, 2022
Ground Floor Rotunda, Idaho Student Union Building, University of Idaho-Moscow campus

For two weeks, the ISUB Rotunda hosted a timeline display of original student artwork illustrating the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color to the women’s rights movement.

Winning Artists:

  1. Jada Ponce, "Una Mujer Valiente"
  2. Zoey Wonenberg, "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement"
  3. Juliana Nelson, "Chrisholm's Run"

A Retrospective of the Women’s Center Leadership

Sept. 28, 2022 via Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

A panel of past and present University of Idaho Women’s Center directors sharing memories and insights relating to the major concerns and events of their term. Panelists reflected on how their vision helped shape the center’s focus during their tenure and discussed the important initiatives they promoted.

See the list of panelists

View the recording of the event.

Student Meet & Greet with Ijeoma Oluo

Oct. 5, 2022

Up-close-and-personal meet and greet with our 50th Anniversary keynote speaker and University of Idaho Common Read author, Ijeoma Oluo. Students were able to ask questions and gain insight from one of the most prominent antiracism educators of our time.

An Evening with Ijeoma Oluo

Oct. 5, 2022, 7 p.m. PST
ICCU Arena, University of Idaho-Moscow

The keynote address by Ijeoma Oluo, commemorative speaker for the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebration and author of the University of Idaho’s Common Read for 2022-2023. Learn more about our speaker and watch the keynote.

History of LGBTQ Programs at the University of Idaho

Oct. 19, 2022 via Zoom, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

A panel of former and current directors and previous interns and work-study students of the LGBTQA Office reflecting on the origins of the office in the Women’s Center, challenges and triumphs, and future directions. 

See the list of panelists

View the recording here

The Women’s Center: Looking Back at 50 Years of Advocacy and Service

Nov. 1, 2022, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST
CLASS Annex Room 13

This program is part of the 2022-2023 Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium series

Founded in November 1972, the University of Idaho Women’s Center is one of the longest-running, continuously operating campus-based women’s centers in the nation. For 50 years, the Center has provided innovative and engaging ways for students, staff, faculty and local community members to learn more about women’s and gender issues, and to access different types of support. Join Lysa Salsbury, the current director of the Women’s Center, and Kay Keskinen, U of I retiree and longtime friend of the center, to hear about the complaint of gender-based discrimination filed against the University of Idaho that brought about the founding of the center. Learn how the programs for which the center is known originated, discover how its various support services evolved, and help us set the stage for another 50 years of serving our Vandal community.

View the recording here

Title IX at the University of Idaho

Nov. 9, 2022 via Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

Join us for a conversation exploring the changes, improvements and ongoing challenges of the University of Idaho women's athletic programs since the implementation of Title IX. Participants include the first Director of Women's Athletics and the current Director of Athletics, as well as the first female student-athlete to receive an athletic scholarship and a current female student-athlete. Hear their stories and experiences of how Title IX helped shape their athletic paths.

See the list of panelists

View the recording here

Equity Extravaganza Silent Auction

Dec. 2-16, 2022
Online at virtualauction.bid/WomensCenter50th

Bid on a wide range of unique feminist collectibles and memorabilia, art and other luxury items donated by local area businesses. Sought-after items include original copies of Ms. Magazine signed by Gloria Steinem, gift certificates from local women-owned businesses, work by women artists and creators, items of historical interest and more.

Feminist Festivities 50th Anniversary Gala

Dec. 2, 2022, 6-10 p.m. PST
Great Room, 1912 Center, 412 E. 3rd Street, Moscow

Join the Women’s Center and Friends for a terrific shindig celebrating 50 years of working for gender justice on campus and in the community. Enjoy a no-hosted bar, a complimentary hors d’oeuvres buffet catered by Mikey’s Gyros, One World Café and Goose House Bakery, with live music by The Chelseas and dance music courtesy of TabiKat Productions.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Register for your ticket online.

Equity Extravaganza Silent Auction

Dec. 2 through Dec. 16, 2022
Online at https://virtualauction.bid/WomensCenter50th

Bid on a wide range of unique feminist collectibles and memorabilia, art and other luxury items donated by local area businesses. Sought-after items include original copies of Ms. Magazine signed by Gloria Steinem, gift certificates from local women-owned businesses, work by women artists and creators, items of historical interest and more.

Pack the Stands! 

Jan. 21, 2023, 2 p.m. PST
ICCU Arena, University of Idaho-Moscow

Women Vandals Basketball vs. University of Northern Colorado. Join us to honor the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Center and the passage of Title IX at this commemorative Vandal Athletics women’s home basketball game. Stay tuned for special promotional opportunities for tickets and half-time prizes and tributes.

Women’s Center Staff Speak

Feb. 15, 2023 via Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

Join us for a reunion of old friends and former colleagues. A panel of past and current Women’s Center staff members, including student staff, and constituents will share their experiences of how the center’s programming activities and outreach have evolved over the years. Hear about the origins of important and enduring programs such as Take Back the Night, The Vagina Monologues, LunaFest, and the Women’s Leadership Conference, among others.

See the list of panelists

Register now

Women’s History at the University of Idaho

Main Library, ground floor lobby area
University of Idaho - Moscow

Explore a specially curated display of memorabilia, documents, and other artifacts that relate to women’s history at the University of Idaho.

Community Art Show

Call for Submissions

March 5-8, 2023
Reflections Gallery, Idaho Student Union Building, University of Idaho-Moscow

Opening reception: March 7, 2023, noon to 1 p.m. PST. Light refreshments will be served.

March 19 - April 14, 2023
Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. 5th Street, Moscow

Browse a dynamic campus and community art show of original multimedia work reflecting what it means to be a woman and/or a feminist.

Reflecting on the Impact of the Women’s Center

March 22, 2023 via Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

A panel of interns, past and current students, and friends of the Women’s Center will share the impact of their involvement with the center through the years. Learn how the Women’s Center has supported faculty and staff and boosted women’s outdoor programming. Hear about the center's role as a home base for student organizations such as F.L.A.M.E. and 25+ Vandals and its support of the growth of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

See the list of panelists

Register now

Paying Tribute to Our Feminist Founders

April 19, 2023 via Zoom, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

The final program in our 50th anniversary webinar series will feature a panel of the surviving signers of the Conciliation Agreement and former U of I administrators. Panelists will share their perspectives on the significance of the agreement and the changes it brought about in the campus culture and climate for women.

See the list of panelists

Register now

50th Anniversary Planning Committee Members

  • Aarika Dobbins, Management Assistant, College of Engineering
  • Beth Ropski, Academic Advisor & Retention Specialist, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Denessy Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Dulce Kersting-Lark, Head, Special Collections & Archives, U of I Libraries
  • Elizabeth Kang, Administrative Coordinator, Movement Sciences
  • Eric Anderson, Interim Director, Career Services
  • Erin Chapman, Clinical Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Jane Pritchett, former JAMM faculty (retired) and longtime friend of the Women’s Center
  • Jeana Moody, Program Coordinator, Women's Center
  • Jeanette Orozco, Retention Specialist, Office of Multicultural Affairs & CAMP
  • Julia Ames, Communications Specialist, Office of Technology Transfer
  • Katelyn Hettinga, Student, ASUI
  • Kay Keskinen, former ITS staff member (retired) and longtime friend of the Women’s Center
  • KT Turner, Doctoral Student in History and Women's Center 50th Anniversary intern
  • Lysa Salsbury, Director, Women's Center
  • Maureen Taylor, former Associate Director of Athletics (retired) and longtime friend of the Women's Center
  • Nancy Nydegger, Owner of Just Trade and longtime friend of the Women’s Center
  • Omni Francetich, Office Manager, Women's Center
  • Rachel Norris, OVW Grant Project Director, Women's Center
  • Robert Perret, Library Faculty
  • Sean McIlraith, Administrative Coordinator, Athletics
  • Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Tribal Relations

Thank You 

This year-long series of events is made possible with generous financial sponsorship and support from many campus and community partners and donors. If your organization, department, office, or unit would like to contribute to the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations, please contact Lysa Salsbury at lsalsbur@uidaho.edu. Individual gifts may be made through our giving page at https://uandigive.uidaho.edu/project/29984

Sponsors

Platinum Level donors have given $5,000 or more to support the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Kay Keskinen
  • Tom and Teita Reveley & Steve and Dianne Daley-Laursen

Gold Level donors have pledged $1,000-4,999 to support the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • University of Idaho Department of History
  • University of Idaho Africana Studies
  • University of Idaho College of Natural Resources
  • University of Idaho Libraries
  • University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture
  • University of Idaho Advancement
  • Just Trade
  • Bobbi Hughes
  • Jane R. Pritchett
  • Jo Ellen Force

Silver Level donors have pledged $500-999 to support the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • Moscow Food Co-op’s Change for Good Program
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Heather Shea
  • Katie Noble
  • Kari Galloway and Paul Stern
  • Bruce Pitman
  • Shauna Corry
  • Jeannie Harvey

Bronze Level donors have pledged $250-499 to support the Women’s Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • College of Science
  • Pour Company
  • Brian Feucht
  • Charlene and Daniel Ewart
  • Kent Nelson
  • Lysa Salsbury
  • Nicole Lichtenberg
  • Peggy Jenkins
  • Rachel Norris
  • Sarah Nelson
  • Stefan Yauchzee

We are deeply grateful to all of our friends and supporters for their generous gifts to our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

  • Aleksandre Hollingshead
  • Amy Ford
  • Ann Barrington
  • Ann Hart
  • Anne & Duane Wessels
  • Anne Zabala
  • Anne-Marie Fulfer
  • Arlene Falcon
  • August Stadtfeld
  • Belinda Rhodes
  • Beth Ropski
  • Bill and Brianne Suldovsky
  • Bill and Kaari Smith
  • Carly Schoepflin
  • Cari Espenschade
  • Casey Bartrem
  • Cecelia Luschnig
  • Chris Schreiber
  • Christine Wall
  • Chuck Garrett
  • College of Education, Health & Human Sciences
  • Collett Warren Pruitt
  • Coorey Oglesby
  • Corinne Lyle
  • Corrin Bond
  • Dave & Lynn Weaver
  • David Nelson
  • Dawn Bates
  • Debbie McLaughlin
  • Deborah Sullivan
  • Debra and Kane Francetich
  • Deena Lumia
  • Denessy Rodriguez
  • Diana Mabin
  • Diane Daley Laursen
  • Diane Prorak
  • Donald Burnett
  • Dulce Kersting-Lark
  • Eija Sumner
  • Elizabeth Brandt
  • Elli Smith
  • Emily Sly
  • Emily Tuschhoff
  • Emily Wernberg
  • Eric Hake
  • Erin Tomlin
  • Farjahan Shawon
  • Frederick Gittes
  • Gene Solomon
  • Goosehouse Bakery
  • Hailey Lewis
  • Heather Ebba Maib
  • Heidi Kayler
  • Jaime Jovanovich-Walker
  • Jamie Garlinghouse
  • Janalyn Joyce
  • Jane Langenes
  • Jane Lear
  • Jason Muhlenkamp
  • Jeanne McHale
  • Jennifer Adams
  • Jennifer Hiebert
  • Jessica Bearman
  • Joan Klingler
  • Joe Hewa
  • John Boyd
  • Joy Passanante
  • Judy and Raymond Pankopf
  • Juhee Kim
  • Julia Ames
  • Julia Keleher
  • Julie A. Miller
  • Kailen Skewis
  • Karen Lewis
  • Karen Wellman
  • Katherine Aiken
  • Katherine Strickler
  • Kathie LaFortune
  • Kathleen Hardcastle
  • Kathy Graham
  • Kristin Haltinner
  • Kristine Roby
  • Kyle Howerton
  • Laena Huffaker
  • Lane Buck
  • Laura Girardeau
  • Laura Jenkins
  • Laura Putsche
  • Lauren Fins
  • Leana Huffaker
  • Leontina Hormel
  • Liddy Kang
  • Louise Regelin
  • Lori Van Buggenum
  • Lynn McAlister
  • Margaret Dibble
  • Mary Beth Rivetti
  • Maureen Laflin
  • Maureen M Taylor Regan
  • Megan Litke
  • Melinda Miller
  • Melissa Rockwood
  • Melissa Shumake
  • Melissa Thom
  • Mercedes Frausto
  • Meredith Metsker
  • Michelle Norris
  • Micropolis Brewing Company
  • Mindy McAllister
  • Mitchell Parks
  • Molly Rizzuto
  • Moscow Brewing Company
  • Mountain Blue Eye Jewelry
  • Nancy Nydegger
  • Nathan Barham
  • One World Café
  • Paige Zarogoza-Davies
  • Pat Fuerst and Patricia Jessup
  • Patricia Rathmann
  • Patty Carscallen
  • Phyllis Ann Melnyk
  • Rachel Kerr
  • Rebecca Frost
  • Rebecca Rod
  • Rebekka Boysen-Taylor
  • Rei Latri
  • Russ & Julie Moore
  • Sage Francetich
  • Samantha Futhey
  • Sandra Kelly
  • Sandy Stadtfeld
  • Sarah Davis
  • Soren Newman
  • Stacy Rauch
  • Stephanie and Andrew Stibal
  • Steven Daley Laursen
  • Susan Irvin
  • Susan Zenier
  • Tanya Marceau
  • Tara Hudiburg
  • Tara Roberts
  • Tara Waynant Hudiburg
  • Tayler Ekness
  • Tiffany Trojanowski
  • Whitney Schroeder

Contact Us

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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1064
Moscow, ID 83844-1064

Phone: 208-885-2777

Fax: 208-885-6285

Email: wcenter@uidaho.edu

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