Saint Xavier University Students


Women's History Month

"Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women"

Book Bingo

March 1 - April 1, 2018

Visit The Den at to download the HERstory Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month Book Bingo card. This card will provide guidelines and encourage participants to read and watch mediums that relate to women's issues and sexual assault awareness. Bring the card to the Stump Library for a chance to win additional prizes! The goal is for participants to earn a grand prize by completing Bingo by April 30. There will be an optional check-in and discussion during SXU Speaks at the end of March.

Service Project

March 1 - 26, 2018

Support Kate, a Girl Scout from Orland Park, in her Gold Award project called the Care Kit Foundation. Donate travel-size toiletries and new and gently-used school supplies for those in need. Donate from to any donation boxes located in the Shannon Center, L-208, Campus Ministry and each residence hall. Meet Kate at the closing event on Tuesday, March 27.

Wednesdays in March: Women's Prayer Groups

Wednesdays in March, 2018
10-11 a.m., McDonough Chapel Reconciliation Room

Join Sister Kelly Moline for women's prayer groups. Some of the themes of each session have focused on the core values and how we express them; the images we have of God and how we name God in our prayer, friendship, diversity, loving serving, Advent and Lenten prayer and more. Contact for more information.

SXU Softball: Home Games

Put on your Cougar gear and support the women of SXU by coming out to see the women's softball team! All double headers!

Opening Kick Off

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:30 p.m., SXU Diner Atrium

The 2018 National Women's History theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America's history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. Through this theme, we celebrate women fighting not only against sexism, but also against the many intersecting forms of discrimination faced by American women including discrimination based on race and ethnicity, class, ability, sexual orientation, veteran status and many other categories.

Increasing Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Among Culturally Diverse Populations

Thursday, March 1, 2018
1-2 p.m., Fourth Floor Boardroom

A diverse panel of experts will share information on intimate partner violence (IPV) along with resources available to combat this social concern. A free box lunch will be provided. Registration is required and available online. This lecture is free, open to the public and presented by the SXU School of Nursing and the Cook County Department of Public Health, Southwest District Nurses.

"Too Smart to be Sentimental: Contemporary Irish American Women Writers"

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m, Bookie's,10324 S. Western Ave.

Join a book discussion and reading with contributors Mary Ann Ryan and SXU professor Kathleen McInerney. Prior to this book, there was little scholarship on Irish American women writers; this anthology was created to fill a gender gap in literary studies.

SXU Speaks: Challenging Sexism in the Mosque

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
12:30 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Room S-102

Join Amarah Alghadban, a junior history major with a minor in Middle Eastern studies as she tackles sexism in the mosque. As a Muslim woman, she hopes to find a solution for sexism in the mosque and how to make it safer for Muslim women. Bring your lunch and join the discussion! Snacks provided.

SXU Celebration of Faculty, Staff, and Student Scholarship

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3-5 p.m., Shannon Center

To celebrate the scholarly contributions of our faculty staff and students, SXU will host a research conference expo and reception honoring our colleagues' work.

Unbreakable: Women's Self-Defense Class

Thursday, March 15, 2018
3 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Wiseman Student Lounge

Join Zaineb "Zee" Abdulla, a woman who has been featured on Buzzfeed and Washington Post for her self-defense classes, specifically highlighting a technique she developed called the "Hijab Grab Escape" after spikes in hate crimes. Back by popular demand, this one hour class covers basic self-defense skills and is geared towards women, but open to all attendees! Your attendance supports Deaf Planet Soul's domestic violence prevention programming! Co-sponsored by Women Entering Business and Muslim Student Association.

Women Warriors

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:30 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Wiseman Student Lounge

Join Rachal Brooks, peer minister, and others as they discuss women who have persisted through difficulties and learn about what has inspired them.

Game Night with the Sisters of Mercy

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7 p.m., Regina Hall Residence Center

Join the resident peer ministers and Regina Hall community resident assistant for a game night with the Sisters of Mercy. The sisters will be coming from Mercy Circle to join students in a night full of games, food and fun! Food will be provided.

Women in the Workplace

Monday, March 19, 2018
2 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Wiseman Student Lounge

Glass ceiling? Equal pay? Gender bias? Access to mentorship? Work-life balance? Even in 2018, professional women are still dealing with many of the same issues tackled by our mothers and grandmothers. Join us for an informal dialogue about these and other topics that women face in the workplace. Discussion will be facilitated by Jean Riordan, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and director of Career Services.

SXU Speaks: Powerful Thinking: Women in Leadership

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
12:30 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Room S-201

Come join Mia Kahlon on a journey to reclaim your power. Learn about encouraging women, how to re-own yourself and how to think powerful and positive. Let's get together and help support and teach each other. Bring your lunch and join the discussion! Snacks provided.

Empowerment Through the Art of Belly Dance

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
3 p.m., Shannon Center Dance Studio

Learn basic belly dance movements including veil techniques and routines while enhancing mind, body and spirit. Taught by SXU's very own faculty, Tatiana Tatum, associate professor in biological sciences. Enjoy expressing yourself in beautiful feminine movements while improving your posture, circulation, balance and coordination. Slim and tone your thighs, hips and abdominals. A fun class with great benefits while dancing to authentic eastern belly dance music. Wear soft-soled shoes or socks in class.

Sexism in the Dark

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
3-4 p.m., Warde Academic Center, McGuire Hall (L-216)

Join us for questions and discussion related to sexism that will be facilitated with the lights off to encourage candid and honest participation. Hosted by Angela Pirlott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Psychology Department and Sarah Nichols, associate director of Residence Life.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

Thursday, March 22, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Warde Academic Center, SXU Diner Atrium

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's difficult to talk about: gender relations and men's sexualized violence against women. Gentleman, sign up in Student Organization Center (L-109B) to be sure you get your preferred shoe size!

Women in Steam

Thursday, March 22, 2018
3 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Wiseman Student Lounge

This panel will showcase some of our SXU students who are currently doing research. The students will discuss what it's like to achieve a work-life balance and discuss a little about the research that they are doing.

SXU Health Fair

Friday, March 23, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Shannon Center

Check out over 40 vendors that are here to support your health and wellness! Make sure to stop by the Women's HERstory Month Committee table for special information on Women's Health!

Women's and Senior Retreat

Thursday, March 24 - Friday, March 25, 2018

This will be a combination of both the Women's Retreat and the Senior Retreat. There will be sessions where the retreats are combined and others where they operate separately. These two retreats are created to garner friendships and build connections among similar people at SXU. This retreat will take place at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Lincoln Park. Transportation, accommodations, food and fun will all be included in the retreat cost. Registration will occur through the den. Contact for more information.

SXU Speaks: Book Bingo Check-In

Thursday, March 27, 2018
12:30 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Room S-201

How full is your book Bingo card? What amazing stories have you read? Open to staff, faculty and students, join in a conversation about our two-month book Bingo. Bring your lunch and join the discussion! Snacks provided.

Closing Ceremony: Sip 'n' Chat with the Women of SXU

Thursday, March 27, 2018
4 p.m., Warde Academic Center, Butler Reception Room (L-203)

Join the students, staff and faculty to share sweets and treats in honor of the trailblazing Women of SXU. Connect, build and shape the future for the Women of SXU. The hope is to help celebrate the Women of SXU through fun, laughter and an afternoon cup of tea.

Sponsored by Biological Sciences Department, Women Entering Business, Muslim Student Association, Residence Life, Campus Ministry, Shannon Center, Career Services and Student Activities.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 773-298-5114 or