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March 2022 - Events at NOVA

Following is a listing of DEI-related events throughout the month of March 2022 across NOVA campuses and online. Please check this page throughout the month for additions or changes. Events marked with an asterisk share a specific tie to Women’s History Month.

All of March*

Free the Girls

Join Student Life as we collect new and gently use bras for Free the Girls an organization whose mission is to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities. For the month of March we'll be collecting new and gently used bras in all varieties and sizes and will send them out at the end of the month.

Drop Off Locations: Annandale campus, CG 224, CF 232, TBD

Tuesday, March 1
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras Celebration

What is Mardi Gras? One of our favorite campus celebrations! Come share a piece of King Cake, grab some beads and play Mardi Gras trivia for some cool prizes! Create your own African Mask. What better way to bring in the fun! Sponsored by Sponsored by Student Life and EMS. For more information about this event, please refer to the Virtual Student Union.

Location: MEC, First Floor

Wednesday, March 2
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Women’s Health Webinar

An overview of some of the most common conditions that affect a woman's health during her lifetime. Topics include menopause, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Also discussed are tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while navigating through specific stages of life. For more information about this event, please refer to the Virtual Student Union.

Location: Virtual 

Tuesday, March 15*
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

“Own Your Airspace: Navigating the Turbulence of Charted Territory.”

Amelia Rose Earhart discusses her flight around the world, and the controversy she encountered along the way. This is an Office of DEI Spotlight Event in partnership with the Loudoun Campus. For more information, or if you need accommodations to attend, please contact the Office of DEI.

Location: Loudoun campus, HEC-203

Tuesday, March 15*
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Rule: Violence Against Native Women

For more information about this event, please refer to the Virtual Student Union.

Location:  Virtual

Wednesday - Thursday, March 16-17
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"Holi: Festival of Colors"

Holi marks the arrival of spring and is also known as the Festival of Colors. Come celebrate at the Manassas campus by making colorful displays of chalk art on the patio sidewalk.

This event was sponsored by the Manassas campus. Please contact Christine Rainey at or Rebecca (Pearl) Harris-Scott at for more information.

Location: MC/MH area, Manassas campus

Friday, March 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Second DEI InNOVAtion Workshop on Authentic Learning

For more information about this event, please refer to this post.

Location: Virtual

Monday, March 21
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

"Engaging the LatinX, Latino, and Hispanic Community," a Food For Thought featuring Dr. Patrick Valdez

Patrick L. Valdez, Ph.D., is an accomplished higher education executive with over 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs. He is currently the Chair-elect of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), and is the former Chancellor and Professor of Education at The University of New Mexico – Taos. He has held senior-level positions at the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and Lehman College, CUNY—developing and executing academic and student success programs—and is a recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Valdez has conducted research and practice on the challenges and obstacles facing first-generation college students, given presentations on executive leadership, African American faculty experience at a tier-one university, increasing the number of underrepresented students in STEM, and bridging the gap between higher education and the community. His current research focuses on the policy formation of Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) legislation and the role that HSIs will play in educating the nation’s fastest-growing student population. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Registration is required to obtain the Zoom information. This event is sponsored by Loudoun's DEI Committee. For information on how attend or accommodation requests please contact Saleha Bholat at  

Location: Virtual

Thursday, March 24
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

"Rediscovering Womanpower: American Servicewomen in the Cold War," featuring Dr. Tanya Roth

When World War II ended, women gave up their jobs so returning soldiers could go back to work, but that’s only part of the story. During the war, thousands of Rosie the Riveters had worked jobs on the homefront, but thousands more also volunteered for military service. American servicewomen provided such essential support that military leaders began looking for a way to keep using womanpower. In 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act offered women permanent roles in the U.S. military, along with the promise of equal pay and unique opportunities. Today, women’s military service in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s is often overlooked and forgotten. Compared to now, small numbers of women served, but the set important groundwork for women’s military service. In these decades of the Cold War, servicewomen not only fought for the equality they were promised, but also helped redefine women’s equality on their own terms.

Dr. Tanya Roth earned her history PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and teaches high school and middle school history at MICDS in St. Louis, Missouri. Her research has been recognized by the American Association of University Women, and in 2019 an early version of Her Cold War received the Society for Military History’s Coffman First Manuscript Prize. Dr. Roth’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, History News Network, and Public Seminar. Her Cold War: Women in the US Military, 1945-1980, explains how women gained a permanent role in national defense after World War II, defined as equals with servicemen. In the following decades, servicewomen and their advocates continually fought to redefine “equality,” laying the groundwork for women’s service today.

This event is sponsored by Annandale's DEI committee. For information on how to attend or accommodation requests, please contact Rommel Aguilar at

Location: Virtual

Friday, March 25
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NOVA Pride Conference!

Keynotes from Corey Wade and Micah Meyer. Workshops with Brandy Trevino-Cripp. Queer sex in the dark, stuff-a-plush, and more!

Location: Loudoun campus, HEC. Click here to register.

Wednesday, March 30*
3:00 -  4:00 p.m.

What Do Women Want? Leadership in Our Time

“The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’ ” – Sigmund Freud.  President Woo will use this question as a starting point to explore the topic of women in leadership.

Register Here (Registration is appreciated but not required)  

*Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Nelson, Coordinator of University Transfer & Initiatives (

Location: Annandale campus,  CA Building, Room 302.

Thursday, March 31*
10:00 -  11:00 a.m.

Coffee with Catherine the Great

Learn more about Catherine the Great, patron of the Enlightenment and pioneer of public education and public health, including one of history’s first state-sponsored vaccination programs. Presented by Stephen Campbell. For more information about this event, or if you need accommodations to attend, please contact Associate Dean Saleha Bholat.

Location: Loudoun campus, LC-211