Celebrate Women’s History Month

Every March, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) commemorates Women’s History Month. What began simply as a Women’s History Week in the United States has evolved into an entire month full of celebration, education, and commemoration of women who come before us. The CMEI celebrates this month with all who identify as women including, but not limited to women of color, trans-women, queer women, and all other marginalized groups of women. The CMEI hopes to create co-curricular programing with our partners to highlight and amplify the voices of women who are continuing to create change as well as champion for women on the MSU Denver campus. On March 8th, we also recognize International Women’s Day. We want to acknowledge the oppression of trans, non-binary, gender-confirming, and women-identified individuals with emphasis on uplifting voices from the respective community. 

This year’s theme of Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to pursuing justice and truth in all aspects of our lives. 


Tri-Institutional Events: Open to the Auraria Campus and Community – For events opened to the Auraria campus and community sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver, please review the Center for Identity and Inclusion’s website for more information.


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy’s annual Bridge Speaker event serves as a bridge between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. For all event information for GITA’s Bridge 2023: Celebration of 30 Years, please visit GITA’s Events page. 

Women’s History Month Kick-Off Event 

Wednesday, March 1st | 11:00AM – 1:00PM | Tivoli Turnhalle  

Open to the public, no registration required 

To kick off Women’s History Month, we celebrate women entrepreneurs that tell their stories through their art, creativity, and products. We look to these women owned/women led businesses and organizations as role models to show us all where hard work and passion can lead. Women entrepreneurs are creating new businesses, disrupting established industries and developing innovative products at a record pace. The success of these women do not come without facing many obstacles and barriers, as women owners make up only one-third of the business market today. Though these obstacles are persistent, it reveals just how powerful women are in overcoming them. Gender equality in business requires changes in public and private sectors along with community buy-in to continue the upward mobility of successful women. 

Come celebrate women entrepreneurs in the Denver community through purchasing goods and engaging in resources made for and by women.   

Tri-Institutional Movie Night: The Woman King

Thursday, March 2nd | 5:00 – 7:00PM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Open to the public, no registration required      

Join our Tri-Institutional partners: the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion at MSU Denver, the Student Activities Department at the University of Colorado – Denver, and the Student Programming, Activities & Resource Center at Community College of Denver in the showing of The Woman King 

The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for. 

Rachel B. Noel Professorship: Dr. Shakti Butler 

Wednesday, March 8th | 9:30AM – 8:00PM

MSU Denver created the Noel Professorship to celebrate and foster the courageous commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and education that defined her years at the institution. Through the professorship, students, faculty and the greater Denver community have learned from renowned scholars and artists of distinction, who conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures.

Self-Defense with Austin Dempers From Fire & Root Collective  

Thursday, March 16th | 11:45AM – 1:00PM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Curious about self-defense? Looking for accessible, trauma informed information? Fire + Root Collective has got you; accessible, trauma informed self-defense and yoga; for women and gender non-conforming folks. 

Wherever you fall on the experience scale you will be supported by our extensive background in Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Yoga and Mindfulness. Each class will begin by connecting with our minds and bodies through journaling, meditation and gentle movement while discussing the ways our body responds to stress. We then learn the foundations of self-defense such as punches, kicks, fight stance and incorporate those movements into ground defense as well as additional tools for a wide variety of situations. We end each class guiding our bodies back into a restful state (and a little dance party.) Fire + Root classes provide an authentic, safe, supportive and empowering environment for you to thrive and feel confident with your extensive knowledge of self-regulation and self-defense tools to add into your already amazing toolbox. 

Dance2B: Get Your REB3L Groove on with Ashley Annable

Wednesday, March 29th | 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Tivoli Turnhalle

Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in welcoming Ashley Annable and dance2b (d2b) for an energetic, cardio dance fitness session to awaken your own body expression. The mission for REB3L Groove is to empower individuals to build strength, take space, to feel at home with your body, while having fun and working up a sweat. At dance2b (d2b), there are choreographers and dance classes for the novice through advanced adult student so we can explore how to learn, move and live in ways that enrich our lives to experience it more passionately. On any given day at d2b, you will find various fusion and upbeat classes for Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theater to fulfill your dance fix!  

Dance2B’s mission is to inspire change and build communities through the power of dance, with an emphasis on boosting confidence, and providing access to the performing arts with quality instruction and professional productions. There are performance, technique and conditioning classes offered year-round to provide a comprehensive adult dance training program at d2b studios. 

Want to Learn More?

In celebrating women’s contributions to history, culture, and society, below are additional resources:

Sister Circles

Sister Circles was designed to provide a secure space for women of color to explore their identity/s, discuss challenges and strengths, and explore the needs of women in different spheres of life.

Sister Circles

Student Organizations

Visit the student organizations website or RoadrunnerLink for more information about all MSU Denver student organizations.

MSU Denver Recognized Sororities

CMEI Lambda Theta Nu

Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

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Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.

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Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

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Recognized Sorority Interest Groups

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Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

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O.W.L.S. in Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.

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