Pulitzer Prize Winners and IE’s First Latina Judge Highlight Women’s Week at UC Riverside

Running from March 4-8, the events also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the UCR Women's Resource Center


The flyer for Women’s Week Activities, sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  —  Raquel Marquez-Britsch, the Inland Empire’s first Latina judge and Pulitzer Prize winning writers Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times will be the featured speakers at Women’s Week at the University of California, Riverside, beginning March 4. The events are hosted by the UCR Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in celebration of National Women’s History Month as well as the 40th anniversary of the WRC at UCR.

The theme of the week’s events is “Celebrate Women – Honor Our Journey.” The events are open to all, though some require RSVP.

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, presents the 2009 Explanatory Reporting prize to Julie Cart (center) and Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times. Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times

“Women’s Week commemorates the founding of the Women’s Resource Center and acknowledges the university’s and center’s commitment to equity and social justice,” said WRC director Adrienne Sims. “Through the events of the week, we give thanks to our forebears as well as today’s frontrunners who are advancing the voice and causes of women here and abroad.”

Sims said she was excited about bringing Marquez-Britsch and Boxall and Cart to campus and giving students the opportunity to hear them speak.

“The speakers are not only intriguing, but they’re powerhouses in their own right, having risen to the top in their fields and now serving as exemplary role models,” she said. “Is there a better way to engage female students as the purveyors of their future – as future movers and shakers themselves?”

Judge Marquez-Britsch, the first Latina judge in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, will speak on Wednesday, March 6 from 6-8 p.m. in HUB 302 North. Registration begins at 5 p.m. To RSVP, visit go.ucr.edu/wrc40.

Boxall and Cart will speak on Friday, March 8, as the keynote speakers at the 40th Anniversary Recognition for the Women’s Resource Center. The talk begins at 3 p.m. in HUB 302. A light luncheon with limited seating will be held from noon to 1 p.m. To RSVP for the lunch, visit go.ucr.edu/wrc40lunch. To RSVP for the presentation by Cart and Boxall, visit go.ucr.edu/pulitzer.

Judge Raquel Marquez-Britsch

Judge Raquel Marquez-Britsch

On Tuesday, March 5, women’s studies students will share their experiences in a seminar called “Our Lives as Women’s Studies Students,” beginning at 4 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Studies South 1113.

A poetry slam will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Studies North 1020. The theme of the slam is “Women’s Lives Through Herstory.” To participate in the slam, please email TLC4WC@gmail.com.

The Women’s Resource Center opened its doors at UCR in 1973 and promotes women’s dignity, empowerment, realization of potential, and well-being.

“From the birth of the University’s women’s studies major and Title IX office, to our annual Vagina Monologues production, support groups, Leadership Community for Women Club, Sexual Assault and Violence Education Peer Group and more, the center has come a long way since its doors first opened in 1973,” Sims said. “The idea is together, during the center’s 40th anniversary recognition, we can continue to support and empower female and male students as we unlock the future with the accomplishments, insights, and momentum of our strong and inimitable past.”

Co-sponsors include: Associated Students UC Riverside, Associated Students Program Board, Chicano Student Programs, Department of Women’s Studies, Division of Diversity, Excellence & Equity, Graduate Student Association, The WELL, TRiO Scholars Program, and the American Association of University Women, Riverside Branch.

For more information, visit the Women’s Resource Center website at www.wrc.ucr.edu.


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