March 2021: Celebrate Women’s History Month at UNC Charlotte

March 2021: Celebrate Women’s History Month at UNC Charlotte
Monday, March 1, 2021

UNC Charlotte invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Charlotte community to celebrate Women’s History Month. Throughout March, the accomplishments of women affiliated with the University — and the spirit of those who have inspired them — will be highlighted on UNC Charlotte social media accounts and other communications channels.

“This month UNC Charlotte highlights the contributions and leadership of women to who have taken to heart the adage, ‘If you have a dream, then make it a goal,” said Cheryl Waites Spellman, interim special assistant to the chancellor for diversity and inclusion. “They set for women everywhere a high bar for achievement, exemplifying the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama, ‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.’”

To kick off the month, register to participate in University-sponsored events that feature the diverse and far-reaching expertise of female leaders at UNC Charlotte, and corporate and nonprofit leaders from across our community, region and nation. We are pleased to welcome an impressive roster of distinguished guests.

Fourth Annual Women in Data Science Charlotte Conference

March 4–5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (both days)

Co-sponsored by the School of Data Science, Lowe’s Inc., Atrium Health, The Fisher Family Foundation and Genesis10

With a following that grows each year, this annual conference inspires, educates and engages current and future data scientists in the Carolinas — regardless of gender — and supports women in data science through opportunities for training, networking and mentoring. Keynote speakers for this year’s virtual conference are Cecilia Aragon, director of the Human Centered Data Science Lab and the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, and Bhavana Bartholf, chief transformation officer for Microsoft. 


Women + Girls Research Alliance 2021 Virtual Summit

“Recovery & Discovery: Women and Girls in a Dual Pandemic”

March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Co-sponsored by the Women + Girls Research Alliance, Ally Financial and Bank of America

This biennial research forum focuses on education, employment, health, the impact of COVID-19, and the economic mobility of women and girls in the greater Charlotte community. Special note: At 9 a.m., a Women’s Leadership panel, featuring Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber, Provost Joan F. Lorden and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will explore the ways COVID-19 has shifted the landscape, outline what it means to lead in turbulent times and offer advice for future female leaders.


Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

March 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement, and the Women and Gender Studies Program

UNC Charlotte’s annual International Women's Day celebration, offered virtually, honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women who make a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Fatma Mili, dean of the College of Computing and Informatics, will deliver the keynote address titled “Hidden Doors.” In addition, select University-based women will be recognized for demonstrating “interest in gender equity through their studies, work and activism, while working in or advocating for international collaboration and understanding.” Finally, upholding an annual tradition, The Charlotteans, UNC Charlotte’s Women's Chorus conducted by Ginger Wyrick, Department of Music, will perform.