COSW Events

Fall 2018 Events

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Fountain Court in front of UGL

World Suicide Prevention Day is where students, staff, faculty, and the greater community are invited to remember those lost to suicide by signing the candles in the court yard. Information on suicide, where to get help, and how to talk with someone thinking of suicide will be distributed. 


Clothesline Project

September 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Student Center, Hilberry A (Second floor)

The Clothesline Project is s visual display of shirts with messages designed by survicors of domestic violence or supporters of survivors. Shirts will be displayed in the UGL during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Snacks, t-shirts, and art supplies provided! Contact Rachel Kollin at for more information.


NO MORE Campaign and Photobooth

October 4, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Gullen Mall

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, join us in the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Come learn about the NO MORE campaign and how you can help. Take a photo with the NO MORE sign to support this initiative. Bring a friend! View flyer here. Contact Rachel Kollin at for more information.


Making Your Vote Count

October 22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Student Center 285

Join us for a discussion On the ballot for the November 6 midterm elections. Sponsored by Detroit League of Women Voters and Gender and Equity Committee. View flyer here. RSVP here at


Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

November 1, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Student Center Ballroom

Make sure that you reserve a spot at the Wayne State Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony. We will also be recognizing the talents of or our 2018 Women of Wayne and Federation of Women's Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit scholarship recipients. Ceremony will feature remarks by Detroit President Pro Tem Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and Provost Keith Whitfield. Reception with light refreshments at 4 pm, followed by ceremony from 4:30 to 6 pm. Please RSVP by October 26 at  For more information about this event, please contact Kimberly Morgan, or Patricia Dixon,


Intersectionality: What Is It?

November 15, 12:00pm - 1:30 pm, Student Center Hilberry D

Come join us for a cup of coffee and discussion about Intersectionality Featuring Dessa Cosma. Discussion will include defining "it", an opportunity to find out how "it" impacts you, and an activity to demonstrating "it"! View flyer here. RSVP here at


Past Events

Reproductive Health Matters

February 14, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Student Center, Hilberry A

Celebrate Valentine's Day and National Condom Week with your questions answered by WSU graduate and Henry Ford Health System OB/GYN Dr. Rehab Shabana. There will be light refreshments and giveaways! Submit questions here. RSVP here

Wayne State 150th Panel Series: Wayne State and Its Connection to Title IX

March, 22, 11:00am, Reuther Library

Join Theresa Arist, Chief of Staff of Wayne State Athletics, Dr. Antonia Abbey, Chair of WSU's Psychology Department, and Linda Galante, Wayne State Associate General Counsel, as they discuss Title IX and its impact on Wayne State. Co-sponsored by WSULS and COSW.

"Nevertheless, She Persisted": Women Making History

March 27, 2018, 12-1:30pm, Student Center, Hilberry D

In celebration of Women's History, Michael Heaney, Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies & Political Science at the University of Michigan, & Beth Currans, Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss the vital role of women in political movements today. Event will include a light lunch, and Q & A at the end.

Equal Pay Day Bake Sale

April 10, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm, State Hall Bake Sale Area

The COSW Information and Research Committee will hold its annual Equal Pay Day Bake Sale on Equal Pay Day, Tuesday April 10, from 10am-3pm in the State Hall bake sale area. The date symbolizes how far women must work into 2018 to catch up to what men earned in 2017 because nationally women only earn $0.80 for every $1.00 men earn. At our bake sale, individuals identifying as women will pay $0.80 for a baked good and individuals identifying as men will pay $1.00. Proceeds benefit the WSU High Program. 

Closing the Gap: Equal Pay

April 10, 2018, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Student Center Building, Hilberry EF

On Equal Pay Day, COSW will host an informative event in recognition of the important work being done to obtain equal pay. The date symbolizes how far women must work into 2018 to catch up to what men have already earned in 2017. A light lunch will be served. A light lunch will be served.  Be on the lookout for an official RSVP. For more information about this free event, contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at or 313.577.0787 or Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243. 

The Heavy Lifting of Institutional Change: Cultivating Strategies for Equity

April 12, 2018, 1:30pm, Student Center Building, Room 285

Kris De Welde's remarks will focus on key patterns of systemic inequities in higher education, as well as strategies for overcoming the exclusionary practices, inequitable policies, and micro-level biases that leverage unequal outcomes in faculty careers. De Welde's approach attends to intersecting identities and social categories of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and other statuses as a means to move towards authentically inclusive and justice-oriented academic workplaces. Drawing on her research, she will provide insight on the varying levels of academic life – structural, cultural, climate – that must be addressed for lasting organizational change to occur. For more information about this free event, contact Krista Brumley at or 313.577.1418. 

Take Back the Night

April 16, Student Center Building
Tack Back the Night is an international event organized to educate communities and engage them in the fight against sexual assault, abuse, and violence against men and women. Click here to view the flyer. For more information, contact Laina Wirgau at

3rd Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk

April 17, 2018, 10:45am-2:00pm, Undergaduate Library, Community Room, 3rd Floor

We invite you to participate in a one mile walk aimed at bringing awareness to mental health on the college campus. A donation of 5 nonperishable food items or $5.00 is suggested with proceeds being donated to the WSU Food Pantry. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am, and the first 50 people get a gift bag! To RSVP or for more information, contact: CAPS | Patricia Dixon at at 313.577.3398 OR School of Social Work | Shantalea Johns at 313.577.4409.