The University of Iowa

International Women's Day 2014

March 7th, 2014
International Women's Day

By Lauren Katalinich

On March 8, millions of men and women across the globe will observe International Women’s Day. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the strides we have made toward gender equality, and to appreciate the courageous acts and hard work of women who are making a difference in their communities and the world.

In honor of this day, International Programs would like to share with you just a few of the achievements and outstanding work of women students, staff, and faculty on this campus. The wide-ranging, inspiring and high-impact work of these women is a true testament to the day’s 2014 theme, “Equality for women is progress for all.”

UI Students

Lu Shen- Shen is a senior in journalism and mass communication and a key student organizer of the recent workshop “Global Leadership Starts Here,” which brought together 50 international and domestic students to discuss issues surrounding international student integration on campus. Shen will be an intern with CNN Beijing this summer.

Kyra Seay – A junior in interdepartmental studies, Seay has made her mark on campus as a co-founder of the now annual Human Rights Awareness Week (HRAW) on campus. She also held last year’s Diversity Committee Chair position in UI Student Government.

Julia Julstrom-Agoyo- Julstrom-Agoyo is one of six students participating in a pilot course that matches UI students with groups of new international students in a peer mentorship program. She was also the winner of this year’s study abroad video contest with her mini-documentary on studying abroad in Rwanda.

Onalee Yousey- Yousey was a 2013 winner of the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) sponsored by the State Department. She spent the summer studying Arabic in Tangiers, Morocco. The experience contributed cultural and linguistic perspective for her thesis project which explores the way women influence the electoral process in Jordan.

UI Faculty and Staff

Resmiye Oral- professor of pediatrics and director of the UIHC Child Protection Program.  Dr. Oral is an international advocate for abused and neglected children; organizer of the UI/IP Provost’s Global Forum “Child Protection: A Global Responsibility,” March 26-28.

Irina Kostina and Anna Kolesnikova- lecturer and visiting assistant professor of Russian language, respectively. Drs. Kostine and Kolesnikova received a Fulbright-Hays and STARTALK grant for their ongoing project to provide professional development to K-12 and college- level teachers of Russian in the U.S.

Mary Wilson- professor of internal medicine and microbiology.  Dr. Wilson received an IP Major Projects grant to support her work with two major universities in Brazil, focused on understanding the neglected tropical infectious diseases afflicting impoverished populations in Northeast Brazil.

Jane Caton- manager of UI Threat Assessment Team. Caton was a recipient of the International Advocate award from ISSS for her work to conduct wellness checks on students and connect struggling international students with mental health care and other services on campus.

Kristine Muñoz- professor of communication studies.  Dr. Muñoz was awarded a 2014 IP Summer Research Fellowship for her work on Spanish culture, society, and communication practices at a moment of crisis in national identity.

Yiming Qian- associate professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business.  Dr. Qian was awarded a 2014 Summer Research Fellowship for her research into China’s “shadow banking.”

Elizabeth Heineman- professor of history.  Dr. Heineman was awarded a 2014 Summer Research Fellowship for her research into the experiences of child refugees in WWII Britain.

Learn more about International Women’s Day:

General background and history:

Slideshow of women around the world: