Quad Cities Campus

Women's History Month

The Women’s March on Every Continent

Brazil

Brazil Women's March 2017

Italy

Italy Women's March 2017

Tel Aviv

Israel Women's March 2017

Antarctica

Antarctica Women's March 2017

Washington DC

Washington DC Women's March 2017

Kenya

Kenya Women's March 2017

What started as the Women's March on Washington spread to streets and city squares from Sydney to South Carolina in 2017, with protesters marching in solidarity as a show of empowerment. Hundreds of thousands joined the women's marches to protest recent stances on gender, minorities and human rights.

I am inspired by...

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Submission by Cameron Ruiz
Senior Liberal Arts Student
WIU-Quad Cities

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Submission by Zachary Almquist
Graduate Student in English
WIU-Quad Cities

Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner

Submission by Ryan Colclasure, M.S.
Psychology Instructor
WIU-Quad Cities

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

Submission by Dan Dankert
AmeriCorps VISTA
WIU-Quad Cities

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

Submission by Kirsten Dillender
Graduate Student in English
WIU-Quad Cities

Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz

Submission by Scott Brouette
Assistant Director, Student Services
WIU-Quad Cities

George Eliot

George Eliot

Submission by Dan Malachuk Ph.D
Associate Professor of English
WIU-Quad Cities

Alice Paul

Alice Paul

Submission by Joe Rives Ph.D.
VP of Quad Cities and Planning
WIU-Quad Cities

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory

Submission by Becky Graham
Undergraduate Student in English
WIU-Quad Cities

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Submission by C. Suzanne Bailey, J.D.
Associate Professor
School of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
WIU-Quad Cities

March is Women's History Month

National Women's History Project

The National Women’s History Theme for 2019
Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

Food Insecurity Conference Guest Speakers
Melissa Olfert
Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Foods
Women's History Month

Melissa Olfert began her teaching and research journey at Walla Walla College in Washington, where she received a bachelor of science in health sciences. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois in Chicago before making her way to California to achieve her Doctor of Public Health in the Preventive Care of Chronic Disease from Loma Linda University. She holds numerous certifications and licenses in dietetics, exercise physiology, physical fitness, prevention education, and beyond.

With training in exercise physiology, nutrition, and as a preventive care specialist in chronic disease, Olfert has accumulated experience working with clinical, industry, and entrepreneurial partners in diverse populations. Over the years she has gained expertise in program development, implementation, management and evaluation at local, county, state and national levels.

Through experiences in public health and private practice, Olfert has conducted lifestyle intervention programs involving hundreds of individuals with chronic disease (metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer) and programs for primary prevention of disease over the course of one’s life in urban and rural settings. She has worked extensively on lifestyle intervention programs for populations at risk for disease by promoting physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation, appropriate use of alcohol, and stress management.

Dr. Leslie O’Ryan
Clinical Mental Health Coordinator
Women's History Month

I received my M.S. degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and earned my Ed.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Dakota. My 20 + years of direct clinical experience include work with adolescents, adults and family in the areas of substance abuse counseling and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. I additionally have worked in the areas of employment assistance counseling, college counseling, community mental health counseling, where I served as the director of the day treatment program, and in the field of career as a college counselor and interim director for career development. I am licensed in Illinois as a LCPC and am certified as a NCC. I routinely teach in the areas of career counseling, lifespan development, counseling practicum and internship. I am the past-president of the Illinois Association for Adult Development and Aging, on the editorial review board for the Journal of Exceptional Experiences in Psychology and serve as a co-advisor for the Xi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

A primary scholarly interest of mine is intercultural counseling and counselor education. My travels have taken me to Scandinavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, England, Mexico, Turkey, Europe and more recently to Kenya, where I provided education and consultation services regarding substance abuse treatment. Other research interests of mine include career counseling as it pertains to social justice issues for diverse populations, adult development and wellness, aging and spirituality, head injury and the application of deep ecology to international spirituality and religion.