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Women’s HERstory Month at Columbus State

Women's Herstory Month


March is Women’s HERstory Month and Columbus State is celebrating all month long. From live events to on-demand learning opportunities, we’re highlighting female-identified individuals in our community and beyond, both past and present.  The month of celebrations will culminate in our Thirty-fourth-Annual Women’s HERstory Month Awards Celebration. 

This year’s theme is “Her Story, My Story, Our Story: Empowering the Voice Within”. 

Accommodation Requests: If you need to request a sign language interpreter for any event, please submit your request to To ensure availability, it is important to request interpreting services as soon as possible. If you need to request any other ADA accommodations to attend any event, please contact Michael Hicks, ADA Coordinator, at or via telephone at (614) 287-2883. 

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Video from HERstory Month 2022

March 30, 2023

Award recipiants photo

The 34th Annual Women’s HERstory Month Awards

March 30, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • In-Person Location: Conference Center 4th Floor Ballroom (WD)
  • Livestream Link: TBA 

Columbus State Community College is proud to present the 34th Annual Women’s HERstory Month Awards. At the awards we will come together to celebrate and recognize our students, staff, and faculty who exemplify outstanding leadership from 2023. The awards will also feature a musical performance from Starlit Ways and conclude with an empowering keynote.

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Call for Nominations for the Outstanding Women Leader Award and the Dr. Jan Roger's Legacy in Leadership Award

The 2023 Women’s Herstory Month Committee is now taking nominations for the annual women's leadership awards. Columbus State employees and students are invited to nominate members of the College community who they feel are excellent women leaders. 

Nomination deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 5:00pm 

Nominate an Outstanding Woman

Outstanding Woman Leader Award 

This award celebrates the leadership of Columbus State students and employees. Five to ten current students and employees around the college will receive this award.  

 Nominees for this role serve as role models and provide excellent leadership in their profession and/or studies. They also embody the following attributes: 

  • Exemplifies service above self through civic and/or community engagement 
  • Demonstrates Columbus State’s values: 
  • Student Success 
  • Inclusion 
  • Quality 
  • Innovation 
  • Learning 
  • Partnership 
  • Stewardship 
  • Leadership 


Dr. Jan Roger’s Legacy in Leadership Award 

Recipients of this honorary award are individuals that have served at Columbus State for five years or more and are currently employed at the institution.  The founding purpose of this award is to celebrate those that exhibit a “heart of service” and fight for equity, for all students. 

 They exhibit a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those they lead and interact with on a daily basis. They can see the potential people possess and have a major impact on the lives of others because of this ability. In their profession and with people, they demonstrate the qualities of trustworthiness, compassion, efficiency, integrity and other effective leadership qualities. They desire to improve the world we live in and tirelessly work to identify emerging needs of students and the community. They believe that community service is important on an individual and organizational level. 


Awards Timeline 
-12:00pm-12:05pm Welcoming Remarks  
-12:05-12:15pm Musical Performance by Starlit Ways 
-12:15pm-12:20pm Recognize Women’s Connection-Katrina de los Santos 
-12:20pm-12:45pm Outstanding Women Leader Awards 
-12:45pm-12:55pm Dr. Jan Roger’s Legacy in Leadership Award 
-12:55pm-1:00pm Keynote Introduction 
-1:00pm-1:45pm Keynote  
-1:45pm-2:00pm Gratitude and Closing 


Musical Performance: Starlit Ways 
Starlit Ways Bio: Special musical performances by Starlit Ways will be featured during the 33rd Annual Women’s HERstory Month Awards Celebration and the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit. Formed in 2014, Starlit Ways is an acoustic duo made of singer/songwriters Rose Nkechi Onyeneho and Chris Glover. Rose is a Columbus State alumni and a former Student Ambassador. 
The duo performs an eclectic range of musical genres from originals, jazz-age classics, and modern tunes. Rose's truly gifted vocals (spanning multiple dialects including French, Spanish and Italian) combined with Chris's guitar abilities and harmonies, create a unique sound that reflects their talents and passion for music. 

Service Project

Freedom a la Cart Service Project

During Women’s HERstory month we are excited to partner with an amazing, local organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking. Our community will have the opportunity to donate to this amazing organization throughout the month of March. Freedom a la Cart will be present at the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit and Awards on March 31. All supporters who stop by the nonprofit’s table and donate to the organization will receive a free cookie made fresh by Freedom a la Cart. Thank you for supporting a survivor to write the next chapter in their HERstory!

Donate "In Honor of CSCC"


Freedom a la Cart

Health & Wellness

Brain Breaks (Microsoft Teams)

Host: Grace Howard, College of Recreation & Wellness

Join on Microsoft Teams
Tuesdays: March 8, March 22 and March 29
12:30 p.m. (15 minutes)

Grace Howard

Grace Howard


Join Dr. Nic for a 30-minute Zumba stress-relieving movement session. For this mid-day break, no previous dance experience is required. Bring your sneakers, space, and open mind.

Wednesday, March 9
12 noon
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 0980 1283
Passcode: 997943

Wednesday, March 23
12 noon
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 845 4385 8172
Passcode: 924593

Dr. Nichole Bowman-Glover

Dr. Nichole Bowman-Glover

Financial Wellness

Net Worth and Wealth Building 101

Tuesday, March 22
11 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 9677 9615
Passcode: 954047


N. Sullican-Graf photo

Nancy Sullivan-Graf, Financial Literacy Educator

Women's Health

Womanhood, Health, and Activism

Thursday, March 24
1-2 p.m. (hybrid)

Join 3 amazing scholars of public health and history in a powerful discussion on women’s health throughout American history as well as previous and persisting inequities in women’s health. You’ll leave encouraged and empowered to advocate for change!

In Person: Center for Technology & Learning (TL) Room 112

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 946 8645 0732
Passcode: 359828

RSVP Online

Dr. Jones

Dr. Marian Jones

Dr. Boster photo

Dr. Dea H. Boster

Dr. Bowman-Glover photo

Dr. Nichole Bowman-Glover


Panel Discussion

Women in STEM Panel

Women in STEM

Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math are on the rise. Join Career Services and STEM Club for a panel discussion with professionals from a variety of disciplines to learn more about their journeys into STEM and how students can prepare themselves during their college career.

Wednesday, March 30
4-5 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Storytelling Event

Living in Legacy- “Your Piece Is Important!”

Thursday, April 7
12-1 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting

The Goodwill Ambassadors of CSCC would like to share with you this special invitation as we are proud to present the second-annual HERstory Exchange! This story exchange is designed to provide connectedness of a caring community by means of meaningful conversations in addition to acknowledging trailblazing women and inspiring future generations. The 2022 HERstory Exchange will feature a welcome address from Senior Goodwill Ambassador Angela Slone; keynote speaker Jane Grote Abell, Executive Chairwoman of the board for Donato’s Pizza and Jane’s Dough Premium Foods and co-founder and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Reeb Ave. Center; followed by all-inclusive open discussion offered by members and students of the Columbus State community exploring what it means to “Live in Legacy” while being true to self and embracing your uniqueness. As Jane likes to say – “Your piece is important!”

J. Abell photo

Jane Grote Abell