Four OU organizations that empower women on campus
OU Women’s Health Advocacy (OU WHA)
"Period poverty is a tangible issue that needs to be addressed more widely in our communities. In order to combat period poverty, OU WHA has worked on a menstrual station project, in which several baskets are placed all over campus with products free for the taking. This way individuals do not have to miss class or work because of a lack of products! We also have expanded our reach to unhoused individuals, clinics, schools, prisons, and shelters to help alleviate the strain on individuals in those environments."
Aarya Ghonasgi | Vice President of OU WHA
Mission: Women’s Health Advocacy is an organization dedicated to women’s health, advocating for the importance of health literacy, sexual health, and reproductive health. WHA works to increase campus awareness and tackle the stigma that surrounds numerous aspects of women’s health.
Recent Activity: In partnership with PERIOD @ OU, OU WHA has fundraised for and created multiple free menstrual stations on the OU Norman campus. Currently, there are 32 OU WHA Menstrual Stations in women's restrooms across campus, and four located in gender-neutral restrooms. OU WHA also hosts general monthly meetings that tackle relevant issues and subjects in women’s health.
"On a huge campus like OU, there was a need for a community that brought us together and guided us through the journey of college in the US as African women. Our founder, Tatenda Dzvimbo, recognized this need and started AWL in 2019. I am honored to be part of the third executive team because we are growing with AWL. We are here to represent African Women at OU and give them a platform to thrive. AWL is for women and by women. We empower women and feel empowered in the process."
Diane Mukundwa Ndisebuye | Vice President of AWL
Mission: To be the voice of the female students that hold an International African student status, to equip members with adequate resources to help establish themselves as individuals on campus and integrate into the community, to empower members, to promote leadership skills, to share diverse African culture of members with the OU student body and local community, and to raise awareness and educate OU and the local community of African tradition and heritage through the eyes of the African woman.
Recent activity: Only three months into 2022, AWL has elected eight new executive members, hosted a Valentine’s drop-in event, and began recruitment among their members for OU’s Big Event. Last year, AWL hosted events like Sexual Health: Dealing with False Perceptions & Stigma, performed in OU’s African Showcase, and collected donations like clothing and other necessities to help incoming freshmen transition to college life.
Mission: Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
Recent activity: On top of SWE hosting monthly general meetings for all members, SWE collaborates with different organizations on campus to gather more opportunities for women in engineering and technology. So far in 2022, SWE has hosted a Tech Talk with Magellan Midstream Partner, L.P., and “Love Engineering,” a program that invited current engineers to speak on why they love their profession and their experience as an engineer.
Mission: To develop and provide opportunities for women to come together to engage, inspire, and motivate philanthropic action. WPN connects alumni, friends, and students who share a collective passion for OU while recognizing the essential and crucial role women play in the University’s success.
Recent activity: In the past two years, Women’s Philanthropy Network has worked to create “Women of Excellence: Virtual Series,” which features a collection of recorded Zoom panels that empower women. Spring 2021 featured panels like “The Future is Female: Women in Civic Leadership” and “From 1921 to Now: Reflections on Social Justice 100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre.”