On Friday, Creighton students marched from Skutt Patio to the Harper Center in support of women’s empowerment.
The Lieben Center for Women coordinated the march alongside the Creighton Student Union (CSU) and the Committee on the Status of Women to mark the end of Women’s Empowerment Week.
The event kicked off with an event coordinator showing his gratitude to the students who attended to support the cause. Two keynote speakers, Vice Provost of Mission and Ministry Eileen Burke-Sulivan and CSU Vice President Leilani Hung, gave speeches on the Skutt Patio.
Hung centered his speech around a statement his mother told him. “No dream is too big to achieve,” Hung said. The crowd was excited by what she was saying.
She highlighted the obstacles women overcame, starting with the story of Harriet Tubman and the role she played in helping freed slaves through the Underground Railroad.
“Today,” Hung said as he concluded his speech, “we march together.”
Burke-Sullivan focused her speech on women in the workforce and leadership. She shared personal experiences that shaped her professional career at Creighton and before.
She also pointed out that there are many leadership opportunities for women despite the obstacles to overcome.
“We need to get to know each other as precious human beings,” Burke-Sullivan said. “We need each other’s gifts.”
The students drew posters that they left with to Harper when they finished the speeches.
“I hope people will see that Creighton supports women in our community and that we hold them together to fight for equality,” said Annemarie Super, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The students positioned their posters for cars to see as they crossed 24th Street, which was blocked off by Creighton Public Safety.
The reception at Harper wrapped up the event and featured submissions made by students for “Ode to Her” as a way to commemorate and honor women who have impacted student lives.
CSU President Francisco Pastor-Rivera reflected on the importance his mother and sister played in his life.
“To me, being part of this march means representing them and being grateful for them,” Pastor-Rivera said.