Virtual Conference Schedule – Updated 2/16/21

March 6, 2021

All times are EST:

Conference Welcome/Opening Session
State of Women’s Voices and Leadership on Campus and Beyond Town Hall

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST
Presenter: UCWLC Lead Facilitation Team
Zoom Link: TBA
From #metoo to the countless number of incidents involving hate speech and bias incidents, including racism, transphobia, anti-immigrant, etc., there is evidence of women feeling silenced and disempowered. Women in politics, Hollywood, and on-campus have shared stories of struggling to speak up at the moment. They have shared how power and influence were used to maintain their silence. Has an incident happened on your campus? In this Town Hall setting, we will explore the current state of women’s voices and leadership on campus and beyond. This time together will serve as the foundation for the conference experience which focuses on finding, understanding, and utilizing our authentic voices.

Break
11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a. m. EST

Session Block I:
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Session A:
Workshop Title: Truth Hurts: You’re 100% Enough, Facing Imposter Syndrome in Leadership
Presenter: Jessica Newman
Zoom Link: TBA
Through this workshop, attendees will be able to identify strategies to overcome imposter syndrome as leaders. What to do when you don’t feel like your voice is being heard, change is not coming fast enough, and/or you don’t deserve to be a leader in this transformative space? Through honest, generative dialogue, we are going to discuss the challenges of not feeling enough and provide some tools of empowerment to young change agents. Humans experience imposter syndrome at one point in their lives, this workshop is here to help you grow through that and build a tool kit to maintain your self-love in these transformative spaces. Truth Hurts: You belong here!!

Session B:
Workshop Title: Implicit Bias in Higher Education: What Students Need to Know
Presenter: Dr. Judith Springer
Zoom Link: TBA
Through a series of presentations, discussions, and experiential activities, this interactive session will explore the knowledge and skills needed for participants to (1) understand where implicit or unconscious biases come from and that we all have them, (2) learn to recognize their own blind-spots and (3) apply strategies for reducing the impact of implicit bias in their campus communities.

Session C:
Workshop Title: Where’s My Lane? –  Social Justice and Where You Fit In
Presenter: Erica Blake, MA
Zoom Link: TBA
Students will have an opportunity to engage in several activities that aim to equip them with tools to be effective leaders on campus. There will also be discussions around organizing and advocating for the campus they believe marginalized students deserve. The main goal of this workshop is to show students we all have a lane in this fight for social justice, even in the form of rest as resistance.

Lunch Break 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Session Block II:
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Session A:
Workshop Title: Striving to Towards Serving as a White Ally – Actions Speak Louder than Words
Presenter: Dr. Suzette Walden Cole
Zoom Link: TBA
Angela Davis shared, “In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” Anti-racism requires self-work which should foster actions and advocacy efforts in concert with marginalized communities. As White humans, we don’t get to self-declare that we are allies. Allyship is active and ongoing and where actions speak more than our words. Let’s talk about how we move from performative to actual work in showing up as an ally; disrupting and interrupting problematic statements and actions; amplifying voices and channeling privilege without centering ourselves in the process. If you’re ready to dig deep, then this session is for you.

Session B:
Workshop Title: Love Your Sisters, Not Just Your Cister
Presenter: Ebony Jackson
Zoom Link: TBA
In what is being deemed as the fourth wave of feminism, we are witnessing a much more inclusive movement. This workshop delves into the importance of supporting, protecting, affirming, and including trans women and femmes in the fight for human rights. Terminology, issues, allyship, and resources will be covered in this workshop.

Session C:
Workshop Title: To Infinity and Beyond: Demystifying and Protecting Black Girl Magic
Presenter: Jessica Newman
Zoom Link: TBA
Historically, Black Womxn have been the bedrock of many movements across the world throughout the African Diaspora. Thus, this workshop will take the time to explore deeply the unsung sheros of the movement and what they all had in common. Identifying the roots of Black Girl Magic.  With a laser focus on the quote, “Just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”- Jesse Williams and powerful writing by Bell Hooks, “Ain’t I woman” we demystify and debunk Black Girl Magic to uproot the notion the Black Girls are human and we need and deserve saving, rest, restoration, and protection too. By the end of the session, it is my hope Black Girl Magic takes on a holistic meaning of the Black Womxn presence in these movements and spaces. It is my hope that each participant explores what it means for themselves and we collectively take an approach to showing up holistically in every space. Though this session is for Black Womxn and girls, other identities are welcome to participate and learn what it means to be an ally to a Black Womxn in schools, in the workplace, and in this world. Lastly, this is a deep and holistic exploration of Black Womxn and girls beyond the superhero notion into the protecting and preserving realm of being an equitable leader starting with self to consequently transform systems.

Break
2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EST

Session Block III 
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Session A:
Workshop Title: No More Drama: Using Restorative Practices in Social Justice Work
Presenter: Dr. Judith Springer
Zoom Link: TBA
Conflict is an inevitable consequence when diverse and charismatic leaders are brought together for a common goal. However, how these leaders deal with those conflicts can determine how effectively the group will operate. This workshop is geared towards empowering participants with effective restorative practice skills that they can use to help facilitate difficult conversations, meetings, or events. Furthermore, attendees of this workshop will leave the session having explored their comfort level with various dimensions of diversity that might be landmines for conflict.

Session B:
Workshop Title: Dismantling Our Unhealthy Relationship with “I’m Sorry”
Presenter: Ayannah Johnson MA
Zoom Link: TBA
We often say some variation of “sorry” for trivial and unnecessary reasons. This can undermine our efficacy as leaders, advocates, and activists. The overuse and misuse of “sorry” can also result in minimizing others’ confidence in our ideas and abilities. Often, those in positions of privilege are less likely to apologize, even when it is appropriate. In this session, we will explore the appropriate use of the words and how to evaluate when to truly apologize. The focus is not on changing who you are but rather, being intentional with what words we choose to give power to and how we show up.

Session C:
Workshop Title: Programming and Planning: Creating Effective Diversity Programs
Presenter: A. Tamika Quick
Zoom Link: TBA
Have you wondered why students’ programs are sometimes judged by how many students attended and not by the content of the information being presented? In this session, the participants will explore key programming tips for creating social justice events that have great attendance, purpose, and meaning. All too often student leaders lose sight of the intent of the program they are looking to put on and focus on other metrics of success that do not accurately capture the spirit of the program or that of the target population that is looking to educate. Programing has a purpose on campuses and this session will help students identify that purpose in an effort to better serve your student population.

Break
3:30pm to 3:45pm

Session Block IV:
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST

Session A:
Workshop Title: Carefrontation & Engaging in the Art of Difficult Conversations
Presenter: Dr. Suzette Walden Cole
Zoom Link: TBA
Confronting people on issues, behaviors, and fellow members on performance-related matters can make for challenging situations for all involved parties. In most instances, it’s not what you say, but how you say it that can make the difference between escalating or creating learning opportunities. Understanding how to address incidents of ignorance being spoken, or acts of intolerance that push the boundaries, are essential components to college and beyond. When we don’t confront, we grant people passive acceptance to continue to act, joke, or speak in ways that can cause harm.

Session B
Workshop Title: Turn It Up: Knowing and Amplifying Your Student Voice

Presenter: Tamika Quick
Zoom Link: TBA
In this interactive session, student leaders will examine the techniques and skills needed to be advocates for change on their campus. Advocating for social justice issues can be difficult when you are an involved student leader and feel that challenging administration might have consequences. Participants in this session will leave with concrete tips and strategies to use their voice in a manner that both empowers and educates. An informed student leader has the ability to make a drastic change on their campus and this session seeks to empower us all to take ownership of their much-needed voice.

Session C
Workshop Title: Oppression Inception: Remembering Intersectionality
Presenter: Ebony Jackson
Zoom Link: TBA
Intersectionality was a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in the 1980’s to highlight and address the multi-layered forms of oppression experienced by marginalized groups. This workshop will examine intersectionality and its importance, the effects of inclusion vs exclusion, and how to use intersectionality to be inclusive of all women.

Session Block V:
4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Workshop Title: Planning for Action
Presenter: UCWLC Team
Zoom Link:
In the culminating activity of Black Students Lead, students and advisors will meet in their campus groups, select the first campus issue they plan to address when they return to school, and brainstorm action steps to begin to implement their plan. Campus groups will present their action plans to each other to permit the sharing of ideas across campuses.

 


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