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Women of Color Student Conference

2014 Women of Color Student Conference


The 2nd Women of Color Student Conference (formerly the Women of Color Student Summit) will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 29, 2014 in Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.2014 Women of Color Student Conference Logo

The conference, entitled Loving Each Other Harder: Women of Color, Community and the Intersections of Our Identities*, is a continuation of the conversations that began in 2011 with the inaugural Summit, Safe Spaces, Critical Connections. The first Summit centered around the themes of community-building, activism, leadership, and dialogue.

Loving Each Other Harder will continue and expand upon those themes, and provide an opportunity for attendees to examine these ideas in the context of intersectionality. What are the multiple identities of women of color? How do they affect the learning, leading and living experiences of women of color students, particularly at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)? How do these identities affect how women of color see and work with one another?

*We are inspired by and graciously credit Maegan Ortiz (mamitamala) for the creation of the language of “loving each other harder” and Jessica Marie Johnson, author of Diaspora Hypertext, for her writing featuring the same language.

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Registration fees are: $10 for students, $20 for community members, $30 for University staff or faculty. Limited scholarships are available, please email for more information. 


All conference events take place in Coffman Memorial Union (CMU), unless otherwise noted.

9:00 a.m. – Check-in (Mississippi Room)

9:30 a.m. – Welcome from Co-Chairs, Anitra Cottledge and Xay Yang (Mississippi Room)

Keynote speaker: Wazina Zondon

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. –  Concurrent Workshop Sessions I (3rd Floor)

SISTAHS Circle: Practicing Radical Self-Care and Healing from Trauma
Joi D. Lewis, Joi Unlimited Consulting and Coaching; Vickie Allen, St. Catherine University, Taiyon Coleman, University of Minnesota; and Duchess Harris, Macalester College

Using Personal Narratives to Transform Community Perspectives
Maxine Johnson, University of St. Thomas; J. Roxanne Prichard, University of St. Thomas; and Tea Rozman-Clark, Green Card Voices

We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Community-Based Solutions to Street Harassment
Patience Zalanga, Shana Dickson, Adinah Zilton and Calista Adeboye, INCITE! Twin Cities

Safe Spaces: Living and Loving Diversity in Leadership
Elizabeth Nelson, University of Minnesota

12:30-1:45 p.m. – Networking Lunch  (Lunch provided in Mississippi Room)

2:00-3:15 p.m. – Concurrent Workshop Session II (3rd Floor)

Women of Color as Knowledge Producers: Finding and Maintaining Our Voices in Academic Research
Jasmine Kar Tang, University of Minnesota & Metropolitan State University & Aniccha Arts; and Hui Niu Wilcox, St. Catherine University and Ananya Dance Theater

Where Are We? Queer Women of Color in Media
Amira Lundy-Harris and Austin Lee, Amherst College

Women of Color’s Poetic Expressions: Poetry as a Tool for Self-Care & Healing
Gabriela Spears-Rico, University of Minnesota

A Reason to Aim: Aerospace Imperative Mentoring for Women in STEM
Katrina Harden Williams and Courtnee Jackson, Iowa State University

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Closing: Call to Action, Evaluations and Prize Drawing (Mississippi Room)

Comedy Sketch: Sherlonda Sharp