Connecting Women of Color Conference

The Connecting Women of Color Conference fosters an open dialogue in which undergraduate women can think deeply and critically about current issues. This conference seeks to cultivate an outlet on campus focused on both intellectual and personal development in which women of color at the University of Richmond and their allies can have meaningful dialogues around issues important to them while also serving as a forum to invite women from other local universities to further the diversity work and inclusivity of the conference. The conference intentionally focuses on networking in a welcoming environment with the intentions of connecting students with women that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to meet. 

This year's conference, "Empowerment & Improvement: Self, Wealth, and Health" will be held on Friday, Feb. 21. The keynote speaker will be Judy Pryor-Ramirez, Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice at the New School's Eugene Lang College. Participants will have the option of choosing from two of four sessions offered: 

Soup for the Soul This session features two breakout caucus sessions. Breakout session A is for women of color while Breakout Session B is for allies of women of color.

Session A: Women of Color caucus space-Does anyone understand my story? Are you feeling alone? Looking for advice and strategies on how to be successful in navigating challenging situations? Are you interested in networking with other women of color? Join us for a story telling session where you can connect with other women of color and feel empowered.

Session Presenter: 
Hermalinda Cortes, Small Town and Community Organizer

Session B: Ally caucus space-Do you ever wonder how you can support women of color? Wondering what you can do to honor women of color’s stories? Join us for a story telling session that is sure to provide insight on being an ally.  

Session Presenters: 
Dr. Sylvia Gale, Associate Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Dr. Terry Dolson, Manager for Community Based Learning, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

Money, Power, Respect Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to create wealth? Do you have a plan to re-pay student loans and establish credit? What should your financial portfolio look like? Join us for a session that can put you on the fast track to establishing wealth.

Session Presenters:
Du’Neika Easley, Director of Budget Reporting, University of Richmond
Tamica Goode, Director of Budget Management, University of Richmond

Get Me Bodied!  How does the media portray women of color? Are we all video vixens or Olivia Pope? Is there any middle ground? Do media portrayals have an effect on how we view our bodies? Looking for tips on living a healthy lifestyle? Join us for this interactive session as we delve into conversations on body image and health.

Session Presenters:
Heather Sadowski, Assistant Director of Wellness, University of Richmond
Tracy Cassalia, Manager of Health Education and Wellness, University of Richmond
Cynthia McMillan, Manager, Member Services Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, University of Richmond


Conference Details

This year's conference will be held on Friday Feb. 21 at the Jepson Alumni Center.

Check-in                     1–1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker         1:30–2 p.m.

Session 1                    2–3:15 p.m.

Session 2                    3:15–4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception   4:30–5 p.m.

Networking Reception will include conference presenters, conference guests, and University of Richmond students, faculty and staff. Heavy hors d' oeuvres will be served.

Dark Girls Movie Screening

Join us for a movie screening of the popular documentary Dark Girls.  "Dark Girls" examines the role of colorism within the African American community. Stay after the movie for a talk back session about the impact of colorism in a variety of diverse communities. This program is a collaborative effort between the Connecting Women of Color committee, the Black History month committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Spanish and Latino Student Alliance, the Black Student Alliance, the Westhampton College Government Association, and Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Date: Monday Feb. 17, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Westhamtpon Center Living Room

Popcorn, cookies, and hot chocolate will be served!