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, "When I Look at You I See . . ." will be held on Friday, Feb. 13.  The keynote speaker will be L.C. Johnson of Colored Girl Confidential. Participants will have the option of choosing from two of three sessions offered: 

Session 1

Young, Powerful, & Professional-Join us for a lively discussion about appropriate attire for corporate America. Most students know what to wear to a job interview; but what do you wear once you get the job? What is the true definition of business casual? This session will end with a spectacular fashion show filled with many stylistic options for a young professional's business wardrobe. After this session you will be ready for the world to see you as a confident and competent young professional? 

Session 2

Unwritten Rules- How can we define microagressions? Are other people's perceptions and what they see impacting how they treat us? Join us for a candid conversation about how to deal with microagressions and create change in your community. This session is a caucus space specifically for women of color only.

Session 3

Media Malay- How are women of color portrayed on screen.  Are our portrayals accurate? Do we see ourselves represented well in the media? Join us for a panel discussion on the realities of media both past and present tense.During this session participants will have an opportunity to view and discuss movie and television clips.  

Conference Details

This year's conference will be held on Friday Feb. 13 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.