CSU, Chico News

AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center Hosts 17th Annual Women’s Conference

Date: 11-02-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Laura Rew, Outreach Program Intern
AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center

The Associated Students Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) is hosting its 17th Annual Women’s Conference. This conference focuses on different cultural perspectives on feminism and women’s rights. The conference, "Feminism Through a Cross-Cultural Lens," will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 from 1-5 p.m., with check-in starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium at California State University, Chico. This is a free event and is open to everyone. To register for the conference, please visit the event page here. Appetizers will be provided.

The event will start with keynote speaker Maria Elena Llana at 1 p.m., followed by the first break-out session at 2 p.m. with multiple options, including a workshop by Kate McCarthy focusing on spirituality and feminism and a workshop by Desiree Stevens and Mari Becerra focusing on intersectional feminism. This will be followed by another break-out session at 3 p.m., which includes a workshop facilitated by Krystle Tonga. The last event of the day is a culminating panel at 4 p.m. with panelists Sher Thao, Krystle Tonga, and Mim Roeder.

The keynote speaker, María Elena Llana, has an incredible background. She was born in Cuba in 1936 and later graduated in 1959 with a degree in journalism. She specializes in cultural reporting and has worked at Prensa Latina and in Vietnam and China as a cultural correspondent. Maria will speak about breaking gender norms and compare gender roles in Cuba and countries she has visited. She will also talk about feminist plots in her literary works as well as her position as a woman journalist.

The GSEC is a student-run activist organization that strives to empower all students through its three programs: the Women’s Program, the LGBTQ+ Program, and the Outreach Program. The GSEC challenges societal norms that have been used to oppress and marginalize by providing opportunities for leadership, personal development, and referral services. We offer a safe and inclusive space where the campus and community can effectively support the academic mission of the university.

The Women’s Program utilizes feminist ideologies to offer educational opportunities and programs that are centered in women’s experiences to create and sustain a university environment that promotes the personal, educational, and professional growth of women. For further information on the GSEC and the conference, please email Analicia Hawkins at asgsec.wom@csuchico.edu.