15th Annual Feminist Thought & Activism Conference

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
Free and open to the CSU and local  community

Now accepting proposal applications! Event registration opens March 2020.

The one-day conference is designed to be educational and entertaining, providing opportunities for the community to engage in conversations surrounding gender and other social justice issues. Throughout the day the conference hosts a keynote and several breakout sessions that allow attendees to take part in awareness raising, critical dialogue and reflection, and community building to promote gender equity at CSU and beyond.

*Typical Structure of the Day:

Registration
Welcoming
Session 1
Session 2
Lunch
Keynote
Session 3
Session 4
Reception & Closing
*all details subject to change

Want to attend?

Registration opens March 2020

We ask presenters to consider trending topics that center gender/gender identity and that use transnational, intersectional feminist and social justice frameworks in their discussion of consciousness raising, knowledge production and/or ways of being. Sessions will be selected based on the proposal and session criteria below:

Proposal Criteria

  • Explain why the topic is relevant, timely, and contributes to the mission of the conference.
  • Clearly identify learning outcomes for the session (what should participants get out of it)
  • Demonstrate viable strategy for engaging participants
  • Identify any needed technological support or other materials to assure successful learning and engagement for participants
  • Include a session abstract of no more than 150 words and a presenter bio(s) of no more than 100 words. Call for proposals will begin January 2020.

Session proposal will be subjected to review by multiple readers. The selection committee reserves the right to select sessions which align with the mission and values of the Feminist Thought & Activism Conference and the Women and Gender Advocacy Center

 

Session Criteria

  • Designate your audience. Participants will primarily be CSU students. However, audience may include staff, faculty, and community members of all genders.
  • Creativity is important in presentation, style, format, title and description of workshop.
  • Highly participatory formats are most well received. Participants may have a wide variety of learning styles and knowledge with the topics presented.
  • Sessions are scheduled for an hour (60 minutes). We try hard to make sure you can start on time. Plan to end on time.
  • Build accessible practices in from the start. Choose adaptive activities and room setups, use large and legible fonts for presentations and handouts, provide large-print version of digital presentations.
  • Presentations should be intersectionally informed. In addition to gender-based oppression, consider how other forms of oppression factor into the topic, when applicable. Presenter should also consider their social position in presenting the information and holding the session space.

Topic suggestions.

We appreciate a diverse pool of submissions to choose from. We welcome submissions on any topics that relate to the mission of the conference. In the proposal application we ask you to select the most closely related optics from the provided list:

  • Skill Building and Activism
  • Professional Development and Leadership
  • Media and Pop Culture
  • Art
  • Global Perspectives
  • Spirituality and Mental Health
  • Politics, Business, and the Economy
  • Environmentalism and Sustainability
  • Medicine, Healthcare, and Reproductive health
  • Gender, Race, and Social Identities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Anyone is welcome to apply. To honor the student led roots of the conference, priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students at CSU.

Conference Proposal Applications

Use this form if you are interested in being considered as a workshop presenter at this year's Feminist Thought & Activism Conference. Priority application deadline is February 21st 2020.
  • Please share the title you intend to use for this proposed workshop. If selected, you may change the title. Note there is a character limit to the title - 80 characters
  • Who will be the primary contact about this proposal?
  • What is the best number at which to reach you? If selected, we may use this if there are any high priority questions regarding the conference.
  • This will be our main form of communication.
  • Pick the category that most pertains to the primary contact
  • Presenter(s)

  • A title is optional. Many faculty and staff prefer to include a title.
  • About the Workshop

  • Brief description of content and format approximately 3-5 sentences in length
  • Indicate which of these best describes this session. Mark all that apply
  • Short Answer Questions

    Please take some time to answer the following questions thoroughly. Your response will help us evaluate and select proposals.
  • Mission of the conference can be found on the Feminist Thought & Activism Conference website.
  • Uploads

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload an outline of your proposal. You do not need provide a full transcript, but rather the objectives and intended flow of the workshop. Max 2 pages. PDF only.

Previous Conference Themes, Speakers, and Performers

2019 – A World Without Feminism is Like a World Without Bees – Locatora Radio

2018 – Planting the Flowers of Resistance Amal Kassir – Poet

2017- Speaking Out, Breaking Out, and Redefining Jessica Chavez Salazar – Lawyer for the Attorney General, State of Colorado

2016- Taking time to Empower & Accept yourself and others (TEA) Sheila Katz- Hillel’s Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship

2015- Unity at the Intersections: Celebrating the Diversity of Women’s Lives Zerlina Maxwell- Political Analyst, Writer, Speaker, Commentator

2014- Looking Back, Reaching Forward Katrina L. Rodriguez, PhD- Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students at University of Northern Colorado

2013- Communities in Action, Strength Through Knowledge Akiba Solomon- Colorline’s Gender Matters blogger & Special Guest Ari Belathar- Mexican Poet and Playwrite

2012- Broadening Our Community: Beyond the Mainstream Courtney E. Martin, Author, blogger, and speaker  & Pabitra Benjamin, Grassroots activist

2011- Share Your Voice: Be The Movement Cristy C. Road- Artist and Writer & Saja Butler- Musician and Business Owner

2010- Strengthening Our Roots and Growing Together   Gabriela Garcia Medina- Slam Poet

2009- Redefining Ourselves: Beyond Boundaries & Borders

2007- Reflecting on Her Story to Illuminate Our Future

2006- Empowering Women: Coming Together to Move Forward

2005- Come As You Are: Celebrating the Diversity of Women’s Lives Dr. Luoluo Hong- “I am Woman! Hear Me Roar: Dispelling the Superwoman Myth”