Feminist Thought & Activism Conference
Planting Flowers of Resistance: Finding Feminist Roots in Times of Political Turmoil
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
Free and open to the CSU community

In the midst of a difficult and often exhausting social and political climate, many people are left with a feeling of fatigue. In dealing with this constant exhaustion, it is imperative to unite as a CSU community and share our feminist thoughts and activism efforts.

The image of a flower provides this conference with numerous symbols. The roots of the plant represent the social, political, economic, and environmental justice thoughts shared at this conference. This complex network of support nurtures the growth of the flower into full-bloom, where it can take thoughts and turn them into action. The shape, shade, and size of the flower represent the different creative, critical ways that we show up in our current climate. This year’s theme is an invitation to recharge , recenter, and reaffirm our commitment to the values contingent for liberation.

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 critical dialogue and reflection.

Typical* Structure of the Day:
 Registration
Welcoming
Session 1
Session 2
Lunch
Lunch** Keynote
Session 3
Session 4
Reception & Closing
*all details subject to change
** Pre-registration required

Want to attend? Registration is free and opens March 1, 2018. Revisit this page at that time to rsvp!

Feminist Thought & Activism Conference
Planting Flowers of Resistance: Finding Feminist Roots in Times of Political Turmoil

In the midst of a difficult and often exhausting social and political climate, many people are left with a feeling of fatigue. In dealing with this constant exhaustion, it is imperative to unite as a CSU community and share our feminist thoughts and activism efforts.

The image of a flower provides this conference with numerous symbols. The roots of the plant represent the social, political, economic, and environmental justice thoughts shared at this conference. This complex network of support nurtures the growth of the flower into full-bloom, where it can take thoughts and turn them into action. The shape, shade, and size of the flower represent the different creative, critical ways that we show up in our current climate. This year’s theme is an invitation to recharge , recenter, and reaffirm our commitment to the values contingent for liberation.

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 critical dialogue and reflection.

 

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the conference then you have come to the right place! We invite you to contribute to the quality of programs offered at this year’s conference by submitting a program proposal that builds on our theme, Planting the Flowers of Resistance.

Tips for preparing your submission and workshop:

  • Participants will include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff who identify as all genders.
  • Creativity is important in presentation, style, format, title and description of workshop.
  • Participants may have varied levels of knowledge and experience with the topics presented.
  • Highly participatory formats are generally most well received and participants will have a wide variety of learning styles.
  • Presentations should be multi- and cross- culturally informed. This conference is affirming of the intersections of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, ability, and religious identity.

Your proposal should:

  • Explain the session’s application to mission of conference and/or conference theme
  • Clear identify learning outcomes for the session (what should participants get out of it)
  • Demonstrate viable strategy for engaging participants
  • Explain why the topic is relevant, timely, and/or contributes to feminist consciousness raising, scholarship, practice, ways of being
  • Identify any needed technological support or other materials to assure successful learning and engagement for participants

Session proposal will be subjected to a peer review by multiple readers. The tips above reflect evaluation rubric to be used by the application readers.

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. However, in the application we ask you to selected the mostly closely relatd optics from the provided list:

  • Skill Building and Activism
  • Professional Development and Leadership
  • Media and Pop Culture
  • Global Perspectives
  • Spirituality and Mental Health
  • Politics, Business, and the Economy
  • Environmentalism and Sustainability
  • The Physical Body
  • Gender, Race, and Social Identities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to be presenters. However, there are usually a couple of sessions facilitated by graduate students and staff at CSU. Anyone with a CSU affiliation is welcome to apply.

Call for proposals is January 22nd to February 21st at noon February 28th at noon.  Those selected to present will be notified the week of March 5th.

Conference Proposal Applications

Use this form is you are interested in being considered as a workshop presenter at this year's Feminist Thought and Activism Conference.
  • 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 you
  • Presenter(s)

  • 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 and Activism 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

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”