Feminist Thought & Activism Conference

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.

Check back for updates on our conference in 2022.

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.

Check back for updates on our next call for proposals.

Previous Conference Themes, Speakers/Performers

2020 – Keynote: Afrosexology

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

2018 – Planting the Flowers of Resistance | Keynote: Amal Kassir – Poet

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

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

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

2014- Looking Back, Reaching Forward | Keynote: 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 | Keynote: Akiba Solomon- Colorline’s Gender Matters blogger & Special Guest Ari Belathar- Mexican Poet and Playwrite

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

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

2010- Strengthening Our Roots and Growing Together  | Keynote: 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 | Keynote: Dr. Luoluo Hong- “I am Woman! Hear Me Roar: Dispelling the Superwoman Myth”