March 03, 2022

Registration open for 2022 SIU Conference on Women on March 18

Registration is open for Advocates and Allies: The 2022 SIU Conference on Women, set for March 18, and hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

The conference theme for the primarily virtual event is how women and gender minorities may ally with, advocate for and support one another. The conference is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Most of the conference will be virtual, but there will be an optional social hour and watch party in the Student Center. There will also be a student session for the Women’s Leadership Retreat during the social hour. 

Registration is due March 15, and the conference is open to faculty, staff, students and the community. The fee is $5 for students and $10 for non-students.

This cross-disciplinary conference is designed to educate and empower the SIU community and the region. Virtual sessions will include round tables, research presentations, and personal and professional development workshops. The committee welcomes all genders who are interested in identifying and counteracting misogyny, especially as it intersects with racism, classism, ableism, cissexism, and heterosexism. 

Kathy Renfro, former executive director of the Carbondale Park District, will give the opening address “Better Together.”

The keynote session begins at 6:30 p.m. will be streamed on YouTube. Audience can join the in-person watch party in Student Center Ballroom B or virtually from home. The keynote speakers are Robin Boylorn, a professor of communication studies at the University of Alabama and an award-winning author, teacher and scholar, and Eesha Pandit, co-founder of the Center for Advancing Innovative Policy.  They will discuss “Why You Should(n’t) Be an Ally.”

The in-person social hour will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Corker Lounge for networking and refreshments. A student-centered information session on this fall’s Women’s Leadership Retreat in Ballroom B will be 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Conference registrants will also have an opportunity for 15-minute one-to-one virtual sessions with the Career Development Center, where they can receive resume help, interview advice and general career feedback. Registrants need to indicate when they register that they are interested in a career session.

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