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Education and Empowerment:  The 2021 SIU Conference on Women (Virtual)

Presented virtually on March 26, 2021, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm


This cross-disciplinary conference will educate and empower the SIU community and beyond. Sessions will include round tables, research presentations, and personal and professional development workshops. This event is for women and people of all marginalized genders, as well as those who wish to identify and counteract misogyny.

Participating and Sponsoring Departments

  • Network of Empowering Women
  • Success in Engineering through Excellence in Diversity (SEED)
  • Office of the Associate Chancellor for Diversity
  • Women's Leadership Retreat
  • Organization for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (RSO)
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS)
  • School of Journalism
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Womens Resource Center


Registration for the conference has closed.


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Conference on Women T-shirts

Now available online through Silkworm.

The first one hundred t's will be sold at a special price of $5 (no matter the size) + s/h.  After the first 100 sell, the price will increase to $10 per t-shirt plus extra for larger sizes.


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Breakouts Professional Development Research/Creative Rising Scholars
8:30-9 a.m. Join the Zoom
9-9:10 a.m. Welcome and Event Protocol
9:10-9:55 a.m. Keynote Speaker Jackie Spinner (Presented live during Zoom and also streamed on YouTube)
10-10:45 a.m. Session 1A Session 1B Session 1C
Gender and Negotiations by Cindy Buys Black Women Writers' Wake Work by Mary Marley Latham and Omotoyosi Esther Odukomaiy
10:45-11 a.m. Break
11-11:45 a.m. Session 2A Session 2B Session 2C
Beyond Bubble Baths and Facemasks: Feminist Self-Care by Tori Neal Empowering Women’s Health by Janine Armstrong, Kombe Kapatamoyo, and Shelby Swafford Time Management for Success by Fitri Safira and Natalia Baires
11:45a.m.-noon. Break
12-12:45 p.m. Session 3A Session 3B Session 3C
Lead SIU - Chancellor Lane Plays Inspired from History: Discussion and Workshop by Lavinia Roberts STEMinist Theory: An introductory conversation on Women in STEM by Kira Holtsclaw and Tarnisha Green
12:45-1:30 p.m. Break/Lunch
1:30-2:15 p.m. Session 4A Session 4B Session 4C
Gray Matters the Blog & Podcasting: Expanding Activist Tools by Sharmeen Jariullah and Rikki Willingham No Speaker Making YOU your Business by Dianah McGreehan and Bethany Peppers
2:15-2:30 p.m. Wrap up and Farewell

Platinum Level Sponsors

SIU GPSC Logo - Graduate and Professional Student Council

SIU State Farm Logo

Silver Level Sponsors

SIU Confluence Books logo

SIU Rainbow Cafe logo