Race, Gender, Faith, and Justice: Empowering Women, Transforming Our World
March 7th, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ford Alumni Center
On March 7, 2016, the Division of Equity and Inclusion will host its second-annual Showcase Oregon. This year’s theme is “Race, Gender, Faith and Justice: Empowering Women, Transforming Our World.” The purpose of our bi-annual Showcase is to feature practices around issues of equity, inclusion and diversity that can be incorporated into university policies and practices. For example, in 2014 the Showcase focused heavily on implicit bias training and it was well received by the 300 people who attended the event. DEI took the momentum from the 2014 event and worked with Prof. Erik Girvan of UO Law to design and implement a pilot training on implicit bias for UO senior leadership team, including the president, vice presidents and deans. This year, we are offering campus wide trainings as a way of incorporating implicit bias training into various aspects of recruitment and retention practices.
At this year’s Showcase Oregon, we focus on the theme of justice as it relates to the intersectional identities of race, gender and faith. Our hope is that this year’s theme will allow our campus and surrounding community to reflect on the multifaceted meaning of justice in the academy and beyond and the ways in which empowered women facilitate justice by using their skills, talents and wisdom to transform lives and institutions. In addition to hearing from women academics, entrepreneurs, community activists and higher education leaders, the one-day symposium will feature a breakfast panel on student activism as well as a Teach In on the Movement for Black Lives over lunch by Professor Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and Co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective. The closing reception will include a call to action by Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of Southern Commission on Colleges and a poster session by local student activists.
Showcase has something for everyone, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. A description of the panels, panelists and their bios is posted on our website.