The Ellipsis Institute will host its inaugural conference at Case Western Reserve University with two days of networking, activities, workshops and lectures designed to provide participants with the tools and resources to successfully produce advocacy actions on campus. The conference will be held April 12-13.
The conference will open Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. in the Thwing Center Atrium with an event featuring music and poetry performances and free salsa lessons.
The conference will continue Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Center ballroom.
The second day will begin with the “Radical Welcome” at 9 a.m. Regine Roy, founder of Queen Geniuses, will give a keynote address at 10 a.m. on “Reclaiming Your Throne.” Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, then will lead an inter-generational luncheon and conversation.
The afternoon activities include a workshop with Roy and a panel titled “Queer as Liberation.”
The Ellipsis Institute is free and open to all faculty, students and staff. Those interested can attend the conference for one day or two and are welcome to attend what parts of the day their schedules permit.
About the organization
By establishing intersectionality as a core feminist practice, the Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy intentionally creates space for women of color students, staff and faculty as they build relationships across lines of difference in a unified pursuit of advocacy efforts for all women, in all roles. The intention of Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy is to provide connections and relationships that build a support network, navigate barriers to access and build allies in a journey toward gender equity.
This year’s theme, “Seize the Narrative,” comes from Damita Frazier of the Combahee River Collective 40 years after the organization’s founding and in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter. Frazier implores women of color to take back their voice and occupy their legacy in the collective quest for liberation.
The Ellipsis Institute is sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the ACES+ Distinguished Lectureship program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Space is limited, so those interested should register by Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m.