Friday, January 21, 2011

UO Women of Color Conference!

A message form a the WOmen of Color COnference, a traditional under-represented and marginalized community- who is making an educational stand today and tomorrow. Check out the lineup below. Should be great!

For Full schedule at the web address below:


Hello everyone,

I would like to officially welcome everyone to the 8th Annual Women of
Color Conference. This year's theme is "Our New Year's Resolution:
Ending Oppression Through Expression!" and we are very excited to have a
variety of wonderful speakers and workshops. The University of Oregon
and the community have been incredibly supportive throughout the
planning and preparation, and I recognize all the hard work the Women's
Center staff has put into this event. Finally, a warm recognition for
the absolutely AMAZING Andrea Valderrama for her vision and for making
this conference a reality. It has been 5 years since we have hosted a
conference of this caliber and we are ready to celebrate!

As you can see from the attached program, we have over 24 workshops;
from meditation to collage making to discussions exploring the politics
of oppression and liberation. On Friday, participants will enjoy
performances by the UO Gospel Choir and Yellow Rage
( [1]). Saturday will include additional
workshops, a lunch hour dance performance by Phenomenon Dance Company, a
community engagement mural with Favianna ( [2])
that will be permanently housed in the City of Eugene's Peterson Barn
and our closing keynote with Dr. Angela Davis
( [3]).
We will eat spectacular meals provided by Plaza Latina and Evergreen
Indian Cuisine.

In the past month over 300 people have registered for the conference! UO
MEChA is bringing people from all over the Northwest, we have people
coming from nearby Corvallis, distant New York, and many places in
between. Students from the 4J and Bethel districts will be joining us,
community members, Women's Center graduates, Lane Community College
students, board members from the Red Lodge Prison transitions program
and Oak Creek correctional facility alike.

In order to make this conference possible, we have over 40 staff and
volunteers working around the clock on details ranging from room and
tech logistics to visual design graphics and public relations to
assembling conference packets.
So! Please help us make the next two days a huge success by joining us
this Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, 2011 for the 8th annual Women
of Color Conference!


Brandy Ota
Director, ASUO Women's Center

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