31st Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women

The conference will host 47 research presentations by 80 presenters from around the world.

Texas Tech University will host the 31st Annual Conference on Women in Higher Education: “Framing a New Narrative: Intersecting Gender and Sexuality” Thursday (April 16) through Saturday (April 18).

This year's conference will host 47 research presentations by 80 presenters from the program's nationwide call for proposals to help promote academic research. Presenters come from members of Texas Tech University and Angelo State University with additional presenters from Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nigeria and Tunisia.

The conference will kick off with a free performance of “Ordinary Wars” at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 16) in the Firehouse Theatre of the Louise H. Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Mac Davis Lane. “Ordinary Wars” is a presentation of social science data through dance featuring Flatlands Dance Theatre.

The conference will continue at 8:30 a.m. Friday (April 17) and Saturday (April 18) with check-in and a complementary continental breakfast on the upper level of the Student Union Building. Speakers for Friday include:

  • Loretta Ross, women's rights and human rights leader: Ross is an expert on women's issues, racism and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. She will speak about reproductive justice at 1 p.m. in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building.
  • Laci Green, sex education activist and founder of “Sex Plus” on YouTube: Green will present “Taking Down Rape Culture” at 6 p.m. in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building.

The Women's Studies Scholarship Award luncheon will take place at noon Friday (April 17) in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. Registration is $25 for students and $35 for non-students. Students and all guests wishing to attend sessions and guest speaker talks but not the luncheon can do so for free. Check in at the registration table to register.

Speakers for Saturday include:

  • Pamelya Herndon, executive director of Southwest Women's Law Center, New Mexico: Herndon is a former deputy cabinet secretary and general counsel in the New Mexico State Government. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Herndon will speak at 1 p.m. in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building.

Registration for the conference is available online, in person or by phone. A completed form and payment (checks only) should be submitted to Texas Tech University, Women's Studies Program, Attn: Conference Registration, Box 42009, Lubbock, Texas, 79409-2009.

Visitors without a Texas Tech parking sticker can find parking information by entering from the 15th Street and University Avenue entrance to campus. The traffic kiosk attendant will give directions to the Student Union Building and nearest visitor parking location.

For more information, the complete conference schedule and the registration form click here.


Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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