Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Hosting 32nd Annual Conference for the Advancement of Women

K'Leigh Sims

March 16, 2016

The two-day conference, hosted by the Women’s Studies Program, will feature a film screening, research presentations and special guest speakers.

Charlotte Dunham

For its 32nd year, Texas Tech University's Women's Studies Program will host its annual All University Conference on the Advancement of Women, which was first held in 1984.

This year's theme is "Contesting Multiple Margins: From Local to Global and Back Again."

The conference began as a small, in-house event but has now grown exponentially, attracting attendees from colleges and universities from the region, nation and internationally. Keynote speakers in the past included Gloria Steineim, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer; Yanar Mohammed, prominent Iraqi feminist; Paula Gunn Allen, Native American poet, literary critic, activist and novelist; and Winona LaDuke, American activist, environmentalist, economist and writer.

The annual conference will begin with a free, one-night-only screening of "Get Together Girls" at 6 p.m. April 14 at the Alamo Drafthouse, located at 120 W. Loop 289. "Get Together Girls" is an award-winning documentary about the community project that has transformed the lives of a group of Kenyan girls. Director Vanessa Crocini will be available for a discussion following the film.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 15, the conference will continue with check-in and a continental breakfast on the upper level of the Student Union Building. Concurrent sessions will be conducted throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special guest speakers for the day include:

  • Manisha Desai, associate professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of Connecticut: Desai's research and teaching interests include gender and globalization/development, transnational feminism and contemporary Indian society. She will speak at 10 a.m. in the Matador Room in the Student Union Building.
  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director: Hessler-Radelet has led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the Peace Corps to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She will speak at 1 p.m. in the Matador Room.
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Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be one of the keynote speakers for the conference.

"We are honored this year to have the director of the Peace Corps as our keynote," said Charlotte Dunham, director of the Women's Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. "She is a role model for our students for ways to serve the global community and we are excited she has agreed to come to Texas Tech."

Women's Studies also will host a scholarship awards luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. and will recognize the 2016-17 Women's Studies Scholarship Awards recipients in the Matador Room. Pre-registration is required to attend the luncheon.

Registration information

The conference is free for all to attend and participants can register online, in person or by phone at (806) 742-4335.

To attend the luncheon, registrants must complete the form and pay the luncheon fee. The price to attend is $15 for students and $25 for non-students (checks only).

Checks should be submitted to Texas Tech University, Women's Studies Program, Attn: Conference Registration, Box 42009, Lubbock, Texas, 79409-2009.

Prices to register for the luncheon will increase after April 1.

The Women's Studies Program has registration assistance awards available for 10 students wishing to attend the luncheon for free. Deadline for applicants is April 13.


Visitors without a Texas Tech parking sticker can find parking information by entering from the 15th Street/University Avenue entrance to the campus. Visitor parking will be available near the Student Union Building.

For more information about the conference, including the conference program, schedule and registration form, visit the Women's Studies website or download the Guidebook app to start planning your schedule online.