Texas Women in Higher Education to Hold Regional Conference

The second annual conference will address issues of gender equity and the university.

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro

The Office of the President will host more than 125 professionals at the Texas Women in Higher Education regional conference at 9 a.m. Friday (Feb. 3).  The conference will be held in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center and consist of a keynote session and two breakout sessions with four panels.

“Last year, we held the conference with panels of more traditional academic presentations,” said Aliza Wong, associate dean of the Texas Tech Honors College and associate professor of history. “This year, we decided to offer a workshop format that will allow participants to more fully engage, network and problem-solve with one another.”

Elizabeth Sharp

Elizabeth Sharp

Keynote speakers include Genevieve Durham-DeCesaro and Elizabeth Sharp. The keynote, “Moving Targets: The EXTRA|ORDINARY Landscape of Women in the Academy,” will be a unique presentation featuring a dance performance in conjunction with the talk.

Breakout sessions will be at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Panel topics will include “Livin’ the Dream (and making the future happen)”; “Techniques for Navigating Academia and the Workplace”; “Up, Up & Away: How Far We Can Go When We Fly Together”; and “Waiting for the Punchline: Sexist Jokes, Dirty Ditties, and Managing the Work Environment.”

Other presenters include:

About the Speakers
Durham-DeCesaro is vice provost for Academic Affairs and an associate professor of Dance at Texas Tech. She holds an elected directorship of the South-Central Region of the National Board of the American College Dance Association.

Sharp serves as the chair of the President’s Gender and Equity Council. She is an associate professor and associate chair of Human Development and Family Studies and an affiliate faculty member of Women’s Studies at Texas Tech.


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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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