5th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 2-3, 2017 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia

Conference Final Program

Download a PDF of the final program: FWCA_FinalProgram.pdf (8.2MB)

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Download a detailed agenda: fwca-agenda.pdf (updated 3/6/2017)

Sunday, April 2
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration
Posters on display throughout the day
Noon-12:30 p.m. Opening remarks and lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote: Melissa Harris-Perry
1:30-2 p.m. Q&A
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-5:30 p.m. Faculty Workshop: Mentoring 101 with Joy Gaston Gayles
2:15-3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Administrative, Graduate, Undergraduate Tracks
3:45-4 p.m. Break
4-5:30 p.m. Administrative, Graduate, Undergraduate Tracks
5:30-6:30 p.m. Poster Exhibit + Networking
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Celebration of the Life of Zenobia Lawrence Hikes & presentation of the inaugural Zenobia Hikes Faculty Woman of Color award
7:25 p.m. Performance by Soulstice
7:30 p.m. Keynote: Nikki Giovanni
8:30 p.m. Adjourn for the evening
Monday, April 3
7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Poster Exhibits + Networking
7:30-8:30 a.m. Optional Disciplinary Circles
8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning Remarks: Marisela Rosas Hemphill
9 a.m.-Noon Multicultural Career Expo for Undergraduates
9 a.m.-Noon Mentoring 101 Workshop: Graduate Students
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduate Workshop: Mentoring 101 with Joy Gaston Gayles
9-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: Administrative, Faculty tracks
10:30-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Administrative, Faculty tracks
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Keynote: Henrietta Mann

Administrative track sessions:

The Duality of Race and Gender for Women of Color: I’m not Crazy Club
Ardella Dailey, California State University, East Bay

How to Plan Effective, Exciting, and Successful Events and Programs
Laurie Brogdon, Virginia Tech

Mentoring Across Differences for Female Chief Diversity Officers
Venessa Brown, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Mentoring Women of Color in the Academy
Kimberly Smith and Karen Eley Sanders, Virginia Tech

Navigating the Politics of Identity as a Woman of Color in the Academy
Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez, Virginia Tech

Recognizing What Limits Us: An Open Discussion on How to Recognize and Overcome Personal Bias
Karena Heyward, Lynchburg College, Walden University

Revolutionizing the Diversity and Inclusion Paradigm: Lessons from Fannie Lou Hamer
Karen Crozier, Fresno Pacific University

WE SAY OUR NAMES and Break Contracts with Race Based Trauma! Neuroscience, Mindfulness & Yoga for Women of Color in the Academy
Lacretia Dye, Western Kentucky University

Faculty track sessions:

Front Streeting: Lessons About Saying Her Name with Grace
Chelda Smith Kondo, Georgia Southern University

How to Avoid the Service Trap
Maisha Akbar, Fort Valley State University

Spirit Murder within the Academy: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Healing
Theodora Berry, University of Texas-San Antonio

We Are A Circle of Women Engaged in Courageous Conversations about Our Struggles and Successes within the Academy
Andrew Ann Lee, Fort Valley State University

Graduate track sessions:

Are We There Yet? How to Estimate Writing Times, Meet Your Deadlines & Get More Satisfaction from Your Work
Michelle Boyd, Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats

Career Options Along the Academic Spectrum: Putting Your Advanced Degree to Work on Your Own Terms
Celina Chatman Nelson and Tamara Johnson, University of Chicago

Stand and Deliver: Giving a Highly Competitive Job Talk
Regina Dixon-Reeves, University of Chicago

Thriving in a Strange Land: Facing Change, Forging Relationships, Fashioning Trust
Geneace Williams, Benedictine University and OLW Communications

Undergraduate track sessions:

Discourse about the Impact of Colorism on the Perception of Beauty, Self-Worth, and Value in Women of Color
Carrie Williams and Mary Stamps, Northern Illinois University

Don’t Touch My Hair: Self-Care and Self-Awareness as a Woman of Color within Institutions of Higher Education
Kimberly S. Springer, University of Michigan

Preparing to Become a Leader in the Workplace: 7 Strategies for Success
Tamara Cherry-Clarke, Virginia Tech

Stepping Forward!
Pamela Manning, McKendree University


Addressing Mental Health Disparities: Scholars Committed to Opportunities in Psychological Education (SCOPE)
Apryl Alexander, University of Denver

An Examination of Counselor Education African American Women Graduate Students Experiences in a Campus Based Relational Cultural Affinity Group
Natoya Haskins, William and Mary

Black Women in the Academy Surviving Moral Injury and Stress Related Accelerated Aging
Joanne Braxton, William and Mary, and Kecia Lurie Ellick, University of Maryland

Measuring Anxiety to Intervene for Women: Exploring a Promising New Anxiety Measure
Danielle Beysolow, Temple University

Multiracial and Biracial Identity Construction Case Study
Victoria DiMartile, Centre College

The Success of Latinas in the California State University System
Sienna Abdulahad, Virginia Tech

Wellness Factors Related to the Success of Minority Female Faculty in Counselor Education Programs
Ann Shillingford, University of Central Florida


Deloitte, The PhD Project, and the National Academic Advising Association.

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