CONFERENCE OVERVIEW CONNECT, DISCOVER, EMPOWER: Finding Strength and Unity Through Diversity
The mission of the Office of Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education, and its affiliated state networks is to:
- IDENTIFY women leaders.
- DEVELOP their leadership abilities.
- ENCOURAGE the use of those abilities.
- ADVANCE women's careers.
- LINK them to other women and mentors.
- SUPPORT women in mid- and executive-level positions throughout their careers.
4th Women of Color Conference
Connect, discover, empower: Finding strength and unity through diversity
This year's theme encourages open dialogue about ethnic diversity, gender, and higher education by focusing on the wide range of contexts within which women exist. The conference will CONNECT women from across the state to explore commonalities and differences in order to develop practical tools to enhance our everyday lives. In doing so, participants will DISCOVER the opportunities and challenges that come with the intersection of race and gender while gaining an understanding of the perspective of women of color. The network hopes to promote an environment of learning that will EMPOWER women of multiple identities to accomplish their goals and succeed in the workplace.
The Virginia Network was founded in 1977, one of the original state networks formed by the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education. The Network has been actively engaged in advancing women’s careers in higher education for more than 30 years. The major activities of the Virginia Network are coordinated by a volunteer statewide Executive Board, drawn from public and private, two- and four-year institutions. Each year the Virginia Network sponsors a statewide conference serving women in a wide range of roles in higher education, including graduate students. The Network has been particularly interested in identifying and developing the careers of women from diverse backgrounds and three times has focused the annual conference on critical issues for women of color. Hundreds of women have participated in the award-winning, year-long Senior Leadership Seminar, which provides special opportunities for professional development and connection among a cohort of mid to senior level participants. In recent years, a special program has been offered to women at the executive level. The Network maintains a website (http://www.ace.prov.vt.edu), listservs, and distributes a periodic electronic newsletter. The organization also advances the IDEALS in the mission statement through the involvement and initiative of Institutional Representatives at 70 colleges and universities throughout the state.
Come join us - the conference is open to all! You will have opportunities to meet and celebrate outstanding women, to share strategies and concerns, and to help women of all backgrounds become more effective leaders. Graduate students and faculty members with interest in administration are encouraged to attend.
For more information about this conference, please contact the conference chair: