The inaugural Women of Color in the Academy (WCA) Conference will be held on April 3-5, 2013, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. TheÂ conference will focus on Issues of Politics and Scholarship, and will feature keynotes by Professor bell hooks; Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise; President MarÃa HernÃ¡ndez Ferrier; and Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall.
In addition, moderated panels featuring Vice President and Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise, President Nancy â€œRustyâ€ BarcelÃ³, and President Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, along with women faculty of color panelists from national institutions of higher education. Conference topics include Research on Women of Color in the Academy; Women of Color and Promotions: Strategies for Success; Interdisciplinary Medicine and Health; and the Economics of Being a Faculty Woman of Color: Being Prepared and Planning Ahead. The conference will launch with poster sessions and featured presentations, as well as an evening Welcome Reception. All three conference days will include social events, such as networking receptions, an Exhibitors Hall, and musical performances.
More info at conference website here
–submitted by Mariana G. Martinez