The inaugural Faculty Women of Color in the AcademyÂ (FWCA) Conference, April 3-5, 2013, will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year’s conference will focus on Issues of Politics and Scholarship, featuring prominent keynotes and panelists.
The conference 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. Other speakers include Frances Aparicio, Mari Castaneda, Isabel Molina-Guzman.
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.