2014 EWOCC Evaluation

2014 EWOCC Evaluation

In order to keep improving EWOCC, we have created a very short evaluation survey to get feedback from our attendees on what you think worked well and what you think could use improvement. Your voices matter to us! Please take 5 minutes to fill out our survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ogIBjrLR5dcGRYvtjYsTB3yxaxFNxCwobKyhbWvBKoM/viewform. If you’d like to be part of the 30th Annual EWOCC Planning Committee or have suggestions for keynote speakers, logo artists, entertainers, workshop leaders, or panelists, feel free to contact us at ewocc-ga@berkeley.edu!

Thank you!

Thank you!

We, the 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference Planning Committee, would like to thank you all so much for attending #EWOCC yesterday! We look forward to learning, healing, dancing, and dialoguing with you for many more years to come!



Check out today’s featured performer, Mack Misstress, who will be DJ’ing for #EWOCC on SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014!

Born in the Bay Area, Mack Misstress has been in the spotlight since the age of nine, performing in various plays and talent shows all over the San Francisco Bay. On the stage with a mic in her hand showcasing her fiery delivery and rapid freestyle, has long been her favorite pastime.

Armed with lyrical skills, great stage presence and a fresh vibe that attracts the masses, Mack Misstress is on her way to becoming a worldwide favorite. Her music blends R&B, Hip Hop and that contagious party track sound. She has now moved her skills into the realm of DJ where she has enhanced her musical skills and has been “wowing” her fans old and new with new innovative styles on the turntables. For find out more visit, http://www.reverbnation/mackmisstress


Highlight: Keynote Speaker Loretta J. Ross


Keynote speaker Loretta Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012, a network founded in 1997 of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Ms. Ross is an expert on women’s issues, hate groups, racism and intolerance, human rights, and violence against women. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.

Ross has appeared on CNN, BET, “Lead Story,” “Good Morning America,” “The Donahue Show,” “Democracy Now,” and “The Charlie Rose Show. She is a member of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices. She is a co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, written with Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, and Elena Gutiérrez, and published by South End Press in 2004 (awarded the Myers Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and author of “The Color of Choice” chapter in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence published in 2006. She has also written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism.

Loretta is a rape survivor, was forced to raise a child born of incest, and she is also a survivor of sterilization abuse. She is a model of how to survive and thrive despite the traumas that disproportionately affect low-income women of color. She serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection which also contains her personal archives. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.

Call for Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers for #EWOCC2014! In exchange for your volunteer time, you will receive free admission to the conference, lunch and a t-shirt! Please contact our Volunteer Chair, Leila Carranza for more information and to apply! (ewoccvolunteers@gmail.com)

Thank you!

We have officially selected the performers for the 2014 EWOCC! Thank you to all those who applied. We had an overwhelming number of applicants this year and are excitedly thinking about how we can incorporate those we will not be seeing this year into next year’s EWOCC. We will be doing press releases on who we selected for the 2014 EWOCC soon. They’re an amazing and diverse group we are excited to watch with you all on March 15th!

Announcing the All-Conference Panel!

What are the sources of love that sustain us when the work to which we are committed requires so much from us?  How do we stay inspired and resilient? This panel will feature several women who are engaged in meaningful work that aims to change lives.  Come and hear these women generously share their stories as we imagine how working collaboratively can advance our common interests. Come ready with questions for this amazing group of women! Check out their bios below.

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Tongan American community organizer, scholar and
artist  is National Chair of the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Civil
Rights Commission . She is also co-facilitator of the Pacific Islander
men’s group at Solano Prison and a PhD Candidate at the University of
California, Berkeley.

Tarika Lewis

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Visual and performing artist Tarika is often referred to as a “Renaissance Women” and
Jimi Hendrix on electric violin. She teaches visual arts within the public and charter
schools bringing an extensive professional background in illustrating greeting cards,
posters, book illustration, banners, architectural and stage design. Tarika is currently
designing an original product line for “Kimmies’s Kitchen” TV program, “Drawing
with Tarika” field trips for young and seasoned artist, and Strings of Soul Violin
classes. Tarika performs with ‘The Journey’ with Tacuma King and Val Serrant, ‘AMA
EVOLUTION’ rock band, the Bobby Young Project Blues Band and Strings of a Nubian
Groove. Tarika toured nationally and internationally with alto saxophonist John Handy
with Class, recorded with India Arie, videos with Xzibit and performed at the Millions
More March in Washington D.C. just to name a few. She also consulted and appears
in Melvin and Mario Van Peeble’s film PANTHER. Tarika Lewis is a graduate of the
Academy of Art University and Cal State Eastbay Hayward.

Raquel Jimenez

Through my experience growing up in Oakland, I have a deep passionate commitment to achieving unity, social justice, and self-determination for all peoples.  My goal is to advance racial justice in education by advancing student, parent, and community voice and power both inside and outside of the institution.  My work is grounded in my own learning and healing to become a better parent and teacher in service of my community. I currently serve as the coordinator for Family and Community Engagement in the new Family, Schools, and Community Partnerships Department, establishing support structures for student, family, and community engagement. I graduated from UC Berkeley in Chicano Studies in 1997, and completed graduate work at UCLA in 2002, receiving a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies in Education.



Arianna Morales recently graduated with her Master of Arts degree from the School of Education at UC Berkeley, and currently works as the program manager of the East Bay College Access Network for the Marcus Foster Education Fund in Oakland, CA. This is her first year on the EWOCC planning committee, and will not be her last! She grew up surrounded by a family of artists in Half Moon Bay, CA, and is always inspired and humbled by the work of women across the world to question the status quo and create new spaces of hope for each other.


EWOCC is proud to welcome spoken word artist Jazz Hudson as one of our performers!

Jazz Hudson has been rocking East Bay mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer’s workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to “curb that mouth of hers” — she has performed everywhere from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the Philippines and national stages, often with her son Nassor at her side.

Her work has appeared before Saul Williams, Angela Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Mos Def, Susan Taylor, Michael Eric Dyson and in high school classrooms all over the SF Bay Area. Jazz has also shared her work in social justice arenas such as rallies for Oscar Grant, Black August events, and Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase. She is also a former Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Finalist.

In 2011, she self-published her first chapbook, “Small Minds Say Small Things“ and working on her 2nd book a Memoir entitled “Defining Moments”. She currently works as an arts educator in Oakland, CA.


Register for EWOCC!


Online registration ends March 12.

On-site registration will be available on the day of the conference beginning at 8:30am at UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall. For on-site Registration, we will be taking cash, money order, or institutional checks. We will NOT be taking credit card or personal checks.

Be sure to register early!


General Public/Non-UCB Student
$20/person, $15/student
General Registration

UC Berkeley Students
fee waived
Student Registration

Students and general public can apply for a scholarship. The scholarship  not only waives the required registration fee, but also includes lunch and access to all of the day’s events. Only 25 scholarships are available. The EWOCC committee will select scholarship winners and notify them no later than March 12th, 2013 . To apply, email ewocc@ga.berkeley.edu (include a short bio and why you are applying for a scholarship to EWOCC by Sunday, March 10th).


For Groups of 10 or more.
One day: $10/person
Group Registration

*GROUP REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE. There is no on-site group registration. Groups can only pay with cashier’s checks of institutional checks.


For registration questions, please email register.ewocc@gmail.com

For disability accommodation requests and information please visit http://access.berkeley.edu. Contact ewocc@ga.berkeley.edu in order to receive disability accommodations.