Workshops

  • Breakout Session 1 (11:15 am-12:15pm)
    • “Building a Toolkit for Empowerment” with Sonia Travaglini. UC Berkeley (Wheeler Hall Room 200)
      • Everyone has a right to a workplace and life free of discrimination and prejudice – how do we voice these rights? Several common work-related situations where discrimination or prejudice may be masked, will be explored using discussions to help participants identify and consider their experiences, the context, and how these can be used to create positive change. Role-play exercises will practice handling difficult situations, finding professionalism, and constructive communication. The workshop is designed to develop a ‘toolkit’ of knowledge, strategies and phrases, to build a practical path to empower you one day at a time, at work, in meetings, and in life.
    • “DJ Female Workshop 1” with Champagne Hughes & Mack Misstress (Outside on Wheeler Patio)
      • Before Mack Mistress performs during lunch, come learn how to spin records from her and DJ Champagne! Gain hands-on training in mixing on turn-tables and explore what its like to be a woman in the DJ industry.
    • “Gender and Electrification: Male Bias in Development and Engineering” with Alexandra McGee (Wheeler Hall Room 210)
      • Small-scale renewable energy for rural electrification in Nicaragua, I expect to present on the different barriers for women participating in development projects pertaining to electricity. Areas of discussion pertain to gender and power dynamics within: Academia; e.g., sciences, Development, Renewable Energy, Nicaragua.
    • “Healing With Green Smoothie” with Dr. Mariza Snyder and Candace Archuleta, Green Smoothie Girl and doTERRA (Wheeler Hall Room 121)
      • This workshop aims to educate people about reclaiming control of their physical and emotional health through diet. When our body does not get the proper nutrition, physical and emotional healing can be delayed or impeded all together. By reclaiming physical health, we rejuvenate our strength in overcoming societal obstacles. We will discuss nutritional facts, dietary needs, and review a wellness pyramid; including a discussion about diet, exercise, stress management, toxic load, sleep and self-care. We will provide additional reading materials.
    • “How the Media, Pornography and Pimp Culture Perpetuate Child Sex Trafficking” with Maia Sciupac, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Program (Wheeler Hall Room 122)
      • This workshop will illustrate how images of sexual violence against women through various forms of media and pop culture, contribute to child sex trafficking, normalization, and objectification of women and girls. Areas of discussion may include having the audience analyze and think about their own media consumption, and what they can do moving forward to be actors of change.
    • “How to Have Comfortable Conversations on the Controversial” with Quynh-Anh Mai, MS, Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland (Wheeler Hall Room 110)
      • This workshop will enable women to overcome their fear of communicating their concerns and needs to the public healthcare system, especially in the face or aftermath of violence. This presentation will seek to improve audience members view of and relationship to medical professionals.
    • “IN-VISION: Ending Violence Against Women and Children and Promoting Healing Through Digital Storytelling” with Monica Anderson aka Kin Folkz (Wheeler Hall Room 213)
      • This workshop’s objective is to produce digital stories that address domestic violence and promote healing by giving women a way to voice their truths and envision their futures.
    • “Reclaiming Our Voices: Healing through Digital Storytelling” with Heidi T. Tuason, MPH, UCLA Community Health Sciences Department / Filipino American Graduate Student Association (Wheeler Hall Room 123)
      • This workshop will screen short digital stories made about various women’s experiences of domestic violence and sexual violence. There will be a discussion about the process of healing that happens through reclaiming their voices through the digital storytelling process. Interactive activities with poster paper, post-its, pictures, and markers will draw out people’s feelings and memories about their own experiences with sexual or domestic violence (and of other women’s), and participants will be invited to create a piece that tells a story of a woman they know. They will then be invited to share their piece and participate in a facilitated talkstory circle.
    • “‘Success,’ Separation & Silence” with Terria Smith, Xaltiska Multimedia (Wheeler Hall Room 220)
      • The workshop will focus on illustrating how the pursuit of educational and professional achievement can work to feed alienation in people of color who have survived economic, domestic and sexual violence.
    • “The Motherline: An Exploration Into Healing Female Lineage Trauma”* with Regina Lynne Wallace (Wheeler Hall Room 106)
      • This workshop is designed to explore, articulate, and define a person’s mother line. We begin by excavating the obscure traits, gifts, and talents of her lineage, while naming the wounding, trauma, and violation that also exists. During this workshop we will research events that influenced the lives of women in our bloodlines using a familial, cultural, historical, political, socio-economic, and eco-social lenses. Using art, poetry, voice, movement, and technology, we encourage participants to map their experiences, memories, and encounters. Drawing from their storage of experiences, we will conclude by creating a rites of passage ritual for reclamation and healing.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • “Writing Back! The Possibilities of Creative Writing in Combating and Condemning Violence”* with Tria Andrews and Katie Keliiaa (Wheeler Hall Room 130)
      • This workshop considers the power of creative writing as a tool to combat and condemn violence. We will use the violence that is disproportionately directed against Native American women as grounds for our discussion and to develop a creative writing workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to write and share their own creative pieces prepared in the workshop.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
  • Breakout Workshop Sessions #2 (1:45pm-2:45pm)
    • “Busting the Mold: Using Unconventional Techniques in Writing to Empower Our Storytelling” with Nicole Goodwin (Wheeler Hall Room 213)
      • We challenge you to re-imagine the grammatical and syntax structure of different forms of narrative writings as Women/Womyn of Color. This workshop will utilize the combination of languages and dialects with that of the English language (i.e. “Spanglish” or “Ebonics”) in written and spoken experimentation with rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration.
    • Can’t Take Away Our Shine: Youth of Color and Recovering from Trauma”* with Markeeta Parker, Arthur Renowitzky, and Brianna Williams of P.E.E.R.S. (Wheeler Hall Room 122)
      • This workshop will include a film screening of the documentary Shine, which follows three Bay Area youth who are overcoming mental health challenges caused by traumatic events in their lives. In this workshop the cast of Shine will discuss their personal experiences of trauma, mental health recovery and how they are building movements of non-violence and mental health awareness for youth.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • “DJ Female Workshop 2” with Angela DeCastro & Mellanique Robicheaux (DJ Issa + Black) (Wheeler Hall Auditorium)
    • “Drumming as the Movement”* with Nkeiruka Oruche and Sarah Norr (Wheeler Hall Room 121)
      • This workshop aims to use drumming as a tool to heal, speak out, and make change. You’ll get a chance to try different drums and percussion instruments inspired by music from the contemporary African Diaspora (such as Samba reggae, Afro-beat, Latin, funk, Hip hop and New Orleans Second Line). This is a multi-level class; beginners and experienced musicians alike, are enthusiastically welcome.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • From a Victim to a Thriving Survivor: Learning How to Revive the Soul” with Aqueila M. Lewis (Wheeler Hall Room 200)
      • This workshop will provide a glimpse into the life of performer/artist Aqueila M Lewis. She will share her story of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, and how it affected her into adulthood. Video clips will be shown of ‘You and Me and the Fruit Trees’, a character driven documentary that follows Aqueila and three other participants as they untangle the intergenerational forces that tainted their lives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share some of their experiences and learn how to rewrite their stories by finding positive and powerful outlets within their community.
    • “Living Off Tips: Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry”* with Rhina Ramos of Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (Wheeler Hall Room 210)
      • This workshop will describe the conditions faced by the more than 5 million women in the U.S. restaurant industry, many of who live off tips. As the first job for most young women in America, the restaurant industry is indoctrinating millions of young women annually into a world of work in which they may be paid, treated, and talked to in inappropriate ways. Several cities in the Bay Area, including Berkeley, are considering exempting tipped workers from current minimum wage increase legislation. This workshop will describe how local women of color can get involved to support a national movement of women in this industry.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • “Muslim Womyn, Not As Seen On TV” with Inas Hyatt and Sumayyah Din (Wheeler Hall Room 220)
      • This workshop will provide an examination of the verbal/psychological/physical violence that has been inflicted on the Muslim Womyn, as well as discuss a cultural/religious past in which Muslim Womyn took part in scholarship and were at the forefront of religious debates. This workshop will explore how colonization and patriarchy interrupted female scholarship and redefined the hijab as a tool of oppression, rather than a tool against oppression. The workshop will conclude in a discussion of how Muslim Womyn can find means to empower themselves, and how to become an ally to Muslim Womyn.
    • My Pain, My Pleasure, My Voice: Women of Color Reclaiming Pleasure and Redefining Sexuality After Sexual Trauma”* with Kelechi Ubozoh of P.E.E.R.S. (Wheeler Hall Room 110)
      • It is crucial for women of color to have a space to explore reclaiming our bodies after the trauma, ensuring our right to pleasure and happiness. This workshop will discuss the wellness benefits that come with intimacy, sexually empowering works of art and books by African Americans. We’ll explore reflective activities that can inspire you to embrace your body and speak up for your sexual wellness.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • “Panza Awareness: Connecting Mind, Body, Spirit Through Your Tummy” with Sonia Hart (Wheeler Hall Room 101)
      • This workshop is intended to be an exercise in building awareness about the knowledge embodied in every person’s panza (Spanish for stomach, tummy, or belly). Workshop participants are invited to practice compassion toward their stomachs, and to reflect, write, or draw about their relationship with their stomachs. The workshop will include a special discussion on alternative healing options for stomach concerns, recipes for teas, and general stomach care.
    • “Self-Portraits of Strength”* with Olivia and Margarita Muñoz (Wheeler Hall Room 123)
      • The objective of this workshop is to build a community art project.  Attendees will be able to work from a template to create a self-portrait of strength – reflecting on their wounded selves and creating their image in healing. Self-portraits will accumulate on an altar as a way to transcend violence in community.
      • *This workshop will be repeated in the following breakout session in the same room.
    • “The Motherline: An Exploration Into Healing Female Lineage Trauma” with Regina Lynne Wallace (Wheeler Hall Room 106)
      • See description in Workshop Session #1.
    • “Writing Back! The Possibilities of Creative Writing in Combating and Condemning Violence” with Tria Andrews and Katie Keliiaa (Wheeler Hall Room 130)
      • See description in Workshop Session #1.
  • Breakout Workshop Sessions #3 (3pm-4pm)
    • Can’t Take Away Our Shine: Youth of Color and Recovering from Trauma” with Markeeta Parker, Arthur Renowitzky, and Brianna Williams of P.E.E.R.S. (Wheeler Hall Room 122)
      • See description in Workshop Session #2.
    • “Dancing for Life” with Nkeiruka Oruche & D-Fuse (Wheeler Hall Room 106)
      • Come learn Afro-Urban/Afro-pop in a fun, high-energy, and rhythmic dance class with the latest moves from across the African Diaspora. Learn to ‘let it all out’ using your body, voice, and attitude,e as we highlight the latest moves from the streets! Genres include Afrobeat from Nigeria, Azonto from Ghana, Soukous&Ndombolo from the Congo and Cameroon, Coupe Decale form the Ivory Coast, Dancehall and Soca from Jamaica and Trinida&Tobago, and of cource, Hip Hop from the United States.
    • “Drumming as the Movement” with Nkeiruka Oruche and Sarah Norr (Wheeler Hall Room 121)
      • See description in Workshop Session #2.
    • “Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery and Violence: Goddess Meditation for Women and Girls” with Vylma Ortiz (Wheeler Hall Room 130)
      • This workshop is intended to introduce women and girls to mediation through goddess terminology and iconography. Participants will be given a brief overview of the history and oppression of the goddess in popular culture, while learning how female archetypes remain an important part of a healthy woman’s mind and development. This workshop will also feature a guided mediation, and consultation on the practical use of mediation in ones’ life.
    • “Emotional Healing with Plant and Herbal Medicine” with Angela Aguilar (Wheeler Room 213)
      • Our bodies hold emotions and memories in different spaces within the body. In this workshop, facilitators will demonstrate how to use plants, flowers, and herbal medicine to move emotions through and out of our bodies to facilitate healing. This modality is especially effective in healing from traumatic events and blocked energy.
    • “From Anger Into Action” with Yania Escobar of Bay Area Doula Project (Wheeler Hall Room 101)
      • This workshop will use creative movement, writing, theater games, and mindfulness practices to facilitate the establishment of a community. The women of this community will gain the skills necessary to channel their thoughts and emotions into social change. We will use movement to both to create art, and explore the basis of our struggles, thus fueling our revolution.
    • “From Seeds of Violence to Flowering of Power” with Kelly Carlisle of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (Wheeler Hall Room 220)
      • Women all over the world are returning to the land to grow fruits and vegetables as a means of healing. Wounds from childhood and adulthood violence can be dressed by to tending seeds and reconnecting with the Earth. This workshop will explore how farming and gardening can be used to deal with the depression and shame, which can be brought on by physical, sexual, mental, and spiritual violence.
    • “Living Off Tips: Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry” with Rhina Ramos of Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (Wheeler Hall Room 210)
      • See description in Workshop Session #2.
    • My Pain, My Pleasure, My Voice: Women of Color Reclaiming Pleasure and Redefining Sexuality After Sexual Trauma” with Kelechi Ubozoh of P.E.E.R.S. (Wheeler Hall Room 110)
      • See description in Workshop Session #2.
    • “Self-Portraits of Strength” with Olivia and Margarita Muñoz (Wheeler Hall Room 123)
      • See description in Workshop Session #2.
    • “Women and An Afro-Brazilian Martial Art: Challenging and Transforming Violence” with Andrea Cintron (Contra-Mestre), Deepa Iyer, Rosesharon Oates, Ugo Edu, ICAF Oakland (Wheeler Room 200)
      • Our workshop will introduce participants to Capoeira Angola through an exploration of the ways that women within the tradition have and continue to confront and women and the possibilities for this work through Capoeira Angola. address violence against women. We will take the participants through a brief and abbreviated history of powerful and influential women of color in the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Capoeira Angola (via powerpoint). At that point, an internationally acclaimed leader, CM Andrea Cintron, will talk about her trajectory and work within the tradition and addressing violence against.