Your 2016 EWOCC Keynote Speaker is Feminista Jones!

We’re proud to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Feminista Jones of FeministaJones.com

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Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, lecturer, and community activist from New York City. She is an award-winning blogger and author of the popular erotic thriller, Push The Button.  With a focus on women’s health and well-being, specifically in areas of mental and sexual health, she is currently the Love & Sex section editor at BlogHer.com and former sex columnist at Ebony.com.

Feminista has been featured in several online publications, notably as a contributor to Salon.com and TIME.com, and she has been syndicated in TheRoot.com and TheGriot.com. For two years, she hosted a sex-positive feminist podcast called This Week In Blackness: After Dark, which discussed topics related to sex and sexuality, race, and feminism.

As a public speaker, lecturer, and social commentary expert, Feminista has been regularly featured on Huffingpost Live, has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and the Exhale Show, and her work has been featured on C-SPAN and MSNBC. In 2013, Feminista was selected as a United Nations Foundation Fellow for her dynamic social media influence. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism. Feminista has presented at various conferences at universities and, in 2014,  she was honored as one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Feminista is also a mom, a mentor to young girls, and vocal advocate for the homeless.

Updates Coming Soon

This year’s conference is taking place on April 9th in Wheeler Hall.

Your 31st Empowering Women of Color Conference staff is working hard to bring you the latest updates about the conference. By the end of the month, we’ll share our keynote speaker and workshop offerings with everyone. We’re super excited and look forward to sharing everything we’ve planned for you all!

Be sure to check here and on our Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Talk to you soon!

Call for workshops

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We’re looking for workshops for the 2016 Empowering Woman of Color Conference. What’s a workshop that you’d like to organize at this year’s conference? Let us know by filling out the application here.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

We’re under construction, while planning for 2016’s conference, but in the meantime we’re looking for logos

31st Annual EWOCC #DecolonizingFeminism: Reclaiming our Bodies and

Communities in a Digital World

Our 31st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “Decolonizing Feminism: Reclaiming our Bodies and Communities in a Digital World,” is inspired by women of colors’ viral revolutions in social media. Women of Color have always been essential to the empowerment of women, yet historically our contributions have been erased and othered by white/mainstream-feminism. Our voices have been silenced, our bodies objectified, our communities gentrified. In the spirit of Audre Lorde, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” Women of Color have continued to create different tools in order to break down oppression and rebuild a sense of love for our self and our community.

Through thought provoking workshops, a panel discussion, and speakers, we will explore how women of color are shifting the dominant narrative, bringing attention to our voices that were previously ignored. We will explore how information is shared, what information is shared, and how Women of Color are reflected in these spaces. We will discuss the digital divide, and the ways in which technology has both helped and harmed our communities. As our society shifts to be more digital, the depiction of Women in Color in the news, on the Internet, and in our own communities is often dehumanizing. In response, we will hold a lens to the (mis)representations of women of color on various digital platforms, be it colorism, sexism, and/or sexually degrading images, and how to best address these harmful stereotypes. We will think about the ways we connect in this age of cyber-sisterhood. We will think of the spaces and places we find joy and entertainment in the digital. We reaffirm that pleasure is our birthright.

As we proudly celebrate 31 years of the Empowering Women of Color Conference, we invite people of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic and immigration statuses, genders, nationalities, and religions, and cultural backgrounds to use this as a safe-space for discussion, community building, and healing. We aren’t using the master’s tools anymore!

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Now, that you’ve read what this year’s theme is about, you should also know that we’re looking for logos. Applications can be filled out here.  Check out the picture below for more details.

EWOCC 2015 Logo Call

 

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THANK YOU! & Participant Evaluations

Thank you to everyone who made it out to EWOCC 2015! From our packed Friday night kick-off party, to our keynotes speaking truth to power, to our inspiring panelists and workshop facilitators, to the fierce youth who graced the stage and the audience, to our talented vendors, to Ruth Kelly’s touching opening blessing, to amazing performances by local artists, to all of YOU who decided to spend all or part of your weekend with us — we hope EWOCC 2015 was generative and enjoyable, and we are so honored to have shared the experience with you all. Pictures to come soon!

Please take 5 minutes to complete our post-EWOCC evaluation so we can make next year even better than this year. And if form evaluations aren’t your thing, please feel free to email ewocc-ga@berkeley.edu with any feedback and comments you have about this year’s event!

2015 EWOCC Registration is Officially CLOSED!

Registration for the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “No Better Time Than Now: Transnational Resistance, Solidarity, & Love” is officially CLOSED! We are so grateful for the 1,050 of you who pre-registered but unfortunately cannot accommodate any more in our current venue. We will not be doing on-site registration tomorrow. If you’d like to connect, we’ll be doing our kickoff reception tonight at La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck Avenue near Ashby BART. Admission is free; it’s open to all ages; and you need not have registered for EWOCC to come tonight! Hope to see y’all there.

Cheers,

2015 EWOCC Planning Team

Register now! & Friday night pre-EWOCC social!

EWOCC tickets are going fast! Register before Early Bird prices end on March 1!

Click HERE to register for EWOCC 2015!

We have some more exciting news! To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are hosting a social the Friday before EWOCC! Join us for an evening of cocktails and beverages, performances by local Bay Area artists, and dancing! The pre-EWOCC social will take place on Friday, March 6 from 7-9 pm at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CAEntry is free and first round of drinks is on us! Check out our performance lineup here.

Registration is open!

Registration is now open for EWOCC 2015! Early bird prices are available until March 1:

  • UC Berkeley students: free
  • Youth & non-UC Berkeley students: $10
  • Community members and non-students: $12
  • Groups of 10 or more: $7 per person

After March 1, prices will increase by $5, so register now!

Click HERE to register for EWOCC 2015!

*If you have questions, please check out our Registration FAQ or contact us at ewocc-registration-ga@berkeley.edu

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help staff EWOCC 2015! Our event simply would not be possible without the gracious help of volunteers, who assist with food service, registration, set-up and clean-up, and other tasks that are crucial to making the day run smoothly. Volunteers will receive free admission to the conference and a free EWOCC t-shirt!

If you’re interested, submit a Volunteer Form by February 22, 2015!