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2017 Black and Latina Womxn Summit
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I Hotel and Conference Center | 1900 South First Street, Champaign
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Registration Form: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4520483
The theme of the 2017 Black and Latina Womxn Summit is M.O.S.A.I.C. [making our sisterhood an indestructible coalition]
The purpose of the Summit is to provide an opportunity for Black and Latina Womxn in the campus community to build coalitions as well as discuss issues of womxnhood. The summit also provides a space to develop strategies to achieve academic success, professional, development, and wellness. Our goal is to provide an environment for undergraduates, graduates, and staff, to connect and develop a network. Furthermore, we aim to provide a safe space to have deep conversations as well as provide knowledge of the resources that campus provides.
Call for Proposals
For the 2017 program, summit organizers encourage submissions of innovative, diverse, and challenging program proposals that address Black and Latina womyn in higher education. Proposals should align with the one or more of the following themes:
Resisting, Surviving, Thriving
This section explores mental health and the importance of self-care for Black and Latina womxn. This section may include creative outlets through art expression, poetry, dance as well as self-affirmations, forms of self-love, the impacts of mental health, and other healing processes for Black and Latina womxn.
Centering the Silenced
This area’s main emphasis will be centering those who are most marginalized in Black and Latinx communities such as disabled, intersections within the undocumented immigrant community (i.e. undocuBlack, undocuQueer), LGBTQ+, sex workers, and more.
Between 1662 and 1807 colonizers took droves of African slaves to the New World, most of which hit ports in the Caribbean. This category explores the Afro-Latinx identities descent of the diaspora to provide an intersection in the discussion of blackness as global.
This section is a celebration of Black and Latina radiance. It highlights the ability to survive our experiences and shed light on the underground battle of equality. Within these topics will be historical alliance, resistance, and resilience of Black and Latina womxn.
Not Your Caged Bird
Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem Caged Bird, this section promotes unity and activism in this increasingly hostile environment. This section focuses on the contemporary social, political, and economic climate in the United States
Volunteer for This Year's Summit
To volunteer for this year's Black and Latina Womxn Summit, please sign up through the volunteer form.