2019 Black and Latina Womxn Summit

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2019 Black and Latina Womxn Summit

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Student Dining and Residence Programs Building | 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
To Register: go.illinois.edu/BLWSregistration

Our theme for this year’s summit is Decolonization: Our Rebirth.

The institutionalization of colonial practices has historically been forced into our existence as Womxn of Color in all parts of the world; including Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. This year’s theme will explore colonized ideologies that have been forcefully instilled in us and have oppressed us at the institutional, psychological, and emotional level.

In doing so, we will discuss ways to dismantle the structures that have marginalized and deemed us as subordinate by exploring ways to unlearn what we have been taught within ourselves and our daily lives. This theme will take an analytical approach to our cultures and socialized practices that have been historically ingrained in us through colonization. In doing so, we hope to reclaim our identities by acknowledging our past and taking control of our present for a greater future.

Call for Proposals

To Submit Workshop Proposals: go.illinois.edu/BLWSproposals

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.