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Womxn of Color

Join us for the 2019 Womxn of Color Retreat!

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Friday, February 15, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Flowers 341 (Please note this location change)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Lampasas Hall 

***Registration is now closed***

Join the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion as we host the third annual  Womxn of Color Retreat. The event is for all who identify as womxn* to come together and learn more about themselves while engaging in various forms of self-care.

The retreat aims to provide a space for womxn of color to build community, develop skills, and explore the complexities of their multiple marginalized identities. 

It will feature activities, dialogue, fellowship, speakers, small group facilitated discussion, yoga, meditation, journaling, and more.

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*Womxn is the non-standard spelling of "women" adopted by some feminists in order to avoid the word ending with -"men" in efforts to be more inclusive.

An Evening with Dr. Carolyn West | Thursday, Feb. 14

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African American Women Sexual Violence: Risk, Resilience, and Response

Thursday, February 14, 2019 

Light reception begins at 5 PM | Lecture from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

LBJ Student Center room 3-14.1

The purpose of this session is to cover a broad range of sexual violence in the lives of African American womxn. Based on the documentary, Let me tell ya'll 'bout Black chicks: Images of Black women in pornography, we will learn about the links between historical trauma and contemporary sexual victimization and activism (#MeToo movement). In addition, participants will identify risk factors that elevate Black womxn's vulnerability to sexual assault and review the physical and mental health problems that are associated with their victimization. The session will highlight the resilience of African American survivors and culturally sensitive techniques that can be used by professionals. 

**Due to the graphic nature of some video clips and discussion topics surrounding trauma and pornography, attendees should be advised and prepared for possible triggering content.**


Keynote session | Friday, Feb. 15

Dr. Skyller Walkes

The Conundrum of Black Feminist Thought and Beyoncé: Interrogating Our Icons and Ourselves

This session will explore themes of feminism, Black Feminist Thought (BFT), and decoloniality through a contemporary lens.  As such, participants will unpack these themes with respect to the career trajectory of one of the most iconic and influential superstars of the 21st Century, Beyoncé Knowles.

Dr. Skyller Walkes is a deeply impassioned scholar and educator-activist. She is the Interim Director of the Office of Disability Services at Texas State University. Dr. Walkes is a graduate of the Adult, Professional, and Community Education doctoral program at Texas State, with a dissertation focusing on the Afro-Cuban experience with activism, race and intersectionality.  


Keynote session | Saturday, Feb. 16

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Escape the Cape: Womxn of Color and the Practice of Self-Care

The Strong or Angry Black Womxn; The hot Latina; Pocahontas; the Serious, Studious Asian…we will explore the stereotypes and oppressive images that Womxn of Color encounter on campus. Then we will discuss strategies to “escape the cape” of invincibility, practice self-care, and connect/reconnect with our authentic voices. 

Dr. Carolyn M. West is professor of psychology and Division Chair of the Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma. Dr. West is a doctor of philosophy from University of Missouri-St. Louis, Clinical Psychology, with a dissertation on Courtship Violence Among African Americans.


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