27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference

03/03/2012 (All day)

27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference
March 3, 2012
UC Berkeley


The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC), A Holistic Approach: Justice, Access, and Healing, returns on March 3, 2012  to the UC Berkeley Campus to honor the legacy of women of color in the U.S., celebrate the struggles of women of all ages, and provides a space for growth, empowerment, and practical tools for everyday life.

This year’s conference will focus on the mental, physical, nutritional, environmental, and spiritual wellness of women of color.  The conference will host Andrea Smith and Radmilla Cody as keynote speakers.          

  • Andrea Smith is of the Cherokee clan and is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar who has published widely on issues of violence against women of color. She is co-founder of the Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE! Women ofColor Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. She currently teaches in media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, she also helped edit INCITE!’s two anthologies, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Color of Violence. 
  •  Radmilla Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red-Orche-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. Cody is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. A survivorof domestic violence, Cody uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. As a biracial person she attempts to communicate positive messages about her dual identity as children who are biracial or multiracial still bearthe brunt of prejudice. Cody is the subject of a documentary entitled “Hearing Radmilla”, produced and directed by Angela Webb, which further explores her journey as an activist and performer.
  •  We will have a host of live performances including area DJs, spoken word artist, and musical ensembles. Rocky Rivera will headline the EWOCC reception in the Multicultural Student Center from 5:30-7pm. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Conference events will be held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Student Union Building on the UC Berkeley campus. MLK is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Ave. Admission to the conference includes access to all workshops, speakers, breakfast, lunch and snacks, and live performances.

Online registration is open and ends on Feb 22, 2012.  
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On-site registration will also be available at the conference.
Please note that on-site registration is cash or cashier’s check only.  

For disability accommodation requests and information please visit http://access.berkeley.edu. Contact ewocc@ga.berkeley.edu no later than Friday, February 16  in order to receive disability accommodations.