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Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference

Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia

The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA) conference is a unique educational and professional opportunity for indigenous and women of color in higher education to network, engage, and learn with colleagues from around the country. The 12th annual installment of FWCA will feature sessions that will explore the topics of leadership, career advancement, personal well-being scholar activism, and graduate school / emerging scholars.

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2024 Signature Speakers


Dynamic Keynote Speakers

Cherrie Moraga 2024 FWCA Speaker
Cherrie Moraga - Writer, Scholar Feminist, Professor | University of California, Santa Barbara
Gabrielle A Tayac 2024 FWCA Speaker
Gabrielle A Tayac - Associate professor of public history in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.
Menah Pratt 2024 FWCA Speaker v2
Menah Pratt - Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity and Professor of Education at Virginia Tech.

Signature Leadership Panel Speakers

Mariam Lam 2024 FWCA Speaker
Mariam Lam - Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer | University of California, Riverside

Mari Castañeda - Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College and Professor of Communication | University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Mari Castañeda - Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College and Professor of Communication | University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mari Castañeda - Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College and Professor of Communication | University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Javaune Adams-Gaston - President | Norfolk State University

Javaune Adams Gaston - President | Norfolk State University
Javaune Adams-Gaston - President | Norfolk State University

Featured Authors Panel Speakers

Stephanie G Adams 2024 FWCA Speaker
Stephanie G. Adams - Editor of Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation | University of Texas, Dallas
Victoria Reyes 2024 FWCA Speaker
Victoria Reyes - Author of Academic Outsider: Stories of Exclusion and Hope | University of California, Riverside

Photos from 2023 Event

FWCA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA

Plan your trip to Arlington Virginia for conference weekend!

A message from Dr. Menah Pratt, FWCA founder:

We recognize the importance of community for women of color in the academy. We are in the process of planning a wonderful experience for next year. We are working with the national committee to develop a meaningful and impactful four-day experience. Look forward to dynamic keynote speakers, a writing retreat with Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats, dozens of powerful workshops, and many networking opportunities. The conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington Thursday, April 11th - April 14th 2024. We hope that you will be able to devote the weekend to self-care, empowerment, and personal and professional development.

Learn more about the National Advisory Board.