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FWCA 2024 will be held April 11 - April 14, 2024 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Conference Logistics

FWCA Program

FWCA Program

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Regular Registration 
February 1 - March 31, 2024
Cost $550

Late Registration 
April 1 - April 8, 2024
Cost $650

Virtual Registration
Cost $375
Now - April 5, 2024

WRITING RETREAT
Cost $200
Registration is open until April 1, 2024, or full capacity reached. Limited seating available – secure your spot now!

Program Details

  •  “Cohort Sistas” Women in Pursuit           
    Presenter Name | Sharalynn Keju
  • Centering Women of Color in Citation Practices  
    Presenter Name | Sherri Williams, PhD
  • Crafting an Empowering Journey in Academia: Navigating Work and (Self) Caregiving         
    Presenter Name | Cerise Glenn, PhD
  • Empowering Women of Color Educators: Integrating AI Tools for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
    Presenter Name | Maurine Kwende, Ph.D
  • Estructura con cultura: approaching a career in academia with a cultural enrichment lens
    Presenter Name | Essy Barroso-Ramirez, Master of Library and Information Science
  • Finding and Honing Your Voice as an Emerging Scholar and Leader in the Academy             
    Presenter Name | Loron Benton, PhD, MA
  • From PHD to CEO: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Women of Color Faculty         
    Presenter Name | Jasmine Abrams, PhD
  • From Scholar to Creator – Following Your Passions            
    Presenter Name | Donnetrice Allison, Ph.D.
  • Leveraging AI to Reclaim Our Time and Launch an Intersectional Technofeminist Resistance              
    Presenter Name | Nicole West, Ph.D.
  • Mentorship is reciprocal: Developing a mentor-mentee compact to align your efforts and expectations
    Presenter Name | Mysha Clarke, PhD
  • Nourishing My(Self): Using Reflexive Writing and Endarkened Joy™ Practices to Guide Personal Wellness in Academia  
    Presenter Name | Rhemma Payne, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
  • On My Mama, On My Hood: Addressing the Impact of Ancestral Trauma on Women of Color Rest
    Presenter Name | Stephanie Burns, PhD
  • Personal Style and Agency as a Tool of Resistance to Systemic Oppression in the Academy: Considering the role of Enclothed-Cognition         
    Presenter Name | Marquitta Dorsey, PhD
  • Prohibited: Navigating a DEI ban as women faculty of color in a red state
    Presenter Name | CoPresenters
  • Publish NEVER Perish! : P.O.W.E.R Writing to Strengthen & Sustain Research and Publications Beyond Tenure  
    Presenter Name | Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D.
  • Scholar Activist Self Defining Success: Unbought and Unbossed   
    Presenter Name | Cassandra 'Cassie' Simon
  • Sisterhood as a Surthrival Mechanism for Women of Color at a Rural PWI: A Panel Discussion              
    Presenter Name | Nuchelle Chance, Ph.D.
  • Soul Labor: A practice of self-care and pedagogy of love for Women of Color in the academy              
    Presenter Name | J. Joy Davis, MBA
  • Teaching From The Soul: Identity as Pedagogy, Infusing Our Identities and Owning Our Syllabi as Faculty Women of Color          
    Presenter Name | Nadine Barnett Cosby, Ph.D
  • The Art of Alignment: Crafting a Stellar Scholarly Profile  
    Presenter Name | Ashley Watson, M.S.Ed.
  • The Other “Black, Latina, Caribbean” Girl: Manipulation, competition & sisterhood in the academy (Panel Discussion)         
    Presenter Name | Rochonda Nenonene, Ph.D.
  • Thriving in Graduate School: Networking 101      
    Presenter Name | Anayah Walker
  • We are Not Impostors: Disrupting the White Patriarchal Impostor Syndrome Narrative as an Act of Resistance for Women of Color     
    Presenter Name | Nicole Pulliam, Ph.D.
  • Women of Color Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI)
    Presenter Name | De`Anna Bond, PhD
  • Women Who Shift the Culture: Leadership Practice Through Transformational Leadership
    Presenter Name | Dr. Pauline Elwin, EdD.
  • Can't we all just get along? Why women of color with practice doctorates have to fight to belong. 
    Presenter Name | Carmen Reese Foster, DSW/LMSW
  • Overcoming Unique Challenges That Face Immigrant Faculty Women of Color in the Academy              
    Presenter Name | Sarah Amugongo Brown, PhD
  • Sis, STOP: Start Taking back Our Power, Purpose, Place and Peace              
    Presenter Name | Noreal Armstrong, PhD., LCMHCS, NCC, LCDC
  • The Write Stuff: How To Work with an Academic Editor and Change Your Writing Game    
    Presenter Name | Aurora Chang, PhD
  • Unpacking the Weight of Stress: Saying “Yes” to Yourself 
    Presenter Name | Ronicka Briscoe, PhD
  • Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!: Finding Personal Balance Between the intersectionality of Black Tax and Academia          
    Presenter Name | Maria Reid, PhD
  • DearDepartmentChair
  • Having the Seat, Bringing the Table: Afrocentric Techniques to Address Imposterism of Black Women Faculty at Predominantly White Institutions
  • Mañana Será Bonito: Or maybe not. Reflections on wellness, practice and advocacy in the academy.
  • Mentoring Young Ladies of Color through conflict resolution using the TRIPPING method.
  • Mindful Notetaking to Empower You in Love, Play and Work
  • Reframe to Succeed: How changing your narrative changes your life
  • Soft Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Strategies
  • Transforming from a Victim to a Flourisher: Addressing Microaggressions with the Identity Capital
  • “I’m Tired of Black Excellence”: How to Counter Toxic Over Achievement 
    Presented by | Jasmine Roberts-Crews
  • “We Got You!”- How A Group of Women of Color Found Their Homeplace in an Online Social Justice Ph.D. Program     
    Presented by | Colleen Dorsey-Burrell, MS.ED
  • A Department Chair’s Journey: Navigating the Role Through Silos, Ambiguity, and Uncertainty in a Predominantly White Institution       
    Presented by | Chantelle Renaud-Grant, Ph.D/Science Education
  • Are you covered?: A critical quilting praxis that utilizes a strategic networking and mentoring model for the advancement of faculty of color    
    Presented by | Lynch, Ed.D
  • Build a “Career Portfolio” Not a “Career Path”     
    Presented by | Ronicka Briscoe, Ph.D.
  • Double Consciousness: Two Warring Roles in One Ivory Tower     
    Presented by | Janée Kelly, M.Ed
  • Each One Reach One - Supporting Online Faculty Women of Color             
    Presented by | Teresa Handy
  • Ebony Ascension: Career Trajectory Planning for BIPOC Women Aspiring Higher Educational Administration   
    Presented by | Nuchelle Chance, Ph.D.
  • Our Experiences, Our Stories, Our Voices: NOT your superwomen              
    Presented by | Jerrica Ampadu, PhD
  • Running on empty: The impact of family caregiving on women of color in academia           
    Presented by | Ashmi Desai
  • Side Hustle Sisterhood: Elevate and Excel             
    Presented by | Laura Moore, Master of Arts
  • Surviving the Academy: Self-Care and Resilience Among Early Career Faculty        
    Presented by | Kristina Santory, MS, RN, CNEcl, CV-BC, CNRN
  • Sustaining a Counterspace: Eight Years of an Unbreakable Bond Between Sisters  
    Presented by | Leah Ward
  • Teaching Your Wildest Dreams: Constructing Courses That Advance Social Justice
    Presented by | Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D.
  • The Impact of Color and Criticism of Course Evaluations in Academia.       
    Presented by | Carmela Daniels
  • The Strong Black Woman Administrator… Can She Rest? 
    Presented by | Chenelle Boatswain
Menah Pratt 2024 FWCA Speaker v2
Menah Pratt - Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity and Professor of Education at Virginia Tech.
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.
Mariam Lam 2024 FWCA Speaker
Mariam Lam - Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer | University of California, Riverside
Veronica Terriquez 2024 FWCA Speaker
Veronica Terriquez - Director of Chicano Studies Research Center | University of California, LA

Javaune Adams-Gaston - President | Norfolk State University

Javaune Adams Gaston - President | Norfolk State University
Javaune Adams-Gaston - President | Norfolk State University
Victoria Reyes 2024 FWCA Speaker
Victoria Reyes - Author of Academic Outsider: Stories of Exclusion and Hope | University of California, Riverside
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

Pre-Conference Events

January 2024 Healing Hour

HEALING HOUR
January 31, 2024 at 12-1PM EST
Facilitated by
Natalia Pizarro
Register at the link below:
https://bit.ly/fwcahh0124

FWCA Healing Hour with Jeena Cho November 8 2023

HEALING HOUR
November 8, 2023 at 12-1PM EST
Facilitated by
The Mindful Advocate Jeena Cho
Register at the link below:
https://bit.ly/3SvD1ir

Past Conferences

Program Details

FWCA Program

FWCA Program

The conference took place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott located at 1700 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202.

A Half Day Hybrid Writing Retreat for Scholars

Thursday, April 20, 2023 1pm – 4pm, Eastern Standard Time

Description

This retreat will gave attendees the time they needed to write and the strategy they needed to make the most of that time. They learned how to quickly clarify what needs to be done and how to enjoy a strong sense of satisfaction once finished. By the end of the day, they will have made meaningful, measurable progress on their writing. They will know how to identify exactly what needs to be done in each writing session. And they will know how to apply those skills to future writing sessions. 

2023 Kenote Speakers

Dr. Katherine S. Cho
Dr. Katherine S. Cho
Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom
Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez

2023 Panelist Speakers

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D. - President, Hollins University

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D.
President, Hollins University

Dr. Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez

Dr. Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez
Vice President Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota

Dr. Anisa M. Zvonkovic

Dr. Anisa M. Zvonkovic
Dean, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia

Susan Faircloth

Susan C. Faircloth, Ph.D.
Former Director, School of Education,
Colorado State University

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob
Professor Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, Curriculum & Teaching, Curriculum and Teacher Education, Educational Foundations, IRES, Sapsikwala Program,
University of Oregon

Johanna B. Maes, Ph.D.

Dr. Johanna B. Maes, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor,
University of Colorado Boulder

Narketta Sparkman-Key, PhD

Narketta Sparkman-Key, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs,
James Madison University

Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D.

Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs,
Virginia Commonwealth Universit

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, PhD

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D.
Division Director, Division of Humanities and Criminology, University of the District of Columbia Community College

Gabby McCollum, Ed.D.
February 13, 2020 – Studio staff portrait of Student Affairs employee Gabby McCollum. (Photo by Christina Franusich/Virginia Tech)

Gabby McCollum
Associate Dean and Director for New Students and Family Programs, Student Affairs,
Virginia Tech

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.

Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor, Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.


Program Details

FWCA Program

FWCA Program

The conference took place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott located at 1700 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202.

Unstuck: How to Move Past Your Writing Fears

A Half Day Hybrid Writing Retreat for Scholars
Friday, April 1, 2022 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Eastern Standard Time

Description

Are you stuck in your writing but can’t figure out how to move forward? Do you avoid the parts of your manuscript that you know are most important? Or find yourself afraid to say what you really think, even when only you will see that draft? If so, this retreat is for you. The Unstuck writing retreat will teach you a simple technique for surfacing the thoughts and feelings that keep you from writing. By the end, you will finally understand the patterns that disrupt your writing, uncover your personal strategy for moving past those disruptions, and learn the key to making sure you implement that strategy.

2023 Kenote Speakers

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay
“America’s brightest new essayist.” —The Guardian
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.
Learn more  >> HERE <<

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones
NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES is a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” This is but one honor in a growing list: She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She's also won a Peabody, two George Polk awards, and the National Magazine Award three times.
Learn more  >> HERE <<

Norma V. Cantú

Norma V. Cantú
Norma V. Cantú is a law professor and distinguished attorney who was appointed by President Biden in 2021 to serve as the Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. This appointment makes her the first Latina to serve as Chair of the commission. Professor Cantú has a long and impressive record of public service and commitment to social justice. Highlights include serving on the Biden-Harris Transition’s “Agency Review Team” for education, and serving as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration for eight years. Cantú was only 22 years old when she received her law degree from Harvard University. She was later known as a tough... litigator, working for 14 years as regional counsel and education director of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). In that capacity, she litigated scores of important cases affecting educational funding, disability rights, student disciplinary policies, access to special services for English-language learners, and racially hostile environments.

Cantu was involved in several high-profile and historic education-related court cases, all aimed at improving educational opportunities for Hispanics in South Texas. In 1991, she led the legal fight in a landmark case that determined the state shortchanged South Texas citizens in the distribution of higher education dollars and prompted the Texas Legislature to appropriate millions in extra funds for border colleges and universities. In 1993 President Bill Clinton nominated Cantú as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. She was unanimously confirmed by Congress. For eight years, she oversaw a staff of about 850 in implementing government policy for civil rights in American education. In 2001, she joined The University of Texas at Austin, where she holds a joint professorship in the College of Education and the School of Law.
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FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.

Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor, Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.


Faculty Women of  Color in the Academy National Conference

Women of Color Healing Hour

The featured facilitators will be Angela's Pulse
http://angelaspulse.org/

Wednesday, September 15, at 12:00pm ET
To register and learn more about this event, and FWCA, visit:
REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
Lucinda Roy | We Know Why the Caged Bird Flies
Drawing from her new literary sci-fi novel The Freedom Race, with its depiction of a future “Disunited States” ravaged by another civil war, Lucinda Roy will focus in her interactive presentation on the creative resources her characters, and we ourselves, possess. The future we face in the academy is daunting, but we women of color have a few tricks up our sleeves. When we conjure a legacy—the courage of Dreamers, Middle Passengers, and Civil Righters; the courage of Leaders and Teachers and Sisters—we recognize our own potency. As characters in The Freedom Race come to understand, even caged birds can discover miraculous ways to fly.
Learn more >> HERE <<

FWCA 2021 Program

FWCA 2021 Program

The conference took place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott located at 1700 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202.

A Half Day Hybrid Writing Retreat for Scholars

Thursday, April 20, 2023 1pm – 4pm, Eastern Standard Time

Description

This retreat will gave attendees the time they needed to write and the strategy they needed to make the most of that time. They learned how to quickly clarify what needs to be done and how to enjoy a strong sense of satisfaction once finished. By the end of the day, they will have made meaningful, measurable progress on their writing. They will know how to identify exactly what needs to be done in each writing session. And they will know how to apply those skills to future writing sessions. 

2023 Kenote Speakers

Dr. Katherine S. Cho
Dr. Katherine S. Cho
Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom
Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez

2023 Panelist Speakers

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D. - President, Hollins University

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D.
President, Hollins University

Dr. Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez

Dr. Mercedes Ramirez Fernandez
Vice President Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota

Dr. Anisa M. Zvonkovic

Dr. Anisa M. Zvonkovic
Dean, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia

Susan Faircloth

Susan C. Faircloth, Ph.D.
Former Director, School of Education,
Colorado State University

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob

Dr. Michelle M. Jacob
Professor Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, Curriculum & Teaching, Curriculum and Teacher Education, Educational Foundations, IRES, Sapsikwala Program,
University of Oregon

Johanna B. Maes, Ph.D.

Dr. Johanna B. Maes, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor,
University of Colorado Boulder

Narketta Sparkman-Key, PhD

Narketta Sparkman-Key, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs,
James Madison University

Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D.

Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs,
Virginia Commonwealth Universit

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, PhD

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D.
Division Director, Division of Humanities and Criminology, University of the District of Columbia Community College

Gabby McCollum, Ed.D.
February 13, 2020 – Studio staff portrait of Student Affairs employee Gabby McCollum. (Photo by Christina Franusich/Virginia Tech)

Gabby McCollum
Associate Dean and Director for New Students and Family Programs, Student Affairs,
Virginia Tech

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.

Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor, Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.


Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award
Brenda L. Walker, Ph.D., J.D.
Interim Associate Dean
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus
Liza C. Hita, Ph.D., NCC
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology
Director, Online Programming and Digital Immersion
Arizona State University
  • Patricia Hill Collins
  • Rosann Santos
 

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.

Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor, Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award
Denise McLane-Davison
Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work,
Morgan State University
Jennifer Collins Bloomquist
Associate Provost for Faculty Development,
Dean of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Programs,
Gettysburg College

FWCA 2019 Program

FWCA 2019 Program
  • Aida Hurtado
  • Naomi Tutu
  • Meredith Woo
  • Wilma L. Santiago Gabrielini
  • Laurel Vermillion
  • Shanna Jackson
 

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award
Barbara B. Lockee
Professor of Instructional Design and Technology,
College of Liberal Arts
Virginia Tech
Tracy Y. Espy, Ph.D.
President
Mitchell College
  • Maria Hinojosa
  • Brittney Cooper
  • Pareena Lawrence
  • Cynthia Lindquist
  • Rusty Barcelo
  • Rosemarie Roberts
 

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award

Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award
Joy Gaston Gayles
Senior Advisor for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Program Coordinator & Professor of Higher Education
North Carolina State University
Assata Zerai, Ph.D.
Associate Chancellor for Diversity & Professor of Sociology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Henrietta Man