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FWCA Conference Schedule

Friday April 12th
2:00 P.M.

  • Women Who Shift the Culture: Leadership Practice Through Transformational Leadership
    Dr. Pauline Elwin, Ed.D. | Elwin Innovative Global Consulting LLC
    Canena Adams, M.A., B.S.W. | BeYou Branding & Consulting Services LLC
  • From Ph.D. to CEO: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Women of Color Faculty
    Jasmine Abrams, Ph.D. | Yale University
  • On My Mama, On My Hood: Addressing the Impact of Ancestral Trauma on Women of Color Rest
    Stephanie Burns, Ph.D. | Destiny Marketing Group
  • Prohibited: Navigating a DEI ban as women faculty of color in a red state
    Elena Venegas, Ph.D. & Jacqueline Koonce, Ph.D. | The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Thriving in Graduate School: Networking 101
    Anayah Walker | University of South Florida

3:10 P.M.

  • Personal Style and Agency as a Tool of Resistance to Systemic Oppression in the Academy: Considering the role of Enclothed-Cognition
    Marquitta S. Dorsey | Loyola University Chicago
  • The Other “Black, Latina, Caribbean” Girl: Manipulation, competition & sisterhood in the academy: A Panel Discussion
    Rochonda L. Nenonene, Ph.D.; Novea McIntosh, Ed.D.;
    Tiffany R. Taylor; & Donna M. Cox, Ph.D. | University of Dayton
    Annette Beauchamp Ph.D. | University of Minnesota
    Migdalia Garcia | Northwest Vista College
  • Nourishing My(Self): Using Reflexive Writing and Endarkened Joy™ Practices to Guide Personal Wellness in Academia
    Rhemma Payne, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH | Western Kentucky University
  • Teaching From The Soul: Identity as Pedagogy, Infusing Our Identities and Owning Our Syllabi as Faculty Women of Color
    Brittany Lynch, DSW, LCSW, RYT; Dr. Nancy Vidal-Finnety Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Dr. Sharon Kimberly Williams, D.Litt | Iona University
  • “Cohort Sistas” Women in Pursuit
    Sharalynn Keju , Janine Holmes, Ph.D.; Johnetha Lindsey, Ph.D. | University of Holy Cross

Saturday April 13th
11:00 A.M.

  • Women of Color Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI)
    De`Anna Bond, Ph.D.  | Bond Consulting Group
  • Crafting an Empowering Journey in Academia: Navigating Work and (Self) Caregiving
    Cerise Glenn, Ph.D.
  • Leveraging AI to Reclaim Our Time and Launch an Intersectional Technofeminist Resistance
    Nicole M. West, Ph.D.; Marjorie C. Shavers, Ph.D., & Ximena Uribe-Zarain, Ph.D. | Missouri State University
    Sharnnia Artis, Ph.D. | George Mason University
  • Centering Women of Color in Citation Practices
    Dr. Sherri Williams | American University
    Dr. Breea Willingham | UNC Wilmington
    Dr. Dani Parker Moore | Wake Forest University

3:00 P.M.

  • Estructura con cultura: approaching a career in academia with a cultural enrichment lens
    Essy Barroso-Ramirez | San José State University
  • Publish NEVER Perish! : P.O.W.E.R Writing to Strengthen & Sustain Research and Publications Beyond Tenure
    Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D.
  • Sisterhood as a Surthrival Mechanism for Women of Color at a Rural PWI: A Panel Discussion
    Nuchelle Chance, Ph.D.; Claudia Da Silva Carvalho, Ph.D.; Medhavi Ambardar, Ph.D.; Heather P. VanDyne, MLS | Fort Hays State University
  • We are Not Impostors: Disrupting the White Patriarchal Impostor Syndrome Narrative as an Act of Resistance for Women of Color
    Nicole Pulliam, Ph.D. | Monmouth University
  • Mentorship is reciprocal: Developing a mentor-mentee compact to align your efforts and expectations
    Mysha Clarke, Ph.D.

4:10 P.M.

  • From Scholar to Creator – Following Your Passions
    Donnetrice Allison, Ph.D. | Stockton University
  • Empowering Women of Color Educators: Integrating AI Tools for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
    Maurine Kwende, Ph.D. | Uniformed Services University
  • Embracing and Honing Your Voice as an Emerging Scholar in the Academy and Beyond
    Loron Benton, Ph.D., M.A. | University of South Carolina
  • The Art of Alignment: Crafting a Stellar Scholarly Profile
    Ashley Watson, Ph.D. | SUNY Geneseo/University of Minnesota
    Leah Ward | University of Dayton
    Tanya L.W. Morris MSN-Ed., RN, DNP Student | Mercy University School of Nursing
  • Can't we all just get along? Why women of color with practice doctorates have to fight to belong
    Carmen Reese Foster, DSW  | Belmont University
    Lasharia Turner, DSW | Alabama A&M University
    Dalila John, DSW, & Sherron Wilkes, DSW | University of Alabama
  • Overcoming Unique Challenges That Face Immigrant Faculty Women of Color in the Academy
    Sarah K. Brown, Ph.D. | University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
    Manka Nkimbeng, Ph.D., MPH, RN | University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    Rachmi Diyah Larasati, Ph.D. | University of Minnesota Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
    Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Ph.D., RN, FAAN | University of Minnesota School of Nursing
    Akosua Obuo Addo, Ph.D. | University of Minnesota School of Music
    Njoki M. Kamau, Ph.D. | University of Minnesota-Duluth Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Sis, STOP: Start Taking back Our Power, Purpose, Place and Peace
    Noreal Armstrong, Ph.D., LCMHCS, NCC | Buncombe County Government/Lenoir Rhyne University
  • The Write Stuff: How To Work with an Academic Editor and Change Your Writing Game
    Aurora Chang, Ph.D. | Academic Life Simplified
  • Unpacking the Weight of Stress: Saying “Yes” to Yourself
    Ronicka Briscoe, Ph.D. | University of Holy Cross Department of Education
    Kem Smith, Ed.D., M.A.Ed., MFA | Cultural Competency Educational Consulting, LLC
  • Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!: Finding Personal Balance Between the intersectionality of Black Tax and Academia
    Brittany Davis; Maria Reid, Ph.D. | Florida International University
  • All Skinfolk aren't Kinfolk: How to Manage Expectations & Emotions
    Leah Ward | University of Dayton
    Ashley M. Toney, LMSW | Tulane University
  • Resting While Navigating Academia
    Dr. Bianca Augustine, Clinical Assistant Professor, & Glory Munthali, M.A., M.S., NCC | William & Mary

2024 In Person Conference Schedule


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Check in for Writing Retreat & Lunch
(Registration Add-On)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Writing Retreat presented by Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats 
(Registration Add-On)

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Regular Conference Check-In

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception & Happy Hour
You can still attend even if you didn't get a chance to check in with the conference yet!

After 7:00 PM
Explore D.C.! You can find a selection of women and minority owned restaurants on the FWCA conference website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Sunrise Soul Healing Yoga led by Dr. Cre Dye

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conference Registration Desk Open
Wellness Room Open

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast Available

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Official Conference Welcome Connecting, Supporting and Empowering Ourselves

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Poster Gallery, Vendors Hall, Bookstore, and Recruitment Fair Open      

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Reconvene in Arlington Ballroom              

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM
Concurrent Workshops (55 min)

3:10 PM - 4:05 PM
Concurrent Workshops (55 min)

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Featured Scholar Author: Stephanie Adams (Dear Department Chair)


Book Signing

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Poster Gallery (Meet the Scholars 5:30PM-6PM), Vendor & Exhibit Hall, WOC Bookstore

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

6:35 PM - 6:45 PM
Latina Sororities Group Photo

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Opening Keynote Speaker Cherríe Moraga

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Book Signing with Cherrie Moraga at the Women of Color Bookstore powered by Loyalty Bookstores


7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conference Registration Desk Opens
Wellness Room Open

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast on your own

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Welcome / Diamond Sponsor Presentation

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Featured Scholar Author: Dr. Victoria Reyes (Academic Outsider: Stories of Exclusion and Hope)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Book Signing at the Women of Color Bookstore powered by Loyalty Bookstores

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FREE TIME & Networking Break
Poster Gallery, Vendor & Exhibit Hall, WOC Bookstore

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Concurrent Workshops (55 min)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
NPHC Sororities Group Photo

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Menah Pratt

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book Signing at the Women of Color Bookstore powered by Loyalty Bookstores
Free Time             

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FREE TIME & Networking Break
Poster Gallery, Vendor & Exhibit Hall, WOC Bookstore

3:00 PM - 3:55 PM
Concurrent Workshops (55 min)

4:10 PM - 5:05 PM
Concurrent Workshops (55 min)

5:10 PM - 6:00 PM
Poster Gallery (Meet the Scholars 5:15PM-5:45PM), Exhibit & Vendors Hall, Bookstore, Change for Dinner (optional)

6:05 PM - 6:20 PM
NAPA APIDA Sororities Group Photo

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening of Excellence: Plated Dinner, Awards, and Scholar Artist Performances

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM         
Sunrise Soul Healing Yoga led by Dr. Cre Dye

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM          
Wellness Room Open

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM         
Plated Breakfast Service Begins

8:35 AM - 8:45 AM
Indigenous Sororities Group Photo

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Closing Keynote Speaker Dr. Gabrielle Tayac 
Presented by George Mason University

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM         

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM       
Pathways to Leadership Panel Presented by University of Minnesota featuring Dr. Mariam Lam, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, and Dr. Mari Castañeda, Moderated by Dr. Courtney Buggs

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM     
Official Conference Closing

12:00 PM     
Conference Hotel Check Out         

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM       
Final Hour with Poster Presenters, Vendors, Recruiters, and Bookstore

Zenobia L. Hikes Award

The Zenobia L. Hikes Award is presented during the FWCA conference to one faculty member and one administrator. For more information on the Zenobia L. Hikes Award and how to nominate, click here.