The South Bay Conference on Gender - San José State University

The South Bay Conference on Gender partners San José State University students with community members to encourage open dialogue through panels, presentations, and workshops that promote learning, expression, and education. Coordinated by the SJSU Gender Equity Center, we hope to build a safe space that unites individuals of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Connect

Join across communities to discuss the intersections of gender with other identities.

Inspire

Inspire students to pursue their dreams and change the future. Show aspiring professionals the paths to join your field.

Learn

Engage with leaders in the area, scholars in the field, and passionate community members to learn new things or discuss your favorite topics in detail.

OUR TEAM

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If you'd like to be involved with planning the South Bay Conference on Gender, reach out at info@southbaywc.org or (408) 924-6500.

Herstory of the South Bay Conference on Gender

The South Bay Conference on Gender, previously the South Bay Womyn’s Conference (SBWC), originated in 2011 as a group of young womyn brainstormed possible ways to bring San Jose State University and the community together. Womyn On Womyn’s Issues Co-Founder, Denisse Mendez, mentioned that she had always wanted to see SJSU host a womyn’s conference. In over 150 years SJSU had never produced such an event. When Denisse mentioned her dreams WOWI members Samantha Pedrosa and Samantha Plescia took notice. The Samantha’s thus began researching ways to make this idea a reality. Together they formed a coalition of like minded female and male identified student and community leaders set on making the South Bay Womyn’s Conference a reality. From there the SBWC was born, the goal being to embrace the intersections of womynhood and personhood by using the strength of togetherness. Now beginning work on the fourth South Bay Conference on Gender the group continues to make strides toward educating people of all genders with a message of inclusivity regardless of social and economic barriers.

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