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It is an honor to introduce the eight amazing womyn who will take part in the panels for the 2nd Annual South Bay Womyn’s Conference, Weaving Our Wisdom from Roots to Wings: Olga Talamante, Steeda McGruder, Joan Goddard, Rowena Tomaneng, Deepa Sharma, Aiko Shirakawa, Megan Fluke Medeiros and Shahin Gerami.
Join us as they share their journeys as activists, educators, and leaders of their fields in two panels which will open and close this year’s SBWC on Saturday, March 9th inside the San José State University Student Union. Discover how they have impacted and redefined the community in Panel I: Breaking Boundaries & Laying New Ground and continue to grow while using different forms of expression to make change in Panel II: Forging the Future, Reshaping Possibilities.
A Short Documentary on Hair & Queerness Towards Queer Asian Pacific Islander Trans/Womyn will be shown during I Whip My Hair Back and Forth, a workshop presented by Tracy Nguyen and Sally Tran on behalf of API Equality-Northern California.
We would like to thank all of the educators, students, activists, professionals and community members who were generous enough to submit workshop proposals for the 2nd Annual South Bay Womyn’s Conference, Weaving our Wisdom: from Roots to Wings on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
If your interested in learning more about these amazing folks, including their accomplishments, work within the community and passions, then take a look at our Session Leaders page. Want to know more about this year’s workshops? Feel free to visit Honoring Herstory, Health, Wellness & Healing, or Facing Forward for more information.
Open call for emerging and seasoned artists of all backgrounds and gender identities to submit their artwork for display during the South Bay Womyn’s Conference, Weaving our Wisdom: from Roots to Wings on Saturday, March 9, 2013 on the top floor of the SJSU Student Union.
Artwork will be displayed from 8:30am to 6:00pm inside Barrett Ballroom, at this time we cannot accommodate any sculptures or glass pieces but do encourage collages, paintings, photography, mosaics, etc. for submission. All pieces that are inclusive and/or empowering are welcome regardless of the artists gender identity.
We are proud to announce the 2nd Annual South Bay Womyn’s Conference, Weaving our Wisdom: from Roots to Wings on Saturday, March 9, 2013 inside the San José State Student Union. We welcome educators, students, activists and community members of all backgrounds and gender identities to submit their workshop proposals for the South Bay Womyn’s Conference by Monday, December 10, 2012 for consideration.
This year’s theme, Weaving Our Wisdom: from Roots to Wings shall honor the intersection of shared experiences across generations, in hopes of strengthening the South Bay community.
Why Do We Support the American Cancer Society?
We know that supporting them will ensure that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they’ll be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.
Here is what you can do:
Join our team and walk with us this October. We are always happy to have more members join the South Bay Womyn’s Conference team and participate in the fight against Breast Cancer. If you are interested you can sign up here.
Donate! While the walk is free to take part in every dollar makes a difference, so far the SBWC team has raised over $300 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer but we know we can contribute more in the next month with your help.
Not sure either of these options work well for you? Then feel free to visit our Making Strides page and like us on Facebook or share the event on Twitter.
Date: Saturday, October 27th
Location: Guadalupe River Trail & Arena Green 352 West St. John Street, San Jose.
Did you attend this year’s South Bay Womyn’s Conference? Where you interested in taking part in planning for next year? If you are we will be meeting every Monday from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Crema Coffee Roasting Company. This business is located at 950 The Alameda San Jose, Ca 95126 and can be reached via public transit if you take bus 22 toward Palo Alto. Come join us as we discuss the next SBWC theme, our potential Keynote Speaker, Panelists, and more. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 658-0436.
The SJSU Women’s Resource Center hosted the South Bay Womyn’s Conference on Saturday, part of a series of workshops to discuss various realms of women’s issues including education, abuse, image and revolution.
Co-founders Samantha Pedrosa and Samantha Plescia of SJSU’s Women’s Resource Center partnered with Womyn on Womyn’s Issues, LGBT Resource Center, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center and the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center to organize the conference.
Yan Yin Choy, co-coordinator of the event and Associated Students director of student rights and responsibilities, said that the idea of the conference was largely due to the fact that SJSU had yet to host such a venue in which to have these types of discussions.
“We wanted to create a space in which we can have a dialogue sharing our stories and legacies,” said Choy, a senior environmental studies major. “But we also wanted a focus on inter-sectionalities and talking about how all of these different issues of oppression or privilege or empowerment and how they all connect to each other.”
The workshops were broken into three, hour-long sessions, with five different workshops offered in each session, with each emphasizing unity — the conference’s overall theme.
Covering issues from lack of representation of women in education to the body image and gender expression, the workshops allowed both male and female attendees to share their stories and perspectives openly.
“We made it a point to create a lot of inter-sectionalities, like ability, LGBT issues, ethnic issues, youth, age, things like that,” said Pedrosa, a senior philosophy major. “Because we wanted to say that this isn’t just about women. I’m sure in some way a male is identified in one of these other forms that is brought up in the subject.
“It was about egalitarianism, being united through all.”
One workshop, titled “Redefining Masculinity,” addressed breaking down the barrier of gender roles and societal conditioning between men and women so both genders can unite in creating an equal society.
“In a way it’s not just a woman’s issue, it’s an ‘us’ issue,” Pedrosa said. “That needs to be addressed and other people need to see the other perspective in order to understand.”
Another workshop, presented by Maribel Martinez, a Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center staff member, featured a “rehearsal for the revolution,” and discussed what it means to live through a revolution and what it means to be a part of a revolution.
“Revolution is on the forefront of our society,” Choy said in the discussion.
Prior to the workshops, keynote speaker Erika Montgomery of Three Girls Media and Marketing, a public relations agency specializing in working with small businesses, spoke to the audience on how she became successful despite many odds against her.
“There is no reason I should have turned out successful today,” she said. “I probably should’ve been the least likely person to be standing up here and speaking with you today.”
Montgomery’s presentation told a story about a woman overcoming various obstacles using approaches that she encouraged the audience to adopt.
“Don’t be afraid to go for it, ask for help, reinvent yourself and exist in the present,” Montgomery said.
The conference also featured a panel of four women from different fields of social justice, led by Martinez, to share their stories of their trials and tribulations as women leaders in their community.
Irene McCalphin, Elizabeth Sarmiento, Diane Solomon and Moina Shaiq spoke about their backgrounds and, like Montgomery, explained how they were able to overcome their obstacles and become successful women in their respective fields.
Junior English major Emily Wood attended the conference for the “benefits of being with other women and connecting with the community,” but to also walk away with greater social awareness.
“I’m interested in improving my station as a woman,” Wood said.
The combination of workshops, panel and speakers not only emphasized empowerment to attendees, but also encouraged the idea that simply being a woman is an empowering identity by itself.
“It raises awareness about women and women’s issues because it seems like there’s this nature of some females on campus that aren’t exactly secure with the fact that they are a woman,” Pedrosa said. “I feel like it’s an issue of being secure with oneself and being in solidarity with other women and maybe not everyone feels that way.”
Choy hopes that the conference will become an annual event and continue to unite all people through sharing stories and experiences.
“I’m hoping for it to become something bigger,” she said. “Hopefully this becomes a tradition that continues to partner students with community members to bring people together.”
Herstory: Uniting to Sustain the Community
The South Bay Womyn’s Conference 2012 and Wowi Sjsu (Womyn on Womyn’s Issuse) co-hosts Herstory Talks with Jennifer Gacutan-Galang, Samantha Edelman, and Emily Weideman
When: Monday March 12, Tuesday March 13, and Wednesday March 14 from 5-6pm!
Where: Women’s Resource Center (Modular B)
Sponsored by: WOWI and South Bay Womyn’s Conference