4th Annual Adrian College Women’s Diversity Conference

ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College celebrates Women’s History Month with the fourth annual Women’s Diversity Conference on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM on the College campus. This one-day conference entitled “Empowering Women to Lead includes panel discussions and presentations on diverse women’s issues, experiences and communities.

The mission of this annual conference is to provide a venue for discussing the experiences of women of diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds thereby celebrating women as contributing and vital members of our community. In support of the College’s mission to commit to the pursuit of truth and dignity of all people, the following departments sponsor this event: Women’s Studies, Multicultural Programs and Academic Affairs.

This year’s panel will feature women in public service. Included moderators are: Julie Berryman (City Commissioner), Julie Ramos (President of the Madison School Board of Education) and Sarah Bingham (Director of Community Education and Development with Hospice of Lenawee).

Richael Faithful, a legal expert in Indian Law, Gender and GLBT legal issues, Equal Justice Works Fellow and JD candidate from American University Washington College of Law, will give the keynote address.

In her address, Faithful will discuss how her identities as a young, southern, Black, queer female shapes her experience with power and animates her work as an organizer, writer, and lawyer. In particular, she will focus on her current work as a community lawyer at the D.C.-based organization, Advancement Project, where she is using a variety of tools to engage powerful institutions to support the struggle of persons who have lost their right to vote as a result of criminal convictions. Finally, Faithful will reflect on three foundational values that have grounded her throughout her life’s experiment in engaging power toward individual and collective transformation: embracing vulnerability, experiencing wholeness and cultivating radical imagination.

The cost of registration is $12. To register, or for additional information, please contact Idalí Feliciano via email ifeliciano@adrian.edu or call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 517.264.3278. A voter registration drive will be held in conjunction with this event.