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Notes from inaugural Gender Justice Project Conference at UDC Law

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Professor Laurie Morin
Prof. Laurie Morin

Last month, Professor Laurie Morin launched the Gender Justice Project with a one day conference bringing together “lawyers, policy makers, and activists to create solutions to problems at the intersection of gender, race, and poverty,” according to the official website description.

The event featured a range of voices on a variety of themes and invited women of color, lesbian and transgender women, religious minorities, immigrants, women living in poverty, and women living with disabilities into the conversation. Speakers and attendees examined the most pressing challenges of the new Administration and encouraged underrepresented groups to pursue opportunities to enact progressive change through law, policy, and activism. Summaries of conference sessions can be found at the Gender Justice Project website.

With such a wide range of issues explored at the conference, Professor Morin has decided to share the work initiated at the conference with a series of blog posts focusing on individual speakers or subjects presented on October 20. Morin says her intention with the blog is to keep the momentum going. “The Gender Justice Conference speakers and huddles generated a rich array of action plans and strategies for addressing gender inequity,” Morin explained. “We encourage everyone to chime in and join the conversation (on the blog). We would love to hear how you were inspired to take action and your thoughts on next steps that we should take collectively. Please share your ideas by commenting on the blog so we can all respond.”

The first of these posts focuses on storytelling with Professor Jo Tyler of Penn State. Morin describes Tyler’s participation in the conference as “two powerful exercises to integrate our personal stories of inequality with the larger themes of the conference.” In her first talk of the morning, Tyler asked attendees to share stories of inequality in their own lives. Later, to end the event, she encouraged everyone to use those stories and any moments that may have inspired conference goers throughout the day to build a “found poem.”

Stay tuned for more moments from the first annual Gender Justice Project event at UDC Law.

Professor Jo Tyler
Professor Jo Tyler, Penn State, speaks to attendees of the first Gender Justice Project conference.

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