Happy New Year!
We are the workshop organizers for the 34th Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC), which will be held March 16, 2019 at the University of California, Berkeley. This year, our theme is Rooted + Rising: Preserving Intergenerational Knowledge, Fostering Revolutionary Possibilities. We are writing because we are currently looking for storytellers, activists, community leaders, and others to lead workshops at our 2019 gathering, and we want to invite you to submit a proposal.
EWOCC is one of the longest running conferences in the nation. For 34 years now, the EWOCC organizing team has sought to create an empowering, critical, and emancipatory political space for womxn of color activists, community members, artists, and students. You can find more information about EWOCC 2019 at www.facebook.com/berkeleywomenofcolor, or by reviewing the attached conference description. You can find all the information regarding workshop proposals at our online application portal.
EWOCC’s biggest draws are our workshops, which are 1 to 1.5 hour-long sessions led by community leaders and activists on a range of topics connected to our conference theme. In contrast to our all-conference panel and keynote address, our workshops are a space
for participants to have more intimate and focused conversations. Workshops are extremely flexible in terms of format; they can take the form of presentations on particular topics, discussion forums, skill-building classes, and spaces for creative expression and political organizing.
Some of the topic areas we are hoping to explore through our workshops include (but are not limited to):
On Connecting Different Generations: Sharing intergenerational knowledges typically entrenched with societal and institutional discriminatory & oppressive forces (workplace, academia, community work, homes); collectively healing, navigating, and thriving in spaces not designed for WOC
Cultivating Collective Power and Revolutionary Movement Building: Strategies and case examples on cultivating collective power by, for, and with WOC; Creativity as Community; Politics and Policymaking grounded in WOC Identity Politics; Cooperative economics and self-sustainable futures
Our WOC Futures Rooted in Our Intergenerational Knowledge: Insights and skill building opportunities related to both the appreciation and creation of our own spaces or lanes in the worlds of art & creative expression, health & wellness, business, and politics
Deep Inclusion within WOC Spaces & Beyond: Work that engages intersectionality in practice in a variety of contexts
On Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Wellness: Actualizing freedom from the inside and within ourselves; cultivating self-determination; learning from our ancestors to take care of our bodies and our being whether that be through food, nutrition, healthy living, taking care of our hair, creating crafts, scrubs, or lotions; learning how to heal and find peace in order to continue doing radical work
Honoring Intergenerational Narratives for Collective Healing: Storytelling: Preserving stories and intergenerational knowledges so that lessons learned in the past can be applied in the future
Family Connection and Empathy: Tools for understanding and empathizing with our family and ancestors
On Building Community: How to organize with other womxn of color across lines of difference to manifest a radical new world
Because we are a non-profit student group, we typically cannot afford to pay workshop leaders.
However, you (and/or) your organization are absolutely welcome to table at EWOCC and to promote upcoming events and ongoing programs. In addition, your workshop will be featured in the EWOCC program and on our website. Ultimately, we intend for our workshops to serve as an organizing and movement-building platform for WOC organizations, as well as an opportunity for conference participants to learn about and get involved with the many activist communities here in the Bay Area.
Please feel free let us know if you are interested in submitting a proposal by responding to this email. You can find the application here. The priority deadline is February 1st, 2019, however we are willing to be flexible should you give us notice to expect your submission.
We are happy to answer any questions and to speak with you about any ideas you have. We really hope you’ll consider joining us again. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone else who you think would be interested.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Pouran Mehraban, Dalia Nahol, Angélica Marie Pagán, and Jasmine Ureno-Diaz
Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) Workshop Coordinators
Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley
34th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference
Rooted + Rising: Preserving Intergenerational Knowledge, Fostering Revolutionary Possibilities