Calling All Youth!

The 2016 Empowering Women of Color Conference is hosting a youth creative writing contest! This year, we are inviting youth to submit a creative writing piece (essay, poem, or short story) that reflects on the themes of EWOCC 2016. To learn more or to apply click Deadline for submission is March 13th.

Your 2016 Closing Address Speaker is Andrea Plaid

Named one of’s “8 Dynamic Black Women Editors in New Media, Andrea Plaid serves as a critic for Kirkus Reviews and a contributing author at RH Reality Check. She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire.IMG_0274 Plaid was an associate producer of renowned web series Black Folk Don’t. She has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, served as a recurring commentator on Huffington Post Live, and appeared on GRITtv as well as The Guardian, In These Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. She has also spoken about aspects of race, popular culture, and feminism at academic institutions such as Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. Plaid served as an associate editor the award-winning race-and-pop-culture blog Racialicious. Her work on race, gender, sex, and sexuality has appeared online at such outlets as On The Issues and Plaid’s commentary on Black women and sexuality appears in the new book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris. She also contributed to Feminism For Real: Deconstructing The Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, edited by Jessica (Yee) Danforth. She currently lives in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Your 2016 EWOCC Keynote Speaker is Feminista Jones!

We’re proud to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Feminista Jones of

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Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, lecturer, and community activist from New York City. She is an award-winning blogger and author of the popular erotic thriller, Push The Button.  With a focus on women’s health and well-being, specifically in areas of mental and sexual health, she is currently the Love & Sex section editor at and former sex columnist at

Feminista has been featured in several online publications, notably as a contributor to and, and she has been syndicated in and For two years, she hosted a sex-positive feminist podcast called This Week In Blackness: After Dark, which discussed topics related to sex and sexuality, race, and feminism.

As a public speaker, lecturer, and social commentary expert, Feminista has been regularly featured on Huffingpost Live, has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and the Exhale Show, and her work has been featured on C-SPAN and MSNBC. In 2013, Feminista was selected as a United Nations Foundation Fellow for her dynamic social media influence. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism. Feminista has presented at various conferences at universities and, in 2014,  she was honored as one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Feminista is also a mom, a mentor to young girls, and vocal advocate for the homeless.

Updates Coming Soon

This year’s conference is taking place on April 9th in Wheeler Hall.

Your 31st Empowering Women of Color Conference staff is working hard to bring you the latest updates about the conference. By the end of the month, we’ll share our keynote speaker and workshop offerings with everyone. We’re super excited and look forward to sharing everything we’ve planned for you all!

Be sure to check here and on our Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Talk to you soon!

Call for workshops


We’re looking for workshops for the 2016 Empowering Woman of Color Conference. What’s a workshop that you’d like to organize at this year’s conference? Let us know by filling out the application here.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

THANK YOU! & Participant Evaluations

Thank you to everyone who made it out to EWOCC 2015! From our packed Friday night kick-off party, to our keynotes speaking truth to power, to our inspiring panelists and workshop facilitators, to the fierce youth who graced the stage and the audience, to our talented vendors, to Ruth Kelly’s touching opening blessing, to amazing performances by local artists, to all of YOU who decided to spend all or part of your weekend with us — we hope EWOCC 2015 was generative and enjoyable, and we are so honored to have shared the experience with you all. Pictures to come soon!

Please take 5 minutes to complete our post-EWOCC evaluation so we can make next year even better than this year. And if form evaluations aren’t your thing, please feel free to email with any feedback and comments you have about this year’s event!

2015 EWOCC Registration is Officially CLOSED!

Registration for the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “No Better Time Than Now: Transnational Resistance, Solidarity, & Love” is officially CLOSED! We are so grateful for the 1,050 of you who pre-registered but unfortunately cannot accommodate any more in our current venue. We will not be doing on-site registration tomorrow. If you’d like to connect, we’ll be doing our kickoff reception tonight at La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck Avenue near Ashby BART. Admission is free; it’s open to all ages; and you need not have registered for EWOCC to come tonight! Hope to see y’all there.


2015 EWOCC Planning Team

Register now! & Friday night pre-EWOCC social!

EWOCC tickets are going fast! Register before Early Bird prices end on March 1!

Click HERE to register for EWOCC 2015!

We have some more exciting news! To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are hosting a social the Friday before EWOCC! Join us for an evening of cocktails and beverages, performances by local Bay Area artists, and dancing! The pre-EWOCC social will take place on Friday, March 6 from 7-9 pm at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CAEntry is free and first round of drinks is on us! Check out our performance lineup here.