A Sister's Impact Sisterhood Summit 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)
Our "A Sister's...." Summit series is now in its third year. In 2012, we discussed "A Sister's Worth." In 2013, we discovered "A Sister's Purpose," and in 2014, we will unleash "A Sister's Impact." Women are a force to be reckoned with. We are influenced, therefore, we influence. "A Sister's Impact" is a day long event with multiple sessions, phenomenal speakers, and valuable information for all. This is an event for all women at the University of Akron and other women committed to the constructive development of their families and communities. Please join us as we strive toward becoming the changes needed in this world. Speaker information and workshop choices are listed below. Registration will open January 12, 2014 and close February 12, 2014.
Check in and Registration will begin at 8:30am
Opening Plenary- 9:00-9:45 (Includes Continental Breakfast)
Session 1- 10:00-11:15
Session 2- 11:30-12:45
Lunch break- 1:00-2:00: Pizza and a Project including a service project to benefit ACCESS, Inc.
Session 3- 2:15-3:30
Closing Plenary- 3:45-4:15
9:00-9:45am: Opening Plenary
Leslie Parker Barnes
Founder and Artistic Director of YEPAW, Mrs. Leslie Parker Barnes has an Associate Degree in Applied Business from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. She currently serves as Minister of Praise at Arlington Church of God. She is a past recipient of the Extraordinary Woman Crystal Award (2006), given by the Akron Beacon Journal; the Akron Urban League's Women of Power Award (2012). In December 2012, Mrs. Barnes was awarded the "Impact" Award by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation for her dedication, vision and commitment to excellence that has resulted in the recognition of YEPAW (Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, now in its 25th year) to be a beacon of inspiration and guidance to the urban youth of our community, many coming from economically-disadvantaged families.
Session 1: 10:00-11:15
Heather E. Burton, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Student Development, The University of Akron
Pan-African Studies Faculty
Founder & CEO Crimson Heights Ministries, Inc.
Workshop Title- Empowering Women for World Empowerment
Workshop Description- As women we create the opportunity to empower. Whether we, empower ourselves, our sisters, our daughters, or our mothers. Empowerment comes by first accepting who we are and our beauty within. Next, empowerment is obtained by seeking knowledge and lastly by embracing change. The Choice to invest or empower lies within.
Dr. Toja Okoh
Assistant Professor, The University of Akron
Workshop Title- Cultivating a Strong Voice in Our Personal and Professional Lives
Workshop Description- During this session we will explore the power of voice in our personal and professional lives. As women, our voices are often silenced or discouraged, and over time we lose awareness of how our cultural conditioning affects our ability to be effective participants in society. This workshop will provide some reflection and explore ways to compassionately connect with and cultivate confidence and strength in our own voices so that we can be more effective in our personal and working relationships.
Mrs. Kameka Tate, M.A.
Associate Lecturer, The University of Akron Women's Studies Academic Program
Workshop Title- The IMPACT Media has on Our Self Image
Workshop Description- This session will explore the relationship between the media and our self image. We will also examine the status of women today in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, and age in regards to body image. This will be done through the use of videos, music, and television. ****NOTE- This workshop will contain graphic content that may trigger a strong emotional response. Feel free to step out at any point during the session.*****
Video Presentation and discussion: Miss Representation
Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Zeta Alpha Chapter
Workshop Title- Financial Fortitude
Workshop Description- Investing money and earning wealth to make a lasting impact on yourself and your community.
Session 2: 11:30-12:45
Cheryce Burton, M.S.
B.A.- Psychology and Sociology, M.S Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.
Workshop Title- School to Prison Pipeline: From Detention Hall to Juvenile Court; Saving Our Youth through the Practice of Restorative Justice
Workshop Description- This is a look at methods such as the zero tolerance policy that many schools implement and how the Courts involvement affects students of color and students with disabilities. Students are being funneled into the criminal justice system for minor infractions causing a chain reaction that, unfortunately for many, ends in dropping out of school and into prison. Restorative justice allows for students, parents, schools, and the community to try alternative forms of problem solving instead of increasing arrests.
Video Presentation and discussion: Iron Jawed Angels
Oscar-winner Hilary Swank stars in a fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history, telling the true story of how a pair of defiant and brilliant young activists took the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Mrs. Tanya Watson
Senior Manager, Software Quality- Micros Retail Systems
Amber A. Hewitt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of Akron
Workshop Title: Women Empowering Youth and Promoting Resilience in African American Communities
Workshop Description: This session will introduce participants to a community-based intervention called P.R.I.D.E.: Promoting Resilience and Identity Development through Empowerment. PRIDE is a curriculum designed to promote positive identity development, civic engagement, and resilience for African American boys and girls. Participants will learn about the components of the PRIDE curriculum and will engage in a discussion around the unique stressors facing this community. Participants will leave with strategies on how to be youth advocates and social change agents.
Session 3: 2:15-3:30
Video presentation and discussion: Makers- Women Who make America
MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy in the last 50 years. It's a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Linda Alvarado share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. MAKERS captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration, and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.
Dr. Kara Kvaran
Associate Lecturer, The University of Akron Women's Studies Academic Program
Meredith M. Turner, M. Ed
Ohio Immigration and Community Liaison, US Senate
Named one of 25 "Influential African American Women in Cleveland" (2013)
Workshop Title- The Civic-Minded Woman: Empowered and Engaged
Workshop Description- This workshop will discuss how women can become active in the affairs of their community, the importance of constituent advocacy, and how the seemingly small things can make a lasting impact. You, too, can make a difference!
Darlene A. Shuler, M. Ed., M.A.
Program Coordinator, Kent State University
Workshop Title- Graduate School & You
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Theta Eta Chapter- Cleveland City Wide
Workshop Title: Love the Way You Lie
Workshop Description: This workshop will be a multimedia look into domesic violence and abuse and the impact it has on victims and families.
When & Where
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Zeta Alpha Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
Zeta Alpha Chapter was chartered in 1967 under the direction of the Akron/Canton Alumnae Chapter and Soror Nona Ross, Regional Director.
Lauren Marsh, President
Krista Hunt, Vice President
Christina Harris, Secretary
Joy Childress, Treasurer
Tanya Watson, Primary Advisor
Danelle Holmes, Campus Advisor