32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
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32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference

32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference

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Pauley Ballroom

2475 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94720

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2017 Empowering Women of Color Conference | Unbound and Unboxed: Owning, Asserting, and Uplifting our Whole Selves

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde

The 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference, “Unbound and Unboxed: Owning, Asserting, and Uplifting our Whole Selves” is designed to answer the call for collective healing issued by the ongoing state of racial, political, environmental, and economic trauma. Through the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman and first woman to run for president, we know that “women in this country must become revolutionaries…and so we must prepare ourselves educationally, economically, and psychologically.” In her trailblazing 1970 presidential campaign, Shirley Chisholm stood “unbought and unbossed.” At the 2017 Empowering Women of Color Conference we stand united; unbound and unboxed.
This year’s theme speaks to the need for collective care and affirmation as a means of preparation, preservation, and resistance. Now more than ever, womxn of color can no longer afford to neglect ourselves while on the frontlines of global battles against social injustice. We must nurture and free ourselves from the limits and labels imposed on us, so that we may move effectively on the path to liberation.
This year we aim to provide a space where womxn of color can come together to hear one another as we explore new imaginings of freedom and well-being. Through a series of innovative workshops, radical healing spaces, a panel discussion, and speakers, we will explore how we as womxn of color can preserve ourselves and our communities as we work towards changing the world. As we proudly celebrate 32 years of the Empowering Womxn of Color Conference, we invite people of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, immigration statuses, gender identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds to use this as a safe-space for discussion, community building, and healing.


What is the conference agenda?

To see more information of our keynote speakers, workshops, and plenary panel, check out ewocc.wordpress.com.

How can I volunteer at EWOCC?

Volunteers are are great way to support EWOCC. All volunteers do not pay admissions and get a free t-shirt. If interested in volunteering, please do not register and email ewocc-ga@berkeley.edu.

I don't have the resources to pay for EWOCC.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot pay, please contact ewocc-ga@berkeley.edu.

Is there an age limit and/or ID requirements to enter the event?

All minors under 18 years of age must bring a printed & signed Emergency Contact Form and an Authorization to Treatment Waiver. These forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. 16 & 17 year olds (with valid ID) can come unaccompanied by adults as long as they have their completed and signed forms. Youth 15 & under must come with adult supervision -- doesn't have to be parents although a signed waiver from their parents is needed (i.e., a 14 year old can come with her 19 year old sister so long as she has her forms completed & signed by her parent or legal guardian). Both forms can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ey4avd0iajgtat7/EWOCC_Youth Waiver Form.pdf?

What are my transportation options?

There is hourly parking available in the UnderHill Garage, located on College Ave and Channing Way. There is also some hourly parking inside campus. Make sure you read all signs wherever you park and pay appropriately! We do not provide parking for our guests and encourage you to take public transportation. BART is a great option, and our nearest station is Downtown Berkeley (http://www.bart.gov/). AC Transit also has many lines that run straight to campus (http://www.actransit.org/).

How can I contact the conference organizer?

Please email ewocc-registration-ga@berkeley.edu or refer to our website: http://ewocc.wordpress.com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring a printed copy of your ticket on the day of the event to the registration tables.

What is the refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds available.

Will childcare be provided?

Unfortunately, due to university policy and restrictions, we cannot provide childcare at EWOCC 2017. However, children are still welcome! All children below the age of 12 will be provided with a crayons and a radical coloring book.

Will there be accomodations for breastfeeding mothers?

Yes! We welcome breastfeeding moms to breastfeed in any and all EWOCC spaces. For those who should want more privacy, we will have specially designated areas for breastfeeding mothers.

Will there be a prayer space?

Yes! We will have a sanctuary space designated for prayer, meditation, and any spiritual or emotional needs of conference attendees.

Is the building wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Pauley Ballroom has wheelchair access in all areas. There is an elevator that will get you to the 3rd floor of the MLK Student Union.

Where are the gender neutral bathrooms?

The closest gender neutral bathrooms are located in a nearby building. We will have signs directing attendees to gender neutral bathrooms.

Is your question not answered here? Email us at ewocc-ga@berkeley.edu

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