This year, our theme is “The Tie That Binds.” For the past seven years – amid all of the speakers, panel discussions, and thought mapping assemblies – there has consistently been one special topic that has emerged as the most impactful. It transcends all of our backgrounds, is irrespective of race or ethnicity, and has proven to unite us professionally, topically, personally, and emotionally on the most profound levels. It is the astonishing familiarities of the spiritual beliefs and practices in our histories – our spirituality is the tie that binds us together. In one of his most recent articles, Wolff (2016) notes that engaging spirituality as a compass for social change is a necessary precondition for generating powerful coalitions like ours. Indeed, it is also the one thing that everyone quietly claims to know about us. And, candidly, it is the one thing that we’ve quietly known about ourselves – though our professional selves are often discouraged from openly discussing it or relying upon it for scientific discovery and innovation. If we are to remain the only national convening that is for women of color and not about women of color, then we owe it to ourselves to mark this as the turning point in our Conclave history and, once and for all, acknowledge and give in to our spirituality.
Join us as we explore, with this dynamic speaker,
specific strategies for overcoming the systems of oppression
in higher education that continue to marginalize
women of color in the academic STEM disciplines.
The 2017 STEM Women of Color Conclave will, once again, include the 10-hour Conclave Leadership Academy that will run in parallel with the Conclave. The Conclave Leadership Academy (CLA), generously funded by the National Science Foundation, will feature an exciting, new agenda while still providing its participants with opportunities to earn a Continuing Education Certificate in STEM Academic Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.
Whether this is your second CLA or you are new to the CLA experience, our curriculum will build on your spiritual base – offering presentations, group discussions, case studies, and other reflective activities that reinforce the essence of STEM women of color across diverse ethnicities, races, disciplines, institutions, and spiritualties.
Please, register early to receive one of the highly coveted CLA Tuition Awards. Last year’s CLA was heavily subscribed, and we anticipate a similar response for CLA 2017. Tuition Awards cover the full cost of the continuing education fee of $200, and will be available for a limited number of participants.