Workshop Descriptions

Thursday, October 17, 2019 

11:00AM – 12:15PM


Workshop B: (Increasing Diversity in the Academy) Rauenhorst Ballroom

Invisible Life in the Academy: Experiences of Black Women Staff in Higher Education

Presenter:  Dr. Kimberly D. Johnson

Black women face a multitude of issues at colleges and universities.  There is a necessity for research that focuses solely on Black women staff in the academy.  This session will explore the workplace experiences of Black women staff at Predominantly White Institutions and the coping mechanisms used to navigate challenges in higher education.  Participants will also gain strategies for success and tools to advocate for change within their institutions.


Workshop C: (Personal and Career Development) Room 370

Resilience: The Identification and Management of Emotional Labor

Presenter:  Ms. Chastity Gaither 

Often, Black women must manage complex challenges and remain resilient, while combating the intersectionality of race, sex, and power in the workplace. These encounters often lead to Black women experiencing the burden of emotional labor. The goal of this session is to provide participants with the tools, resources, and knowledge to manage emotional labor and create a self-care action plan. Participants will engage in self-advocacy building skills as well as be provided a space to share lived experiences and develop a support network.


Workshop D: (Social Identity) Room 362

Wisdom, Experience and Survival Skills: How mentorship can bridge the gap 

Presenter: Ms. Courtney Griffin

Mentorship can provide black girls with access to the wisdom, experiences and survival skills of the individuals before them. Mentorship programs can also allow Black girls to understand and compare their experiences and build a connection with other influential people on campus. 

This presentation will offer various ways to introduce both peer and gender specific (faculty and staff) mentoring into both the traditional classroom and the online classroom. 


Thursday, October 17, 2019 

2:30PM – 3:45PM

Concurrent Sessions II

Workshop A: (The Root, Health, and Welfare) Room 361 

Keepers of Our Legacy: The Role Women of Color Play in Historic and Cultural Preservation

Presenter: Dr. Angelyn M. Anderson

Traditionally, the stories and histories of communities of color have been whitewashed or erased. Representation of our experience in print, video, and imagery is tainted and does not reveal the true richness that exists within our cultural space. This workshop will share the historical role Black women have played in documenting and preserving our history; discuss the importance of giving voice to our communities and experiences; and provide basic strategies and techniques to document memories within our community - via photography and audio - to share with future generations.


Workshop B: (Increasing Diversity in the Academy) Rauenhorst Ballroom

Strategic Mothers, Strategic Hires: Black Mothers & the Professoriate. 

Presenter: Ms. Leah N. Fulton, M.A. 

Black graduate student mothers are an overlooked, yet key demographic who can contribute to higher education's oft discussed need for more diversity within the professoriate.  I use Daniel's 2015 strategic mothering framework, which posits that Black mothers negotiate their relationship to work to accommodate family and community, to synthesize the literature and identify the factors that hinder Black mothers from pursuing opportunities in the professoriate. My framework of choice is a reclamation of the assets that Black mothers carry and a viable lens for understanding Black graduate student moms as a potential pipeline for increased faculty diversity. 


Workshop D: (Social Identity) Room 362

The Illusion of Power and Progress:  Intentional Barriers Designed for Minority Female Scholars in the Academy  

Presenters:  Dr. Zakia Y. Gates and Dr. Shantelle K. Jenkins

This session will explore the historical, cultural, and social context of higher education that shapes and procures bias towards female scholars of color. The presenters will address adverse perceptions and biases that impact equal representation among this “minoritized” group.   Feminist Theory and Social Dominance Theory will be presented as these conceptual frameworks attempt to explain the nature of both gender and racial inequality."



Friday, October 18, 2019 

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

Workshop A: (The Root, Health, and Welfare) Room 361

Reclaiming our Financial Strength: planning for a successful retirement

Presenter: Ms. Marcia Boyd

Utilizing AARP’s Financial 50+ curriculum, we will cover budgeting, credit, savings and investing strategies for retirement and beyond.


Workshop B: (Increasing Diversity in the Academy) Rauenhorst Ballroom

1000 Paper Cuts: Understanding the Emotional Toll of Underrepresentation on African American Female Professors

Presenter:  Dr. Carla Jackson

The workshop will present the results of a research study focused on the cost of underrepresentation on African American female faculty working at predominantly White colleges. The primary focus of the presentation is to highlight the stories behind the statistics by giving voice to those who are likely to endure emotional and workplace burnout as a result of race and gender biases. An unflinching portrait will emerge, but so will the beauty of resilience and dedication to the profession and to the students who are privileged to be influenced by their intellect and compassion.


Workshop C: (Personal and Career Development) Room 370

You're Not Too Old and It's Not Too Late! How to Use Social Media and Podcasting to Win Friends and Influence People.

Presenter: Ms. Karima Bouchenafa

Are you curious about how to use podcasting and social media to establish or strengthen your personal or professional “brand," add value to your organization, or expand your own skill set? In this workshop, you will learn how to extend your reach and impact, as well as how to influence (positively!) others through the use of social media and audio storytelling.  If time permits, we'll record, edit, and publish a short podcast episode during this workshop.


Workshop D: (Social Identity) Room 362

Creating a space for myself in the academy and beyond

Presenter: Ms. Ebony Adedayo

Black and African women often spend our lives living in boxes that someone else designed to control and confine us. Through the use of autoethnography as well as phenomenology and endarkened feminism as critical lenses for analysis, this presentation explores what it means for Black women to define for ourselves how we will show up in the world. In particular, it explores how Black women can center spirituality in our practice and way of being in the world, while untangling it from the vestiges of the colonial project that has used spirituality and faith as a means to dominate people.


10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

Workshop A: (The Root, Health and Welfare) Room 361

The Law:  What Does Love Have to do with It

Presenters: Ms. Ashley Mapp and Ms. Isabel Sampson Mapp

As Black women become more affluent in society, old norms exist that stop them from protecting themselves legally, financially and emotionally in relationships. Studies show an uptick in the numbers of women being ordered to pay alimony and child support to their previous partners. This workshop will examine strategies on how to protect yourself legally as your net worth increases with continued success. It will further explore how Black women can legally, financially, and emotionally protect their interest as they navigate the dating and/or marriage scene.


Workshop C: (Personal and Career Development) Room 370

Walking Out Our Vocation: Is the Academy Ready for Radical Entrepreneurship?

Presenter: Dr. Yvette Pye

In this workshop the presenter will share what she has learned about living one's vocation and the intersection of higher education and radical entrepreneurship through a traditional African lens.  She will lead participants in brainstorming ways to take our scholarship to the next level of entrepreneurship. Moreover, Participants will strategize ways in which we can build a solid foundation of internal and external self-worth, drive and commitment, while balancing professional and personal obligations and endeavors.  

Workshop D: (Social Identity) Room 362

Othermothering: Professional Women of Color Mentoring Young College Women of Color at Predominantly White Institutions

Presenters: Dr. Melissa Cheese, Dr. Shavonne Shorter, and Ms. Shannon Musgrove

Young college women of color often face challenges at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) that can easily have a negative impact on their academic performance and social positioning. As professional women of color who advise and teach, we serve as role models who support, empower, advocate, and ultimately help students navigate the predominantly white spaces they are in and establish a sense of belonging. Using the framework of “othermothering” participants of this session will learn about strategies designed to support young college women of color, while at the same time promoting student success and retention.