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Oct. 3 - 14th Annual Ambrose Women for Social Justice Conference

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Oct 03

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rogalski Center


Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to join the discussion on globalization and gender.

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9 a.m. Check in/Coffee, Rogalski Center lobby
9:15 a.m. Welcome, Rogalski Center ballroom (center section)

Session I - 9:25-10:40

Breakout Room 1
Title: Invisibility of Urban Youth
Chris Britton, Liz Kantner, and teens from Thurgood Marshall Learning Center
This morning we will introduce and discuss Christopher Emdin's "Reality Pedagogy" and its relevance in urban education. We will provide ideas and methods to implement these practices in the classroom. Chris Britton, director of the Rock Island Youth Center, and TMLC students will share the Hip Hop(e) curriculum used at Thurgood Marshall; through poetry and stories we will demonstrate ‘our pain as propane to ignite purpose" learning strategies. Watch Chris Britton at work with YouthHope MAD

Breakout Room 2
Title: Intersectionality and End of Life Care. Workshop led by Cici Bernstrom, LSW, LMSW, Genesis Hospice: Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
This workshop will provide a working definition of globally conscious intersectionality and how it affects access to, experience in and satisfaction with current available end of life care in the US. As well, recommendations for End of Life providers and advocates to fully understand and improve access and delivery for intersectionally marginalized groups.

Breakout Room 3
Title: Gender-responsive Approaches for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Critical Analysis of Current Efforts and Suggestions for Future. Presented by Dr. Johny Augustine, MSW, M.Phil, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work at SAU.
Women play significant roles in all phases of disaster risk reduction (DRR): they have been effective volunteers for community disaster preparedness efforts; reliable sources of support for their households before, during, and after disaster; sources for community solidarity and resilience; and organizers of grassroots movements for their rights to assistance, livelihood, and housing. However, their contributions to DRR efforts are often unnoticed beyond local levels and their voices are often unheard, particularly in the decision-making processes related to DRR and related policy development (UNISDR, UNDP, & IUCN, 2009). This presentation will examine some of the gender-related capacities and vulnerabilities in natural disasters, the significance of adopting a gender-responsive strategy in DRR measures including some examples from global disaster and gender literature, and provide some recommendations to relevant stakeholders.

Breakout Room 4
Title: Winners and Losers of Mass Incarceration. Presented by Margie Mejia Caraballo, board member of QC Interfaith and the chair of the immigration committee.
This workshop will provide information regarding the history and injustices of mass incarceration of women. Race and gender inequities will be addressed.

Breakout Room 5
Title: Safe Zone: A Transglobal Perspective on Breaking (Gender) Bread. Presented by Dr. Sarah Eikleberry and members of Safe Zone.
Participants will be exposed to Sam Killerman's Genderbread framework for thinking about assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual attraction. Participants will be introduced to contemporary issues related to each category from a local and global context. Opportunities for advocacy and activism will be incorporated.

Session 2

Breakout Room 1
Title: Green Dot Bystander Intervention. Presented by Megan Levetzow, SAU Title IX Coordinator.
Help make our campus and our world safer one Green Dot at a time. Make it known that violence will not be tolerated on our campus and that it should not be tolerated anywhere. Learn how to do your part in maintaining a safe community. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.

Breakout Room 2
Title: Latina identity and the dialogic process creates culturally sustaining pedagogy in a middle school ESL classroom. Presented by Dr. Edwin Ubeda, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, SAU.
This session will explain how culturally sustaining pedagogy combined with Latina identity along lived experiences juxtaposed with present day ELs can have a positive impact. Participants will learn how the achievement gap can be addressed by looking at variables that are not quantifiable; success is not simply a numeric value but can be encapsulated through a caring pedagogy.

Breakout Room 3 
Title: Women and the Pacem in Terris Award. Presented by
Sister Mary Bea Snyder, CHM, Director Humility of Mary Center and Loxi Hopkins, Pacem in Terris committee member and volunteer for the Diocese of Davenport, board member of Interfaith Housing and Unity House.
This session will raise awareness about the powerful women peacemakers who from U.S. and around the world who have received the Pacem in Terris Award in the Davenport Diocese over the past 50+ years.

Breakout Room 4
Title: Women's Empowerment in Rural Tanzania. Presented by Leslie Klipsch, Director of Communications for Empower Tanzania, an NGO working to sustainably improve the quality of life in rural Tanzania. She is the author of Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Moms' Group Guide to Changing the World and co-host of Mama Bear Dares, a podcast dedicated to empowering others to action.
Global poverty is a sector in vital need of engagement in part because of its disproportionate impact on women and girls. This session will explore keys to empowering the most vulnerable in honoring and dignified ways through the work of Empower Tanzania, a small NGO moving mountains in Tanzania. Through programming in integrated farming, economic development, and basic healthcare and education, Empower Tanzania takes a special interest in empowering women of rural communities to take charge of their situations and thrive. Through powerful stories and examples, this session will explore the challenges and benefits of international aid and ways to shrink the unjust gap between those who live in abundance and those who perish because of lack of basic needs.

Breakout Room 5
Title: Girls Rising: A Celebration of Global Girlhoods, presented by students from the One By One Program, Tahney Khader, Taiser Khader, Rabha Haroun, Ouelymata Ba, Faridatou Issifou, Naematu Mama, Naajath Ademou, Jennifer Motcho, Charlotte Awoudi.
This workshop will celebrate global girlhoods and will teach participants about important cultural practices such as the meaning of the hijab, henna painting, hairstyling, and other traditions.

Lunch - 12:15:1:30
Round table discussions in RC Breakout Room

Session 3

Breakout Room 1
Title: Women and Social Justice, presented by Dr. Kit Ford, Assistant Professor of Theology, SAU, Spiritual Director, and Nonviolence Trainer & Campaign Nonviolence Community Action Organizer, Pace e Bene.
Wangari Maathai, Dorothy Day, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett are three Women in Social Justice who modeled great strides in social activism, environmental rights, and suffragism. This workshop explores each woman activist's life and their contributions to local and global human rights. Participants will engage in activities and reflection on the diverse call to activism for Women in Social Justice.

Breakout Room 2
Title: The Refugee Journey, presented by Amy Rowell, Director of World Relief, Moline.
Engage and learn about the history, the journey refugees travel, and how the resettlement program assists individuals from around the world that have faced persecution from countries they were born.
The story of the refugee dates back thousands of years. The Refugee Act of 1980 created a permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the United States of America for refugees of special humanitarian concern to the U.S., Join Amy Rowell, Director of World Relief Moline, the only Refugee Resettlement Agency in the Quad Cities.

Breakout Room 3
Title: Speaking Out Loud: Local and Global Activism, presented by students from LOVE girls magazine, Clare VanSpeybroeck, Jasmine Babers, and Paw Kaw Ku.
Members of Love GIRLS Magazine will discuss the dynamics of producing the quarterly publication. This young team will share the consequences of low self-esteem on girls and the challenges and successes in finding support, funding and respect for their projects.

Keynote Lecture

7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
"Hands that Shape the World: Women and Global Migration" presented by Cathi Tactaquin, Executive Director and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

About the Conference

The legacy of peace and justice initiatives at St. Ambrose University anchors Ambrose Women for Social Justice's programs in a historical context marked by faith, scholarship, and activism.

AWSJ promotes education and action for human rights and for the fair and responsible use of resources. AWSJ recognizes the need to identify, assess, and address the ways in which injustice impacts women and girls, men and boys, and to seek solutions based on interdisciplinary and gender-responsive, gender sensitive approaches.

Since 2004, AWSJ has sponsored an annual lecture series, bringing national and international speakers to campus, to highlight and discuss some of the most important social and economic justice issues of the day.

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