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Womyn of Color Conference


UC Riverside to Host Womyn of Color Conference

Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” Part of Conference Program

(April 11, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (April 11, 2003) -- Students, educators, and community members from all over California will gather at UC Riverside Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 for the “Womyn of Color Conference.”

Approximately 300 people are expected at the conference, which will include dialogue, workshops, speakers, films, and a performance of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the University Lecture Hall.

Workshops will focus on women’s education, poverty, violence, health, and other community challenges. Most conference events will be held in the area around the Humanities and Social Sciences building.

“Presenters for the workshops come from all over California,” said Vianey (Vi-ah-nay) Ramirez, a graduating senior in women’s studies and sociology at UC Riverside and a member of the organizing committee. “This conference is vital because it gives us a safe space to engage in critical dialogue about our experiences with violent racial, heterosexual, gender and class oppression.” She said the conference is one way to educate people, especially women of color, about how to combat that oppression.

UC Riverside Departments and organizations sponsoring the conference include the Associated Students of UCR, Women in Coalition, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on AIDS/HIV, the University of California Student Association, the Women's Studies Department, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, the Asian Pacific Student Programs office, the Chancellor’s office, Chicano Student Programs and Native American Student Programs.

A website at http://womynofcolor.ucr.edu includes registration forms, as well as descriptions of workshops on subjects such as self-defense, sexual abuse in the military, women’s reproductive health, labor issues, and the under-representation of Chicanos/Latinas in higher education.

The conference costs $13 per person, which includes breakfast both days, a box lunch on Saturday and a ticket to the Saturday afternoon production of Vagina Monologues, a series of monologues from women of different ages and backgrounds about their life experiences.

Limited free registration is available until April 16th. For additional information, comments, or questions email at womynofcolor2003@yahoo.com, or call (909) 787-3621.

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