The Women's Studies Program and the Conference Program Committee at Texas Tech University proudly hosted the 26th Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education, on the campus of Texas Tech University, March 5, 2010. Our theme for this year was Regarding Nature: Gender, Identity and Ecologies of Change.
The Conference sessions were held in the Student Union Building, Second Floor meeting rooms. The keynote address was given by Internationally Renowned Activist working on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Native America Winona LaDuke.
Prior to Ms. LaDuke's speech we hosted famous speeches by women called "Voices of Feminism". This performance was a complement to the celebration of Women's History Month.
A special thank you to the Texas Tech University, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement for their support of Ms LaDuke.
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.
As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities.
In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDue was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls in 1997), and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization's work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman.
She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program as well as a board member of the Christensen Fund. She is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.
Contact Tricia Earl ( firstname.lastname@example.org), Women's Studies Coordinator, to volunteer.