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Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 17

1:00 p.m.
Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Topic: Reproductive Justice


loretta ross

Loretta Ross, Women's Rights & Human Rights Leader

Loretta Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change.

Ross is a nationally-recognized women's rights and human rights leader. She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Read more...

Reproductive Justice (RJ)

Exploring the term, which calls for careful attention to reproductive oppression, expanding beyond sterilization abuse to critique many interrelated issues such as population control, immigration restrictions, the gun culture, prison-to-school pipelines, and prosecution of women for pregnancy-related behaviors, etc. While RJ was created by African American women in 1994, it doesn’t only apply to women of color because it is based on the human rights framework, and everyone has the same human rights which are intersectional and apply to all. As one of the original creators of RJ, my presentation would cover all these aspects of Reproductive Justice that is quickly becoming the primary framework new voices in the movement are using to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.

Special Guest

Friday, April 17

6:00 p.m.
Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Topic: "Taking Down Rape Culture"


laci green

Laci Green, Sex Education Activist and founder of Sex Plus on YouTube

Laci Green is a 25-year-old sexuality geek based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the creator and host of the largest sex education show on the internet called Sex Plus! Sex+ consists of a biweekly video series, daily blogging, university lectures, and community activism. The project currently reaches over 5 million people each month in over 100 countries. Green also produce videos for Planned Parenthood and MTV. Formerly, she helped launch Discovery’s science news show, “DNews”, to 1 million subscribers. She left in October 2014 to work on other projects. Read more...



One in four female students and one in six male students are sexually violated while earning their degree.  For other marginalized groups, the statistics are even more grim.  In this program, we take an in-depth look at our culture’s attitudes and responses to sexual violence. Using pop culture examples, videos, and discussion questions, this program illuminates the problem and helps bring it to a halt.


Orientation, sexual assault prevention, Title IX requirements, harm reduction requirements


Section 1a - What is rape culture?

Section 1b - Forces upholding rape culture

Section 2 - Combatting rape culture with consent culture

Section 3 - Action items (interpersonal and institutional) to end rape culture


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  • February 6 - CFP due
  • February 20 - Presenters Notified
  • April 3- deadline for pre-registration (includes breakfast & lunch)
  • April 4 - April 17 - any late registrations, received after this date as well as on the day of the conference,will not guarantee the continental breakfast and/or luncheon
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