Guest Speaker(s) 2015

Spoken Word Performer

Friday, April 17, 12:45 p.m.

Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Roby Adams - Spoken Word Performance
Undergraduate Student, Texas Tech University

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Words have power. At only 21, Robyn Adams is already going to head-to-head with some of the world’s top poets, and the path she has taken has taught her that lesson well.

A mentor turned her on to poetry as a freshman in high school and since then, she has not only competed but performed across the country – including taking the stage at the Apollo Theater in New York City in front of a sold-out show. In 2013, she interned at Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s Creative Writing Camp, as well, helping them to find the words and imagination to express their inner most feelings and experiences.

What she has learned through those encounters is the importance of creativity and having a voice. She said most of her own pieces center on social concerns, and she uses her poetry as a platform to seek change for those issues in the world around her.

Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 17, 1:00 p.m.

Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Topic: Reproductive Justice

Loretta Ross, Women's Rights & Human Rights Leader

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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, Sex Education Activist and founder of Sex Plus on YouTube

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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

Special Guest

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.

Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Pamelya Herndon
Pamelya Herndon, Executive Director of Southwest Women’s Law Center, New Mexico

Pamelya Herndon is a former Deputy Cabinet Secretary and General Counsel in New Mexico State government. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Ms. Herndon  has worked to help an array of women of all races and ethnic backgrounds achieve their full economic and personal potential. She is a long time member of the National Council of Negro Women and sits as a member of the Board of Directors of Emerge New Mexico.   She serves as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of US New Mexico Federal Credit Union and is President Emeritus of the Board of the Con Alma Health Foundation.


Call for Proposals Nowuntil February 6, 2015
Conference Prep Workshop Fall/Spring
DEADLINE for Call for Proposals DUE February 6
Presenters Notified February 20
Registration Begins January 3, 2015
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Volunteer Training April 1 & 2
Deadline for Early Registration April 3
Late Registration April 4-17
Pre-conference Event April 16
Conference April 17 & 18

Note: Check-in at the registration table, located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

Program At-A-Glance 

This three-day conference will kick off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 17 and continue on Friday, April 18 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Saturday, April 19 will continue the discussion with three Regional Directors of Women's Studies Programs panel and a TTU Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty panel, concluded by a final group workshop.

Our annual conference provides a multitude of educational offerings for professionals at all levels of experience and specialty.

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All participants will check-in at the registration table located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

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The Program, unless otherwise noted, is unable to offer travel scholarships at this time. We will announce potential funding for travel scholarships as they become available. Likewise, any discounts for area hotels will be announced as they become available.

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Volunteer Needs

Please help make the Women's Studies Conference a huge success by serving as a volunteer. Specific tasks, as well as miscellaneous duties, are offered to provide you an experience of a behind the scenes look at organizing and planning a conference of this nature. Read more...

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Conference Registration and Information Table Monitor
  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides
  • Volunteer Training 


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