Pre-Conference Event

April 14th | Kick-off Event


Get Together Girls

Get Together Girls (2012)
The award winning documentary about the community project that has transformed the lives of a group of Kenyan former street girls.

The project Get Together Girls (GtoG) was created by Grace Orsolato in Ngong, a village in the mountains around Nairobi, Kenya, at Anita's Home, a Koinonia Community project for the marginalized children. The girls that live here (age 4-18) were taken out of the streets of Nairobi and most of them have been had a very difficult childhood. : begging for money, not having a place where to sleep, not having a family and often trying to run away not to be abused. In Anita's Home they attend formal school and grow up in a responsible and peaceful environment. Some of the girls though in the last two years have reached the full age and since the end of their school program, they have been home – reintegrated without the certainties of job opportunities.

Grace Orsolato met these girls during her experience as the responsible for the Amani Onlus Ngo volunteer camp at Anita's Home and in December 2009 she quit her daily administration job at the very established firm Pirelli to create a tailoring school for those girls that had finished the school program at Anita's Home. She brought all the sewing machines and the rest of the equipment to Kenya and had her friend, the Italian stylist Roberta Vincenzi, hosting a free tailoring course for nine selected girls. They learned the basics of the craft with great enthusiasm and have become the official creators of fashionable handmade clothes for women for Get Together Girls Collection.

For this documentary, the director Vanessa Crocini spent a month at Anita's Home (March/April 2011) following the girls of GtoG in their work schedule and in their daily activities to see how their lives have changed and what their approach to the job is. The camera has captured the connection between the girls and Grace and her capacity to associate with them like a mother/sister, as she is a strong pillar in their lives.

Program At-A-Glance 

This three-day conference will kick off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 14 and continue on Friday, April 15 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker.

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

Past Film Screenings include:

  • Girl Rising
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • The Education of Shelby Knox

Past Poetry & Readings include:

  • "Wonder Woman" - poem by Genny Lim (read by Jeanne Haggard)
  • "Sisterhood" - by Gloria Steinem (read by Felicia LaFuente)
  • "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" by Audre Lourde (read by Dr. Aretha Marbley)
  • "Real Women Have Curves" - by Josefina Lopez (read by Jeanne Haggard)

girl rising

Girl Rising


pray the devil back to hell film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


education of shelby knox

The Education of Shelby Knox

Film & Panel Discussion


voices of feminism opening performance

"Voices of Feminism"

Poetry & Reading


What attendees have said about the conference

  • Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed.  I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
  • I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)

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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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