Women’s Center and Athena to Co-Host Women’s Leadership Conference on Oct. 8

Wednesday, September 15 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Women’s Center and Athena, the university’s women’s professional association, will co-host the Women’s Leadership Conference, “Transitioning and Transforming Together: Women’s Journeys,” on Oct. 8.

“This year's theme addresses women’s changing needs throughout our lives, our desire to connect with and learn from each other as we experience transition, and the individual and collective journeys that each of us take as leaders,” said Heather Shea Gasser, director of the Women’s Center.

The conference begins with check-in at 8 a.m., in the Student Union Building Ballroom foyer, followed by opening speaker, Luz María Gordillo, at 9 a.m., in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Gordillo is an assistant professor in the department of women’s studies and a graduate faculty in American studies at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on gendered historical processes of Mexican immigration between the U.S. and Mexico.

“We want to celebrate our differences and create an empowered campus community more inclusive of women as a group, irrespective of gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, ability or socioeconomic background,” said Gasser.

Workshop sessions will take place at 10-11:45 a.m.; 1-2:15 p.m.; and 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the conference rooms in the Student Union Building and the Idaho Commons Building. Sessions will be grouped into three sub-themes: milestones, change as a constant and enjoying the ride. They will focus on exploring issues of rites of passage, transformative growth through change, and synergistic integration of life roles and priorities.

“We want to convene and celebrate our connectedness as a community committed to empowerment and we invite all women in higher education – students, staff and faculty – to attend,” said Shauna Corry, president of Athena.

A luncheon featuring Patricia Moore as the keynote speaker will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For three years, Moore traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, she was able to respond to people, products and environments as an elder.

Moore holds undergraduate degrees in industrial, environmental and communication design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and graduate degrees in psychology and counseling and in human development in social gerontology from Columbia University; completion of advanced studies in biomechanics at New York University’s Medical School & Rusk Institute.

“Dr. Moore will speak about her personal life transitions and journey from her unique perspective as a social gerontologist,” said Corry. “Dr. Moore conducted a illuminating experiment that focused on the public’s perception of aging women. Her experiences, both negative and positive provided the inspiration for her research and practice in designing inclusive environments that address the needs of all users throughout their lifespan.”

A closing reception with President Duane Nellis will wrap up the conference in the Idaho Commons Whitewater and Clearwater rooms at 4 p.m. The reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, door prizes and live entertainment.

Participants should register for the conference online by Friday, Oct. 1. To register or to view a schedule of events, visit www.womensleadership.uidaho.edu.

Since 1972, the University of Idaho Women's Center has been a voice for gender equity on campus, discussing issues of concern to women and minorities, holding informational conferences, organizing educational programs, networking and doing valuable work through numerous committees. For more information, call (208) 885-6616 or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.
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