2018 PASSHE Women's Consortium Conference


2018 Conference Program (PDF)

The PASSHE Women’s Consortium will hold its annual conference at Lock Haven University on October 5-6, 2018. Our conference theme this year is Redrawing Lines, Remapping Boundaries: Growing the Groundswell in Women’s Leadership.

Keynote Speaker: Attorney Barbara Arnwine, Esq., Transformative Justice Coalition
Reception at 5:30pm, Oct. 5th, followed by keynote at 6:00pm
Keynote Speech: "The Challenge of A Multi-Dimensional Feminism and the Quest for an Expansive American Democracy”

Barbara R. Arnwine, esq

Barbara R. Arnwine, esq, president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance. She was the head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from February, 1989 until June, 2015 and holds the honorific title of President Emeritus. She has served as the Charles Hamilton Chair for the North Carolina Central University School of Law from 2016-2017 and has also taught at Columbia University School of Law. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which exposed the new modern wave of voter suppression in the states. Her groundbreaking civil rights and human rights advocacy has been honored with many prestigious awards. She is the radio host of Igniting Change and is a regular presence in the national media, and is often quoted in the press. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, community development, employment, voting, education, and environmental justice.

Ms. Arnwine’s work also includes women’s rights, especially issues affecting intersectionality and African American women and girls, immigrant rights, judicial diversity, criminal justice reform, racial profiling, health care disparities and LBGTQIA rights. A prominent leader in the civil and human rights community, she fights for the preservation of affirmative action and diversity programs. She is also an outspoken voice about the need for reparations for African Descendants in the Americas.

In addition to Ms. Arnwine’s instrumental work leading to the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, she has served in numerous other prestigious capacities, including international civil, human and women’s rights matters. Under her leadership, during her previous years at the Lawyers’ Committee and now currently at the Transformative Justice Coalition, she has participated in monitoring treaty compliance and responding to reports written by the United States regarding the requirements of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination following the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

Ms. Arnwine is a prominent founder of Election Protection (EP), the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, launched in 2004 to assist historically disenfranchised persons to exercise the fundamental right to vote. Today, the coalition consists of more than 100 organizations and thousands of attorney volunteers.. The EP Hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE and 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA, are the centerpieces of the program and over the years have received hundreds of thousands of calls in during election cycles. Additionally the EP and Lawyers’ Committee websites and social media received millions of visits over the years.

In 1995, Ms. Arnwine served as the national convener of the National Conference on African American Women and the Law held in Washington, D.C. and subsequently led a delegation to the UN’s NGO Forum and Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Her efforts there contributed to a UN Platform for Action that provides protection for women who confront multiple forms of discrimination.

In 2000, she convened the third national conference of African American Women in the Law in Washington, D.C. Some 250 participants in 15 workshops provided input into the preparation of a Report and Action Agenda for advocacy before the UN General Assembly Special Session on Women. She continues to lead the efforts of the African American and the Law Conference series, including a convening in October, 2016 and a planned convening for 2018.


Here is the conference registration link: http://www.lockhaven.edu/womensconsortium/registration.html

Hotel accommodation links: Below is the information for the two conference hotels. Please follow the directions given here to make your reservations.

Quality Inn, 31 Hospitality Ln, Mill Hall, PA 17751, USA; https://www.choicehotels.com/pennsylvania/mill-hall/quality-inn-hotels/pa180?source=gyxt

Reservations must be made by September 13th 2018 to secure the rate. There is no group code. Guests just need to name the event (PASSHE Women's Consortium Conference at Lock Haven University) when you call in to book.

Cancellations or modifications must be made by 4pm 14 Days prior to arrival.

Fairfield Inn and Suites, 50 Spring St, Lock Haven, PA 17745, USA; https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iptlh-fairfield-inn-and-suites-lock-haven/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Reservations must be made by September 6th to secure the group rate. Prepayment in full is required upon booking. Guest must use group code PASG. Or call hotel directly at 570 748-1580 to make reservation.

Any cancellation or modifications must be received by September 20th 2018


PASSHE Women’s Consortium 2018 Annual Conference

Friday, October 5 - Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lock Haven University

Theme: Redrawing Lines, Remapping Boundaries: Growing the Groundswell in Women’s Leadership

The PASSHE Women’s Consortium will hold its annual conference at Lock Haven University on October 5-6, 2018. Our conference theme this year is Redrawing Lines, Remapping Boundaries: Growing the Groundswell in Women’s Leadership.

2017-2018 has seen women of all ages taking center stage and leading their communities and nations, not only in the United States but globally, in igniting social change on several fronts. Our conversations about rape, sexual harassment and assault, domestic violence, gun violence, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and legal discrimination—including voter discrimination—have been forever transformed by the powerful women leaders of all ages spearheading these dialogues. Locally, nationally and globally, these activist movements seek to promote economic justice, environmental justice, educational opportunities, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, religious freedom, immigrant, and refugee rights to name a few of the major campaigns. Women’s leadership has established itself as the one critical element essential to transformative social change. In many instances, social media has been a powerful aid in establishing the groundswell of voices being heard in our current historical moment.

We invite 150-word proposals on the topic of women’s transformative leadership on issues pertaining to gender, racial, and social justice.  We are particularly interested in how women—and girl—led initiatives, locally in our communities and on our campuses, create, participate and adapt the larger national conversations about gender, racial and social justice. We are interested in proposals that address established narratives about women’s leadership, as well as stories of new and emerging feminist leaders, leadership issues, and leadership paradigms.  Possible topics related to this year’s theme include but are not limited to the following:

  • Young (Generation Z) women’s leadership models
  • First wave, second wave, third wave, fourth wave feminisms
  • Women, gender and social media
  • Gender and Intersectional leadership
  • Women’s leadership in the workplace
  • LGBTQ+ Rights on campus and in the community
  • #Sayhername and Women’s rights
  • #Metoo, #IWillSpeakUp, and Women’s Rights
  • #BlackLivesMatter, Black Lives Matter movement and women’s leadership
  • Grassroots feminist activism
  • Domestic and sexual violence prevention and women’s leadership
  • Literature, leadership, readership and gender equality
  • Title IX and campus women’s issues
  • Campus women’s centers and gender justice
  • Community women’s centers and feminist work
  • Generational activism (Generation Z, Millennial, etc.)

Although the consortium encourages submission on this year’s theme, we welcome submissions on all topics related to women and gender studies. Faculty, staff, directors of women’s centers, pride centers, multicultural centers, WGS programs, and undergraduate and graduate students are all invited to submit proposals. All disciplines and programs are welcome.  Those outside the PASSHE system are invited to submit as well.

Submit 150 word proposals and 50-word bio by July 20, 2018. Notification of acceptances will be emailed by July 30, 2018.

Panel proposals for up to 4 presenters are welcome. Submit a panel abstract of 150 words and bios for each presenter as one submission.

Poster submissions are also encouraged. Please submit a poster proposal of 150 words and a 50-word bio of the presenter.

Proposal submission address: consortiumsubmission@lockhaven.edu

Conference registration fees

  • Undergraduate students: Free
  • Adjunct faculty/ Staff/ Graduate Students: 25
  • Faculty/Community members: 60

For conference inquiries, please contact Dr. Gayatri Devi at gdevi@lockhaven.edu or 570-484-2284.

Conference Marketplace: A vendor marketplace featuring women-owned small businesses is a big draw for conference attendees. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Dr. Lisette Schillig at lschilli@lockhaven.edu

The PASSHE Women’s Consortium is the only organization within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that acts on behalf of all women—students, staff, faculty, and management. The Consortium’s initiatives include an annual conference dedicated to women’s and gender issues, and summer leadership institutes for faculty, staff, and undergraduate women. Membership in the Consortium is open to all genders, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation.  Visit the consortium’s website at http://passhewomensconsortium.org/


The Women’s Consortium is a unique professional network of women of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that was established in 1980. The consortium comprises faculty, staff, students and administrators from the fourteen campuses of the state system and addresses issues that affect women in higher education, local campuses and communities. Membership in the consortium is open to all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, race, ethnicity, age and ability. Membership includes access to local campus consortium chapters as well as state consortium events, activities and programs.

The PASSHE Women’s Consortium (the consortium) is the only organization within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that acts on behalf of all women--faculty, staff, students and administrators. The Consortium initiatives include an annual conference, and three summer leadership institutes for faculty, staff and undergraduate women. The leadership institutes bring representatives from all fourteen campuses together with facilitators and leadership professionals, and provide a structured forum to address leadership opportunities and skills for women across the state system. The annual conference held at one of the fourteen campuses of the state system by rotation addresses women's and gender issues in their scholarly, creative and activist dimensions. In addition to keynotes and plenaries by noted speakers, and panels structured around the conference theme, the conference also brings together alumnae from the leadership institutes, women's and gender studies faculty and students, LGBTQ studies faculty, staff and students, and campus women's center professionals.

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