Please consider joining us for the third annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Baker University Center at Ohio University. A detailed schedule of events is available on the Women’s Center’s website. Registration is required and includes a free boxed lunch for those affiliated with Ohio University if registered before 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Registration is open now!
This conference is ideal for those currently enrolled in graduate school, who have an interest in attending graduate school, or who are looking for professional development opportunities.
Throughout the day, concurrent presentations and workshops will cover topics as far-ranging as cultivating a good letter of recommendation, feminist pedagogy, choosing an academic career, an American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop, a panel on entrepreneurship, and more!
The Women in Graduate School Day Conference is sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Graduate College, the OHIO Alumni Association, Graduate Student Senate, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. M. Geneva Murray, Director of the Women’s Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured keynote speaker Chitra Panjabi will join us during lunch.
Chitra Panjabi most recently served as president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), where she advanced SIECUS’ efforts to reshape social, cultural, and political narratives around sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.
An award-winning feminist activist with a professional background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Chitra has previously served as a national executive officer — vice president for membership — for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising, and membership engagement. Chitra has also held roles at The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National Woman’s Party at Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C. (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument).
Chitra’s volunteer leadership has included service on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation and on the Executive Committee for the Women’s Information Network (WIN), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advancing young women’s personal and professional growth. She was honored to be named a 2018 Fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellowship and to receive WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award in 2017 for her work in Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights.
Chitra Panjabi will share her story and experiences growing up in a conservative, immigrant household and her path to feminism, eventually leading to a career as a professional feminist advocating for women’s rights and social justice. She will also share insights into the challenges that women leaders, particularly those of color, face; how to navigate those challenges in difficult environments; and the role we each can play in shaping (and demanding!) our society and culture to be more welcoming to diverse leaders and leadership styles.