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Gender & Equity Research Symposium – April 14, 2021


2021 Gender and Equity Research Symposium Connecting Theory, Inquiry and Practice: Working with Communities

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5th Annual Gender and Equity Research Symposium:

Becoming Change Agents in our Theory, Inquiry, and Practice

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This year the Gender & Equity Research Symposium focuses on how critical theory, inquiry, and practice can create and shape social justice for gender and sexual liberation. We also engage broad themes of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, ability, place and space, bodies, activism, etc. We invite community members to submit research proposals, to lead scholarly paper talks, moderate panels, and come to engage in interdisciplinary research that centers gender and equity towards a more just society.

  • TheoryHow we understand complex social issues. How we approach these issues. How we make sense of the world around us.  
  • Inquiry – What we discover and learn about how social problems occur. Who we study and how we amplify their voices. 
  • Practice – How we take what we’ve learned in research and from critical theories and use them in our classrooms, our campus, and in our communities. How our practice changed over time. Practice can be understood as personal practice, our experiences as activists, and the ways we resist oppression.  

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April 14, 2021 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) | Via Zoom

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Pre-Symposium Event

Black Trans Liberation Video Project – Feedback Session
Tuesday, April 13
5 – 6:30 p.m.

The Black Trans Liberation project began as a collaboration across the GLBT Center, Women’s Center and African American Cultural Center. What was intended to be a one-time panel discussion in Spring of 2020 quickly grew into a multi interview video project. Center staff and student scholars have spent the last year reviewing interviews from over 15 faculty, staff and community organizers who were asked to speak to the question, “What is our personal responsibility for Black trans liberation?” Utilizing qualitative research strategies, student scholars identified three key theme areas from the interviews and are helping to guide the creation of a 45-minute video teaching tool. Please join us for a review of the rough first draft of the video as well as a discussion around best ways to utilize this work as a means to discuss Black Trans liberation and Black futurity.

GERS 2021 Highlighted Events

Thematic Research Session: Our Voices, Our Bodies, Our Experiences as Sites of Theory, Inquiry, and Practice
10–11 a.m.

This session features the work of scholars who have given serious thought to how their work shapes and is shaped by their social, political, and cultural environments and their communities. Topics include using research to create curriculum-based programs for communities; autoethnography and the experience of miscarriage as a socially constructed experience; and how identity may create some methodological challenges. This session includes the work of scholars from NC State, Fayetteville State University and Appalachian State University.

Workshop: IPV Prevention Education
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of comprehensive prevention education models that focus on addressing root causes of interpersonal violence to create culture change. Participants will learn about campus-wide prevention education opportunities at NC State and engage in dialogue around ways to implement prevention education strategies in their own organizations and workplaces across campus.

Panel: Connecting Theory, Inquiry and Practice: Working with Communities
12:30 – 2 p.m. (Main Room)

The panel provides an opportunity to learn how scholars and community practitioners are bridging the relationship between the academy and communities. The panelists for this conversation intertwine their community work, with research, organizing, theory, and praxis. Participants will have the opportunity to join breakout rooms with the panelists to talk more in-depth about their work and to learn ways to bridge theory, inquiry, and practice.

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2021 Gender and Equity Research Symposium Connecting Theory, Inquiry and Practice: Working with Communities

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