Conference Focuses on Empowering Women

By Tom McLaughlin

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers University–Camden will host a daylong conference highlighting women’s and gender issues, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 25.

The “Disrupting Power and Privilege to Empower Women” conference, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Campus Center.

The conference will feature a series of engaging panel discussions, performances, lectures, and workshops spanning an array of significant topics, such as identities, infertility, equality, black masculinities, sexism, young feminists, and feminist activism.

“This is the first such conference in the history of Rutgers–Camden that signals the growth and transformation of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, as well as the readiness of our campus to engage in discussion relevant to women’s and gender issues on this campus,” says Gail Caputo, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

The dialogue will begin with an interactive roundtable addressing the conference’s theme. Leading the discussion will be Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers–Camden; Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Community Leadership Center; and Kris Lindenmeyer, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the dean of graduate education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the keynote address.

Registration is limited. For more information or to register, visit

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