Monday, April 17, 2017

For the first time in history, the Feminist Action Project hosted a joint conference with the Queer and Trans Student Alliance. Entitled Intersectional Advocacy: Queer, Trans, and Feminist Identities in Changing Political Climates, the conference welcomed more than 150 UT and non-UT students, faculty, staff, and community members for its two-day conference. As Kim Katrin Milan kicked off the conference with her delightful, engaging keynote speech, the conference the  followed with a full day of workshops and panels, focusing on issues that those with queer, trans, and/or feminist identities encounter in these changing political climates. From the International Indigenous Youth Council, to BeVocal, the conference was possible with attempts and efforts of many organizations to frame and highlight dialogues in light of current political events.

The Feminist Action Project would like to dedicate many thanks to Events Co-Sponsorship Board, BeVocal, Queer Graduate Student Alliance, Student Government, UT Co-Op, Pride & Equity Faculty-Staff Alliance, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, Human Rights Student Advisory Council, Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, the Orange Jackets, the Gender and Sexuality Center, Queer and Trans Student Alliance, and Senate of College Councils, who helped to make this wonderful event possible.

Photo Credit: Kristina Nguyen
 Thanks to BeVocal, every attendee and participant received a free tote bag!
 Photo Credit: Kristina Nguyen
Led by Natalia Peddycoart and Marilyn Russell from BeVocal, a workshop entitled BeVocal: Finetuning Your Bystander Activism shared informative knowledge on how to enhance confidence and motivation as bystanders when encountering and intervening acts of injustice. 



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Conference Evaluations!

Thanks so much to all who registered for and/or attended our conference. We would love to hear your feedback about the conference weekend! Please fill out this form, or bring a hard copy to the Gender & Sexuality Center. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Conference Program!

Check out the 2017 Conference program here!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Musings of a #lonelyfeminist Issue 6!

We want to give a special thanks to the parents and family members of Texas Parents for the Student Organization Grants that they have graciously given us.

Link to Texas Parents:

Link to this year's Zine:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Conference Program 2016!

Feminist Action Project is excited to share our Conference Program with you! Hope you can make it this weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

We are now live with registration for this year's conference registration! This year's event will begin with a keynote speech by Kim Katrin Milan in the evening of April 8th and will continue the next day with a day full of workshops on Saturday April 9th. The title is “Mapping Out the Crossroads, Beyond Mainstream Feminism.” We hope for this theme to encompass community building and a thorough examination of feminist history. 
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Wait! Did you scroll through the whole form and hit "Submit"? Thank you for checking. The suggested registration fee of $15 includes snacks, food and drink, admission to Friday’s performance evening; and all other conference activities. 
Please note the sliding scale if you are unable to pay $15, or if you wish to donate more. No one is turned away for lack of funds! 
Payments can be made the day of the conference through check, cash, or Paypal. 
Thank you! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Check out this sweet mini-doc about our conference!!! Special thanks to Elizabeth Kushnereit, Victoria Chapa, and Remigo Vitales!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Workshop Descriptions

If you were curious about the workshops during the conference, we are very happy to have these wonderful workshops on Saturday. Hope we will see you there!

Session A (12:20-1:50 pm)
Perspectives from Feminist Generations / Waves in Texas
RocĂ­o Villalobos, Glenn Scott, Alice Embree
Gender & Sexuality Center, SAC 2.112
We will lead a conversation with two feminist activists from the Second Wave of the 1970’s and two young feminists currently organizing on reproductive justice, immigrant justice and anti-racism. These four facilitators will build a conversation around the following questions: What drew you to activism? What was the historical context? What are the challenges you face(d) in your activism? What can others learn from your experience? Throughout the workshop, the discussion leaders will promote active dialogue with participants around the above questions and others that arise.

Building Accessibility Into Your Intersectionality: Combatting Ableism in Progressive Movements
Jessica Mitchell
Executive Conference Room, SAC 3.114
Progressive movements have often excluded the needs of disabled individuals, creating divisions between disability activists and other progressive causes and furthering barriers to intersectionality. These barriers are often thought of as physical, yet frequently transgress corporeal bounds into mental and emotional spaces to create psychologically toxic environments to those with medical, physical, emotional, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. 
This workshop will address the details of these environments, the causes, and how they are maintained. We will learn how to build environments that areaccessible, safe, and welcoming to disabled individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally and learn how to respond when disabled needs are not met. Areas covered will include language, physical spaces, organizing and event planning, protests and demonstrations, and inclusionary practices.

Muted Voices, Botched History
Kate Lemley and Aja Rodriguez
Student Government Office, SAC 2.102
Our interactive, group discussion-based workshop aims to discuss the history of silencing voices in US History. We will examine privilege and power and the effects these concepts have had on public education and what is thereby perceived to be "general knowledge" in the United States. Texas State Graduate Student Aja Rodriguez and UT Undergrad Kate Lemley plan to facilitate these ideas in both historical and modern lights.

Session B (2:00- 3:20 pm)
Humans Cosplaying Robots: Exploring Vulnerability Through Art Making
Gender & Sexuality Center, SAC 2.112
Our goal is to hold a media and art making workshop that incorporates, highlights, and draws from our identities and experiences as fat queer femme people both as a collective and as individuals. We will hold a conversation about the ways in which personal identities and proximities to privilege and marginalization inform the media that we create as well as the media that we see and are surrounded by. During the course of this workshop we will accomplish this by presenting writing prompts we have gathered about bodies and how bodies inform experiences. We will hold space for those who feel alienated by or uninterested in using writing in their art-making, and speak about our experiences creating FAT: the play as well as FAT: the play: the zine.

Doing Feminism in Austin: Intersectional Feminist Praxis at Work
Women’s Community Center of Central Texas
Student Government Office, SAC 2.102
Jobs in social justice organizations are coveted and hard to come by. But those organizations can sometimes be surprisingly unjust places on the inside. Employees deal with low pay, little or no benefits, long hours, minimal flexibility, little power-sharing, and few opportunities for professional growth or development, all with the expectation that you’re grateful to be able to work for the cause. Systems like fundraising often clash with feminist values. The presenters on this panel will talk about how they work to create feminist space within and around the non-profit industrial complex. We’ll talk about what feminist workspace can look like, sustainability, accountability, what professionalism means in a feminist context, practicing intersectionality, practicing solidarity rather than charity, and more.

What Is it That We’re Talking About Here: An Exploration of (Some) of the Basic Components of Sexism
Ana “Ixchel” Rosal
Executive Conference Room, SAC 3.114
This workshop is geared toward those who are new to and/or curious about the work of the women’s movement and feminism. Through this workshop, participants will examine some of the basic mechanism of sexism. What does sexism look like? How do we experience it in our daily lives? What are the institutions that uphold sexist oppression and how do they do that? Come with your questions, and an open mind, and together will build a shared understanding of how sexism works.

Session C (3:30-4:50 pm)
Sex Work and Feminism
Texas Sexes
Multicultural Engagement Center, SAC 1.102
A collective of Austin area Sex Workers will hold a panel made up of current and former sex workers. We will speak about our work and answer questions, as well as discuss how our work intersects with feminisms and other issues.

Trigger warning: we will be talking about many different types of sexuality, BDSM, trauma among other things

What Goods Are We Really Being Sold?
Shane Whalley
Executive Conference Room, SAC 3.114
When you watch commercials do you feel like there is more going on than just being sold a product? In this workshop we will watch commercials and talk about what they "teach" about gender roles.