We have good and bad news. Good news is our fearless leader, Kristina, is graduating this December (hopefully!) and as excited as we are for her, we are devastated to see her go. At this time, Feminist Action Project will be taking a brief hiatus from our regularly scheduled meetings next semester while we recruit new leadership and focus on planning our annual conference with the Queer & Trans Student Alliance, which will be March 30th in the Student Activity Center... SAVE THE DATE!).
If you want to volunteer for the conference or help out, contact QTSA at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Over the past eight (!) years, we’ve hosted a variety of wonderful keynote speakers such as Feminista Jones and Kim Katrin Milan, and featured tons of amazing workshops, panels, and sessions from folks around the community, so we would love for you to be involved. (P.S. You can check out all of our past conferences on our blog.)
We will start having regular meetings again in the fall semester. In the meantime, we hope you will join us in support other awesome organizations around campus run by Feminist Action Project members and other wonderful folks such as Silk Club, Healing. Expressing. Resisting. Existing. (HERE), Feminist Latinx Organization Empowering Society (FLORES), and Student Association of Gender Studies Engagement (SAGE).
The Women’s Resource Agency (WRA) is also putting on their third annual production of Amplify. Find out more here.
We will also continue having Feminist Friday, our weekly discussion series, every Friday at 1 pm in the Gender and Sexuality Center (SAC 2.112) until the End of the Semester Self Care Event on December 7th. Feminist Friday will start again the first full week of classes in the spring!
Lastly, please join us for our zine release party this Wednesday, November 28th at 7 pm in the GSC, which will be our last event for the semester. You can RSVP on the Facebook page here. There is a rumor there will be pizza. :)
The Feminist Action Project would like to thank UT's first LGBTQ-inclusive sorority Gamma Rho Lambda for its contribution to our organization. We would like to recognize the work that the members of Gamma Rho Lambda accomplished to make a much-appreciated donation to our organization.
"Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority is an all-inclusive social sorority
exemplifying the qualities of tolerance, diversity, unity, and trust,
which provides a network of assistance
in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community
service while ultimately developing the lifelong bonds of siblinghood."
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.
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!