CSU Gender, Race & Sexuality Undergraduate Conference Accepts Five Papers from Cal Poly

Event is Set for April 26 at Fresno State University

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Five Cal Poly student were accepted to present at the first Gender, Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference that will be hosted Friday, April 26, at Fresno State University.

The student-run conference, which is the first of its kind in women’s and gender studies, allows an opportunity for Cal Poly student activist-scholars and faculty to interact with students and faculty in similar departments across the 23-campus California State University system. Topics to be discussed at the conference include cultural representation, history, literature, film, social media, politics and the CSU system, according to the Fresno State website.

More than 70 students from across the CSU system submitted research papers for consideration. Students from Cal Poly and eight other CSU campuses — Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, San Marcos and Sonoma — and University of Richmond were selected to present.

Cal Poly will be represented by political science senior Kate Ettl (Yuba City, California), ethnic studies seniors Carlos Gomez (Bakersfield, California) and Lailani Hemmings-Pallay (Rancho Cucamonga, California), and communication studies seniors Julia Shaw (San Luis Obispo) and Madison Wiese (Bellingham, Washington).

“I’m so excited about this opportunity, because it’s really important for us to be thinking about questions of social justice and equity at a Cal State level,” said Jane Lehr, chair of Cal Poly’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department. “We need to think about the ways in which we can produce better knowledge and understanding together, the ways in which we can support each other across campuses, and the ways we can come to understand the similarities and also the differences in the different CSUs and advocate for the work of Women’s and Gender Studies departments and programs and related groups on each of those campuses.”

Students will travel to Fresno State University for the conference, where they will have the opportunity to network, discuss their papers, and talk about opportunities in the CSU system beyond undergraduate studies.

“This is a great opportunity for me as an undergrad to go to a conference and get that experience before going into academia,” said Wiese, who is minoring in women’s and gender studies. “It's going to be really exciting to learn from other students who care about gender and sexuality. It’s something I’m really passionate about, and so getting to be in that space with students from all over California talking about things we don’t normally talk about is really exciting.”

The Gender, Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference is free and open to the public. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library (Rooms 2127, 2206 and 3212).

Contact: Jane Lehr
805-756-6442; jlehr@calpoly.edu

April 22, 2019

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