Fresh on the heels of the new year, we held our 2020 annual SIROW Regional Partner Meeting on January 24th and 25th, 2020. For another consecutive year, our members converged in Tucson for a weekend of networking, brainstorming, and visioning. We had representation from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Brigham Young University, Colorado College, University of Colorado Boulder, Metropolitan State University Denver, University of Nevada Reno, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Regis University, and Texas Tech University!
Our group discussed a number of pressing issues including how to support students in the midst of increasingly visible hate crime incidents across our campuses, how to prevent burnout and mentor new leaders in administrative roles, and how to best prepare our gender and women's studies students for the post-graduation job market.
At this year's meeting we added an additional workshop run by SIROW's associate director, Claudia Powell, on collaborative and community-based research to our meeting which attendees found useful and got the wheels turning for future projects and opportunities for collaboration throughout the region. We also enjoyed a lunch time lecture on the history of consciousness raising in the feminist movement from Liz Kinnamon, a PhD candidate in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. We were also lucky enough to visit the University of Arizona's Art Museum and stroll through Tucson's 4th Avenue District after our official business came to a close.
Participants left Tucson feeling rejuvenated and inspired by the support and camaraderie shared throughout the weekend. We all look forward to remaining connected and collaborating throughout the coming year.
2020 Southwest Gender and Women's Studies Regional Meeting Attendees
Back row (L-R): Michelle McGibbney, Anne Stevens, Lorraine de Bayard de Volo, Erin Winterrowd, Valerie Hegstrom, Jen Hill, Heidi Lewis, Claudia Powell; Front row (L-R): Elizabeth Sharp, Jo Korchmaros, Stephanie Murphy, Sally Stevens, Kat Martinez, Debbie Boehm