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Women's Empowerment Conference
Start Date: 4/7/2018
End Date: 4/7/2018
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The Division of Student Affairs invites students to a Women's Empowerment Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7. The conference theme, "Your Story Is Essential," will concentrate on identifying your story and the importance of telling your truth.

The conference will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, with a lecture by Bree Newsome in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom located on the fifth floor of the Arkansas Union. The lecture, "Tearing Hate from the Sky," will discuss how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference with courage, zeal and the support of others.

Newsome is a contemporary civil rights icon who first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. She climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag. Newsome skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.

Newsome will also speak as part of the as a keynote for the opening of the Women's Empowerment Conference on Saturday, April 7.

The Women's Empowerment Conference will consist of educational sessions, topic discussions, and self-reflection exercises. The conference schedule includes:

9 a.m. – Bree Newsome, Opening Remarks

10 a.m. – Educational Session I

11 a.m. – Educational Session II

Noon – Lunch (Topic Discussions)

1 p.m. – Learn to Tell Your Story

2:30 p.m. – Self-Reflection Exercise

3 p.m. – Conference Ends

The conference is free for University of Arkansas students and lunch is provided. Registration can be found on Hogsync through the Office of Student Activities forms and is due by midnight on Monday, April 2.

For more information about the Women's Empowerment Conference, please contact Mary Skinner (, Trisha Blau ( or Kristin Wyninegar ( with questions, or call (479) 575-5255.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by New Student and Family Programs, the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, and the Office of Student Activities. For more information please email or call (479) 575-5255.

Location Information:
Main Campus - (ARKU) Arkansas Union  (View Map)
Arkansas Union
435 N. Garland Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: 479-575-2146
Contact Information:
Name: Office of Student Activities
Phone: 4795755255
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