2021 Conference Schedule

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Day 1: Monday, Jan. 25th, 2021

Time Session Presenters
9:00 - 9:30 AM OWHE2021 Opening Session OWHE Board
9:45 - 11:00 AM Keynote Speaker and Q&A Luhui Whitebear
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Supporting and Engaging Student Employees during COVID

Kate Walford
12:30 - 1:30 PM Mentorship Luncheon OWHE Board
2:00 -3:00 PM Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Higher Education: What if Campus Supported Every Brain Alena Ruggerio & Erica Knotts
3:15 - 4:45 PM  Building Professional Community: Staying Connected and Maintaining Focus During a Global Pandemic Sophie Pierszalowski, Stephanie Ramos & Gabs James
7:00 - 8:00 PM BYOD: Social Networking – Opportunity to come together, socialize and meet old friends as well as make new connections OWHE Board


Day 2: Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 2021

Time Session Presenters
9:00 - 10:00 AM Supporting Students of Size within the Higher Education Landscape Annie Tarter & Kim McAloney
10:15 - 11:15 AM Compelled to Shift Course: Staring the journey of aligning OHSU’s academic programs with anti-racist graduation core competencies Kirstin Moreno & Sarah Jacobs
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Striving to be an Anti-Racist Parent

Traci Boyle-Galestiantz & Terrie Quinteros 
12:30 - 2:00 PM Break  
2:00 -3:00 PM How to Form Meaningful Relationships with Students in Distance Learning Course Erin Gravelle
3:15 - 4:15 PM  UO PDX Together: Creating & Launching a Virtual JEDI Orientation Sarah Kutten & Jessa Waters
7:00 - 8:00 PM WoC Caucus Gathering OWHE Board


Day 3: Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 2021

Time Session Presenters
9:00 - 10:30 AM OWHE Wise Professional Panel: Opportunity to hear from voices currently in Higher Education, sharing experiences and tools from the perspective of a student, new professional and senior administrator Alice Harra, Jessika Chi, Ale Pena & Elizabeth Guzman Arroyo
10:45 - 11:45 AM An Ascribed Identity: The Experiences of Middle Eastern Muslim Women on College Campuses Marwa Al-Khamees
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Global Citizens or Unofficial Diplomats? Understanding the Role of U.S. Foreign Policy and Citizen Ambassadorship in the Study Abroad Student Experience

Ashley Weibel
1:00 - 2:00 PM Break  
2:00 -3:00 PM

Liberationships: Critical Mentorship as Womxn of Color in Higher Education

*This is a closed session for Womnxn of Color

Kim McAloney & Jenesis Long
3:15 - 4:15 PM  Balancing in the Rain:  How We Show Up, Practice Self-care, and Respond, Matters Today and Tomorrow! Janette Clay
7:00 - 8:00 PM Queer Caucus Gathering OWHE Board


Day 4: Thursday, Jan. 28th, 2021

Time Session Presenters
9:00 - 10:00 AM Re-Entry: Best Practices for Students Impacted by the Carceral System Hanan Al-Zubaidy
10:15 - 11:15 AM Making Room for Our Experiences with Journey Mapping Jenesis Long
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Strategies for Retaining Foster Youth in Higher Education Institutions

Sara Spiers
12:30 - 2:00 PM Break  
2:00 -3:00 PM

Reflections of Resilience: This is How We Persist

*In this session, we’d like to center voices of marginalized identities (race, class, sexual orientation, gender, ability etc.) as speakers. If you do not identify with the groups above and would like to join, please come to listen.

Kim McAloney & Ruta Faifaiese
3:15 - 4:15 PM  Finding Harmony in the Work-Life Balancing Act Becky Tuttle
7:00 - 8:00 PM Regional Reps and Campus Connections OWHE Board


Day 5: Friday, Jan. 29th, 2021

Time Session Presenters
9:00 - 10:00 AM OWHE Un-Conference

OWHE Board

*with individual group discussion and connection

11:30 - 12:30 PM Next Steps for OWHE OWHE Board
12:30 - 2:00 PM Break  
2:00 - 3:00 PM Meet The Board and Learn What it'a Like to Work with OWHE OWHE Board

Connect with Leaders

Networking with women, non-binary, and trans leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women, non-binary, and trans people can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.