UHD’s 8th Annual Gender Conference is Thursday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dynamic conference will include presentations by UHD faculty and students, exploring the ways in which gender relates to sexual and domestic violence, race, media, education, literature and the workplace.
The keynote speaker is Erin Mari Morales-Williams. Born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Morales-Williams is a community based healer, educator, and activist. For over a decade she has taught and directed a wide range of programs in schools and community organizations throughout New York City and Philadelphia. She is currently the founder and director T.U.F.F. (Turn Up for Freedom) Girls, an arts based and activist driven community leadership program for Black and Latina youth.
Morales-Williams earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University and her dissertation, Tough Love: Young Urban Women of Color as Public Pedagogues and Their Lessons of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, was also awarded by the Myra Sadker Foundation in 2011. She taught teacher education at its College of Education for several years and recently rejoined Temple’s faculty as an adjunct where she teaches the course, Education for Liberation. Morales-Williams will discuss the emotional and mental experiences she had during her dissertation field experience at a teen summer camp within a community center in her hometown of the Bronx, NY.