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Conference workshops


The Power Within: What is it Like to be a Woman in Emergency Medicine?

What’s it like being a woman in emergency medicine? It means you can work hard, sometimes even harder than your male counterparts, to receive the same recognition. It can often mean making less than your counterparts. It means a lot of sacrifice. Being a woman in medicine is a tough job, but it may be more tough in emergency medicine. As a collective of hard working physicians and professionals, it’s important to validate our experiences and form a support network.


Not Just Book-Learning: Bringing non-academic work experience to academia

 This workshop focuses on how experience in jobs outside of academia can inform and support academic labor on all levels--not just for graduate research projects but also for undergrads learning in a variety of ways and for educators looking to collaborate in new ways. We also want to consider how work looks different in different spaces and to different people and the ways in which broader understandings of experience and work have positive outcomes. Through conversation with attendees, we want to expand the ways we think about work inside and outside of academia and think about how those experiences shape how we understand our pasts, presents, and futures. In this workshop, we hope attendees will gain ways to think about the different aspects of their work complexly.


 Supporting Survivors 

Presentation on how to support survivors, respond to disclosures, and scope of services from Center for Survivors.


Intro to StartSmart Salary Negotiation for Students

Empower yourself with skills to negotiate your way to success! Join our Intro to StartSmart Salary Negotiation Workshop and pave the way for a brighter financial future. AAUW Start Smart is an in-person workshop designed for students who are about to enter the job market. It teaches students how to negotiate for their first job and create a personal budget.

Reclaiming Self-Care: An Act of Self-Preservation

The workshop will focus on care as a value-driven, community practice and encourage participants to (a) deconstruct the idea of self-care, (b) engage with community-based ideas of accessible self-care, and (c) reflect on personal practices for self-care. The process will be rooted in tenets of narrative practices, and rights-based, non-oppressive practices. Through reflections, discussions, and visual arts-based activities, the group will engage with the idea of self-care and communities of care guided by principles of decoloniality and social justice.


Casual Sexism and Its Contribution to the Patriarchy

The workshop would essentially be focused on sexism that intercedes itself into specifically college culture or young adult culture without being noticed or just being widely accepted as the norm. The beginning would involve an explanation of that premise, essentially highlighting what I mean by casual sexism (microaggressions), as well as defining the patriarchy and the connection between the two. The workshop would then involve referencing common examples of sexist microaggressions that occur on a college campus setting and then would utilize live polling to determine how common these instances are and then a discussion of the deeper meaning of each of these microaggressions would occur. Finally, the floor would open to questions and a final note would be added to conclude the workshop.


Ending Salary Inequality for Social Workers

The social work profession is commonly thought to be a female controlled career. Why then are we still seeing unequal levels of pay that cater to a patriarchal society? In this workshop we will discuss the magnitude of the gender pay gap in the field of social work and many ways to work towards the diminishment of it.

Supporting the First-Generation Students of Today

In this session, we will discuss the importance of knowing and supporting first-generation students on a large college campus. We will discuss the idea that "we have a whole community who we can lean on and go to for support" only feels true for first-generation students when support is in place to build that community. First-generation students hold multiple identities, so we will touch on intersectionality. Identities have a huge impact on us as individuals and how we perceive others as well. Lastly we will go over how MSU has been and will continue building support for these students. 


It's More Than Horses

The Barbie Movie was one of this summer's biggest blockbusters, but critics have wrongly claimed it to be anti-men. However, this film simply and purposefully pointed out how inequities around gender show up in the media and the real world. In this session we will explore how this film utilized narratives around patriarchy, challenged restrictive masculinity, championed gender liberation for all, and how in a world full of Kens, we can try to be an Allan.


Gender and Clothing; Style, Costuming, and Drag

Tristian Laney shared his experience with gender and dressing through a lighthearted deep dive into what it means to express oneself through clothing. From drag performance to business clothing to punky streetwear, this workshop hopes to bring out the style icon in everyone.


Advocacy for Emergency Contraceptive

Emergency Contraceptives, also known as Plan B or "the morning after pill", is something that is known to be expensive and inaccessible. There is a lot of stigma around the topic of emergency contraceptives. We will be discussing how to become an advocate for accessible and affordable emergency contraceptives for college students.


Fortified and Fugitive: A Multiracial Movement for the Win

What if a vibrant, multiracial movement for justice is within our grasp? What practices make it possible for us to not only build this movement, but to be its courageous membership? In this session, participants will explore how to cultivate mutual resilience so that we can more effectively resist the ideology of racial capitalism and racial practice, and Autumn will offer a set of practices for moving in formation and sustaining human connection as we navigate a time of rapid change.


The Power of We

Restorative Practices (RP) borrow heavily from indigenous communities (namely Odawa and Maori) and the ancient African concept of Ubuntu ("I am because we are"). As social beings, humans are hardwired with a deep need for connection and to be in relationship with others. This workshop will expose participants to a specific RP (circles) as a way to build community and capacity for both individuals and groups.


Building Healthy Relationships

This workshop aims to teach skills used to build and maintain all types of healthy relationships that people may experience (romantic, platonic, professional, sexual, roommate, etc). This workshop will highlight what an abusive relationship looks like and how to support those impacted by relationship violence. This workshop will share campus and community resources available to community members impacted by relationship violence.


Women Leadership vs Leadership

When discussing men in leadership positions, we often omit gender descriptors to emphasize their leadership roles. However, when addressing women/womxn in leadership positions, acknowledging gender becomes crucial. This workshop will delve into the biases present when examining leadership through a gender lens. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and explore tools for challenging and changing the existing norms.

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