Trinity Students Attend National Women’s Studies Conference

Keynote Speaker Is Feminist Scholar Whose Work They Have Studied

(L-R): Amber Townsend ’16, Shanelle Morris ’16, Lara (Omolara) Abiona ’16, and Fatima Al Ansar ’17 attend the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association Conference

Hartford, CT, December 18, 2014 – Trinity was well-represented at the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Staff from Trinity’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs accompanied 11 undergraduate students to the event, themed “Feminist Transgressions.” The keynote speaker, celebrated feminist scholar bell hooks, is an author whose work the students have been reading in women, gender, and sexuality (WMGS) studies and human rights classes.

Over 1,500 students, faculty, and staff from colleges and universities across the United States attended the conference; 542 workshops were offered. Topics ranged from preventing violence on and off campus to the pedagogical relevance of singer Beyoncé’s lyrics.

Shanelle Morris ’16, majoring in international studies in Latin America and the Caribbean and minoring in human rights, said attending the conference was truly memorable. “From domestic violence in the home to austerity measures in Palestine, bell hooks and Angela Davis have made me realize that a true feminist is against every form of violence,” said Morris.