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DATE: Oct. 17, 2003

UM-Dearborn to hold women's leadership conference

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's Women's Studies Program is holding a leadership and activism conference called "Leadership for the 21st Century: Women Building Community in Metro Detroit" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

The one-day conference will bring together women leaders from various cultural and ethnic communities in the Detroit area to discuss gender, leadership and social change with each other and UM-Dearborn faculty, students and staff.

Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American activist in the African American community for 55 years, will be the keynote speaker. Boggs is author of Living for Change and founder of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership in Detroit. She is also a founder of Detroit Summer, a project that fosters youth initiative through community beautification projects, visioning workshops and intergenerational dialogues.

The conference also will feature an activist performance called "Living in the Hyphen-Nation" by Laila Farah, assistant professor of women's studies at DePaul University, and a panel discussion with Anan Ameri of ACCESS, Amanda Good of Alternatives For Girls, and Marta Lagos of Casa De Unidad.

Concurrent sessions on domestic violence and homelessness; human rights; economic security; spirituality and activism; and physical violations are included as well.

Morning activities will take place in the School of Management Building, while afternoon sessions will be held in the Professional Education Center on campus.
Cost is $10 for students and $20 for all other conference participants and includes all events, continental breakfast and a box lunch.

Registration deadline is Nov. 12. Space is limited. Registration forms can be accessed at: http://casl.umd.umich.edu/. For more information, contact Prof. Rashmi Luthra, director of the Women's Studies Program, at (313) 593-1391.

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