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Pre-Conference Events

The Program Administration and Development (PAD) and Women's Centers (WC) pre-conferences features sessions that offer important networking and professional development opportunities for women’s and gender studies and women’s center administrators on Thursday, November 10.  The pre-conferences include a registration fee in addition to the general conference registration.  Pre-conference registration allows registrants to attend both PAD and Women’s Center sessions and includes a light breakfast and lunch on Thursday, November 10.

View the schedules:
PAD Schedule
WC Schedule

To read the abstracts, please search the sessions in the online schedule.
The PA&D Pre-Conference organizers invite the submission of proposals on a broad range of topics related to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program administration and development. While the 2016 conference theme is Decoloniality, and we encourage submissions that actively and creatively engage with this theme, we also welcome a diversity of submissions aimed at best practices and innovations in program administration and development. (Proposals that are not specifically related to program administration and development should be submitted to the general conference).
We encourage proposals for workshops, roundtables, complete panels, or any variety of other packaged formats. Proposals for interactive sessions or sessions with a hands-on component are especially welcome. Authors of individual papers and those with ideas for panels are encouraged to use the Program Administrators’ Google group or Facebook group to generate interest to complete panels. We encourage the creation of diverse panels that attend to inclusivity and equity in representation of individuals, ranks, programs, and institutions. All proposals must be submitted via NWSA’s online proposal submission system.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Decolonizing WGSS Programs
  • Surviving Racism on Campus/Complicity in Institutional Racism
  • Supporting & Relationship-Building with Junior Faculty of Color
  • Secret Resources & How to Get Them
  • Leadership in WGSS (race, class, nation privilege)
  • Diversity vs. Departmental Transformation
  • Contingent Labor
  • Title IX
  • Trigger Warnings
  • Guns on Campus
  • Student Advocacy
  • Department Restructuring and Elimination
  • Negotiating Administrative Power and Backlash
  • Assessment/Surveillance
  • Careerization of Higher Education
  • Hiring/Search Committees in WGSS Programs
Program-Making & Resistant Imaginaries
  • Program Visioning
  • Marketing & Student Recruitment
  • Fundraising, Foundations & Advisory Councils
  • Graduate Programs in WGSS
  • Budgeting
  • Program Review Training & Preparation
  • Evaluating Interdisciplinary Programs
  • WGSS in the General Ed Curriculum
  • WGSS and Liberal Learning/Tracked Learning
  • WGSS at Small Colleges
  • Adding the BS in WGSS (in addition to BA)
  • Collaborative Minors or Tracks across departments (e.g, LGBTQ Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Appalachian Studies, Black/Africana Studies, Indigenous Nation Studies)
  • Adding the “S” in WGS: Sexuality Studies
  • Digital Technologies
Bodies & WGSS Politics
  • Navigating Family & Work
  • Self Care in WGSS
  • Invisible Labor & Shadow Work
  • Community Building
  • Hiring & Supporting Faculty of Color
  • Mentoring
  • Performing the Killjoy
  • Representing PA&D in the NWSA
If you have any questions, please contact the PA&D Co-Chairs, LeeRay Costa ( and Christa Craven (  We look forward to joining you for some great PA&D panels in Montréal!


The NWSA Women’s Centers invites proposals for its Pre-Conference, to be held Thursday, November 10, 2016, the day before the general NWSA conference. Approximately 100-150 professionals attend the daylong Women’s Center Pre-Conference each year for networking, discussions, brainstorming, and exchange of ideas. The Pre-Conference provides an opportunity for professional development as well as a supportive environment in which to explore the successes and challenges of our work. We also are accepting poster submissions; please see below.
Pre-Conference Theme: Feminist Praxis in Spaces of Colonization
Thematic Explanation: For this pre-conference we encourage papers, panels, workshops, and knowledge shares that examine Women’s Centers and Gender Centers as spaces that disrupt colonialist tendencies of Western institutions. We encourage proposals that explore the existence of said centers in the current state of higher education, the complex relationship between academe and Centers, as well as proposals that encourage deeper thinking and action through workshops and consciousness raising activities.
Paper, Panel, Workshop, and Knowledge Share Proposal Guidelines: 
Strong preference will be given to proposals that foster group interaction such as roundtables and skill-building workshops. Interactive workshops, trainings, and moderated discussions that highlight current challenges and propose innovative solutions are also welcome. Submissions should meaningfully incorporate anti-racist/anti-white supremacy perspectives and intersectional understandings of identity, privilege and oppression.
Poster Submission Guidelines:
This year we are also accepting poster submissions. Posters may address multiple topics focused on women’s center work, particularly programming and events. We hope that the poster format will facilitate the exchange of ideas about effective and innovative events and programs. These posters should describe a successful program or event and explain its goals and methods. In order to inspire others to replicate your event or program, posters might also include advertisements, handouts, assessment results, learning outcomes, timeline, required materials, collaborators, recommended readings, outreach techniques, and other relevant logistical details.
Posters related to the suggested preconference themes, main conference themes, or women’s center-focused research will also be considered.
To be considered for the poster session during the Women’s Center pre-conference, submit under the Women’s Centers subheading. We look forward to receiving your proposal submissions! The theme for this year’s NWSA conference is “Decoloniality.” Be sure to identify your proposal with the keyword “Women’s Centers.”  See the NWSA 2016 main conference CFP for more information.
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the NWSA submission site, which can be found on the NWSA website at, by 11:59pm EST on February 22, 2016. Late submissions will not be considered. Please remove any identifying language from the text of the proposal. We endeavor to make review decisions without knowing the identity of the author. In order for your proposal to be considered for the Pre-Conference, select the WCC Pre-Conference track in the online submission system.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Women's Center Pre-Conference Co-Chairs: Nicole April Carter (, Shareia Carter (, and Ellen Lassiter Collier (