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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 16.  The pre-conferences include a registration fee in addition to the general conference registration.  Pre-conference registration includes a light breakfast and lunch on Thursday, November 16.

Program Adminstration and Development Pre-Conference
he 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. The 2017 NWSA conference theme is “40 Years After Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” We encourage submissions that actively and creatively engage with this theme, and we also welcome submissions aimed at best practices and innovations in program administration and development. (PLEASE NOTE: 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, and tend to draw the biggest audiences. 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 before submitting. 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:

  • Program & Campus Activism
  • Surviving “T” in the White House
  • Supporting DACA Students
  • Session for New Chairs/Growing a Program
  • Teaching Intro to WGS/Gen Ed
  • Junior Faculty & Associate Professor Needs
  • Curriculum Across Disciplines, Sharing Resources Across Campuses
  • Academic Freedom and Faculty Retaliation
  • Strategies for Navigating Politics with Campus/State/National Pressures
  • Hiring and Supporting Faculty from Underrepresented Groups
  • Self-Care for WGSS Directors and Faculty: Creating Networks
  • Boundaries around Emotional Labor for WGSS Directors & Faculty
  • Making Invisible Service Visible
  • Workshop: Courageous Conversations about White Privilege
  • Budgeting 101: Strategies in the Age of the Neoliberal University
  • WGS Faculty in Administration and on Tenure & Promotion Committees
  • Celebrations of WGS Successes
  • Graduate Programs in WGS
  • Digital Technologies in WGS  
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 Baltimore!
Women's Centers Pre-Conference
The NWSA Women’s Centers Committee invites proposals for its Pre-Conference, to be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, the day before the general NWSA conference. Approximately 80-100 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: Women’s Centers at the Intersections: Exploring Activism, Advocacy, and Allyship

Thematic Explanation: For this pre-conference we encourage papers, panels, workshops, and knowledge shares that examine Women’s Centers and Gender Centers as that use practices and theories related to intersectionality to engage in activism, advocacy, and allyship.

We encourage proposals that explore how Women’s Centers have proposed and facilitated programs that are centered on intersectionality and allyship, proposals that discuss how Women’s Center personnel have advocated, in a variety of ways, for inclusivity in their Centers, on their campuses, and in the community, and proposals that discuss how Women’s Centers have created and maintained safe and brave spaces for women (including transwomen) who have intersecting marginalized identities (ie. Chicana women, Black women, women on the spectrum of ability, or Queer women). Proposals that explore how the historical activist legacies of community and university based activists has shaped the contemporary practices of your work or the work of your Center as a whole are encouraged given the general conference theme.

We would also like to encourage submissions that discuss current challenges to inclusive work such as organizational changes, limits to and the elimination of funding, institutional, community, local, and national climate, etc.

Paper, Panel, Workshop, and Knowledge Share Proposal Guidelines:
We welcome 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. We also encourage papers, panels, workshops, and knowledge share proposals that discuss assessment and research related to the above theme.

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.

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 “40 years after Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” Be sure to identify your proposal with the keyword “Women’s Centers”. See the NWSA 2017 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, 2017. 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.

Please Note: We would like to encourage Pre-Conference attendees to submit other proposals to the general conference as well if said proposal fits the theme and sub-themes of the general conference. Should you have any questions, please contact the Women's Center Pre-Conference Co-Chairs: Nicole April Carter ( and Shareia Carter (