SRU hosting PASSHE Women’s Consortium Conference, March 26-27


Women working together

Slippery Rock University is hosting the 2021 PASSHE Women’s Consortium Conference, March 26-27. The theme of the event is “Wellness, Agency and Advocacy in an Intersectional Context.”

Feb. 8, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University is hosting the 2021 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women's Consortium Conference, March 26-27, via videoconference. The networking event that addresses issues affecting women in higher education is free with registration open to everyone.

Organizers are seeking proposals for paper presentations. The deadline to submit a proposal is Feb. 26. The link to register as an attendee and to submit a proposal is the same.

"There is a lot of momentum right now around social justice and diversity at SRU and throughout the State System," said Emily Keener, associate professor of psychology and interim president of the consortium. "We see this conference as an opportunity to continue that momentum and to do some coalition building among our peers at other universities."

The PASSHE Women's Consortium, established in 1980, is a professional network consisting of faculty, staff, students and administrators from the State System's 14 institutions. The consortium's goal is to address issues that affect women in higher education, local campuses and communities.

Emily Keener


The conference is hosted each year by a State System institution. Co-organizers of this year's event are Keener and Cindy LaCom, professor of nonprofit management, empowerment and diversity studies, who is also director of SRU's gender studies program.

The theme for the 2021 conference is "Wellness, Agency and Advocacy in an Intersectional Context." The keynote speaker for the event is Katie Edwards, associate professor at the University of Nebraska's Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools. The plenary speaker is Jana Asher, SRU assistant professor of mathematics and statistics. Asher received a grant from the PASSHE Women's Consortium to investigate the status of women in the State System and she will be discussing the findings of her research.

The agenda for the conference will be determined once all presenter submissions and papers are complete. Session topics may include sexual assault; interpersonal violence; Title IX; mental health; ableism/disability rights and activism; LGBTQ+ health and wellness; immigration; home insecurity and homelessness; food insecurity and campus initiatives; trans health and wellness; White supremacist threats to health and wellness; COVID-19; and the Black Lives Matter movement.

For more information about the PASSHE Women's Consortium, contact Keener at 724.738.2529 or

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