2020 Gender & Sexuality in Kansas Conference

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Friday, March 13, 2020

8:30am - 5:00pm

Wichita State University Rhatigan Student Center

(Second Floor)

Keynote: TBA

Each year, the Wichita State University Department of Sociology works with several co-sponsors to organize and host a conference showcasing the gender and sexuality related scholarship happening across our state. The goal of the conference is to highlight scholarly and creative work of students, faculty, staff, and community partners around gender and/or sexuality issues and to provide an opportunity to network across departments and universities within Kansas. The conference is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and interested community members.  

Look for the Call for Presentations to be posted in January 2020 


About last year's conference:

Our 2019 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Monique Morris,
award-winning author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools!

Dr. Monique Morris

Her talk was titled:

Education is Freedom Work (and Other Critical Reflections about

Responses to School Pushout for Black Girls).

[click here to view her TedTalk] 

About the Keynote Speaker:

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of the forthcoming book, Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues (The New Press, 2019), which explores a pedagogy to counter the criminalization of Black and Brown girls in schools. She is also the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012), and worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011). Dr. Morris has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. Dr. Morris was a 2018 TED Women speaker and is an executive producer and writer for a documentary film exploring how exclusionary discipline impacts Black girls in the United States.

Front cover of Pushout shows back view of young black girl with braids and a red shirt.

Dr. Morris is the Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. She served as an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California between 2013-2018 and has taught at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. She has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in justice and educational systems. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

Dr. Morris’ work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and PBS, among other national and local print, radio, and television media. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. She also frequently lectures on the life and legacy of the artist Prince.

Find out more about Dr. Morris on her website, Twitter: @MoniqueWMorris, Instagram: monique.w.morris, and Facebook page: @MoniqueWMorrisEdD



Past Conference Programs

Click on the links below to see past programs:

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference
2016 Conference
2015 Conference
2014 Conference