Support Menstrual Equity

As a part of your attendance, please consider bringing a donation of feminine hygiene products — in the form of unopened boxes of tampons, pads, and pantyliners for all ages and sizes — in support of BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters. BRAWS is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Vienna, VA that has donated thousands of feminine hygiene products and new bras and underwear to over 40 area shelters and approximately 4,000 women and  girls in the DC metro area since January 2015.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 — 9:45 a.m.

Coffee & Networking

Welcome — Dean Shelley Broderick, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL)

Opening Remarks — Annamaria Steward, Director of Leadership & Strategic Development, DC Bar

Speaker Introduction — Professor Faith Mullen, UDC-DCSL

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Inequity Storytelling in Two Parts

Part 1: Stories of Personal Experience

Professor Jo Tyler, Penn State University

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Call to Action

“Professor Lyrical” — Dr. Peter Michael Plourde, UDC

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Gender Equity Talks (GET) Lightning Rounds

A series of 6-minute “lightning” talks to lay out the current landscape of gender issues in America today.

How Religious Refusals Rob Us of Reproductive Justice — Janel George, Director, Federal Reproductive Rights and Health National Women’s Law Center

Ending Campus Sexual Violence post-Obama Administration  — Robin Runge, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School

Casualties of the War on Drugs: The Mass Incarceration of Women in America — Monica Bhattacharya, LL.M. Candidate and Clinical Instructor

The House that Jane Crow Built — Professor Norrinda Hayat, Director, Housing and Consumer Law Clinic

Change the Conversation: Unpacking the Wage Gap — Vasu Reddy, Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families

Beyond Marriage: (In)Equality by Zip Code — Professor Laurie Morin, Director, Gender Justice Project

Islamophobia and Hate Crimes against Muslim Women — Professor Saleema Snow

The Impact of Disaster on Women and Children — Professor Susan Waysdorf

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.


11:45 – 12:15 p.m.

GET Huddles

Join your speakers and other interested activists and policy-makers for a conversation about the gender equity issues raised during the morning session.  This is an opportunity to cross-fertilize and share advocacy, policy, and litigation strategies to move us in the direction of gender equality.

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Break & pick up lunch

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Speed networking — Room 518

Hear from local and national advocacy organizations working on gender equity issues. Learn how you can volunteer and take action!

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Student lunch sponsored by Women’s Law Society — Room 506

Speaker: Krystal Leaphart, Special Assistant and Policy Associate, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Performances by Hear Me Lead Women’s Leadership Program & “Professor Lyrical” — Dr. Peter Michael Plourde

Introductions:  Dean April Massey, UDC College of Arts & Sciences

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Intersectionality in Political Leadership

Moderator: Monica Weeks, President, DC NOW

Panelists: Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia House Delegate for District 31

Jennifer Carroll Foy, Virginia House Delegate for District 2

Jamie Maniscalco, Finance Director for Emerge America

Chelsea Wilson, Chair for She Should Run Frontrunners

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Fighting for Immigrant Women and Children in Detention

A National Volunteer Movement

Speaker and Moderator: Professor Lindsay M. Harris, Co-Director, Immigration & Human Rights Clinic

Panelists:  UDC-DCSL Law Students Carmen Jones, Liana Elizabeth Montecinos, and Makeda Crane

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Gender Advocacy and (Social) Media

Professor Marcy L. Karin, Jack & Lovell Olender Director, Legislation Clinic

5:15 – 6:00 p.m.

Inequity Storytelling in Two Parts

Part 2: Re-storying to Optimize Possibilities

Professor Jo Tyler, Penn State University

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception