We are excited to see you for the Annual Conference on Gender Justice and Feminism. We are also excited to host Dr. Consuela Ward to give this year's Keynote Address and Dr. Cori Wong to give our Capstone Address!
Keynote Address - Dr. Consuela Ward
Dr. Consuela Ward has approximately 20 years of experience as a speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer, and coach on diversity and inclusion topics and has served Colleges and Universities, School Systems, Human Resources, Professional Conferences, Youth Groups, and Community Groups. She is the founder and president of the Montage Group, LLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm where she is the principle speaker and facilitator for keynotes, trainings/workshops, and diversity & inclusion strategic planning.
Dr. Ward has touched thousands of lives by creating opportunities for complicated conversations in safe spaces around diversity, inclusion, equity, and privilege. She is a visionary and an activist for healing from issues related to systemic discrimination and marginalization and has the ability to educate, empower, and excite audiences. She is passionate about helping others negotiate the diverse world in which we live. Today, Dr. Consuela Ward is committed to changing the world, one conversation at a time!
Capstone Address - Dr. Cori Wong
Dr. Cori Wong is Special Assistant to the President of Colorado State University and Director of the Women and Gender Collaborative - a Presidential Initiative. Dr. Wong is also Assistant Professor in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. She earned a dual-title Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women's Studies from the Pennsylvania State University after graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University.
With a passion for teaching, learning, and approaching education as a practice of freedom, Dr. Wong empowers others to think through everyday life experiences for personal transformation and greater social justice. In addition to teaching in academic settings, she is committed to engaging general public audiences on issues of gender, race, sexuality, cultural ignorance, epistemic injustice, and political resistance. Over several years, Dr. Wong has done this advocacy and outreach work through various mediums, including her blog and YouTube channel, magazine articles, public talks, and as an independent philosophical practitioner. In light of her research in feminist theory and practice, embodied experiences of oppression, and positive psychology, Dr. Wong uses her method of “positive philosophy” to engage with others on these difficult topics and demonstrate how critical reflection and disciplined thinking can be as fun and exciting as they are important and challenging. She has taught courses on feminist philosophy and women's studies, race and diversity, love and sex, medical ethics, Asian philosophies, moral values and the good life, and the value of democratic education in a market economy.