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Student Consciousness Raising

Conversations are sometimes hard, however, without conversations and active listening, we cannot have productive movements and positive change. Student Consciousness Raising is just that, listening, engaging in conversation and building awareness to make a positive impact in our communities.

Student Consciousness Raising provides a comfortable space for students to tune into a topic and have meaningful dialogues. Join the Center for Women's and Gender Equity each month to meet new friends, build community by engaging issues and topics surrounding feminism, women's and gender issues, inequity and more. 

Monthly Topics

UNC Students are welcome to drop-in to connect over impactful conversations and lunch! 

Over the last three years, students and the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity has organized the monthly Consciousness Raising and continues to adjust the format during the pandemic so students are able to carryon discussions and grow awareness. 

For Fall 2020, we will be listening to various episodes of Kimberlé Crenshaw's Intersectionality Matters. We will be using our Student Consciousness Raising times to discuss, process, and make connections found within our own identities and communities.

Kimberlé Crenshaw
Kimberlé Crenshaw's Intersectionality Matters

Thursday, September 3 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.


This event will be an initial introduction into what Student Consciousness Raisings are, why we do them, and what they have to do with feminism, especially in our current political climate.

Join us as we hold a smaller version of our I Need Feminism Because (INFB). In this session of Student Consciousness Raisings we will discuss topics related to intersectionality, feminism, gender and more. 

Kimberle Crenshaw
Intersectionality Matters: Episode 9

Tuesday, September 15 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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We will be discussing Kimberlé Crenshaw's podcast Intersectionality Matters: Episode 9. Please listen to prior to the event. 

"While American society has taken precautionary measures to counter the spread of the virus, those most vulnerable to societal neglect remain most impacted. Coronavirus did not create the stark social, financial, and political inequalities that define life for so many Americans, but it has made them more strikingly visible than any moment in recent history."

Join us for conversation and discussion on topics related to intersectionality, feminism, gender and more.

Intersectionality Matters
Intersectionality Matters: Episode 12

Wednesday, October 21 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


We will be discussing Kimberlé Crenshaw's podcast Intersectionality Matters: Episode 12. Please listen to prior to the event.

"In the third episode.., “Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare” (originally aired over Zoom April 8th), six incredible change-makers — Rosa Clemente (organizer and journalist; President and Founder of Know Thyself Productions), Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes (Executive Director, Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans), Dallas Goldtooth (Keep It in the Ground Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network), Daniel HoSang (Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration, Yale University), Mari Matsuda (Professor of Law, University of Hawaii), and Rinku Sen (Racial justice strategist and writer; Co-president, Women’s March board) — join host Kimberlé Crenshaw for a conversation about building collective resistance and power in the time of COVID-19."

Intersectionality Matters
Intersectionality Matters: Episode 24

Tuesday, November 17 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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We will be discussing Kimberlé Crenshaw's podcast Intersectionality Matters: Episode 24. Please listen to prior to the event.

"On this episode, Kimberlé Crenshaw is joined by the revolutionary and genre-defying writers N.K Jemisin and Saidiya Hartman, whose work demands a radical reimagination of our present by archiving and writing the violence of the past into imaginations of a limitless future. By inserting Black women into narrative spaces that they have largely been written out of, these women illustrate first hand how we can resist narrative erasure and become the authors of our own stories."


Affinity Student Consciousness Raising

An Affinity space provides an opportunity for individuals who belong to a particular identity group or groups to engage in discussion around issues/topics that speak directly to the identity experiences of those individuals. We invite you to join our Affinity Student Consciousness Raising Group. 

For more information on the affinity group, email cwge@unco.edu.