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KOOP Radio Profiles Oct 5-6 CWGS Conference

Wed, October 3, 2012
KOOP Radio Profiles Oct 5-6 CWGS Conference

A couple of weekends ago, five of the conference co-organizers gathered at the KOOP studios at 38th & Airport to prerecord an interview with the show People United.

Listen in to learn more about this weekend's conference by following the link from this blog entry.

Host Allan Campbell talked with T-Kay Sangwand, Andrea Zarate, Michelle Mott, Rocío Villalobos, and Kristen Hogan about this weekend's conference, Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas, antiracist feminist practice, what conference organizers mean by "rethinking" power and resistance, our reframing of human rights language, and the work of the three community-university collaborations central to the conference: Conspire Theatre, the Polochic Evictions Counteraction, and the Transgender Jail Project.

This was an exciting gathering of five women involved in different and connected pieces of this conference. Our involvement describes the work of this conference in connecting community-university collaborations. T-Kay Sangwand programs the show Hip Hop Hooray at the KOOP studios and at UT she is the Archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative as well as the Brazilian Studies Librarian at the Benson Latin American Collection; T-Kay has been working to accession materials related to the conference and has been working with organizers at Mamas of Color Rising to produce the Saturday night event Mama Said Knock You Out! 2, the closing conference event and a benefit for Mamas of Color Rising. Andrea Zarate, a recent graduate of the UT CWGS BA program, is a filmmaker with PBS and a media workshop director with Latinitas; Andrea is coordinating translation for this dual-language conference as well as videography to share out the conference beyond the weekend. Michelle Mott is a recent graduate of the UT CWGS MA program and a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department; as an ally-organizer with La Semilla Childcare Collective, Michelle is coordinating dual-language childcare for this weekend's conference while co-coordinating conference logistics, coordinating volunteers, and creating the conference program. Rocío Villalobos is a Program Coordinator at the UT Multicultural Engagement Center; as an ally organizer with Mamas of Color Rising and an organizer with the Hutto Visitation Project, Rocío brings her organizing experience to the conference work where she is facilitating a session on Pedagogies of Alliance, co-facilitating with Kellee Coleman of Mamas of Color Rising the Women in Hip Hop Roundtable on Friday evening, supporting translation for an engaged conference process, coordinating transportation and volunteer housing for conference participants, and co-organizing Mama Said Knock You Out! 2. Kristen Hogan is Project Director of the UT CWGS Embrey Women's Human Rights Initiative, the project that makes this conference possible; Kristen has been coordinating the collaborative development of this conference over the past two years. 






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