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2016-2017 Events



Coalition Building: Organizing Resistance!

May 23, 2017

Speakers: Rachel Caidor, Alice Kim, Ana Romero, Daisy Zamora
Moderators: Halee Curtis and Brooklynn Leon Hardrt
Speakers shared stories of working in coalitions for social change and talked about their strategies and approaches, their joys and struggles, and their hopes and visions for the future.​

SURJ at DePaul - Antiracist Conversation and Workshop

May 16, 2017

An evening of antiracist conversation and workshop sponsored by the Chicago chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)! Event featured skills training on how to create alternatives to policing and calling the police.​​​

The Practices of Healing

Cultivating Joy, Healing, and Gentleness in Our Communities
May 5, 2017

A gathering to share healing justice practices that feed resilience and resistance. Given the onslaught of discriminatory and hateful policies and actions under the current regime, this was a space to share and learn from our experiences, struggles, and stories of coping and healing.​


DePaul Takes Back the Night!

April 20, 2017

Sponsor/Host: DePaul Feminist Front
Annual rally to hold DePaul accountable in addressing situations of violence on camus as well as supporting students, staff, faculty, and the community in thier experiences of all forms of violence on and off campus.​

Free Them All

Defending the Lives of Criminalized Survivors of Violence
March 2, 2017

Speaker: Mariame Kaba
In the past few years, the names of Marissa Alexander, Cece McDonald, Bresha Meadows and others have come to public attention as people whose lives were lived at the intersection(s) of gender violence and criminalization. This talk focused on how survivors of violence come into conflict with the law and describe how some communities are resisting their criminalization.​

Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire

February 23, 2017

Speaker: Ada Cheng
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, improviser, and stand-up comic. She was a tenured professor in sociolgy at DePaul University for 15 years and resigned from her position to pursue theater and performance full time in 2016. In this solo, she used personal stories, monologues, and characters to explore her journey as an immigrant woman from East Asia, centering around the intersection of race, immigration, gender and sexuality.​


The Vagina Monologues

February 10, 11, and 12, 2017

DePaul's 2017 production of The Vagina Monologues was sponsored by The Women's Center, The Theatre School, and The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. This is a piece of performance activism that aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and violence against women and people with vaginas. This year's production contained original monologues written by Eve Ensler, as well as new personal monologues written by DePaul students. Proceeds from the show went towards Rape Victim Advocates, A Long Walk Home, and Take Back the Halls.​

Barbara Smith: Which Way Forward?

January 18, 2017

Barbara Smith gave a talk about striving for liberation in the current political climate. Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national cultural and political dialgoue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.​

Not Your Grandmother's Feminisms—A Conversation

October 25, 2016

Speakers: Rachel Caidor, Jill Hopkins, Coya Paz, Claudia Garcia Rojas
Moderators: Alexa Reddick and Sarah Scriven
A thoughtful and timely discussion about the importance of feminism today.​


A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa and Laura Washington

October 5, 2016

Speakers: Maria Hinojosa and Laura Washington
Moderator: Lourdes Torres
A conversation about the political climate, importance of good journalism, and the journeys of successful women of color in journalism.​

The Passion of Poetry and the Power of Artistic Expression

September 20, 2016

Speaker: Mayda del Valle
Moderator: Claudia Garcia Rojas
Acclaimed spoken word artist Mayda del Valle mesmerizes audiences nationwide with her unique, powerful oratory. This event explored the correlation between Hip Hop and poetry, and about how Del Valle uses life experiences as the basis of her stirring work.​