Tri-Co Womxn of Color Conference

The 2017 Womxn of Color Conference at Haverford College recognizes that the experiences of a womyn/womxn/women of color are distinct from others’. As members of distinctly marginalized communities, our experiences and identities intersect within many forms of oppression. Such intersections shape how we interact and move through specific spaces and communities. With much excitement, we welcome everyone who identify as womyn/womxn/women of color within the Tri-college consortium to join us on February 25, 2017 to reflect, learn, and lead together.

While our commission is made up of different people who each use their own spelling of womyn/womxn/women, the spelling of "womyn" is used on this page as the rejection of womynhood being defined in relation to manhood and the patriarchal norm. We would also like to recognize the use of "womxn" to honor many unspoken hxstories and particularly the erased and silenced hxstories of the land we are on. We welcome everyone and your definition of womyn/womxn/women to participate in this conference.


The 2017 Womxn of Color Conference at Haverford College recognizes that the experiences of a womyn/womxn/women of color are distinct from others’. As members of distinctly marginalized communities, our experiences and identities may be characterized and constrained by many forms of oppression that are built into some of the systems, spaces and communities we must navigate throughout our lives. This conference seeks to foster empowerment for undergraduates who identify as womyn/womxn/women of color within the Tri-college consortium through strengthening a shared sense of community among this often underrepresented group. Through a combination of individual reflection and the sharing of collective knowledge, we seek to create an enriching and safe space for womyn/womxn/women of color. Moreover, we hope to foster the development of womyn/womxn/women of color as leaders in the classroom, on/off campus, and in their surrounding communities through a diverse range of panel topics. We envision a transformative experience where womyn/womxn/women of color from diverse backgrounds can come together to engage in meaningful dialogue, cultivate greater social consciousness, and foster solidarity amongst one another.

February 25, 2017
10:00AM - 11:00AM
11:00AM - 11:15AM
11:15AM - 12:00PM
12:00PM - 1:15PM
First break-out session
Womxn of color in the workplace:
Hurford Center Seminar Room Stokes 102
Self-care/self-love womxn of color:
Stokes Seminar Room 119
1:15PM - 2:15PM
Multicultural Center Stokes 106
2:15PM - 3:30PM
Second break-out session
Solidarity among womxn of color:
Hurford Center Seminar Room Stokes 102
Dialogues across differences:
Stokes Seminar Room 119
3:30PM - 4:00PM
Closing remarks
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Womxn of color in the workspace

Felicia Jadczak is a recognized voice in the field of gender diversity. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years, specializing in the creation and development of innovative programs and solutions for an R&D audience. She has extensive experience in providing strategic guidance for diversity and gender inclusiveness across cross-functional teams.

Felicia is currently the co-founder of She Geeks Out, a startup focused on establishing community for women in STE(A)M and providing corporate diversity training. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Haverford College. Felicia loves street art, fitness and wellness, wine and french fries.

Shanita Spencer teaches AVID at Annapolis Senior High School in Annapolis Maryland. AVID, an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination is a national program that not only prepares students for success in high school but works with students traditionally underrepresented in higher education to pursue their college dreams. She began her teaching career in Annapolis after volunteering for seven years with schools in Anne Arundel County and working as the parent coordinator for the county's GEAR UP federal grant. Before pursing a career in teaching, Ms.Spencer worked as a securities attorney in New York and as the director of a think tank in Washington, DC. Not finding the professional satisfaction she desired in those positions, she pursued her teaching certification. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her Juris Doctor at the Cornell University School of Law. She originally hails from Omaha, Nebraska.

Ms. Kimberly Mayo joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development on January 9, 2017 and serves as the Director of the Program Budget Development Division, where she oversees three branches - Assisted Housing, Mortgage, Credit and Direct Loans; Budget and Legislation Coordination; and Community Development and Equal Opportunity - and a multi billion dollar budget. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Mayo served as the Federal Trade Commission’s Budget Officer where she led a staff of budget analysts and a $300 million budget.

Prior to joining the Federal Trade Commission, Ms. Mayo held a position as the Deputy Chief of the Financial Management Division for the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service at the Transportation Security Administration, where she managed three branches located in Reston, Virginia and Atlantic City, New Jersey with over 25 employees and a $1 billion budget.

Ms. Mayo has served in various financial management, human resources and leadership positions spanning 20 years in the Federal government and private sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Hampton University.

Ms. Mayo resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Keith, and her daughter, Kaylynn, is graduating this semester from Haverford College with an International Studies major.


On the left is Sohini Maniar, a student from Bryn Mawr College who is the co-president of the Business Initiative Group at her college. Sohini is also the traditions co-coordinator for Bryn Mawr College as well as a tour guide. Sohini loves fashion and in her spare time updates her fashion blog. A fun fact about Sohini is that she is terrified of turtles.

On the right is Anita Ntem who is also a student from Bryn Mawr College and is the co-president of the Business Initiative Group, Bryn Mawr College’s African-Caribbean Club and the Mindfulness Meditation Club. Not only is she a tour guide, but she is hall advisor and a student consultant for professors in discussing pedagogical classroom issues. Anita loves seafood and spends her time watching Anime in secrecy.

Solidarity among womxn on color

Keynote Speaker: Paula Brathwaite
Moderator: Asali Solomon
Panelists: Reema Keswani, Marla Dominguez, Nathalia Trujillo, Candace Jordan

As a scholar, Candace believes in the power of retrieving everyday voices alongside scholarly conversations, and as an activist, she believes in the limitless possibility of change. The combination of these two frameworks for understanding herself, her local communities, and the world has shaped the research projects, civic engagement, and professional work that she’s undertaken across three continents. In her volunteer roles, Candace has enjoyed building English language fluency with Indian and Somali immigrants. In her teaching and tutoring at New York University Abu Dhabi and Haverford College, Candace encourages students to allow their intersectional identities to be lenses through which to pursue rigorous inquiry and practice deep self-care. Her favorite ways to restore include long naps, domestic and international travel, and knitting.

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