Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium

Just Films: T-Rex

February 21, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. The film traces her rise as an Olympic athlete from the streets of Flint to the podium in London, and the subsequent challenges and disappointments as Claressa watches fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements while none come forward to support her, raising questions about race, class, and gender bias. Agents suggest she should soften her image, but Claressa is her own person, ready to push the boundaries while fighting for another gold and a better life.

Film screening followed by panel discussion/ Q&A.


Dr. Kerrie J. Kauer teaches in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Kauer was an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Sociology of Sport. Her research, teaching, and activism include feminist and queer analysis of sport and human movement, the body and body image, and the intersections of sport and social justice. She’s authored numerous articles and book chapters, and her research has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport, and The Journal of Lesbian Studies. Dr. Kauer also serves on the editorial board for the sociology division of the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.

Taunya Marie Tinsley, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, has over 20 years working in the secondary and college/university academic, athletic and sporting environments. Dr. Tinsley has worked with the National Football Foundation, the National Football League (NFL). Most recently, she assisted the NFL Player Engagement with the mental health presentations at the NFL Rookies Symposium, the enhancement of the NFL Rookie Success Program, and the NFL Clinician Summit. Additionally Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Moreover Dr. Tinsley remains active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. Dr. Tinsley served as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network.

Karen Hall has spent over 20-years coaching college women’s and men’s basketball at several Division-I institutions, Today Karen works as an ESPN3 College Women’s Basketball Color Analyst. She Produces and host her own TV-Show “The Hall Pass” at Point Park University. She is Co-host of the weekly Neil Haley Sports TV & Syndicated Sports Radio Call-In Show. She is the Associate Executive Director/Communications Director for Ozanam Program, Inc. Public Speaker on topics ranging from Networking, Academics & Athletic, to Embracing Change. Works Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conferences and NCAA Championships. She owns High Performance Hoops. In addition, she is a Physical Education consultant with local area schools.


Intersectional Girlhood

February 12 and 13, 2018  •  University of Pittsburgh



January 16, 2018  •  4:00 PM  •  University of Pittsburgh, 501G CL

A Lecture by Stacy Alaimo
Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas – Arlington

Prof. Alaimo is an internationally recognized scholar of the environmental humanities and gender studies. She has published three monographs: Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (Cornell UP, 2000); Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana UP, 2010); and Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pressures in Posthuman Times (U of Minnesota P, 2016). Bodily Natures won the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) Award for Ecocriticism in 2011 and was featured in a special book session at the International Association of Environmental Philosophy in 2013. Alaimo also coedited Material Feminisms (Indiana UP 2008), and her edited collection Matter is forthcoming in 2017 (Macmillan). She is known for developing the concept of “trans-corporeality,” a concept widely in circulation and included as a key term in Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman Glossary (2017). Her current book project is entitled “Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss.”

Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

February 2, 2018  •  1PM  •  Chatham University

Women’s Leadership Lecture Series with Dr. Tera Hunter, Professor, History and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

“Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century”

Dr. Hunter will speak on her new book, “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century.” It is the first comprehensive history of marriage among African Americans in the 19th century. Setting their own standards for conjugal relationships, enslaved husbands and wives were creative and, of necessity, practical in starting and supporting families under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty. Laws passed during Reconstruction, ostensibly to secure the civil rights of newly freed African American citizens, were often coercive and repressive. Informal antebellum traditions of marriage were criminalized, and the new legal regime became a convenient tool for plantation owners to discipline agricultural workers. Recognition of the right of African Americans to enter into wedlock on terms equal to whites would remain a struggle into the Jim Crow era, and its legacy would resonate well into the twentieth century.


Dr. Tera W. Hunter specializes in African American history and gender in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research has focused on African American women and labor in the South during that period. Her first book, “To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War,” focuses on the experiences of working-class women, especially domestic workers, in Atlanta and other southern cities from Reconstruction through the 1920s. The book won several awards, including the H. L. Mitchell Award in 1998 from the Southern Historical Association; the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize in 1997 from the Association of Black Women’s Historians; and the Book of the Year Award in 1997 from the International Labor History Association.

She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Carnegie Mellon University. She has received numerous fellowships and grants, including a Mary I. Bunting Institute fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University from 2005 to 2006; a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship from the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis from 2001 to 2002; and a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History from 1993 to 1994.

Sponsored by: Chatham University Women’s Institute, The Heinz History Center, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and The Black Student Union.

More information and registration here.

Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women

January 27, 2018  •  8AM – 5PM  •  Chatham University

Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders.

Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania is part of the Ready to Run™ National Training Network of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University (NJ).

Register Online


Fee : $65 dollars – Early Bird Registration fee
Location : Mellon Board Room


Annie Guadagnino

Just Films: Birthright

January 17, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

The Just Films Series is a collaboration of the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, the Women & Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.


Sidelined: Sexism in Sports Media

February 7, 2018  •  3:30 – 5:30PM  •  Robert Morris University

Women and Transformational Leadership Symposium

January 11, 2018  •  Robert Morris University

Reception and keynote address featuring Christy Uffelman, “Getting Unstuck: Navigating Through Your Current Challenges.”

Gender Equity in Pittsburgh: Making Intersectional Change Happen

November 4, 2017  •  8AM – 1:30PM  •  Chatham University


A half-day symposium for scholars, students, community leaders, movement organizers, policy makers, and the community. Presented by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, featuring the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium and the leaders of local community organizations and social movements. Free and open to the public with registration.

Over 50 speakers will work in teams to facilitate active conversations in breakout sessions on a wide range of issues related to women, girls, and gender equity (see below). The morning will conclude with a luncheon and keynote by the national social justice leader, Ms. Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Center for Popular Democracy!


The symposium brings together a rich cross-section of academics, practitioners, leaders, and activists, and is open to everyone interested in issues related to gender equity in Pittsburgh and beyond. The sessions will be highly interactive and engage all participants in dialogue around questions such as:

  • What does gender equity look like in your corner of Pittsburgh? What kind of change needs to happen?
  • What issues are you working on (or would like to work on) in your organization, movement, or neighborhood?
  • How do we work together to set an intersectional agenda to advance gender equity in the city and beyond?


Registration begins at 8AM and the Welcome begins promptly at 9AM. Since this is a dialogue based event with much to cover in just a half-day, participants should plan to attend the full morning (welcome, breakout sessions, and keynote luncheon). You will be finished right after lunch, around 1:30PM. There is no partial registration: we ask that everyone come for the full event, share your wisdom, and be a part of making intersectional change happen.


Sessions will be led by teams of 50 scholars and community leaders. Scholars hail from: Chatham University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University, Duquesne University, Carlow University, Point Park University, and Edinboro University. Community leaders represent organizations including: Gwen’s Girls, Center for Women’s Health Research, Inclusant, PAAR, Strong Women Strong Girls, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood, Women and Girls Foundation, Women’s Law Project, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, SEIU, OnePennsylvania, Education Rights Network, Pittsburgh Center for Autism Advocacy, CORO, FISA Foundation, Innovation Works, Black Urban Gardeners, UPMC Children’s Hospital, the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle, SisTersPGH, Bethlehem Haven, and the CEDAW Coalition.


BREAKOUT SESSION A  (you will choose one of the following when you register):

“Girls, Empowerment, and the Commodification of Feminism”
Dr. Jocelyn Horner, Executive Director, Strong Women, Strong Girls
Dr. Lauren Rauscher, Director, Women’s Leadership & Mentorship Program, Associate Professor, Sociology, Robert Morris University


The Truth about Diversity Initiatives: Achieving Radical Progress in Institutional Policy”
Dr. anu jain, Executive Director, Gender Equity Commission, Mayor’s Office, City of Pittsburgh
Dr. Niq D. Johnson, Visiting Scholar, Chatham University


“Bodies, Gender, Politics, and Reproductive Justice”
Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney, Women’s Law Project
Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University
Lexi White, Philadelphia Organizer, New Voices for Reproductive Justice


“Women’s Economic Security, Retirement, and the Feminization of Poverty”
Olivia Benson, Community Engagement Director, Women and Girls Foundation
Peggy Morrison Outon, Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University


“Race, Gender, Disability and Intersectional Representation in the Media”
Chaz Kellem, Senior Director, Advocacy for Race & Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Dr. Maurine Greenwald, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh


“Social Justice Movements: #BlackLivesMatter, #EnvironmentalJustice, #FightFor15, #WeStandWithLove and Beyond”
Dr. Robin Brooks, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Kathy Glass, Department of English, Duquesne University
Angel Gober, Director of Community Organizing, OnePennsylvania
Dr. Anne Rashid, Department of English, Carlow University


BREAKOUT SESSION B (you will choose one of the following when you register):

“The Black Girls Equity Alliance”
Dr. Britney Brinkman, Psychology, Chatham University
Dr. Kathi Elliott, Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls
Dr. Sara Goodkind, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh


“Gender and Tech: Access to Venture Capital, Queer Women of Color, and On-Line Gender Expression”
S.L. Nelson, Ph.D. Student, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
Jenn Van Dam, Digital and Community Engagement Manager, Innovation Works


Current Realities in Women’s Healthcare and Research”
José Garth, Peer Education Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Western PA
Christine Gordon, Planned Parenthood of Western PA
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM, Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Jonna L. Morris, BA, BSN, RN Predoctoral Scholar, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh


“Legislating Equity through Policy: From Pittsburgh’s CEDAW New Ordinance to State #PaidFamilyLeave”
Marcia Bandes, Chair, Pittsburgh for CEDAW Coalition
Dr. Melissa Bell, Social Work, Chatham University
Carey Cummings, Esq. Statewide Campaign Director, Women and Girls Foundation


“Gender, Race, and Equity in Food Systems and the Agricultural Sector”
Raqueeb Bey, Founder and Senior Project Director for The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op
Dr. Alice Julier, Director, Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) and Director, Food Studies, Chatham University


“Religion and Gender Based Violence”
Dr. Rebecca Denova, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Sharon Higginbothan, Chief Operating Officer, Bethlehem Haven; Community Advisor, Duquesne University Theology Department Pathways Team
Dr. Elisabeth Vasko, Associate Professor of Theology, Duquesne University


BREAKOUT SESSION C (you will choose one of the following when you register):

“Education Rights for Girls: Gender, Race, and Disability in Schools”
Dr. Josie Badger, Board Member, FISA Foundation; #IWantToWork Campaign Manager
Cori Frazer, Education Rights Network Member, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy
Dr. Amanda Godley, Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture in Education, University of Pittsburgh


“Transformative Leadership and Diversifying Women’s Entrepreneurship”
Rebecca Harris, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Chatham University
Sabrina Saunders Mosby, President and CEO, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh
Dr. Marsha Tongel, Point Park University


“Inclusion and Privilege in Women’s Wellness, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding”
Dr. Karen Faulk, Visiting Scholar, Chatham University
Dr. Candace Skibba, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University
Ngozi Tibbs, Founder, Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle


“Now What? Gender and Political Action in the Wake of the 2016 Elections”
Lisa Frank, Vice President Strategic Campaigns, SEIU Healthcare PA
Dr. Kris Kanthak, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Political Science, Chatham University


“Centering Trans and Queer Youth on our Campuses and Beyond”
Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
Jess Klein, Coordinator, Gender Programs and LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University
Ciora Thomas, Founder, SisTersPGH


“Gender Violence Prevention”
Dr. Judy Chang, Magee-Womens Research Institute
Julie Evans, MSW, Director of Prevention & Victim Response, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Dr. Irene Hanson Frieze, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh



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Jennifer Epps-Addison serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action’s network of 43 partner organizations in 30 states. As President, Jennifer leads CPD’s racial justice campaigns, and works closely with its network of local affiliates. Prior to joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice foundation in Los Angeles that funds grassroots community organizing campaigns for social change. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Epps-Addison helped coordinate the Fight for $15 campaign as the Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now.

Epps-Addison is the recipient of the 2013 Edna Award from the Berger-Marks Foundation, which honors an outstanding young woman each year for her leadership in fueling social change. In the same year, she was named an ‘Activist to Watch’ by Bill Moyers. She earned her BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies and her JD from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to her return to organizing, Jennifer was a trial attorney in the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office.

Epps-Addison, a leader who has deep experience building power in communities from the ground up, joins the Center for Popular Democracy at a time when local community voices matter more than ever in creating a nation-wide movement to fight for dignity and opportunity for all people. She brings with her a commitment to supporting and growing black-led organizations, strengthening investments in power-building efforts in communities of color, and deepening organizing strategies that build power with the white working class by addressing racism head-on and building authentic alliances based on shared interests and shared values.

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