The Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED) is a student funded, collectively run resource centre, a feminist group and community space dedicated to fighting oppression and promoting diversity through education, advocacy, activism, resource provision, skill building, outreach and community-building on campus and in the region. We advocate for and organize in favour of a feminist, Trans*-inclusive, racially diverse, accessible and empowered world operating with a deep regard and respect for transformative justice. This year GRCGED is excited to host The EveryBody Conference and we are pleased to extend an invitation to you to participate and support it.
The EveryBody Conference is a convergence of voices building towards a community in which we can address systemic barriers that prevent us from having autonomy over what happens to our bodies, while also exploring grassroots movements that are working to reclaim that power. This is a coming together of diverse voices where we are cultivating a culture of care with and for each other.
This year’s conference theme is “Bodies, Identities & Radical Wellness in a Digital Time”. The conference’s main purpose is to provide an interdisciplinary space for groups and individuals, academics, activists and community members, who are interested in exploring the intersectionality of body politics, gender, diversity, race, accessibility, ethnicity, sexuality, class, activism and power dynamics in a world increasingly connected by media. We are especially interested in work that engages feminist viewpoints, anti-oppressive, critical, progressive and provocative conceptual and practical approaches.
There are multiple ways in which you can support the Conference. Today more than ever this is very relevant since the University of Guelph no longer offers a program in Women’s Studies and continues to cut related courses. You can participate joining the Program Committee or as a Guest Speaker, giving a talk or offering a workshop. If you are a professor and currently have graduate students doing research in a related topic you can sponsor them to present their work at the Conference. Other ways to help are to sponsor other Guest Speakers and/or Workshop Facilitators and promote the Conference in your classes and through your networks. You can also make a financial donation and invite people to donate.