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Annual Women of Color Luncheon addresses Women at the Crossroads

Keynote speaker is Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of women's resource center

03/04/04

The University's office of multicultural affairs hosted the 10th Annual Women of Color Luncheon on Wednesday, March 10, in the Cintas Center banquet rooms. Keynote speaker Beverly Guy-Sheftall addressed this year's theme, "Women at the Crossroads: Gender, Equity and Parity."

Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and is a professor of women's studies at Spelman College in Atlanta. The author of a number of texts, Guy-Sheftall most recently co-authored Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African-American Communities. She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in the doctoral program.

In addition to her keynote address, Guy-Sheftall facilitated two conversations before and after the luncheon. The first conversation focused on "Women in the Academy. She then lead a discussion on "Women of Color and Popular Culture."

"It is a privilege to bring a noted individual to discuss pertinent issue of Xavier and the surrounding communities," says Tekeia Auster, assistant director of the office of multicultural affairs.

The annual luncheon was created to reflect on the past and current struggles of women of color and to celebrate the progress women have made.