Rethinking Gendered Violence and Immigrant Lives Symposium

The Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise (WHGE-COE) student ambassadors of UC Santa Cruz are hosting a day-long symposium titled “Rethinking Gendered Violence and Immigrant Lives" on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Merrill Cultural Center at the UC Santa Cruz campus. This symposium will feature panels consisting of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community organizers to inspire critical and fruitful dialogues across disciplines, generations, and workplaces. Our hope is to foster a space in which to rethink gendered violence that centers the lived experiences of immigrant women. This symposium is free and open to the public. Please email for any questions.

Schedule : 

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. ~ Welcome
10:10 – 11:30 a.m. ~ Panel 1: Borders and Reproductive Justice
11:30 – 11:40 a.m. ~ Break
11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Panel 2: The Criminalization of Immigrant Girls and Women
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ~ Lunch Break*
1:30 – 2:50 p.m. ~ Panel 3: The Complex Lived Experiences of Immigrant Communities
2:50 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Keynote Speaker

*Coffee and snacks provided. There will be a thirty minute lunch break where attendees are welcome to purchase lunch at nearby restaurants (Vivas Cafe, Banana Joes)

Panel 1: Borders and Reproductive Justice 

  • Jennifer Dunn ~ UC Hasting School of Law 
  • Maria Bracamontes Janus ~ Santa Cruz 
  • Daisy Orellana ~ UC Santa Cruz Undergraduate 

Panel 2: The Criminalization of Women and Girls 

  • Sang Kai Hil ~ San Jose State University, Justice Department 
  • Theresa Hice Johnson ~ UC Santa Cruz, Sociology Department 
  • Melissa Guzman Garcia ~ San Francisco State University, Latino/a Studies 

Panel 3: The Complex Lived Experiences of Immigrant Communities 

  • Paulina Moreno ~ Santa Cruz Immigration Project 
  • Fernanda E Ochoa ~ City of Salinas 

Sponsored by the Research Center for the America's Research Cluster: Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) Student Ambassadors


-Latin American and Latino Studies Department
-Sociology Department
-Graduate Studies Association (GSA)
-Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
-Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment

Check back for registration information.


Thursday, May 2

Merrill Cultural Center