ENGAGEMENT. ENLIGHTENMENT. EMPOWERMENT.

Persist 2019: Women's Political Engagement Conference

NOV. 8, 2019 | 9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
HIGHLANDER UNION BUILDING (HUB) 302 | UC RIVERSIDE


This conference strives to prepare women for engagement in the political realm.

 

ABOUT PERSIST

The UC Riverside Women’s Resource Center and the Conference Committee welcome you to the third annual Persist: Women’s Political Engagement Conference at UCR. The 2019 agenda will bring you closer to visionary California State Senators, trailblazing women holding local office, dedicated non-profit CEOs, fearless political organizers, the first undocumented woman from the Inland Empire to go to law school, and many other game changers! We're hoping that a day spent surrounded by powerful messages from politically-active women will inspire you to persist with your goals of getting involved in the political realm. Whether you're interested in running for office, working for an elected official or non-profit, becoming a lobbyist, media professional, consultant or activist — this conference is designed to enlighten you and empower you to get engaged in the political arena. Come get the tools you need to create the change you want. #PersistUCR

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9:30–10 A.M. – REGISTRATION – HUB 302 (Lobby)


10–10:20 A.M. – WELCOME – HUB 302


10:20–11:50 A.M. – OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – HUB 302

11:50 A.M.–1 P.M. – MUSIC BY CUMBIATÓN – HUB 302

Featuring DJ SIZZLE FANTASTIC and DJ FUNKY CARAMELO

12–1 P.M. – RESOURCE FAIR – HUB 302 (Lobby)


12–1 P.M. – MENTOR CAFÉ – HUB 367

  • Details
    Mentors:
    • Melanie Ling — Senior Casework Manager,  Congressman Mark Takano
    • Tiffany Alvarez — Field Representative, Congressman Mark Takano
    • Ana Lee — Founder, Women in Tandem
    • Cheylynda Jones — Social Worker and SEIU 721 Vice President
    • Shirley Coats — Executive Director, Society of Extraordinary Women
    • Abigail Medina — President, San Bernardino Unified School District Board
    • Melissa Sagun — Loveridge Fellow, Sacramento and UCR Graduate Student
    • Joy Silver — Lifelong Activist and Advocate for the Causes of Social Justice
    • Patricia Lock Dawson — Member, Riverside Unified School District Board of Education

    Location: HUB 367

1–1:50 – BREAKOUT SESSION 1

(Choose one)

  • Organizing for America’s Worker: Women in Labor Unions – HUB 268

    Moderator: Professor Ellen Reese, UCR's Department of Labor Studies

    Panelists: Maria Coronado of Southwest Regional Carpenters Union, Ana Cabral of United Food and Commercial Workers, and Celine Perez of Inland Empire Central Labor Council


    Location: HUB 268

  • justCARE: The Power of Student Organizing – HUB 355

    Presenter: Jessy Rosales, justCARE Campaign

    This session will talk about the history of justCARE (Campus Action for Reproductive Equity), and its beginnings at Berkeley and how it became an entire state-wide campaign. Come learn about what justCARE is doing now and how you can be a part of it on your own campus. You will also learn about what it takes to build a campaign, how to gain such wide-spread support and mobilize hundreds. justCARE started with students, and students are integral to organizing movements. Come and empower yourself!


    Location: HUB 355

  • Advocacy, Partnership, and Solidarity: The Underground Scholars Initiative – HUB 367

    Presenters: Jazmin Garcia, Bibiana Canales, Xochil Ramirez, and Fidel Chagolla

    The Underground Scholars Initiative will discuss the systematic influences of the school-to-prison pipeline, and the efforts of students and community members in reversing it to form a prison-to-university pipeline. Our session will brainstorm different forms of advocating, recruiting and retention with higher education, and how these efforts will lead to agency.


    Location: HUB 367

  • Close The Gap – HUB 260

    Close the Gap California is a statewide campaign to achieve gender balance in the California Legislature by recruiting progressive women to run. We recruit accomplished women in targeted districts and prepare them to launch competitive campaigns. Our recruits are pro-choice, pro-public school funding, and support paths out of poverty. Come to this session to learn more about our work!


    Location: HUB 260

2–2:50 P.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION 2

(Choose one)

  • Running for Office 101: #ThisIsEmerge – HUB 355

    Presenter: Melanie Ramil, Emerge CA Executive Director

    This session will provide an overview of Emerge California that includes our work to recruit, train and support Democratic women who want to run for office.


    Location: HUB 355

  • Trauma-Informed Activism – HUB 367

    Presenter: Sasha Cogbill, Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center

    This session talks about organizing and advocating through a trauma-informed lens.


    Location: HUB 367

  • Women in Politics: IGNITE – HUB 268

    Presenter: Anais Franco and Annie Delgado

    We will redefine our mission statements and dig deeper into the idea of nonpartisanship in IGNITE. We will reconnect with our roots and understand WHY we do what we do and the importance of women in politics. You'll leave inspired, connected to your "why" and connected with your fellow allies.


    Location: HUB 268

  • Parenting & Politics – HUB 260

    Presenter: Yvonne Chamberlain Marquez, R’Kids

    Panelists: Lizeth Vega of Alvord School Board, Abigail Medina of San Bernardino School Board, and Patricia Lock Dawson of Riverside Unified School Board

    Connect with the R’Kids President and other school board members to learn about engaging your local elected officials to better advocate for children in our communities. Hear about the experiences of being a mother in the political arena.


    Location: HUB 260

3–4 P.M. – WOMEN'S WAVE OF 2018 PANEL – HUB 302

  • Details

    Moderator: Tiffany Tran — Field Representative, Office of Assemblymember, Jose Medina

    Panelists:

    • Jacque Casillas — Council Member, City of Corona
    • Denise Davis — Mayor Pro Tem, City of Redlands
    • Abigail Medina — President, San Bernardino Unified School District Board
    • Gracie Torres — Director, Western Municipal Water District
    • Lizeth Vega — Trustee, Alvord Unified School District Board
    • Jocelyn Yow — Council Member, City of Eastvale

    Meet local electeds from the Inland Empire.


    Location: HUB 302

4–4:20 P.M. – NETWORKING BREAK – HUB 302


4:20–5:30 P.M. – CLOSING PANEL & KEYNOTE SPEAKER – HUB 302

  • Details
    Criminal Justice Reform Panel

    Moderator: Jessica Moronez (PhD. Candidate), UCR's Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison

    Panelists: Jullian Harris-Calvin of The Justice Collaborative, Richie Reseda of The Feminist on Cellblock Y, and Taina Vargas-Edmond of Initiate Justice


    Keynote Speaker

    Ericka Flores aka “UndocuLAWtina”


    Location: HUB 302

 

CAMPUS MAP

Complimentary parking for the Persist conference will be in Lot 24. It is about a 10-minute walk from Lot 24 to the conference location, so please plan accordingly.

UCR campus map highlighting location of parking lot 25 and Highlander Union Building (HUB) 302.

 


 

HUB MAP & RESTROOMS

Highlander Union Building (HUB) floor plan for levels two and three.

 

GRATITUDE

TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

Thank you so much to everyone who gave their time and expertise to help make this conference a reality. Your contribution will positively impact and empower women as they prepare to enter the political realm and change the world.

Denise Davis – Director, Women’s Resource Center, UCR


Monique Pierce – Program Coordinator, Women’s Resource Center, UCR


Elizabeth Romero – Associate Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations, UCR


Katie Estrella – Program Coordinator, Women’s Resource Center, UCR


Jacquelyn Gonzalez – Governmental and Community Relations, UCR


Mark Dunn – Administrative Assistant, Women’s Resource Center, UCR


Christine Victorino – Associate Chancellor, UCR


 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Check out photos from previous years: #Persist2017 and #Persist2018

Be sure to use #PersistUCR when posting about this year's conference.


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