Valparaiso University Women's Conference Committee

"The purpose of this organization is to facilitate dialogue around gender and women’s issues by creating a positive women’s environment where people of any gender may feel safe to communicate and explore these issues. This will be accomplished through various events, including but not limited to conferences, panels, workshops, and an annual production of “The Vagina Monologues.” In addition, the committee will network where possible with other student organizations such as the Gender Studies Program, SAAFE, and Take Back the Night."                Committee Mission Statement

Beginning in 1998, with the First Annual Women's Conference, this organization has hosted four women's conferences (1998-2001), a semester-long "Celebrate You!" schedule of events (2002), and since 2002, an annual production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" as part of the V-Day College Campaign. All proceeds raised benefit local organizations working to end violence against women and children. Here in Northwest Indiana, our productions have benefitted the Parish Nurse Program, the Caring Place, Greenwich House, St. Jude's House, and the Stepping Stone Shelter. The local organization for 2007 has not yet been determined.

Part of the proceeds each year also go towards the V-DAY Spotlight campaign, "...a particular group of women who are experiencing violence with the goal of raising awareness and funds to put a worldwide media spotlight on this area and to raise funds to aide groups who are addressing it". [V-Day website, 2007] The 2007 V-DAY Spotlight campaign will benefit "Women in Conflict Zones."

Each year's activities are a reflection of the choices and dedication of the women involved in the committee. For example, thanks to personal connections and many many emails and phone calls, the 2005 VM production also went on the road to Wabash College, an all-male college in Indiana. Ms. Ensler also attended the performance as it was the first time the Monologues had been performed at an all-male college. Archived photos of the cast, Ms. Ensler, and other supporters can be found at various cast members' websites.

If you are a VU student interested in joining this diverse and dedicated group, please contact the current student chair of the Committee.

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