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Gender & Communication Conference

Gender & Communication Conference: You, Me, and the World We See

The Seventh Annual Gender & Communication Conference

Gender Lenses: You, Me, and the World We See

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

9 am - 4 pm

DSU Third Floor

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About the Gender & Communication Conference

Gender identity: one's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither--how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.

[Learn more about Gender Identity from the Human Rights Campaign]

Gender identity isn't just about biology. In addition to biological and hormonal factors, social and environmental factors affect gender identity. Observed gender roles. Socialization. Gender stereotypes. Media portrayal of gender. All of these affect gender identity - how we perceive ourselves in "gendered terms." Gender is seen through various lenses - interpreted through your own understanding of who you are and how societies perceive your gender presentation. Join us as we explore our "gender lenses," engage in respectful dialogue, expand our world views, and evolve our ways of thinking.

The seventh annual Gender & Communication Conference offers WKU students an opportunity to gather and thoughtfully discuss topics and issues related to gender, explore what gender means to them personally, and examine global perspectives of gender. Conference sessions, presented by WKU faculty and staff, are designed to engage and inspire students to think critically about gender and how gender affects their everyday lives. As a result of attending the Gender and Communication Conference, students gain new insights and tools to help them work and live with others in today's global society.


  • WKU students, faculty, and staff are welcome and can attend free of charge
  • The registration fee for all other participants is $20
  • Lunch is provided
  • Afternoon dessert reception
  • Swipeable event

What Past Participants Had to Say:

"Made me wish I took 'Gender Communications' when I had the chance, and made me more aware of what I'll face post graduation."

"I really enjoyed this and I am definitely coming back next year."

"Great. Unedited. Refreshing."

"it was insightful, entertaining, and fun!"

"I thought it was a really good interactive session. It was a comfortable environment where people could speak up. It got to a deeper, a typical level, where you could talk about things not generally pointed out."

"I learned that people are just like me; we struggle with the same things when it comes to gender whether we are male or female. It was interesting to me that male as well as females struggle with self image."

"(I learned) to learn others' point of view and not to immediately respond without them finishing. (I learned to) honor people's decisions regardless of their beliefs, (my) beliefs; accept them for who they are."

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