Mobilizing the Intersections of Power and Justice – WGS Spring 2022 Conference

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University is happy to be hosting a student conference on April 2nd, 2022. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to join us for a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Follow this link for the full schedule: Schedule of Events

Proposal Information

We invite all Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies units across the state to join us in examining the continued intersectional research and action that is happening across the state. All undergraduate and graduate students throughout Iowa are invited to participate in the conference through presentation of original research, creative work, pedagogy, activism and/or thematic pieces on feminism, sexuality and gender. Presentations should range from 15-20 minutes.

Students are encouraged to work with a faculty member or advisor from their institution on the project. Students who are interested in presenting at the conference are asked to submit a short 200-250 word abstract proposal and additional information at the link below:

Proposals Due March 21st!

Call for Proposal Application

Registration Information

The “Mobilizing the Intersections of Power and Justice” Conference is meant to be a space of collaboration, presentation and education about the many different issues facing our society through a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies lens. This conference is free of charge and is an in-person event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, but not presenting, please register at the link below. Registration ends on March 28th.

Attendee Registration

Any questions about the conference can be directed to

Keynote Speaker Announcement!

WGS is happy to announce the keynote speaker for the 2022 Student Conference, Dr. Lina-Maria Murillo! Dr. Murillo (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, History, and Latina/o/x Studies at the University of Iowa. Her upcoming book, Fighting for Control: Reproductive Care, Race, and Power in the U.S-Mexico Borderlands, examines century-long tensions between advocates for population control and Chicana activists committed to greater reproductive access. Her work is supported by the AAUW and ACLS.

Murillo’s writing appears in the Washington Post, Rewire News, and Notches. Recent articles include “Birth Control, Border Control: The Movement for Contraception in El Paso, Texas 1936–1940,” Pacific Historical Review and “Espanta Cigüeñas: Race and Abortion in the U.S-Mexico Borderlands,” Signs: A Journal of Women and Culture in Society. Murillo is also co-director of the Maternal Health and Reproductive Politics Obermann collaborative at University of Iowa. Her presentation is titled, “Reproductive Justice Now!: A Historical Approach,” and focuses on reproductive justice advocates’ activism and health care provision in Iowa. To learn more about Dr. Murillo’s work read her bio here!

Here is a link to the Schedule of Events and the conference FAQ Page. Still have a question? Please e-mail