SWOCC.

WHAT IS THE SWOCC

The STEM Women of Color Conclave (SWOCC) is the largest national forum for STEM women of color from institutions of higher education.  The Conclave serves as a catalyst harnessing a centralized body of knowledge and best practices related to women of color and holistically promoting the personal and professional development of women of color in the academy.

"Mercy, Mercy, Me...."

The dual-pronged theme for this year’s Conclave and Colloquium is borrowed from the R&B hit single that was made famous in the 1970s by recording artist, Marvin Gaye – “Mercy, Mercy, Me: Ecology of the Leader and Her Environment.” Without question, the complicated matrix of the pandemic heightened racial tensions, and increased political derisiveness have taken a disproportionate toll on women of color, making the utterance for mercy a poignant and necessary anthem – especially for those of us within STEM higher education. However, whether posited by Gaye in the 70s, our mothers, or even ourselves, we see this anthem as more than one of sorrow and anguish. Instead, we see it as a stark reminder of our divine connection to the powers and systems of support that exist within – and are far greater than – our disciplines, our institutions, and ourselves. The Conclave and Colloquium recognize, honor, and fully embrace this connection while harnessing it to strengthen our resolve – professionally, physically, and spiritually – to position ourselves for all that is to come. 

The Conclave will be held on June 2-4, 2022

The Leadership Colloquium will be held on May 31-June 2, 2022

Confirmed speakers for the Conclave and Colloquium include the Honorable Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, our very own Dr. Renita Weems, Chaplain of the Society of STEM Women of Color, Inc., and others. Attendees who complete full participation in the Leadership Colloquium (i.e., mandatory 10-hour attendance) will earn continuing education credits and a postgraduate certificate from the Fielding Graduate University's School of Leadership Studies. 

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Junior, Mid, and Senior level faculty (assistant, associate, full professors) and administrators of institutions of higher education. Educators challenged in balancing life, work, and studies, as well as navigating through the ranks.

 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

PRE-CONCLAVE SESSIONS

CONCLAVE LEADERSHIP COLLOQUIUM (Fee: $200)

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - June 2, 2022

The Leadership Colloquium will consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies, and other activities for STEM women of color in leadership. This year's theme is "Leading in the New Normal".   Speakers and panelists will represent a diversity of experiences and leadership perspectives – many with national reputations in leadership.  It will be delivered by nationally prominent individuals with documented knowledge and experience in the art, science, and delivery of effective leadership in higher education in STEM academic units and in colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Fielding Graduate University will award ten (10) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to each individual who participates in the entire 10-hour program and completes assessments at the beginning and end of the program.

CONCLAVE (Fee: $150)

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - Saturday, June 4, 2022

Participants learn practical tips and modes for overcoming unique challenges. This gathering is a unique forum for sharing and celebrating career successes and creating a personal support system.  You'll decompress and re-assess your approach to your career and your personal and professional development.