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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 for harnessing a centralized body of knowledge and best practices related to women of color while holistically promoting the personal and professional development of women of color in the academy.

"Everything Is Going To Be Alright..."

A word of solace. A work of art. A gesture. A balm for the weary academic’s soul.


These words, offered at the right time by the right person can mean the difference between chaos and calm. We count on these words to soften the blow, silence the storm, and remind us that there are – no, there must be – forces larger than us, fighting for us, working on our behalf, creating a better landscape of brighter days ahead. 

Like the artist, Martin Creed, we’ve captured these words for the 2023 STEM Women of Color Conclave and, like Creed, we’ve put them in spectacular neon lighting. We wish for this familiar and reassuring phrase to convey a sense of strength, accomplishment, and well-being for all STEM women faculty of color; and affirm the assertion that even in the midst of the madness and confusion of COVID, the academy, and the country, better is in store for us. 

Join us as we explore the deeper meanings of this phrase. Through dynamic plenary presentations, uninhibited discussions, and contemplative thought mapping assemblies, the 2023 Conclave for STEM Women of Color will provide the kind of meaningful professional and leadership development that is critical to ensuring that STEM women faculty of color are empowered and positioned to lead American higher education through such a time as this.

The Conclave will be held on June 1-3, 2023

The Leadership Colloquium will be held on May 30-June 1, 2023

Confirmed speakers for the Conclave and Colloquium include  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 a continuing education credit and a postgraduate certificate from the Fielding Graduate University's School of Leadership Studies. 


SWOCC is ideal for attendees that are 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 and navigating through the ranks are encouraged to attend. 

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