WGS Conference

Utah Southwest Regional Conference on Student Research in Gender and Women's Studies 

March 30 & 31, 2023

Thank you to all who attended the Conference!!

The Women & Gender and Queer Studies program at Weber State University and the Global Women's Studies program at BYU are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Utah Southwest Regional Conference on Student Research in Gender and Women’s Studies to be held on the Weber State University Campus, Shepherd Union Building. The events commence on Thursday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. with a virtual presentation from our Keynote Speaker, Devon Isaacs.

On Friday, March 31, students will present their research related to women & gender and queer studies issues during student presentation sessions from 9:00 a.m. to noon

This event would not be possible were it not for the partnership between the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, WSU's Women’s Center, the Global Women’s Study Program at Brigham Young University and the generous donors to the WSU Women & Gender Studies Program.

Please contact WSU's Women & Gender Studies Program Director Dr. Melina Alexander (melinaalexander@weber.edu) with any questions.

March 30 Schedule

6:30 P.M.

Keynote Address - Devon Isaacs "(Re)imagining Selu: Healing our communities through healing ourselves"


March 31 Schedule

8:00 A.M.

Event registration at the Shepherd Union Ballrooms

9:00 A.M.

Student Presentation Session 1: Shepherd Union Building 

10:00 A.M.

Student Presentation Session 2: Shepherd Union Building 

11:00 A.M.

Student Presentation Session 3: Shepherd Union Building 


Lunch Break

1:30 P.M.

Shuttle bus leaves for the tour Canceled

2:00 P.M.

Meet at Ogden's Union Station for "Untamed Women Walk Tour" Canceled

4:00 P.M.

Shuttle bus returns to WSU Canceled

Keynote Speaker: Devon Isaacs - Watch Recorded Presentation

Devon Isaacs, M.S., is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she was awarded the American Indian Merit Award for contributions to Indigenous communities. She completed a postbaccalaureate research fellowship at the University of North Dakota's Seven Generations Center for Excellence before continuing on to a doctoral program at Utah State University. During her doctoral training Devon served as a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellow, and was the recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leader's Award and APA Division 35's Keepers of the Fire Award among others. Her research focuses on elevating the voices of Indigenous communities, recentering Indigenous knowledge, and clinical application of cultural competence and best practices for healing in Native American communities. She is currently completing her psychological Internship at the University of Missouri Counseling Center where she provides therapy services with a focus on underrepresented students and trauma. 

"(Re)imagining Selu: Healing our communities through healing ourselves"
In the Cherokee Corn Mother tradition, Selu shook herself to pieces to right the wrongs of man in an ultimate act of self-sacrifice. Women have historically sacrificed themselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually for the 'greater good.' Today, we must reimagine Selu's sacrifice by considering sustainable self-wellness practices as nourishing our communities also means nourishing ourselves.

Student Presentation Sessions

View the schedules for each session below. To read full abstracts for the student presentations, please visit the Student Abstract website.

Session 1- 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. (was moved to 12:00 due to weather!)

  • Session 2- 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Session 3- 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Ogden's Untamed Women Walking Tour - Canceled due to Weather - will reschedule for Fall 23!

The Women and Gender Program at Weber State University  is proud to present “Ogden’s Untamed Women” Walking tour as part of the 2nd Annual Utah Southwest Regional Conference on Student Research in Gender and Women’s Studies.

Celebrate Women's Herstory month by walking in the footsteps of some of Ogden's amazing women who broke the mold. From notorious madams to Buddhist barbers and everything in between, we guarantee you'll have a wonder-filled time!

This is an outdoor walking tour led by What'sHerName Podcast's Dr. Katie Nelson, Executive Director of the Weber County Heritage Foundation and a professor at Weber State University. 
The tour will take about an hour, and particpants will walk a mile or two. 

The tour will begin at 2:00 p.m. in front of Ogden’s Union Station,  2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401. Register to ride the shuttle from WSU to Union Station or meet at the location by 2:00 p.m. Free parking available.

Lunch Break Information

Lunch will be provided for student presenters, special guests and others who will be notified by email. There is dining available on and off campus. Browse on-campus dining options on the WSU Dining website or check out local restaurants on the Visit Ogden website.