Special thanks to our sponsors:  JMU Office of the President, Office of the Vice Provost for Research & Scholarship, Office of Access & Inclusion- Organization & Faculty Inclusion, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Department of Social Work, & General Education Program

Second Annual    

Black Women in   Academia Conference  

"No one story tells our story"


October 13 & 14, 2016

Highlands Room, Festival Conference Center

Supporting the achievements of

Africana Women in Higher Education

The AYA, a West African Adinkra symbol represents the fern, a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places.  It represents our resourcefulness and endurance.



The Black Women in the Academy Conference is being organized by the sisters of JMU who are affirming the contributions of Africana women to higher education and establishing space for seeking answers to dilemmas of inclusion.  Black women are more powerful together than alone.  The isolation can be overwhelming, but connecting increases visibility and self-care.