All sessions will be hosted in the Latham Ballroom unless otherwise noted

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Day 1 - THursday, February 28

11 AM - 12:30 PM: Registration & Poster Set Up

Light Refreshments

12:30 - 12:50 PM: Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introduction

Dr. Guru Ghosh, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Tech & Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, Director, Women & Gender in International Development, Center for International Research, Education, and Development, Virginia Tech

12:50 - 2:00 PM: Keynote Address

The SDG Gender Equality Agenda and the Distribution of Land - Dr. Carmen Diana Deere, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Latin American Studies and Food & Resource Economics, University of Florida

2:00 - 3:35 PM: Power, Positionality & Intersectionality - an interactive panel

Critical feminist reflexivity & the politics of whiteness in the ‘field’ - Dr. Caroline Faria, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin

Engaging men & transforming masculinities for gender equality: What we know - Jane Kato-Wallace, Director of Programs, Promundo

Misinterpreting women’s empowerment?: How a feminist postcolonial lens can reveal new dimensions of change in women’s lives - Dr. Emily Van Houweling, Assistant Professor, Masters in Development Practice, Regis University.

Moderator: Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, Director of Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED)

3:35 - 3:50 PM: Break

Light refreshments

3:50 - 4:50 PM: Shift and Share: Lessons from the Field

Mung beans in Senegal: A nutritious crop for women? - Dr. Ozzie Abaye, Professor, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

Developing the potential of girls & boys: Gender issues in Positive Youth Development programs in Senegal - Bineta Guisse, National Director, Feed the Future Youth in Agriculture Project, Virginia Tech in Senegal

Digital media, literacy, & design for empowerment of rural women in India - Dr. Akshay Sharma, Chair of the ISDA Design, Associate Professor Industrial Design Program, College of Architecture & Urban Studies, Virginia Tech

When technology meets culture: Learning to listen to community voices while designing ‘baby pods’ to keep infants warm in Malawi - Ashley Taylor, Director, Pathways for Future Engineers, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, PhD Candidate, Department of Engineering Education, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

4:50 - 5:00 PM: Transition break

5:00 - 7:00 PM: Poster session and Reception

Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Live Music


Day 2 - Friday, March 1

7:30 - 8:40 AM: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:40 - 8:50 AM: Welcome Back

8:50 - 10:00 AM: Keynote Address

Gender, equity & empowerment: Harnessing agricultural research for better nutrition outcomes - Dr. Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

10:00 - 10:15 AM: Break

Light refreshments

10:15 - 11:50 AM: Gender & Nutrition-Responsive Agriculture - an interactive panel

Strengthening women’s economic empowerment through agricultural extension: What it could look like - Dr. Deborah Rubin, Co-Director, Cultural Practice, LLC

One Health: Animal health, human health & social empowerment - Dr. Beth Miller, Instructor of Biology, University of Arkansas - PTC

Gender, crops & animals: How women’s choices are critical for nutritional health - Dr. Cornelia Flora, Curtiss Distinguished Sociology Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University

Moderator: Dr. George Norton, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech

12:00 - 1:45 PM: Lunch, Personal Journeys & Career Paths - Q&A session with speakers

Jane Kato-Wallace, Director of Programs, Promundo

Dr. Deborah Rubin, Co-director, Cultural Practice, LLC

Dr. Beth Miller, Instructor of Biology, University of Arkansas - PTC, Agricultural consultant, President of the International Goat Association

Dr. Cornelia Flora, Curtiss Distinguished Sociology Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University

Dr. Ann Oberhauser, Professor of Sociology, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Iowa State University

Daniel Sumner, Assistant Director, Women and Gender in International Development, Center for International Research, Education, and Development, Virginia Tech

Dr. Krista Jacobs, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID/Bureau for Food Security

Moderator: Dr. Donna Westfall-Rudd, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

1:45 - 1:55 PM: Transition break

1:55 - 3:05 PM: Access: Markets & the Gendering of Environmental Systems - an interactive panel

Rural livelihoods strategies & globalized markets: An analysis of women’s participation among Quinoa producers in the Southern Bolivian Highlands - Dr. Elizabeth Jimenez, Development Economist, Professor at CIDES UMSA, The Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences of the Unversidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia

Human-environment genderscapes in South Asia: Suffering for water, suffering from disasters - Dr. Luke Juran, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Assistant Professor,Virginia Water Resources Research Center, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

Moderator: Dr. Ralph Hall, Associate Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) program and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech

3:05 - 3:15 PM: Break

Light refreshments

3:15 - 4:45 PM: Concurrent Workshops & Break Out Sessions

Community Engagement in Feminist Participatory Research Methods - Assembly Hall

Dr. Ann Oberhauser, Professor of Sociology, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Iowa State University

Gender Equality in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) - Duck Pond Room

Dr. Jennifer Himmelstein, Corporate Analyst, ACDI/VOCA

Daniel Sumner, Assistant Director, Women & Gender in International Development, Center for International Research, Education & Development, Virginia Tech

Being-in-the-field: A conversation on discrimination, sexual harassment & other challenges - Drillfield Room

Caitlin Nordehn, Technical Associate, Cultural Practice LLC

Christine Dennis Smith, Co-director, Women’s Center at Virginia Tech

4:45 - 5:00 PM: Break

Light refreshments

5:00 - 5:45 PM: Closing Address

Gender in Food Security Programs: Take away for moving towards more inclusive systems - Dr. Krista Jacobs, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID/Bureau for Food Security

5:45 - 6:00 PM: Reflections, Acknowledgments, and Next Steps


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