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

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 - 1:30 PM: Lunch, Personal Journeys & Career Paths - Q&A session with speakers

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

1:30 - 3:05 PM: Access: Markets, Education & the Gendering of Environmental Systems - an interactive panel (Assembly Hall)

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

Strategies for addressing gender-based constraints to technical and vocational education and training opportunities in Afghanistan - Ms. Nadima Sahar, Head of Technical & Vocational Education and Training Authority, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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 (Assembly Hall)

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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