Transforming Bodies of Power: Organize, Amplify, Lead
The Fletcher School is proud to host its sixth annual Conference on Gender and International Affairs in a monthly virtual format this fall, with a one-day, in-person event in the spring. CGIA is an entirely student-organized initiative that brings together a unique mix of academics, practitioners, and community leaders to promote the integration of gender analysis into the scholarship and practice of international affairs at Fletcher and beyond. Your support is critical to making the Conference possible!
A Call to Organize, Amplify, and Lead!
This year’s theme, Transforming Bodies of Power: Organize, Amplify, Lead, expands upon the previous five conferences and our combined calls to action in a moment that calls for transformational leadership – leadership from bodies who have historically been barred from decision-making spaces: female, queer, trans, gender nonconforming, BIPOC, disabled and young bodies, and especially those of intersecting marginalized identities. Future-thinking leaders of our generation and of generations past inspire us to act, think critically, and expand our perspectives. Our goal is to expand the understanding of leadership, international and domestic alike, and challenge ourselves to re-conceptualize dominant perceptions of leadership – what qualities leaders possess, what tools they use and how they engage with institutional bodies of power. In doing so, they will help us utilize gender as an analytical tool and encourage inclusive dialogue and learning within our communities.
September: Reimagining Power and Leadership
October: Feminist Foreign Policy
November: Grassroots Leaders Resisting Authoritarianism
December: The Politics of Appearance
CGIA was conceived as a response to the lack of gender analysis in curricula and programming, a deficiency that exists not only in higher education, but in the professional fields students prepare to enter and the environments in which they study, work, and live.
CGIA seeks to bridge this gap through collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector efforts. As global citizens and future leaders, it is critical for students to understand the role that gender plays in decisions ranging from personal relationships to public policy. Gender also interacts with other socially constructed power dynamics and aspects of identity, such as class and race, in ways that require a nuanced and intersectional lens to analyze and understand.
We Need Your Help!
The Conference is free and open to all, and funding comes exclusively from student fundraising. This year's CGIA builds on a five-year legacy of student organizing, educating, and advocating while adapting to our remote optimized circumstance with monthly virtual panels. This year, CGIA is also determined to make the Conference more inclusive than ever by eliminating socio-economic barriers to participation for panelists and attendees.
Please help us maintain that commitment to accessibility and inclusivity by donating to our campaign. We can't do it without you!