The mission of the programming series is to create space for dialogue, support, and empowerment among students, faculty, and staff at University of Iowa.  Through the co-creation of a supportive community of womxn, individuals will have the ability to explore their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, share lived experiences, and discuss what it means to be womxn of colour in our campus community.

Why the "x"?

"Womxn removes the sequences of m-a-n and/or m-e-n from the term “woman/en” that sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn are not a sub-category of men, while providing active resistance to transphobia to include transwomen, trans*femme, and other gender non-confirming womxn."

Steinmetz, S. (1995). Womyn: The evidence, American speech. Vol. 70, No. 4, pp. 429–43. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.Merbruja, L. (2005). 3 common feminist phrases that (unintentionally marginzliuze trans women. Everyday Feminism: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/05/feminist-phrases-marginalize-trans-women/

Spring 2021 Mixer

Register for ZOOM Link: Http://Tiny.cc/g378tz

WOCN-Spring-Mixer-Flyer.pdf

Kyra Seay Bio:

Kyra Seay studied Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Iowa with a certificate in Critical Cultural Competence.
 
Prior to joining Bumble, Kyra founded Regi-Me Beauty, an online beauty company that connects women of color to personalized beauty solutions. She has also helped deepen DEI efforts within higher education at the University of Iowa, working directly with the Chief Diversity Officer.
 
Since joining Bumble in 2018, Kyra has made it her mission to increase the sense of community and belonging at Bumble, both within and beyond the company. During her time at Bumble, Kyra spearheaded the launch of Bumble’s first and only Employee Resource Group “Diversibees,” instituted a company channel for transparent and actionable feedback, developed internal programming to support employee engagement in cross-cultural discussions, and created a collaborative cohort framework aimed at building product, brand, and community impact innovation through the lens of DEI.
 
As the Director of Social Innovation & Transformative Initiatives at Bumble, Kyra has most recently established the Center of Excellence (COE) to help the global company lead and deliver on DEI values through meaningful investment in talent, leadership accountability, cross-functional solving, and brand-building through action. This team ensures that Bumble’s commitment to DEI is prioritized and consistent across global teams and practices. As the leader of the COE, Kyra works closely with a diverse group of thought partners and co-drivers to meaningfully integrate DEI into all parts of the business, helping to uphold Bumble as an industry leader with DEI as a business differentiator.

 

Join the Network!

For updates on upcoming events and meetings, join the University of Iowa Womxn of Color Network Facebook group & like our Facebook page!

Email wrac@uiowa.edu to be added to the WOCN Listerv!  

Questions or concerns? Contact Jessica Padilla at jessica-padilla@uiowa.edu

On Accessibility: 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact WRAC in advance at 319-335-1486. 

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