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Gender equality conference set March 25 at MSU

February 21, 2017 -- MSU News Service

“Gender Equality and YOU: A Conference to Create, Foster and Catalyze” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 in MSU’s Strand Union Ballroom.

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A gender equality conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in the MSU Strand Union Building Ballrooms.

Gender Equality and You: A Conference to Create, Foster and Catalyze” will include a panelist luncheon led by famed ultrarunner Nikki Kimball; Brian Kassar, an MSU professor and psychologist; and Bryce Hughes, an MSU professor of adult and higher education who is a member of President Waded Cruzado’s ADVANCE Project TRACS team. The panelists are experts in the areas of gender in athletics, gender in politics, men and masculinity, intersectional feminism and bias recognition.

Organizers said the conference goal is for attendees to leave with the tools to build strong, inclusive communities that are sensitive to the needs of all gender and sexual identities.

"Even more important now than before, and because of a mistaken impression that gender problems have been solved, this dynamic conference offers attendees well-developed strategies to bring about sustainable positive change," said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute and the lead sponsor. "A priority is the improvement of gender inequity, as there is no point presenting problems without striving for solutions."

McSpadden said the conference will include opportunities to network and engage with individuals that share a passion for equality and leadership.

Tickets are available at the ASMSU Office in Room 221 of MSU Strand Union Building. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and community members. Breakfast and lunch are included. Please visit to register.

This conference is sponsored by MSU’s Leadership Institute, ASMSU, Office of the Provost, MSU Athletics, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of Health Advancement, Women’s Center, Diversity Awareness Office, VOICE Center, Powerhouse Montana, Launch Cats, Treeline Coffee Roasters, Bridgercare, Backcountry Squatters, The HEART Initiative and the Body Project.

Complementing the conference is a free showing of the documentary “Finding Traction, a documentary about Kimball’s quest to be the first person to run the 273-mile Long Trail, the country’s oldest hiking trail, which will be shown at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Procrastinator Theater. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or visit or

Carmen McSpadden 406-994-7275,