Catholic Women Educators Convene

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Boston College hosted 250 representatives from more than 75 American Catholic colleges and universities on July 12 and 13 for "Listening to Women: A Challenge to Change," the third biennial "Making Connections" symposium of the National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education.

Participants - including over 45 members of the Boston College community - listened to presentations and engaged in discussions on the future of women in higher education and strategies for change. The conference featured talks by Trinh T. Minh-ha, an accomplished writer, composer and filmmaker, and Kathleen Kelly, CSJ, vice president of Mount St. Mary's College.

Among other areas, participants discussed the recent document on women in Church and society from General Congregation 34 of the Society of Jesus, and specific topics such as administration and policy, and research on women,

"I've never felt so affirmed," said Women's Studies Program Director Assoc. Prof. Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Sociology), executive director of NAWCHE. "Participants developed several concrete plans to form new cultures where women can find social justice at their own institutions, and they were excited to go back and implement them."

NAWCHE was founded in 1992 by the Women's Studies Program.

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