Take Root Conference Feb. 24-25 to Focus on Reproductive Justice

The WGS Center for Social Justice is proud to host the seventh annual Take Root Conference on Feb. 24 and 25 at the Thurman J. White Forum Building, 1704 Asp Ave., on OU’s Norman campus. The subtitle for the conference, as always, is Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice, and this is just what Take Root provides.

The conference offers a space for engagement on reproductive justice for students, academics, practitioners, advocates, and community members. Our region’s unique cultures and concerns shape the conference’s focus on and approach toward achieving reproductive justice. 

The first conference on reproductive justice located in a traditionally conservative state, Take Root has become one of the largest and most significant conferences of its kind, attracting more than 600 participants last year. Take Root works toward highlighting the relevance of the red state regional perspective in national reproductive justice discourse.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Dr.Willie Parker, chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a closing address Paula Sophia Schonauer, an Oklahoma City author, activist and educator. The 2017 conference schedule offers a broad array of nearly 40 session topics, from “Mothers and Infants Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic” to “Art As Activism: Radical Collaboration & Spoken Word Poetry” and “Building Electoral & Political Power: Lobbying and Field Work 101.” A primary theme for this year’s conference is Take Root and Indigenous Lands, with panels and speakers highlighting reproductive justice issues indigenous communities face.

The Take Root Conference is open to everyone, and friends and supporters of WGS are especially welcome. Registration is $35 for students and $75 for non-students. Volunteers are also needed for the conference, and there’s an added bonus: Volunteers attend free!

Come join us Feb. 24 and 25 for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice. If you’re unable to attend, we do hope you’ll consider supporting the conference and its important work.