Transracial Adoption Event at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2014

Unfolding the Adoption Experience: Exploring Racial Identity

In honor of National Social Work Month, the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University proudly hosts this important event.

Featured speaker: Dr. Joseph Crumbley noted educator, speaker, expert on transracial adoption, and author of Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care and Transracial Adoption and Foster Care: Practice issues for Professionals.

Featured Speaker: Susan Harris O’Connor social worker, performance artist, racial identity theory pioneer, and author of the book The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee.

The event will also feature a performance by O’Connor that invites the audience to explore the experience of being transracially adopted and the intersectionality of adoption and race.

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.  Sykes Theater on the West Chester University campus, March 24th from 2PM to 4PM.

Amanda Transue-Woolston is co-planning this event.  Please contact her with any event questions aw655801 [at]

Up-Coming Presentation at the 2013 Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, Hampshire College

March 5, 2013
Contact: Lucy Trainor, Assistant Director
Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Hampshire College
CLPP Hosts 27thAnnual Reproductive Justice Conference
The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College ( will hold its 27th annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, on April 12-14, 2013. The conference focuses on broadening the fight for reproductive health and rights by making connections to a diverse range of social issues, including racial, economic, and disability justice; LGBTQ rights; and environmental justice. Approximately 1,000 community activists, students, and national and international leaders and organizers are expected to attend this event, described by past attendees as “motivating, informative, and nourishing” and “overwhelmingly inspiring!”
More than 150 speakers and over 70 conference workshops will highlight local and national activist work from direct service to policy-making. Topics of workshops include Abortion Coverage, Immigration, State Violence, and Transfeminism. Conference attendees walk away with practical knowledge around the issues and are empowered to continue their work. As conference co-coordinator and Hampshire student Lauren Casey puts it, “the CLPP conference has given me hands-on tools and resources to better my own work, and provided me with a community of individuals who are right there behind me fighting this good fight.”
The three-day conference begins Friday afternoon, April 12, in Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College. Friday workshops will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Workshops and plenaries continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For a list of conference speakers and workshops, or to register, visit Conference registration is offered on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
CLPP strives to make the conference an accessible space. There will be ASL interpretation available at both the Saturday and Sunday plenaries, and Spanish translation available by request as part of the pre-registration process. The buildings used for the conference are accessible, and space will be reserved in workshops and plenaries for people using wheelchairs. Space will be reserved in plenaries for people looking to reduce their exposure to fragrances. Childcare is available free of charge during the conference.
Student conference co-coordinators are available for interviews: contact Lauren Casey or Zaynah Shaikh at 413-559-6168 or  Conference speakers are also available for interviews upon request. Speakers include activists working in diverse communities and on a range of campaigns from across the U.S. as well as internationally, including issues that have traditionally been excluded from a reproductive rights framework.