Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists and researchers to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.

This year’s theme, Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions, focuses our attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidenced-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change in behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.


Location: Governors State University
Dates: April 11 to 12, 2014
Time: TBA
Fee: Registration fee includes access to conference proceedings including paper and panel presentations, keynote address, continental breakfasts, lunch and reception. 



**Early Registration Deadline: February 3, 2014: $55
**Registration Deadline: March 17, 2014 : $70 


  • Keynote Address: Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, Former U.S. Surgeon General


    Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders was nominated as the 15th U.S. Surgeon General by President William Clinton in July, 1993, and was sworn in on September 8 — making Dr. Elders the first African American woman to hold that post.

    During the Senate hearings on her confirmation, Dr. Elders stated, "I want to change the way we think about health by putting prevention first. I want to be the voice and vision of the poor and powerless. I want to change concern about social problems that affect health into commitment. And I would like to make every child born in America a wanted child."

    Today Dr. Elders is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arkansas School of Public Health and a Distinguished Professor at the Clinton School of Public Policy. Dr. Elders also continues as Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas Medical School.

    The eldest of eight children, Dr. Elders never saw a physician prior to her first year in college. At the age of 15, she received a scholarship from the United Methodist Church to attend Philander-Smith College in Little Rock, AR. Upon graduation at age 18, she entered the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, where she received training as a physical therapist.

    Dr. Elders attended the University of Arkansas Medical School on the G.I. Bill. Following graduation in 1960, she interned at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis and did a pediatric residency and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Following her fellowship and board certification in 1976, Dr. Elders ascended the academic ladder to full professorship. She also holds a Master of Science degree in biochemistry.

    Dr. Elders joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas Medical School as a professor of pediatrics and received board certification as a pediatric endocrinologist in 1978. Based on her studies of growth in children and the treatment of hormone-related illnesses, she has written many articles for medical research publications. She was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Health in 1987, and was elected president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers during that time.

  • Continuing Education Units


    Attendees will receive a of total 10.5 Continuing Education Units CEU’s after completion of the two day workshop

    April 11 2014 - 5.75 CEUs,

    April 12 2014 - 4.75 CEUs


    CEU categories:

    CARS - Assessment & Referral Specialist

    CAAP - Associate Addictions Specialist
    CCJP - Criminal Justice Professional
    CFPP - Family Partnership Professional
    MAATP - Medication Assisted Addiction TX Professional
    CRSS - Recovery Support Specialist
    GCE - Women's Competent Endorsement.


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