Q-Summit 2016 Schedule
Please note: This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change.
9:00-9:45 a.m. Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Intergenertional Breakfast
*Please note this space is for transgender, and gender non-conforming youth and adult allies only. If you do not identify as transgender or gender non-conforming this is not a space for you.
This year we are offering an intergenerational trans/gender non-conforming breakfast as an opportunity for adults in the transgender community to connect with transgender youth. Before the opening session, the Q-Summit is offering a space for trans and gender nonconforming individuals to come together in an informal caucus space. This breakfast, offered on the University of Richmond campus, will serve as a place for the trans and gender nonconforming youth to connect, share stories, and learn from each other. Additionally, while the conference remains focused on LGBTQ+ youth, the Q-Summit team has decided to open this breakfast to trans and gender nonconforming individuals of all ages in order to allow youth an opportunity to connect and talk with individuals from all generations. RSVP to Maddy Dunbar.
9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
10:00-10:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Racial Justice All-Summit Workshop (facilitated by SONG member-leaders)
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided) & Working Groups
Free rapid HIV testing will be available from 1:30pm-4:30pm during the Q-Summit. HIV testing is provided by Fan Free Clinic.
1:40-3:00 p.m. Breakout Session Block 1
3:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session Block 2
Adult Ally Space - Dr. Glyn Hughes will facilitate a discussion of what a "queer youth space” is, and what it means to be an adult ally in that space and in general. Participants will also discuss issues faced related to activist collaboration between students and staff/faculty. This session will run during the breakout sessions for those over 25 attending with youth.
4:45-5:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Ashleigh Schackelford
Keynote Speaker: Ashleigh Schackelford
Ashleigh Shackelford is a queer, agender Black fat femme writer, educator, and cultural producer. As a Black ratchet feminist, she has utilized activism to ignite consciousness raising and justice around the issues of body positivity and anti-Black misogyny. From protesting on campus, to direct action shut downs on highways - Ashleigh has sparked revolution from her home base in the urban South and beyond- through global recognition via social media. Her tools of engagement to discuss identity politics have ranged from creating collective meet up’s, writing accessible articles on major platforms, and through social media posts on current events. Utilizing blogging, social media, and popular culture as a means of accessibility and nuance around issues of justice has allowed for Ashleigh to maintain the bridge of academic scholarship to hood theory. In 2014, Ashleigh co-founded Black Action Now with three other queer Black women subsequent to the non-indictment of Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown. Ashleigh also created Free Figure Revolution, an organization focused on dismantling lethal beauty standards and promoting body positivity through activism. Not only has she been on the ground doing activism but continues to challenge violent structural systems within “safe spaces” such as classrooms, conferences, and within everyday environments.
She is a powerful and nuanced speaker that has been invited to multiple universities, conferences, and workshops. From Creating Change to The Movement for Black Lives, Ashleigh has been recognized as a leader in demanding radical change for Black queer and trans folks, especially demanding space for femmes and women. In addition, Ashleigh has been published in The Washington Post, Black Girl Dangerous, Telesur English, Buzzfeed, For Harriet, and The Feminist Wire. In addition, she was nominated for the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminists You Should Know Award. Ashleigh is dedicated to creating a means of healing and justice, demanding body positivity and intersectional feminist frameworks, and remains cognizant of her power to challenge and question everything within a system designed for her people to fail.