Three Presentations to Look Forward to at the UCO Symposium
By: Shanice Collins, UCO Student
Senior, Strategic Communications
Every year the University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts gives students a chance to present their presentations, slideshows, videos, focus groups, discussion panels, play/skits, and posters, through the Liberal Arts Symposium. The 2022 symposium will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. College of Liberal Arts classes that would normally occur during this time are rescheduled so all Liberal Arts students can attend.
Presenters will have the opportunity to win one of five awards during the symposium for papers and presentations.
Here are three presentations that may interest you.
Birth Control: How it is Advertised to Women in the United States
11a.m.-noon, Liberal Arts South, Room 275
UCO students Mikena Moroney, Yesenia Gonzalez and Tyra Cooper will present their study on birth control advertisements, their contents and messaging.
Sometimes I just think about how birth control advertisements come across. They usually start by showing a woman doing normal actives and she says or shows us that she uses a certain brand. After that, the ad will starts listing out the terrible things that could happen while taking birth control. The risks could be different cancers, blood clots, infertility, and a lot more.
Hidden Figures: The Various Experiences of Black Women
11 a.m.-noon, Liberal Arts South, Room L04
UCO students Taleaha Lee, Keryee Morton and May Williams will present on the experiences of Black women. They will discuss the accomplishments of Black women, such as Alicia Garza who started the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as stereotypes that affect how Black women are seen as compared to non-black women.
As a black woman myself, I have seen firsthand how I am overlooked and even seen as aggressive while other non-black women are seen as assertive and confident. In the abstract of the presenters’ paper, they mentioned that Black Lives Matter was started by a black woman, Alicia Garza. That was something that I did not know.
Beyond HB 1775: Academic Freedom and Diversity in the Classroom.
5-6:30 p.m., Liberal Arts South, LAS Lecture Hall
This presentation, moderated by Alyssa Provencio, Ph.D., will be about Critical Race Theory. The presentation and discussion will feature Cyndi Munson, UCO alumna and minority caucus chair for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, and Clarence Long, undergraduate student, University Central Oklahoma.
For those who might not know what Critical Race Theory is, it is the understanding of how racism has shaped the policies and legal systems against people of color in the United States. A recent example is how Black Americans are incarcerated more than any other racial group.
For more information and the full list of presentations, visit the symposium website.