Ericka Huggins, human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Washington State University and University of Idaho Women’s Leadership Conference.

For the past 30 years, Huggins has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Her extraordinary life experiences have enabled her to speak personally and eloquently on issues relating to the physical and emotional well‑being of women, children and youth, whole‑being education, over incarceration, and the role of sustaining activism and promoting change.

The conference will be held April 9 at the Best Western University Inn, located in Moscow, Idaho. It is co‑sponsored by the WSU and UI Offices of the President.

The theme for this year’s event is “Together, We Rise,” which emphasizes the collective commitment to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate differences, working together to build networks of support and strong alliances between women-identified people of diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences.

A Call for Proposals to present at the conference is now open, with a submission deadline of Jan. 24, 2020.

Registration for the event will open mid‑February.

On behalf of the planning committee we look forward to having you join us for this day of networking and development as we grow and support ourselves and each other. More powerful together, we pledge to uplift and sustain each other in our personal and professional growth, and in our commitment to promoting individual and community resilience and change.