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Professor Angela Mae Kupenda makes several academic presentations addressing the law, access and underrepresented groups in June 2011.


Professor Angela Mae Kupenda presented, during June 2011, at the American Association of University Professors (Washington, D.C.), the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute Student Summer Workshop (Jackson, Miss.), the JSUAdvance Summer Writing Retreat (Canton, Miss.), and the Association of American Law Schools Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality (Washington, D.C.).


Professor Angela Mae Kupenda focused during June on her work to encourage more equality, especially in the academy. 


Kupenda presented a paper on the "Faculty Work Panel," at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Conference on the State of Higher Education, held in Washington, D.C., June 8-11, 2011.  Kupenda presented her forthcoming article, "Academic War Strategies for Nonviolent Armies of One."  Her article, which will soon be published in "the crit, an online critical legal studies journal, of the University of Idaho College of Law" is purposed to help usher faculty of color, white female faculty, and faculty from other underrepresented groups, through the sometimes warlike tenure processes in academia. Kupenda's article is based on her research and her over 20 years of experience as a professor.


Also, on June 14, Professor Kupenda presented at the Jackson State University Fannie Lou Hamer Institute's Student Summer Workshop, "The Southern Civil Rights Movement:  The Pivotal Role of Young People."  Her presentation was on the panel, "Oral History--Women in the Movement."  Sharing excerpts from her own life stories, she emphasized the impact young women and girls can make in the struggle for equality.

During mid-June, Kupenda served as an invited External Summer Writing Retreat Coach at the JSUAdvance first summer writing retreat for women in the sciences at Jackson State University.  The week long writing retreat was held at the Gray Episcopal Conference Center in Canton, Mississippi. JSUAdvance is a multimillion dollar grant project funded by the National Science Foundation to improve the climate for the advancement of women at historically black colleges and universities.  Last year, Kupenda served as an external legal advisor and an external editor for the principal investigator, Dr. Loretta Moore, and the co-principal investigators as they drafted and submitted the proposal seeking the grant.  At the recent retreat, Kupenda made a presentation on overcoming barriers to writing and also served as a writing coach for participants.



Also in June, Professor Kupenda presented a paper at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, held in Washington, D.C., June 20-22, 2011.  Kupenda presented on the panel, "Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice."  She presented her working paper, "Motherhood and the Constitution:  Unharnessed Power of Women to Facilitate Change."