General Conference Information



This 3-day interdisciplinary, multi-sector conference will focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome. Women & Economic Security is a joint conference, presented by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), University of Michigan and Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women).    
Use Hashtag: #MakeEndsMeet



Conference Agenda | Day One with Keynote Sheryl WuDunn

Day Two Breakout Sessions | Day Three Action Agenda

Conference Registration | Speakers | Sponsors

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General Conference Information

All sessions will take place in the Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street.

Interactive U-M Campus Map: Type in "Rackham" and then choose "Rackham Horace H School Of Graduate Studies" from the drop down menu to locate the conference venue.

Or click here for an interactive Google map that includes Rackham, along with the surrounding restaurants and parking garages (shown below).


Wednesday, 9:00 am–6:00 pm, Rackham Building, Main Lobby
Thursday, 8:00 am–Noon, Main Lobby, 1st Flooor
Thursday, Noon–5:30 pm, Assembly Hall, 4th Floor
Friday, 8:00 am–1:00 pm, Assembly Hall, 4th Floor
Please contact staff at the Registration Table with any questions or concerns. Food and drink are not allowed in the Rack ham Auditorium or the Rackham Amphitheatre.

Use #WESconf and #makeendsmeet as the conference hashtags for live tweeting.
The Twitter feeds for CEW and Re:Gender are: @CEWatUM and @Re_Gender
Additional hashtags appropriate for conference tweets include:
#women   #poverty   #economicsecurity

Wireless/U-M Guest Wireless Connection
To access:
1. Connect to the network (Note: does NOT support Internet Explorer 9)
2. Open a web browser; the welcome page will appear.
3. Enter your address and agree to terms to gain network access.

Bookstore/ Book Signing
Local bookstore Literati will be selling a selection of books written by conference speakers or recommended by local experts–from 5:30–8:30 pm on Wednesday and 10:00 am–1:30 pm on Thursday. The bookstore will be located at the East end of the Rackham Auditorium Lobby. Sheryl WuDunn will sign copies of her book Half the Sky at the bookstore following her keynote presentation on Wednesday evening. Saru Jayaraman will sign copies of her book Behind the Kitchen Door at the bookstore following her presentation Thursday morning.

StoryTelling Booth
A StoryTelling Booth, presented and staffed by WUOM, Michigan Radio, will be located in the Main Lobby, 1st Floor. Please stop by to share your story about what life is like for women living in poverty, or about policy changes that could increase women’s economic security. The booth will be open Thursday 10:00 am–Noon and 1:00–3:00 pm.

Everywoman Invitational Art Exhibit
Located on the 4th floor of the Rackham Building, this exhibit is hosted by the Rackham Graduate School in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Center for the Education of Women. Curated by River Gallery + Exhibits, Chelsea, Michigan, the exhibit is open daily from 8:00 am–9:00 pm.

Photographs taken at this event will be used on CEW’s website and may be used in future publicity for CEW and the University of Michigan. Please let us know if you prefer not to be in conference photographs. The panel on Thursday, May 15th will be videotaped and a copy will be available on CEW’s website and CEW’s channel on YouTube. Audience members may be a included in that filming.

General Ann Arbor Information
Ann Arbor is in the Eastern Time Zone. The city is equipped with tornado warning sirens indicating a tornado warning. The U-M campus is non-smoking, as are all city restaurants.



Thank you!
This event is one of the Michigan Meetings, a series of annual interdisciplinary meetings on topics of national and international significance sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School.

CEW thanks TIAA-CREF, our Premier Anniversary Sponsor for their generous support of all of our Anniversary events. We also thank our Event Contributing Sponsors, Morgan Stanley and Ford Motor Company Fund, andThe Ford Foundation for support of the Michigan Partners Project (MPP).