About The CrookedRoom Conference
THE CROOKEDROOM CONFERENCE IS…
THE ANNUAL EVENT COMMITTED TO CENTERING THE EXPERIENCES OF BLACK GIRLS, WOMXN, GENDER NON-CONFORMING AND GENDER FLUID FOLX NAVIGATING INSTITUTIONAL SPACES (I.E. HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, RELIGION, THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, ETC.
Founded in 2017 by Jaqui Rogers, Amber Bell-Christian, and eNiCol - three College of Education graduate students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the CrookedRoom Conference (CRC) began with a primary focus on the experiences of Black Girls and Womxn navigating the systemically crooked structure of the educational system. However, recommendations following the first event both praised the creation of such an intentional space, and demanded an expansion that included experiences from other institutional spheres—namely healthcare, religion, sexuality, etc. In 2018, we delivered. Doubling in attendance, presenters, and track offerings, our second year further affirmed how necessary it is for opportunities like CRC to exist. This one-of-a-kind event is both a celebration and critique of how we are often times expected to contort who we are for the comfort of others. It’s an open invitation to recognize how we defy those demands and the limitations placed before us. Every. Single. Day. And, it’s an opportunity for our voices to be purposefully heard and learned from.