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Beyond the Breaking Point: Searching for Buoyancy

Undoubtedly most of us came out of the COVID pandemic feeling a bit off balance and wanting to steady our upside-down lives. Despite the return to more normal daily activities and routines, we live differently today as survivors of the pandemic. We look around and know that there are pressing human, environmental, social, and cultural elements that need our attention. While you come explore the city of Long Beach, discover through a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific, contemplate our Hispanic-Serving (HSI) and Asian-American, Native American, Pacific-Islander-Serving (AANAPISI) CSULB, enjoy our keynote conversation with filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Abod, may you gain new insights into our human experience and the tools at our disposal for collective and continued survival and well-being. Enjoy!

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Dr. Jennifer Abod

Dr. Jennifer Abod

As a Jewish Lesbian Feminist, Dr. Jennifer Abod has spent over five decades passionately addressing inequality across age, race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Dr. Abod is an award-winning director of four documentary films, a former assistant professor of Communications and Women’s Studies. For many years, she was a radio broadcaster on Public Radio and a commercial radio talk-host on the east coast.

Her film The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which will be screening at the conference, has won national and international awards, and aired on the PBS program, To the Contrary. Her other films include: The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde. Nice Chinese Girls Don’t: A poetry memoir with Kitty Tsui and Look Us in the Eye: The Old Women’s Project.

At the height of second wave feminism, Dr. Abod was cultural and community activist. She was the singer in the New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band and was co-founder of Women’s Health Advocates.

Her current passions include being a jazz singer and writing poetry. Her poems have been published in: One Art Journal, The Metro Washington Weekly, Silver Birch Press, Wild Crone Wisdom, Artemis Journal, Sinister Wisdom and are forthcoming in Spillway Magazine.

It is an honor for the CSULB University Honors Program, as host of the 2024 WRHC Conference, to welcome Dr. Abod and celebrate her life’s accomplishments.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

12:30-4:30 PM Optional Exploration of the Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific

(Optional time to explore the Pike, Pine Street, Queen Mary, and more)

1:00-4:00 PM Conference Registration- Hilton lobby

6:00-8:00 PM Welcome Reception & Scribendi Launch, LB Hilton

Friday, March 29, 2024

7:30-9:00 AM- Shuttle from LB Hilton to CSULB-  Departs: 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00

7:30-9:00 AM- Registration

8:45 AM- Welcome, CSULB USU Ballrooms

9:00-12:00 PM- Morning Sessions, CSULB USU

12:00-1:15 PM- Lunch & Entertainment, CSULB USU

12:30-1:30 PM- WRHC Business Meeting, CSULB USU

1:15-5:15 PM- Afternoon Sessions, CSULB USU

5:30-6:30 PM Dinner & Entertainment, USU Southwest Terrace

7:00-8:00 PM- Keynote Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Abod, USU Ballrooms

8:00-10:00 PM- After Party!, USU Bowling & Billiards

8:15-10:15 PM- Shuttle from CSULB "Go Beach" sign to LB Hilton-  Departs: 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, and 10:15pm

(Enjoy Informal time together in Downtown Long Beach, Hotel Lobby)
TIME Description Location

Optional Exploration of the Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific

(Optional time to explore the Pike, Pine Street, Queen Mary, and more)

Long Beach Pike
12:00PM-4:00PM Conference Registration LB Hilton Lobby
3:00PM-5:00PM CSU Directors Meeting LB Hilton, Enclave (1st Floor)
6:00PM-8:00PM Welcome Reception, Scribendi Launch LB Hilton, Catalina Ballroom (2nd Floor)
6:00PM Vietnamese Student Association Performance LB Hilton, Catalina Ballroom (2nd Floor)
6:25PM-7:15PM Conference Welcome, and Greeting from WRHC, Pasta Bar LB Hilton, Catalina Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Scribendi Launch

Scribendi is a nonprofit annual print publication that publishes creative work from undergraduate Honors students from more than 200 institutions in the Western Regional Honors Council. Published primarily by students at the University of New Mexico Honors College, Scribendi solicits work in categories including poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, foreign language, visual art, photography, and open media. The 2022 edition of Scribendi was a finalist for the Pacemaker Award from the Associated College Press, scholastic journalism’s highest prize.

LB Hilton, Catalina Ballroom (2nd Floor)

TIME Description Location
7:30AM-9:00AM  Shuttle from LB Hilton to CSULB-  Departs: 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 LB Hilton Entrance
7:30AM-9:00AM Continental Breakfast CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
7:30AM-9:00AM Registration CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
8:35AM-8:45AM Welcome & Land Acknowledgement CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
9:00AM-9:45AM Session I Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
10:00AM-10:45AM Session II Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
11:00AM-11:45AM Session III Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
11:00AM-12:00PM Poster Session I CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
11:45AM-1:15PM Lunch (LB City BBQ & Deli Sandwiches) CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Interior Courtyard
12:00PM-1:00PM CSULB Exploration (Puvungna visit, Yoga in the Japanese Garden, & Museum visit) CSULB, Various Locations
12:15PM-12:35PM CSULB Zindagi Performance CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Interior Courtyard
12:30PM-1:30PM WRHC Business Meeting CSULB, USU Alamitos Bay
1:15PM-2:15PM Poster Session II CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
2:30PM-3:15PM Session IV Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
3:30PM-4:15PM Session V Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
4:30PM-5:15PM Session VI Panel Presentations & Workshops CSULB, USU Conference Rooms
5:30PM-6:30PM Hawaiian Luau Dinner (Naples Rib Co.) CSULB, USU 3rd Floor Southwest Terrace
5:40PM-6:00PM Grupo Folklórico Mexica de CSULB CSULB, USU 3rd Floor Southwest Terrace
7:00PM-8:00PM Keynote Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Abod CSULB, USU 2nd Floor Ballrooms
8:00PM-10:00PM After Party!  CSULB, USU 1st Floor Bowling & Billiards
8:15PM-10:15PM Shuttle from CSULB to LB Hilton Departs: 8:15PM, 8:30PM, 9:30PM, and 10:15PM Pick-up in front of USU "Go Beach" sign


Poster Presentations (45 minutes)  

  • The poster presentation session will be an interactive event in which individuals or groups of two present their research on posters. The recommended poster size is 24” x 36” and shall be of professional conference quality. Presenters should be prepared to answer any challenging questions regarding their research. 

Oral Presentations (10 minutes per presenter with 5 minutes Q&A) 

  • The oral presentation sessions will allow presenters to discuss and show their research. The presentation may include audio or visual aids. Presentations will be organized into panels of 3 participants based on research similarities. If you have a predetermined panel, please note that in your form. 

Workshops (45 minutes) 

  • The workshop sessions will consist of presenter/s teaching various skills to attendees through hands-on training, spirited discussion, and active learning. Each workshop can be as formal or informal as the speaker desires. Interactive materials are welcome but will not be provided. 

Explore CSULB & Long Beach 

Here you will find resources and exploration ideas for pre and post conference: 

Aquarium of the Pacific:  

On-Site Learning Experience 

How the Aquarium Speaks to our Conference Theme: 

Beyond the 100 exhibits, the aquarium is a hub to explore climate resilience, support endangered species, and rescue programs in the City of Long Beach. Like our post-pandemic lives, the aquarium offers opportunities to experience how nature and ecosystems have hit breaking points and must adjust for survival and well-being.  

Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific (Optional Educational Experience) 

  • 2024 WRHC Conference attendees can choose to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific at a discounted price of $29 (only available after 12, noon) 
  • Optimal times to visit that do not conflict with conference events: 
    1. Thursday, March 28th after 12, noon (end visit by 5pm) 
    2. Saturday, March 30th after 12, noon
  • RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to guarantee your visit
    Make your reservation here: (Note: Select option 2 for a free reservation in order to apply discount upon arrival) 
  • Discounted Cost with flyer is $29 and you pay when you arrive at the Aquarium ticket office

Shoreline Park:

For those who prefer a free option, you can walk to Shoreline Park with CSULB student volunteers, Daisie Poveda and Jamella Camandang to explore the restaurants and shops in that area. The group will meet on Thursday, March 28th in the LB Hilton Lobby at 12:30 and leave by 1:00pm.

Additional Exploration Options at CSULB on Friday, March 29th (requires a RSVP):

  • Visit Puvungna. (Native American Sacred Land) & share a discussion with American Studies Professors, Brett Mizelle & Angela Martinez: The group will meet at 12 noon in front of the giant "Go Beach" sign in front of the USU & walk 15 minutes to the site. (30 spots available)
  • Zen Yoga in the Japanese Garden. Meet at 11:45am in front of the entrance to the USU Ballrooms on the 2nd floor & walk 15 minutes to the gardens. Alana, who is certified in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga as well as a Reiki Master Teacher, will lead the class starting at 12 noon (30 spots available):
  • Contemporary Art Museum. (Free & Open to visitors at any time during the lunch hour) It is a 5 minute walk from the USU, just on the other side of the E2 parking lot:

RSVP for the CSULB Exploration Options on March 29th, please fill out the following:


Keep in Mind: 

  • Travel time from your arrival airport to the Long Beach Hilton 
  • Lunch needs (30-45 minutes if you need to walk and order your food) 
  • Getting to the Aquarium of the Pacific (20 minute, 0.7 mile walk from LB Hilton) 
  • Our Welcome Reception is on Thursday at the Long Beach Hilton beginning at 6:00pm. 
  • Remember to take the discount flyer with you when you go purchase your ticket on the day and time of your reservation.