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Annual Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon Serves Up Development and Support

Ana L. Ramierz-SaenzFerris State University is set to host the annual ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC) Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9. The event is open to the public and will be held in the University Center on the Big Rapids campus.

The 2018 luncheon theme is “Let’s Talk About It,” and will include lunch, deliberative dialogues, optional tours of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the Museum of Sexist Objects and networking opportunities. The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with optional museum tours at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. The registration deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.

Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, the secretary of Ferris’ Board of Trustees, will be the luncheon’s keynote speaker. She is the CEO and owner of La Fuente Consulting LLC, diversity and inclusion consultancy, which was established in 2000. She was previously the marketing and training manager for Steelcase Financial and an assistant product manager for Steelcase's Turnstone brand.


The luncheon is sponsored by the Women’s Network of the Michigan American Council on Education – MI-ACE. The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, whose objective is to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state. The WOCC is a collaborative within the network. Its goal is to provide a forum and means of support for women of color employed in faculty, administrative staff, and leadership roles at Michigan’s colleges and universities.


Ferris houses several museums on the main campus. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and the Museum of Sexist Objects will be open for tours before and after the luncheon.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia houses over 9,000 artifacts; the majority of the objects were created between the 1870s and the 1960s.The largest portion of the museum's holdings are items that may be classified as Anti-black Memorabilia and demonstrate how racist ideas and anti-black images dominated American culture and have resurfaced in recent years. The museum has "positive" displays, including stories and artifacts about African American achievement and the civil rights movement. For more information, check out the museum’s website at

Museum of Sexist Objects

The purpose of the Museum of Sexist Objects is to encourage discussion, debate, and dialogue concerning everyday objects that promote sexist attitudes, discriminatory practices, and gendered violence. The Museum provides a learning environment that encourages scholarly dialogue and fosters research. For more information, check out the museum’s website at


The cost for the Women of Color Collaborative luncheon is $70, and the deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 26. More information, including hotel details can be found at the WOCC website. For any questions, please email [email protected].

The luncheon will be held at the University Center on Ferris State University’s main campus, located at 805 Campus Drive in Big Rapids, Mich. Luncheon attendees who park in Lot 1, near the University Center, will not be ticketed during this event. Click here to download the campus map.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University Board of Trustees secretary Ana Ramirez-Saenz is the keynote speaker for the annual ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC) Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The luncheon will be in the University Center ballroom, with optional museum tours available to participants.