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Land Acknowledgement Statement

This land on which we inhabit is physically situated in the original ancestral homelands of the The Wea Peoples of the Miami Tribe of Indiana. The Wea were a Miami-Illinois originally located in western Indiana and part of the larger Illinois Confederation. We pay respect to the Miami Tribe (Delaware, Kickapoo, Miami, Mound Builders, Piankashaw, Potawatomi, Shawnee, and Wea), past, present, and future, and the Wea Peoples continuing presence in the homeland and throughout their historical diaspora. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.

This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue. We take this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of this land.


The Women's Resource Center (WRC) strives to empower, educate, and create a safe space for people of all gender identities and expressions.  WRC supports the inclusiveness of women across campus and within the community. The mission of the Women's Resource Center is to recognize the diverse accomplishments, promote the interests, and help meet the needs of women at Indiana State University.  This is accomplished by providing a forum for discussion, information dissemination, and programming that celebrates and promotes women and their allies.

WRC’s educational content addresses all issues of gender, relationship, and sexual diversity. Our programs comes from a place of intersectionality, understanding that issues of gender cannot be separated from other social identities, such as race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc. 

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Womens Resource Center (WRC) Graduate Assistant Breanna Pierce at bpierce7@sycamores.gz-yijiang.com.

TEDxIndianaStateUniversity - December 6, 2021 - links to presentations coming soon.


Bre Pierce

Mini-bio: Bre Pierce (She/They) is a recent graduate of Indiana State University for her Bachelor’s in Science. They are continuing their education as they are pursuing their Master’s in Communications. She works with the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP), as the Women’s Resource Graduate Assistant. They love talking to others about the important topics of mental health, disability awareness, and LGBTQ+ rights. In her undergraduate work, Bre was the Sycamore Safe Zone coordinator at ISU. Bre worked to facilitate and coordinate allyship events around campus in order to make the environment more loving and open for all students. Bre has enjoyed every minute of coordinating this Tedx event and she is so excited for everyone’s stories to be heard!

Speakers (complete bio and description link here)

Dr. Tameka Ellington 

Mini-bio: Dr. Tameka Ellington grew up in the inner-city of Cleveland, Ohio and was raised by a single mother. Her father was absent due to alcoholism and drug use which eventually landed him in a 15-year prison sentence. Despite the violence and crime surrounding her, Dr. Tameka always strived for excellence. 

Title: The Power of Deserving: How to combat women’s poverty mindset

Presentation Description: Because we are born, we are deserving of all that life has to offer. BEING deserving is our birthright; however, FEELING deserving is impacted by our mindset. The conditioning of our mindset begins at birth, the environment in which one is raised, the influences of societal standards, and the generational curses that we often carry. This presentation will take the TEDx audience on a journey of Dr. Tameka’s life from meager inner-city beginnings to internationally renowned scholar. 

Elynor Head

Mini-bio: Elynor Head attends Indiana State University and currently is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Geology.  She is a part of the Honors College and has been able to get involved in student research at a relatively young age. Elynor is currently studying diatoms from Lac Vieuz Desert in the paleolimnology research lab. She is highly interested in space exploration and plans to pursue a career as a planetary geologist.                                                                           

Title: Diatoms

Presentation Description: Paleolimnology is the study of lakes and lake sediment and as an undergraduate researcher I use diatoms to piece the climate history of lakes together. By researching diatoms, we can understand what the environmental conditions of a lake were in the past. 

Stephanie Bertoli

Mini-bio: Stephanie Bertoli is a homeschooling mom to three little ones by day and a running coach/women's health advocate by night. Prior to becoming a mother, she earned her BS in Exercise Science, MS in Sport Management, was a collegiate athlete, and collegiate track and field coach.

Title: Pelvic Floor Health in the United States: One Woman’s Story

Presentation Description: Studies have shown that as many as 1 in 3 women will experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction within their lifetime. It touches every single aspect of someone's life -- while it's not life threatening, it can be life diminishing. In many cases it can be both preventable and treatable, yet so many do not receive the help that they truly need. 

JoEllen Henson

Mini-bio: JoEllen Henson is the Field Director for both the BSW and MSW programs as well as a Multi-Year Faculty Instructor for the Department of Social Work at Indiana State University.  Ms. Henson is a Licensed Social Worker in both the state of Indiana and Illinois. Ms. Henson is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Health Sciences program at Indiana State University.  Prior to beginning her work in academia, Ms. Henson worked as a School Social Worker in the state of Illinois for 26 years 

Title: Everyone has a story to tell

Presentation Description: I would like to share my story--how I am currently working towards my life-long goals, even though it may be a little later in life than originally planned! My message is one of never giving up-staying true to yourself and your personal ambitions and dreams, regardless of the roadblocks that life puts in your way!

Dr. Malynnda Johnson

Mini-bo: Dr. Malynnda Johnson is an associate professor in the department of communication teaching mostly in the areas of health communication and media studies. She completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of WI – Milwaukee. She is also the associate program director for the genetic counseling program. 

Title: The Power of Laughter

Presentation Description: From Patch Adams to Gallows Humor being able to laugh has been found time and time again to provide medical benefits. Humor is found to not only help a person’s mental health but also in the physical healing process. Humor can help normalize our ability to discuss medical issues while modeling discussions we should be having with partners, providers, and family members. However, there are important questions to consider.

Dr. Lucy Campbell

Mini-bio: Dr. Lucy Campbell serves as Faculty Fellow in Academic Affairs. She works with the Office of the Provost and Admissions. Her primary responsibilities are helping designing materials and reaching out to students and families who identify as Hispanic/Latino, working with ISU’s Admissions staff in high schools and on campus. Dr. Campbell is a Spanish instructor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America. 

Title: “La disciplina es el camino a la felicidad”

Presentation Description: “Self-discipline is the rode to happiness” and my professional Journey as Hispanic immigrant.

Katherine Pine

Mini-bio: Katherine Pine is a Senior Instructor at Indiana State University and teaches online for Ivy Tech Community College. She teaches Public Communication, Interpersonal, and Media Production. 

Title: The Alpha Female

Presentation Description: My topic idea is to encourage the return of the concept of an alpha female. I recently presented on how the term alpha females came into use and were discussed in the 1900's. Females identify as self-confidence, higher poised, and lack feelings of inferiority. The alpha woman self-identifies as both conventional (nurturing and caring) and unconventional (independent and successful).

Hailee Lauritzen

Bio: Hailee Lauritzen, D.H.Sc.c, MSW, LSW Hailee Lauritzen is a licensed social worker, and faculty Instructor at Indiana State University in the department of Social Work. Ms. Lauritzen completed a master’s degree in social work at Michigan State University in 2008 and is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana State University in Health Sciences. Since 2008, Ms. Lauritzen has worked as a therapist for women and children survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

Title: Imposter Syndrome

Presentation Description: My TEDx talk would focus on imposter phenomenon (IP) or more commonly referred to as, imposter syndrome (IS) and why many high achieving women struggle with this concept, despite countless records of success. Research shows Imposter Syndrome is a common barrier for highly educated professionals who remain in the shadows for fear they don't have the ability to reach higher goals. This TEDx talk will briefly define imposter syndrome, as well as common characteristics often seen affiliated. It will also address potential impacts and barriers of successful work and finally helpful tips to overcoming it.

Dr. Brittney Millspaugh-Storms 

Mini-bio: Dr. Brittney Millspaugh-Storms, PT, DPT, MBA, NCS completed her BA in biology with an emphasis in molecular biology and genetics from Anderson University, and her doctorate and masters at Southwest Baptist University. She has since go on to become certified in women’s and pelvic health as well as become a board certified clinical specialist in neurology. She currently teaches full time as an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University. She also continues to take patients and practice at the ISU Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation clinic on ISU’s campus.  

Sarah Tobias

Mini-bio: After Sarah Tobias graduated from Clay City High School in 2010, she attended the University of Southern Indiana. Tobias received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (non-licensure) and a minor in Art Education. She enjoys her job as one of the Assistant Toddler Teachers at ISU’s Early Childhood Education Center while simultaneously trying to balance living with a rare and invisible disease.

Title: My Rare Invisible Disease…From Bitter to Better

Presentation Description: This presentation will give you one person’s perspective of what it was like to live with an undiagnosed disease and what it is like to live with a rare and invisible disease. Sarah Tobias will share with you the positive and encouraging life lessons she has learned throughout this journey.


TEDxIndianaStateUniversity - November 2020

Thank you for attending our TEDx event on November 19, 2020! We appreciate your participation. The videos of our speakers can be found on YouTube by searching "TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen", inputting the title, or clicking on the links provided below. You can also find the program attached to this message.  

With over 300 people that attended we were able to set the bar high for our future TEDx events, so keep an eye out for more information. Please show your support for the women of our community by liking, sharing, and commenting on the videos. 



Not All Wounds Are Visible | Bre Pierce | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen

Throughout life, we experience things that make us happy, make us confused, make us angry, and sometimes makes us scarred. When all these scaring experiences build up, trauma begins to build. Sometimes you do not realize that all the stuff that has happened in your past has hurt you, until you start taking a look at your past and how it has ...


Women: Change Agents that are out of this World | Elynor Head | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen


Do women really support each other at work? | Maryem Salam | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen


Overcoming Risk Factors | Amanda Muhammad | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen


Developing Leaders for LGBTQIAP+ Advocacy | Melissa McCollister | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen


The unspoken rules of the freelance world | Lexie Signor | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen


Displaying Their Authentic Selves | Bahareh Javadizadeh | TEDxIndianaStateUniversityWomen



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