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Spring Breakthru

March 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - March 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am

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Students: Become informed and engaged change-makers!

Colleges and universities: Sponsor up to four undergraduate students for a weekend delving into issues of intersectional feminism, civic engagement and social justice. Open to all gender identities.

Students from across the country will engage with one another in small group discussions and with panels of leaders who are making a positive impact on the gender equality movement. They will be given the tools and resources to return to their campuses as informed advocates for positive social change.

Colleges and universities are being invited to select and sponsor up to four of their sophomores and juniors to attend Spring Breakthru by covering their registration fee, travel and accommodations at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. Student attendees must be at least 18 years old. They will be expected to honor their sponsoring institution’s code of conduct while attending the conference.

Registration will open in December 2019. The early bird rate – effective through Jan. 31, 2020 – is $350 per student. Starting Feb. 1, 2020 the rate is $500 per student. To receive further information and updates, please fill out this short form.

Spring Breakthru FAQs

What will students get out of this experience?

  • They will become more informed agents of change, especially regarding the gender equality movement.
  • They will be trained as voter registration ambassadors.
  • They will receive a Spring Breakthru action packet, offering tips and suggestions on how to create positive change in their campus communities.
  • They will connect and convene with one another, expanding their personal and professional networks.


What is included in the registration fee?

  • Student meals, supplies, speakers, and resources that make the conference possible.


Who is responsible for the registration fee, hotel, and travel?

  • The sponsoring college or university.


May students pay for themselves and sign up as individual participants?

  • No. Students must be officially sponsored by their college or university. Participants are selected by their institutions (selection process is up to the institution!) and are registered by a faculty or staff member.


Is there a limit on the number of students each college or university can send?

  • Yes. The maximum is four students per college or university. If any slots are still available after the registration period closes, sponsoring institutions will receive an email inviting them to register additional students.


Are Philadelphia area students required to stay in the hotel?

  • No. Local students are welcome to commute from their campus housing or home.


Do faculty or staff need to accompany students to the conference?

  • No. If the college or university would prefer to have a faculty or staff member accompany students, they are welcome to attend the public events. However, only students are permitted in the closed sessions and at meals.


Is this conference inclusive and accessible?

  • Yes! All identities and abilities are welcomed and valued. We encourage the college or university sponsors to send a diverse group of students. Gender-inclusive restrooms will be available, pronouns will be honored, and accessibility needs will be met. Please be sure to state any ADA needs during the registration process. This information will be kept confidential.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 20

  • 12-5pm — Students arrive and check in. Passes provided for free activities.
  • 6pm — Welcome dinner and keynote speaker. Registered students only.


Saturday, March 21

Panel discussions followed by small group Peer Leader Break Outs. Registered students only.

  • 8:30am — “Addressing Injustices Head-On”
  • 11am — “The Future of the Workplace for Women and Non-Binary People” (Sponsored by Qurate Retail Group)
  • 2pm — “Engaging in Civic Issues, Voting and Running for Office”
  • 3:15pm — Voter Registration Training
  • 5:30pm — Taste of Philly Dinner: tastings from women-owned restaurants. Included for registered students. Tickets will be sold to the public.
  • 7pm — Entertainment. Included for registered students. Tickets will be sold to the public.


Sunday, March 22

  • 10am — Closing Reception. Registered students only.


March 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
March 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am
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300 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Additional Info

Event Sponsor
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Additional Sponsors
Qurate Retail Group
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Registration to open in December
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