To discuss relationships and gender roles, Women Empowerment Knowledge And Nurture will host a Woman of Substance Panel Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the UC Shiloh Room.
Male panelists will be asked 12 questions defining their idea of an upstanding woman. The audience will then discuss the topics with each other and the panelists. Given sheets of paper, audience members can record thoughts and questions as they wait to comment on panelist responses.
Audience members and panelists are also invited to tweet their questions and responses by sending tweets to @WEKAN2012 using the hashtag #WOSPanel. Keeping the timeline visible for the duration of the panel, the tweets will also facilitate discussion.
Candice Tatum, a sophomore in food science and WE KAN's secretary, said she hopes the event will explore "the different perspectives of women based on each other's views and opinions."
WE KAN seeks to create a support group, bringing young women together to discuss issues faced by women daily. The Woman of Substance Panel is a direct extension of this goal, promoting dialogue, reflection and self-development.
Aiming to engage students, Breyanna Hampton, WE KAN founder and UT alumna, said she believes the event will showcase the influence of relationships shaping a woman's sense of self.
Hampton encouraged attendees to "take note, debate and reflect."
"This event is important for students because it will help them better define themselves and establish standards in romantic relationships," Hampton said. "After all, each relationship a person engages in should teach them more about themselves. This panel will give the audience some things to think about in order for them to ultimately establish their standards in light of both gender's perspectives."
WE KAN defines a "woman of substance" as "a woman that is not merely defined by her job title, relational or economic status but a woman solely defined by the quality of her character." In light of growing concern over societal roles, Tatum acknowledged the necessity of including men in conversations about gender.
"The purpose of this panel is to gain the male perspective on how a woman of substance is defined," Tatum said. "Men have major impacts on how women establish their standards and carry themselves, just as women have similar effect on men."
Tatum added: "In some areas, there has been a controversial disconnect between men and women on the standards of gender roles. Thus WE KAN will present their definitions of a woman of substance as well, which will give a more holistic perspective of a woman of substance."
To ensure diverse insight, the panelists will vary in ethnicities, ages and backgrounds.
"This event is important for students because as we come to know ourselves and establish careers, building relationships play a vital role in our future," said Tre'Nesheia Davis, WE KAN's president. "The person you choose to establish a future with will impact your future as well, therefore we must establish standards for ourselves and future relationships."