Girls Today | Conference

A Day For and About Girls

Ages 12-15

It’s not just teachers and textbooks that determine girls’ achievement. A significant part of the equation is what happens in the hallways, between classes and even outside school. Girls Today conferences have taken place nationwide, sponsored by AAUW to strengthen girls’ voices while identifying action steps to promote better opportunities for all students.

October 13, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Old College Hall
2021 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon

Parents’ Session | 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
An optional session on the value and positive results of Girls Today



You are invited to participate with a group of bright, energetic girls to address issues important today in order to improve your lives tomorrow! Come and join girls from western Washington County at the Girls Today conference on October 13, 2017 for girls 12 to 15 and talk about what’s really on your mind.

What Girls Can Expect

Opening Session | A panel of Pacific University students will talk about how they became college students, answer your questions about campus life, living in the dorms, and tell you what you need to be doing now to start on your pathway to college.

Small Group Discussions | You will be divided into small groups and, with the help of Guided by trained, female graduate students of psychology, will discuss issues of concern to you and other girls your age. Topics we have explored in the past include relating to parents, teasing, sexual harassment, and body image.

Free Lunch on Campus

Activities | Go on a campus tour and take a women’s self defense class.

Closing Session | Your small groups will gather to share ideas about the challenges facing Girls Today. Refreshments served. Parents welcome. Be sure to pick up your free t-shirt!


The Girls Today conference was created to help girls explore concerns that may affect learning, which the schools cannot regularly address. Rather than give advice or suggest simple solutions for complex problems, we hope to provide an open, safe environment in which girls can talk with each other openly in facilitated groups.

What Parents Can Expect

  1. Model a possible vision for a future in college by connecting your child with female college students who have taken the same journey your daughters are on
  2. Help girls develop strategies to deal with troubling issues at school, to keep girls strong and focused on learning
  3. Provide a structure for future mentoring and follow up to the work done at the conference; make sure the girls know that there is a support network for them in the community working to help them fulfill their potential.

The conference will be staffed by Pacific University graduate students from the School of Professional Psychology, the Center for Gender Equity and the American Association of University Women.


Price | $10
Register online | Online registration closes Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

Consent form (pdf) | En Espanol (pdf)
An Informed Consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for each girl.  Please sign the form and return it to via email to Christiana Warner ( or bring the form the morning of the Girls Today event.

Brochure (pdf) | En Espanol (pdf)