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ASDAH 2018 Conference

  United Against Oppression: Navigating the Learning Curves in the Health at Every Size® Movement

Aug 3-5, 2018


University Place Hotel and Conference Center


Portland, Oregon, USA

August 3-5, 2018 Portland, Oregon, USA - Uniting Against Oppression: Navigating the Learning Curves in the Health At Every Size Movement



Information for 2018 ASDAH Conference Attendees




Our Keynote speakers were chosen this year for their commitment to Social Justice and the HAES movement. These dynamic speakers represent years of work in the trenches creating visibility, access, and empowerment for people in larger bodies across the spectrum of intersectional identities.


Reclaiming Body Sovereignty: Embodying the Intersections of Fatness, Queerness, and Indigeneity

Shilo George

Shilo George, MS is a Southern Cheyenne-Arapaho and Scottish international speaker, trainer, and owner of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, which means “a great awakening of the heart and spirit”. Shilo received her Bachelor of Science in Art Practices in 2012 and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education in 2017, both from Portland State University.


Historical Trauma and Modern Day Oppression: How Does This Relate to Eating Disorders?

Gloria Lucas

Gloria Lucas is a body-positive activist, punx-feminist, entrepreneur, and a public speaker. In 2014, Gloria started Nalgona Positivity Pride - a Xicana-brown-indigenous body-positive organization that focuses on the link between historical trauma and eating disorders - after personally struggling with an eating disorder. Gloria’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, MiTú , Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives in Compton, CA with her boyfriend and their two cats, Pepita and Mister Orange.


When Self-Love Isn’t Enough: Cultivating Body Appreciation in an Unjust World

Linda Bacon

A scientist and acclaimed international speaker, Dr. Bacon is changing lives through her teaching, research, writing, and transformative workshops and seminars. She holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise science with a specialty in nutrition, and for almost two decades taught courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition. Bacon’s best-selling books, Health at Every Size and the co-authored Body Respect, have been credited with helping galvanize the global body positivity movement.


Fat Visibility Through Photography: The Who, the How, and the Hell Yeah

Substantia Jones

Photo-activist Substantia Jones created, manages, and is sole photographer for the 10-year-old fat acceptance campaign, The Adipositivity Project, hosting a diverse and growing collection of hundreds of her photographs of fat people of all genders, mostly women, mostly nude. She describes the project as “feminism, fuckyouism, and fat.” Her photography has been featured in books, magazines, and news outlets. She lectures internationally, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe.



Accessibility Statement


With a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we have chosen services throughout this year's conference to accommodate all attendees' needs and maximize comfort. As such, we are happy to be providing:

  • A conference venue that is ADA accessible with elevators / ADA bathrooms
  • Reserved hotel rooms on our room block called "comfort plus" rooms that have ADA bathrooms (be sure to request when booking)
  • Chairs in conference meeting rooms that are armless and padded
  • Conference spaces with size inclusivity in mind 
  • Airport accessibility using the MAX train to and from the airport and hotel 
  • Various meal choices for those who have food preferences/requirements 

As always, we strive to ensure those who are a part of the ASDAH family feel included and have what they need. If you are attending the conference and there is something needed that is not on the list, please feel free to contact us at Can't wait to see you in Portland!


Our Sponsors

ASDAH is incredibly grateful for our institutional and individual sponsors who make it possible for ASDAH to assist speakers and attendees to come to this conference.
(If you prefer to donate by check, please mail it to: P.O. Box 3093 Redwood City CA 94064 and write "ASDAH Conf Donation" on the check)





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