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Know Her Truths: Advancing Justice for Women & Girls of Color

The Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University is hosting a national conference focused on the lives of women and girls of color. The conference will bring together scholars, students, community organizations, researchers, policy makers, foundations, and activists for an intensive series of discussions about the circumstances, challenges, and opportunities facing women and girls of color.

This conference is part of an initiative to develop a meaningful research agenda on women and girls of color. Conversations will address what we know about the lives of women and girls of color, the deficits in our knowledge, and the meaningful ways in which increased knowledge about the lives of women and girls of color can influence our policy and political landscape.

Research offers a foundation that informs our nation’s policymakers, leads us to ask new questions and develop creative solutions, and shapes narratives, discourse, and our understanding of the world. The lives of women and girls of color are too infrequently placed at the center of investigations of social, political, and economic questions, creating a meaningful deficit of knowledge about the specific circumstances, challenges, and opportunities women and girls of color face.

What should a national research agenda for women and girls of color include? How do we include multi-sector partners? How do we establish models of accountable, community-based research? How do communities, policy makers, foundations, and other representatives access research to affect change?

We define women and girls of color broadly and invite discussions that reflect meaningful diversity with attention to race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, region, class, and other salient identity points.

The conference will be livestreamed here.

We are ready to ask tough questions, to demand recognition of those often rendered invisible, to assert the importance of intellectual inquiry for its own sake, and to believe that scholarly work should have meaningful implications for the lives of those in the communities where we live and work.
— Melissa Harris-Perry, Founding Director, Anna Julia Cooper Center

About the Anna Julia Cooper Center

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University with a mission of advancing justice through intersectional scholarship.

The AJC Center supports, generates, and communicates innovative research at the intersections of gender, race, and place, sustaining relationships between partners on campus and throughout the nation in order to ask new questions, reframe critical issues, and pursue equitable outcomes.

The AJC Center supports a postdoctoral fellowship and undergraduate research; convenes faculty, researchers, and community through seminars and roundtable discussions; and hosts local and national events and residencies. The AJC Center is the administrator of the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research, and is currently leading a national initiative to produce a research agenda addressing the lives of women and girls of color in partnership with academic, community, foundation, and federal representatives.

The Center is named for scholar, educator, and author Anna Julia Cooper, whose pioneering scholarship and activism laid the foundation for black American feminism and insisted on the importance of Southern voices in American politics.

Who is most knowledgeable about the experience of being a young woman of color? The answer is undoubtedly young women of color themselves.
— Amanda R. Matos, Co­-Chair, Young Women’s Advisory Council, New York City Young Women’s Initiative
 

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

 

Friday, April 29

Please note, the building does not open until 7:30 AM on Friday.

8:00 AM: Registration

8:30 AM: Opening & Special Announcement

  • Melissa Harris-Perry, Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University

9:00 AM: “Under-Protection” Transcends Boundaries

  • Kyndall Clark, Girls Justice League
  • Danitra Sherman, Girls Justice League

9:30 AM: School Discipline Disparities and Educational Equity

  • Neena Chaudhry, National Women's Law Center
  • Janel George, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Monique W. Morris, National Black Women's Justice Institute

10:30 AM: Expanding the Reach of Patient and Public Involvement in Research Prioritization

  • Monica McLemore, University of California San Francisco

10:45 AM: Participatory Governance as an Intergenerational Model to Uplift Experiences & Expertise of Young Women of Color

  • Joanne Smith, New York City Young Women’s Initiative, Girls for Gender Equity  
  • Amanda Matos, New York City Young Women's Initiative, Young Women’s Advisory Council
  • Cherno Biko, New York City Young Women's Initiative, Young Women’s Advisory Council
  • Kylynn Grier, New York City Young Women's Initiative, Girls for Gender Equity

11:30 AM: Front Porch Strategy: Organizing for Black Women’s Lives at the Intersections of Service, Activism, and Research

  • Deon Haywood, Women With a Vision
  • Shaquita Borden, Women With a Vision
  • Mwende Katwiwa, Women With a Vision
  • Laura McTighe, Women With a Vision

12:15 PM: Our Power to Do This: The Justice Work of Black Women Writers

  • Tamara Butler, Michigan State University
  • Ashley Patterson, Pennsylvania State University

12:30 PM: Lunch (on your own)

1:45 PM: Breakout Discussions #1

  • Gun Violence
    • Kaaren Haldeman, Independent Scholar-Activist
    • Joslin Simms, Community Activist
    • Bonita Scarlett, Community Activist
    • Jessyca Dudley, The Joyce Foundation
    • Amber Goodwin, Americans for Responsible Solutions
    • Kayla Hicks, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
    • Judy Rose, LIPSTICK
    • Shante Leathers, LIPSTICK
    • Ruth Glenn, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Farmworker Women in the U.S.
    • Suguet Lopez, Lideres Campesinas
    • Monica Ramirez, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
    • Chelly Richards, Farmworker Justice
    • Sara A. Quandt, Wake Forest University
  • Youth, Families, and Systems
    • Addie Rolnick, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
    • Neelum Arya, #FREEAMERICA Campaign
    • Michelle Burrell, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
    • Gigi Parris, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Reproductive Justice & Unplanned Pregnancy
    • Liany Elba Arroyo, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
    • Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    • Monica Simpson, SisterSong
    • Destiny Lopez, All* Above All
    • Kierra Johnson, Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
    • Rachel Fey, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Media, Representation, and Digital Spaces
    • J. Maria Merrills, Winston-Salem State University
    • Sherri Williams, Wake Forest University
    • SheRea DelSol, Wake Forest University
    • Bria Brown, College of William & Mary
    • Asha Boston, Dinner Table Documentary

3:15 - 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 – 5:00: Breakout Discussions #2

  • HIV Care & Sex Education as Prevention
    • Melissa Torres-Montoya, 30 for 30 Campaign
    • Sonya Rahders, Advocates for Youth
    • Kirsty Fontaine, Young Women of Color Leadership Council
    • Winnie Ye, Young Women of Color Leadership Council
  • Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline
    • Maheen Kaleem, Rights4Girls
    • Jeanette Pai-Espinosa, The National Crittenton Foundation
    • Lindsay Rosenthal, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Pathways & Support for Women of Color Researchers
    • Menah Pratt-Clarke, Virginia Tech
    • Jordyne Blaise, North Carolina State University
    • Deonza Thymes, Artemis Medical Society
  • STEM
    • Jakita O. Thomas, Spelman College
    • Fay Cobb Payton, North Carolina State University
    • Patricia Garcia, Arizona State University
    • Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh
    • Valire Carr Copeland, University of Pittsburgh

5:00 – 5:30: Closing Discussion: Setting the Agenda

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30


Please note, the building does not open until 8:30 AM on Saturday

8:30 AM: Registration

8:45 AM: Setting the Discussion: How We Research

  • Melissa Harris-Perry, Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University
  • Sara Kugler, Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University

8:45 AM: Introduction of Facilitator

  • Kim Leary, Harvard Medical School and Anna Julia Cooper Center

9:00 AM: Community-Driven, Community-Accountable Scholarship - Lightning Talks

  • Homegirls in Homeplaces: Cultivating Sites of Resistance through Community-Accountable Scholarship
    • Chitra Aiyar, Sadie Nash Leadership Project
    • Margarita Villa, Sadie Nash Leadership Project
    • LeConté J. Dill, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
    • Shavaun Sutton, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
    • Bianca Rivera, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
  • Bringing Together Community Partners for the Wellness of Women in Miami
    • Amina Simmons, University of Miami
    • Guerda Nicolas, University of Miami
  • Using Participatory Action Research to Investigate Interpersonal Violence Against Women of Color
    • Hillary Potter, University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Research Justice for Young Women's Freedom
    • Connie Wun, DataCenter: Research for Justice 
    • Ophelia Williams, Young Women's Freedom Center

10:45 - 12:15: Models and Methods

  • Cultivating Community Stories: Engaging the Voices of Women of Color to Advance HER
    • Brandy Kelly-Pryor, Louisville Department of Public Health
    • Benicio Gonzales, Louisville Department of Public Health
  • Picture This: Using Photography to Tell a Black Girl's Truth
    • Claudine Taaffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • National STEM Collaborative
    • Sharon Torres, Arizona State University
  • Studying Lived Experiences
    • Bethsabeth Monica Lugo, Texas Christian University
    • Altheria Caldera, Texas Christian University

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch: Moving from a Deficit-Based Model

  • Elaine Richardson, Ohio State University
  • Jomaira Salas, Rutgers University

1:30 - 3:00: Breakout Discussions

  • Translating research to policy
    • Kimberly Quick, The Century Foundation
    • Halley Potter, The Century Foundation
    • Jamila Taylor, Center for American Progress
    • Jocelyn Frye, Center for American Progress
  • Translating research to programs
    • Engaging Latino Men to End Violence Against Women: Te Invito Primary Prevention Initative
      • Martha Hernandez-Martinez, National Latin@ Network
      • Josie Serrata, National Latin@ Network
    • My Sister's Keeper
      • Valerie Rochester, Black Women's Health Imperative

3:00 - 3:30: Closing Discussion: Research as Tool for Justice

 
 

This conference will include presentations, session leaders, and discussion facilitators from institutions and organizations across the country who responded to a call for proposals.

 
 

30 for 30 Campaign

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council

Americans for Responsible Solutions

Arizona State University

Artemis Medical Society

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Center for American Progress

Center for Health Equity, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness

The Century Foundation

College of William and Mary

Columbia University

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Dinner Table Documentary

#FREEAMERICA Campaign

Girls for Gender Equity

Girls Justice League

Human Rights Project for Girls

Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies

The Joyce Foundation

LIPSTICK

Michigan State University

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

National Black Women's Justice Initiative

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

The National Crittenton Foundation

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

National Latin@ Network

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Women’s Law Center

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

North Carolina State University

North Carolinians against Gun Violence

One Circle Foundation

Pennsylvania State University

Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham

Rutgers University

Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Siena College

Spelman College

SUNY Downstate School of Public Health

Texas Christian University

Ohio State University

University of Alabama - Birmingham

University of California, San Francisco

University of Colorado - Boulder

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Miami

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Pittsburgh

Vera Institute of Justice

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem State University

Women with a Vision

Young Women’s Advisory Council, New York City Women’s Initiative

 
REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THE CONFERENCE. WE WILL RELEASE WAITLIST TICKETS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. PLEASE VISIT THE "FAQ" SECTION OF THE WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE LIVESTREAM.

registration is required to attend the conference

The conference will take place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Wake Forest University is located at 1834 Wake Forest Rd. Winston-Salem NC 27109.

The conference will be held at Benson University Center.

Check-in will take place on the third floor atrium of Benson University Center. The conference will take place on the fourth floor of Benson University Center.

 

Downloadable Maps of Reynolda Campus:

http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/maps/

 

A PDF with information on the conference location and parking, including a map, will be available for download soon.

 

Location

Benson University Center

1834 Wake Forest Rd.

Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 

parking

Parking will be available, until full, at Davis Field on Wake Forest University's Reynolda campus. 

 

HOTEL

Rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis at:

Winston-Salem Marriott

119.00 USD per night

425 N Cherry St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Book your group rate for Know Her Truths

 

Graylyn International Conference Center

159.00 USD per night

1900 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Call and ask to book with the Know Her Truths conference block

(336) 758-2600

Local Transportation:

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (CLT)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is about a 90-minute drive to campus.

Taxi Service: Diamond Cab Company

Telephone number: (704) 333-3030

Website: http://www.charlottediamondcab.com/services.htm

Approximate cost (from airport to Wake Forest University): $225

 

From Raleigh- Durham International Airport (RDU)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is about a 90-minute drive to campus.

Taxi Service: RDU Taxi Service Airport

Telephone number: (919) 214-0475

Website: http://www.rdu---taxi.com/

Approximate cost (from airport to Wake Forest University): $248

From Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro (GSO)

The Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro is the closest airport to campus — about a 30-minute drive.

Taxi Service: Triad Transportation

Telephone number: (336) 668-9808

Website: https://flyfrompti.com/taxi-service/

Approximate cost (from airport to Wake Forest University): $50-75

Blue Bird Cabs (336.722.7121) and ABC Door 2 Door Transportation (336.721.9921) in Winston-Salem also provide transportation to and from PTI.

Winston-Salem Marriott Airport Shuttle Service

On request, fee: 49 USD (one way) 

Shuttle Phone: 336-473-3892

 

 

 

Driving to Reynolda Campus:

  • Washington D.C. (and points north): Take I-95 south to I-85 south to I-40 west. In Winston-Salem take Business 40 to the Silas Creek Parkway North Exit and follow the signs to campus.

  • Raleigh (and points east): Take I-40 west to Winston-Salem. Take Business 40 to the Silas Creek Parkway North exit and follow the signs to campus.

  • Charlotte (and points south): Take I-77 north to I-40. Go east toward Winston-Salem. Merge onto Business 40. Take the Silas Creek Parkway North exit and follow the signs to campus.

  • Asheville (and points west)Take I-40 east to Winston-Salem. Take Business 40 to the Silas Creek Parkway North and follow the signs to campus.

FAQ

Is there a fee to attend the conference?

The conference is free but registration is required.

 

Will the conference be livestreamed?

The conference will be livestreamed here.

 

What is the research agenda initiative?

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is leading a multi-year initiative to develop a national research agenda addressing the lives of women and girls of color. Click here to learn more.

You can contact the Anna Julia Cooper Center team at hertruth@wfu.edu.

To contact a representative at the conference location, Benson University Center, for questions about directions or campus location, call 336-758-4869.

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