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



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