Past Event

Community Scholar Event: "I Am A _______": Voices from the Movement, 2019 SIPA Intersectionality Conference

November 22, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Community Scholar Vivian Williams-Kurutz of the Harlem Wellness Center will participate in the 10:45 AM health panel at the SIPA Students of Color Intersectionality Conference, moderated by Dean Melanie Pagan, discussing current issues in health affecting women of color, including motherhood, gender equality, self-care, and community wellness.

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Full conference schedule:

Please note you may attend any individual session if you cannot join for the full conference. Please select the morning or evening ticket to indicate this preference.

8:00-8:45 Practicing Wellness: Yoga
8:45-9:00 Break
9:00-10:30 Beyond Education: Intersectionality and the Classroom
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Health Panel
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:30 Lunch Panel: Equal Pay for Equal Work

1:30-2:00 Break

2:00-3:00 Artistry and Activism: A Conversation with Ianne Fields Stewart followed by community mural painting

3:00-4:00 Afternoon Break

4:00-5:00 Policy Perspectives: The Next Frontiers of the Movement

5:15-6:00 Workshop: Restorative Justice Circle, A Safe Space for Women of Color

5:15-6:00 Workshop: Practical Allyship

6:00-6:15 Break
6:15-6:45 Evening Keynote Address, Aisha Moodie-Mills, a leading voice in marriage equality with over 20 years of experience building campaigns for people of color, transgender, and women candidates and current CNN commentator

6:45-8:00 Evening Reception

Our esteemed panelist speakers include:

  • Dr. Robbin Chapman, Harvard University Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Vivian Williams-Kurutz, Founder/Executive Director of the Harlem Wellness Center
  • Sherine Powerful, Doctor of Public Health Candidate in Women, Gender, and Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lex Chandra, the GRIOT Circle
  • Asha De Costa, Mental Health Counselor, Columbia School of Engineering
  • Elisa Shankle, Founder of Healhaus
  • Katherine W. Phillips, Columbia Business School, Director of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
  • Amanda Goonetilleke, Software Engineer and Lead Organizer for Women’s and AAPI employee resource groups at Disney Streaming Services'
  • Suma Swaminathan, Vice President of Private Equity at Developing World Markets
  • Alex Johnson, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Helsinki Commission
  • Edmund Asiedu, Asssistant Director for Career Services, specializing in workforce recruitment for students with disabilities
  • Karla Henriquez, Senior Associate at Financial Health Network
  • Dr. Sadaf Jaffer, the first South Asian, Muslim woman to become mayor in the United States
  • Andrea Stanford, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Mission to the UN
  • Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Co-founder of Heigher Heights
  • Zola Zakiya, Associate Director of Communications & Impact at Center for Anti-Violence Education

The annual SIPA Intersectionality Conference engages policymakers, scholars, advocates, organizers, activists, and students to discuss the complex ways that gender, race, class, immigration status, sexual orientation, and other identities further perpetuate power inequities in the everyday life of women of color, particularly black women. The conference aims to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and highlight issues that are oftentimes under-studied and underreported in mainstream channels. Drawing on the work of Kimberly Crenshaw, this year’s conference brings together speakers, panels, and workshops to share their perspectives and strategies on how society can best address the continued social, economic, and political inequities across a wide range of topics including: wellness and health, educational and professional life, the body of politics, and domestic and international policy.