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Panel at Johns Hopkins to Discuss Social Identity Issues

March 2, 2017
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: The next event in the JHU Forums on Race in America will feature a panel of scholars and activists discussing how the recognition of multiple, overlapping social identities has a powerful effect on individuals’ daily lives and social movements.

Norma Day-Vines, a professor in Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, will moderate the discussion. Day-Vines says that as people’s sociocultural and sociopolitical realities have shifted, “we are ushering in a new generation of young activists who represent a variety of constituent groups, exercise innovative approaches to social protest, and exhibit vast amounts of courage and a fierce determination to achieve social justice and systemic change.”

Panelists include:

  • Laila Alawa is founder and CEO of The Tempest media company, which amplifies the voices of diverse millennial women. Her company has helped connect millions of people with more than 700 female thought leaders on every issue, disrupting the the global media status quo.
  • Payton Head, a leader in student social movements and facilitator on the intersection of race and sexual identities, is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri. In the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations and used social media to spark student activisim.
  • Mo Speller, a Johns Hopkins doctoral student, he led the Safe and Accessible Restrooms Assessment in 2014. His work explores the development of post-war housing codes, their relationship to historical color lines in cities, and how code enforcement can be used to demarcate boundaries of neighborhood and police race, class and gender.
  • Monica Yorkman, an activist and co-founder of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, works to unify and empower the city’s trans communities, empower trans and gender non-corming individuals, and increase those groups’ political effectiveness.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday March 7.

WHERE: Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

REGISTRATION: The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

LIVESTREAM: There will be a livestream of the event here: https://hub.jhu.edu/hopkins-race-forum-live/.

BACKGROUND: This is the third event of the 2016-17 academic year for the JHU Forums on Race in America, which began in 2015 to promote open, thoughtful, and informed conversation about race and racism.

Members of the media who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9903 or jrosen@jhu.edu.

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