Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York, NY. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race, ethnicity- specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy. Monforti is the former president of the APSA Latino Caucus- an association pushing for the promotion and protection of professional development of Latina/os in political science. She has contributed to several news articles and broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University
Areas of Expertise: Public Policy Impacts by Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Impacts of Technology, Military System and Immigration Policy on Latino Youth
Patricia Valoy is a STEM advocate and feminist writer. She is an expert on feminism,gender stereotypes and workplace sexism. Valoy is also an engineer and writes on a variety of issues facing women of color in male-dominated, STEM careers. She currently serves as the STEM chairperson for the Women’s Information Network in New York. She is a writer and speaker for Soapbox Inc. and Everyday Feminism.
STEM advocate and Feminist writer
Areas of Expertiese: Feminism, Gender Stereotypes and Workplace Sexism.
Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on racial and social justice and gender equality. Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory are academic disciplines that have emerged from her work. Crenshaw is also the Executive Director and Co Founder of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She has been instrumental in international organizational events such as the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism and the conference for Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter”. Crenshaw’s articles can be found in Ms.Magazine, Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Southern California Law Review and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and “The Tavis Smiley Show”.
The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.
Professor of Law at Columbia and UCLA
Areas of Expertise: gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women. structural racial inequality
Ange-Marie Hancock is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform that assists individuals and organizations to update their work in these two fields.
Hancock is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written three books on the intersectionality and its effect on policy, including the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Pubic Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004, New York University Press), Solidarity Politics for Milennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and the forthcoming Oxford University Press book Intersectionality: An Intellectual History, which be published in December 2015. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California
CEO of RISIST
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Gender and Sports, Feminism, Intersectionality
Syreeta McFadden writes a monthly column for the Guardian US and does freelance writing work. Her work is largely focused on gender, politics, race, culture and the arts, as well as the exploration of overlapping cultural narratives between communities. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, NPR, and others.
McFadden co-curates Poets in Unexpected Places (PUP), a collective of New York-based writers and language arts educators that stages surprise poetry performances in hopes of promoting community and dialogue in public. Previous PUP collaborations include the Juilliard School and Urban Word NYC. She is also the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station, which features work from emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as photo essays and interviews.
She has appeared on NPR’s Tell Me More, WNYC’s On the Media, and Sirius XM Radio’s Make It Plain. A former urban planner, she holds degrees from Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, and is an adjunct professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Columnist for the Guardian US and Freelance Writer
Areas of Expertise: Visual Art (Photography/Technology), Literature (Poetry), Study of Feminism/Intersectionality
Parminder Bakshi-Hamm is an English and cultural studies professor at Internationale Berufsakademie in Cologne, Germany. She is an expert on migration and labor market issues, as well as gender and culture themes.
Dr. Bakshi-Hamm has over 20 years of teaching, research, and consulting experience. She has largely focused on migrant communities in Europe, highly qualified migrants, social mobility, local governance, and organizational change. She has worked on several comparative projects, some of which were funded by the EU. She is a founding member of a European wide network on migrant/minority women scientists. She has also worked as a consultant to government and private sector organizations in UK and Germany. Since 2009, she has been working as a referee for the European Commission.
Her work on women scientists of migrant backgrounds at German universities helped initiate a debate on the topic in Germany. Bakshi-Hamm’s current research is on barriers for black academics in the German university system.
She was born in India and settled in Germany in 1996 after completing her PhD in the U.K.
Areas of Expertise: Migrant labor, women in science, minority-owned businesses, literature and culture Studies, higher education
Özlem Sara Cekic has been a Danish MP for the Socialist People’s Party since 2007. She is the first female Muslim MP. A former psychiatric nurse, she is currently her party’s spokesperson for health-related issues, psychiatry, and gender equality. Cekic was the chairman of her party’s Ethnic Equality committee and founded a Diversity Network for health care professors from ethnic minorities. In 2009 she published the autobiographical book ‘Fra Føtex til Folketinget’ (“From Supermarket to Parliament”), in which she recounted her experiences as a politically progressive Muslim woman from a working-class background. She has also published a series of children’s books about Ayse, a girl from an immigrant background who faces daily challenges growing up in Denmark.
Member of Parliament for the Socialist People’s Party in Copenhagen
Areas of expertise: European Politics, Health, Gender Equality, European Migration
Goff’s approach to bias explores the ways in which racial prejudice is not necessarily a precondition for racial discrimination; he looks at the contextual factors that can produce racial inequity. He is the youngest member of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice advisory board for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and has served as an expert witness in several high-profile cases. He has been recognized as a national leader in race and gender discrimination as well as an emerging leader in research on race, gender and policing.
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise: Racial Bias, Discrimination, Intersections of Race and Gender, Crime and Justice, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Law Enforcement, Racial Profiling, Racial Anxiety, Gun Control, Policing, Prejudice, Microaggression, Black Male Achievement, Implicit Bias
Deer has specialized in victim rights and advocacy,and authored an Amnesty International report titled “Maze of Injustice:The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.” For 15 years, she advised for reform to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed in 2013, which allows tribes to press charges against non-tribal members who inflict violence against native women while on tribal land.
Deer has discussed domestic violence on reservations and VAWA in reports by Laura Sullivan and Hansi Lo Wang. She has also been on Minnesota Public Radio, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.
Assistant Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor and Professor of History, American Culture, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan
Areas ofExpertise: History, American History, Native American Issues, African American Studies, Interrelationship Between Native Americans and African Americans, Women’s Issues