Neena K. Chaudhry is Director of Education and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school. She places a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for girls at risk for dropout, including girls of color, pregnant and parenting students, girls who experience harassment, are excessively disciplined, or attend schools where the climate is not conducive to learning.
Ms. Chaudhry participates in administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and public education to protect the rights of women and girls to be free from sex discrimination in school, with a particular focus on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Director of Education and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
Elizabeth OuYang has been a civil rights attorney and advocate for the past 30 years. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, media accountability, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.
OuYang’s cases and advocacy have been covered extensively in national and local media. Among her many notable clients include Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old solider found dead in Afghanistan after weeks of racial mistreatment and hazing by his superiors. One of her more recent cases involved Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain, a 19-year-old who faced removal from the U.S. in 2003 after complying with the special registration program targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. He was granted citizenship in 2016. In 2000, she was appointed by president Bill Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Civil Rights Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights & New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences
Location: New York, New York
Areas of Expertise: Voting, Immigration, Media Accountability, Hate crimes and Police Brutality + Race, Sex, and Disability Discrimination
Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D. is a Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and mental health, including racism and discrimination. She works in New York, New York.
Dr. Keith Maddox is an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University focusing on social cognitive aspects of racial stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. As the United States becomes more and more diverse, his expertise in the intricacies of unconscious discrimination will be important in shedding light on how groups of people perceive and interact with each other.
Dr. Maddox is also the director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab. He has published research on a wide range of diversity topics, including stereotypes of African Americans based on variation in skin tone and the consequences of confronting discrimination among members of socially margianlized groups.
Dr. Maddox’s work on diversity-related issues earned him the 2010 Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award from Tufts University. He has shared his expertise with various academic departments, societies and professional organizations.
Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University
Areas of Expertise: Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Psychology, Diversity Issues, Racial Stereotyping & Prejudice, Discrimination, Behavior and Treatment of Members of Stereotyped Groups
Gabriela Rivera is the Yale Public Interest Fellow with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. As an attorney with the ACLU her work focuses on addressing due process violations in immigration detention, discriminatory policing practices, and abuses of local police partnerships with federal immigration enforcement authorities.
Gabriela is one of the lead attorneys on a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles in June 2013, challenging the methods of coercion and pressure that Border Patrol and ICE agents employ to convince Mexican nationals to sign their own expulsion orders.
Prior to the ACLU she worked with the Federal Defenders, the Yale Law School Reentry Clinic and the Criminal Defense Project, where she focused on mitigating collateral consequences and immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Legal Fellow/Staff Attorney at ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Police Practices, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law
Previously, Yeung was the director of public policy and government relations at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City. She also worked for the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years on the Safe Schools Campaign.
Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Areas of Expertise: Asian and Pacific Islanders, Women, Immigrants Rights, LGBT Issues, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Human Rights and Security, Trafficking and Prostitution, Discrimination, Employment and Unemployment, Immigration and Migration