Adaku Utah is an activist, healer, teacher, and performance artist committed to nurturing authentic expression within folks and transformative and healing community spaces. She is a proud social justice co-conspirator, committed love warrior, and ever-evolving mover and shaker. She is the founder of SouLar Bliss (www.soularbliss.com), a collective space to share, create, discuss recipes, remedies, rituals and resources for healing ourselves and whole communities. She currently works with Project SAFE as a project facilitator, training and supporting youth and adults in educating and organizing around sexual health and reproductive justice issues. Her social justice work is coupled with her inspiring performance art. Her artistry is inspired by love, constructive rage, storytellers, acts of resistance, healing, nature, Nigeria and bridge building.
Adam J. Ortiz
Adam is a House Director at Hampshire College. He is also advisor for the student group Men Against Patriarchy. Adam got his B.A. in Creative Writing at Wheaton College and his M.Ed. at the University of Vermont, but also learned a lot of what he knows from old punk rock albums.
Alea is a person of many occupations (including a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker) but will always be a preschool teacher at heart. She, her puppets, and silly music and movement-making tendencies are currently based in Philadelphia. But all that energy can never sit still for very long, resulting in frequent travels, loaves of fresh bread, and stories she would love to share with you.
Alice Welbourn, PhD
Alice is an activist in the area of gender, HIV, and human rights. She is a trainer, activist, and writer. After her HIV diagnosis in 1992, she developed a training program on gender, HIV, communication, and relationship skills called Stepping Stones which, through organic growth, has now spread around the world. She is delighted to be taking part in this meeting and looks forward to meeting many wonderful younger activists.
Amanda Alexander is a student at Yale Law School where she has worked with the Detention & Human Rights and Women, Incarceration and Family Law clinics. She is also a PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, with a research focus on prisons, land & housing, and social movements in the U.S. and South Africa. In 2011 she was an Ella Baker fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights where she worked on stop-and-frisks and alternatives to policing in New York City.
Amanda Grace Scheper
Amanda Grace Scheper (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Director of Client Services at Justice Now, a human rights and anti-prison industrial complex organization partnering with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Amanda oversees relationship building with constituents in prison who are interested in working with Justice Now as activists, and oversees peer education efforts and coordinates direct legal services to people inside.
Andrea Dre Domingue
Andrea Dre Domingue works at Umass Amherst as the Program Facilitator for Body Politics, a dialogue, creative writing, and performance program through the Women of Color Leadership Network. She is also an instructor and doctoral student within the Social Justice Education program where her research focuses on experiences of leadership, activism, and resistance among undergraduate Black women.
Angel C. Fabian
Angel C. Fabian is a Zapoteco/Xicano, bi, two spirits, immigrant activist and community organizer. For the past 15 years, he has been working in community health in POC communities, has co-founded many Latino LGBTQI organizations in CA and is on a continuous journey as a curandero. He holds a BA from Stanford, a Master's from USF and is pursuing a medical degree in Mexico. He has been part of the First Nation/Two Spirits Collective for the past two years.
Anjela is a Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow working at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Her work focuses on reproductive issues faced by immigrants and LGBTQ Latin@s.
Anke Kleinmeier is a gynecologist in private practice and an active member of FIAPAC (Int. Fed. of Professional Abortion & Contraception Ass.) and AKF (Germ. Ass. Women Health) who networks for abortion rights and practicing abortions. In 1999-2000 she trained midwives in Mexico in reproductive health.
Anna Saeger is a youth activist, feminist, and community sexual health educator. Anna is a 4th year Hampshire student, concentrating in public sexual health education, reproductive justice, and youth empowerment. Anna has cultivated her passion for sexual and reproductive health activism as an intern with the Civil Liberties & Public Policy program, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, and Planned Parenthood.
Anushka Kapoor is a junior at the Goizueta Business School concentrating in Finance and Accounting. She is from New Delhi, India. She is the founder and Co-President of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates at Emory University. She has been an advocate for sexual assault survivors for two years.
Audrey Silvestre is a queer chicana feminist with chingón politics. She is a fierce community organizer who, through the collectivo Conciencia Femenil, is disrupting heteropatriarchy, sexism, and homophobia by calling out institutionalized ways that violence is produced and reproduced. Audrey is a mentor for ImMEDIAte Justice and one of the co-founders of HollaBackSoCal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Avian Weiswerda is a fourth year student at Hampshire doing thesis work on child abuse deaths in the American public sphere. She has worked with the Prison Birth Project for the last two years and loves to bake without measuring cups and dance without music.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is a writer whose work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Mothering Magazine, and more. You can catch her musing online about motherhood and feminism at her blog, The Mamafesto, as well as at Gender Across Borders and Bitch Media. Her passion for feminism and gender equality (and fluidity!) can be found in both her activist lifestyle and her body of work.
Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons production complex have called her into Environmental Health and Justice work with the non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. She believes in the practice and preservation of land-based knowledge, spirituality, language, seeds, our environment, arts and culture. Her intentions are for healing, wellness and sustainability for future generations.
C. Angel Torres
C. Angel Torres says “To put yourself in a few words is a difficult task, but if I could sum it up into a few sentences: I dreamt of the movement before I knew it existed to be a part of. It will always be my life’s work. I am a genderqueer youth from Chicago born and raised but I believe there is no real location I can tie myself down to. I currently am employed by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, but I am an active volunteer for most movements. I have been apart of the LGBTQ movement since I was 13. It’s where my work started. Currently, that is probably one of the closest movements to my heart.”
Cara Page is Co-Coordinator of the Kindred Collective (www.kindredhealingjustice.org), based in Atlanta, GA, a network of grassroots healers, health practitioners, and organizers in the South responding to generational trauma and violence in our communities and movements. As a Black queer artist, organizer, and healing arts practitioner living in the South, she works for LBGTIQ liberation, healing & health, and reproductive justice. As a cultural worker and organizer she strives to build public education and strategic action towards intervening and transforming state violence, interpersonal and communal violence and generational trauma.
Carol Queen, PhD
Carol Queen is a cultural sexologist noted for her writing (her books include Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture and Exhibitionism for the Shy) and for founding the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit education, archive, and arts organization in San Francisco. She has worked at the women-focused sex shop Good Vibrations for over 20 years. More: ww.carolqueen.com, www.sexandculture.org, www.goodvibes.com (over 18).
Charlotte Capogna-Amias is a program coordinator at an academic, career, and personal support program for first generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities at Westfield State University. Charlotte is also the proud mama of an energetic toddler and co-founder of the Queer Non-Gestational Parents Group based in Northampton, MA. Charlotte's writing about parenthood has been published in Hip Mama magazine and will appear in the forthcoming web-publication of This Bridge Called My Baby.
Chelsea Sunday Kline
Chelsea Kline centers her work around the body, pregnancy, reproduction, breastfeeding, motherhood, circumcision, consumerism, and how religion informs and influences each of these rich topics. A recent graduate from Harvard Divinity school, Chelsea earned a Master's in Theological Studies with a focus on Women, Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Chelsea became a single mother by choice right after high school, and now, with a teenage daughter, her passion and interest in the full spectrum of reproductive justice has never been stronger.
Chiedza C. Mufunde
Chiedza is a graduating senior at Mount Holyoke College and a champion for women’s education and empowerment. Her interests include the intersection of health and education, capacity building, and community development. In 2011, Chiedza worked as a Reproductive Rights Activist Corps (RRASC) intern with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies in New Orleans, LA, where she promoted policy for sex education. Her work as a RRASC inspired her to consider a career that will enable her to work in policy.
Chiino Rios became an organizer when he was 16 and since then he has dedicated his life to Out Now and the work that they do in their community—from trying to stop the construction of a women's jail down the street from their office, to international solidarity in filing a law suit against a homophobic, hate-preaching pastor living in their city. The work only gets clearer and more exciting. Chiino is also an ensemble member of The Performance Project where they try to create a Ripple Effect of social change through true stories, struggles, and fantasies of youth from different corners of the world.
Chiloe is a final semester div II, transfer, Hampshire student. She studies transformative justice and hip hop studies. Having grown up an activist she aims to incorporate social justice in all of her professional, academic and life endeavors.
Christine Soyong Harley is the Policy and Programs Director for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF). In this capacity, Chris oversees the policy and advocacy efforts of NAPAWF, including the Reproductive Justice, Immigrant Rights, and Nail Salon advocacy programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master's from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
Chris Tinson, assistant professor of Africana Studies at Hampshire College, locates his teaching, research and writing at the crossroads of media justice, ethnic studies, and the anti-prison movement.
Christian McEwen is a freelance writer, teacher, and workshop leader. She edited Jo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, and helped produce the documentary film, "Tomboys!" Her latest book is "World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down" (Bauhan Publishing, 2011). McEwen is currently working on a play about women and money.
Christopher Spurling is a youth activist and is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati (UC) studying Communications. He is a member of the Ohio Advocates for Youth Leadership Council, a BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator at the UC Student Wellness Center, and a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT200). He plans on attending graduate school and has goals to work in non-profits and become a college professor.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is a visiting professor in Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her research focuses on women’s and human rights movements in Latin America, in particular the current campaigns to decriminalize abortion in the Southern Cone.
Courtney directs Justice Now’s prison closure and anti-sterilization abuse campaigns. She helped start a syringe exchange program at HIPS, collaborated with imprisoned activists to create a Hepatitis C & HIV guide, and provided support to people experiencing birth, abortion, and miscarriage through The Doula Project. She co-coordinated the CLPP conference in the past, and is currently apprenticing to become a midwife and womens/trans/queer health nurse.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective, which is a collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people within the national dialogue of queer rights.
Dahlia Ward McManus
As a Senior Advocacy and Policy Strategist, Dahlia helps develop and implement the ACLU’s state-based advocacy to advance LGBT rights, women’s rights, and freedom of religion and belief, with a special focus on reproductive freedom. McManus specializes in providing technical assistance and strategic planning support to ACLU affiliates working to defeat anti-choice ballot initiatives. In 2011, she was the director of field operations for Mississippians for Healthy Families, the coalition that defeated the “personhood” ballot initiative in Mississippi. She has also worked to defeat proposed abortion bans in South Dakota and two personhood initiatives in Colorado. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, McManus was Director of Community Organizing for Sacramento Mutual Housing Association in California, a non-profit affordable housing developer. Before that, she was a regional organizer with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
David Benzaquen is the Political & Legislative Action Coordinator at NARAL Pro-Choice New York. Previously he managed electoral campaigns for pro-choice women and led campaigns at a national farm animal protection group. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.
James David Morgan is a co-founding member of the Groundswell Collective, a loose affiliation of critical cultural producers who work at the intersection of art and activism.
Deborah Peterson Small
Deborah Peterson Small is the Executive Director of Break the Chains, an advocacy organization committed to addressing the disproportionate impact of punitive drug policies on poor communities of color. Break the Chains was founded in the belief that community activism and advocacy is an essential component of progressive policy reform. Break the Chains works to engage families and community leaders in promoting alternatives to the failed “war on drugs” by adopting public health approaches to substance abuse and drug-related crimes. Break the Chains is an advocate and voice for those affected most by drug policies but too often unheard in policy debates and decisions.
Deesha believes that social change is rooted in individual awareness and action. She is committed to developing creative practices for healing and safety for all, and in particular for queer communities of color. Deesha works on healing justice, gender justice, and ending sexual violence in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to her work, friends, and family, Deesha loves dancing and hot fudge sundaes.
Diego Angarita is the Director of Youth Programs and Policy for Nuestras Raices. He previously worked with the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council doing community outreach. He has worked since 2005 in youth programs focusing on art and activism, media production, and LGBTQ support.
Ebony Noelle Golden
Hailing from Houston, TX, Ebony Noelle Golden is a cultural worker, conceptual performance artist, Cave Canem Fellow and creative director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC. Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative is a cultural arts direct action group that inspires, enlivens and incites justice and transformation of individuals and communities through creativity, cultural arts and radical expressiveness. In 2009, Ebony established Body Ecology Performance Ensemble in New York and currently serves as its artistic director.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Latina Institute's senior leadership team, is responsible for advancing the Institute’s policy agenda and legislative priorities, managing the Washington, D.C. office, and for directing the organization’s dynamic policy team. Elizabeth graduated from Oberlin College with highest honors and holds a Master's degree in international policy from Harvard.
Ena Suseth Valladares
Ena Suseth Valladares is Director of Research at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). Ena is responsible for coordinating CLRJ’s research projects and activities that serve to further inform and increase the availability of California-based policy-oriented research that specifically addresses Latinas’ reproductive and sexual health priorities and that is strength-based, culturally appropriate, and reflective of the Latina/o community’s needs.
Erin writes about media at marketingmediachildhood.com to raise awareness of messages directed at children in advertising and other media, and to help parents guide their children through that barrage of messages. Erin is also leading a campaign to pass legislation (S1956) in Massachusetts that would bring comprehensive media literacy education to public schools; the website is www.massmedialiteracyconsortium.com.
Felipe was ranked one of the top 20 community college students in the U.S. and best student in Florida in 2008 by the American Association of Community Colleges. He also served as student government president of Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Born to a single mother in the slums of Brazil, Felipe was sent at age 14 to the U.S., where he first dreamed of becoming a teacher, but his immigration status has prevented him from achieving this. Felipe has been accepted by many top colleges, but was barred from getting financial aid. He is currently studying Business and Administration at St. Thomas University and he still hopes that one day he will be able to teach young people, because he believes education is the key to pulling people out of poverty. Currently, he serves his community in finding leaders to speak for the contribution of immigrants in the state of Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, a core leader from Students Working for Equal Rights. He is part of the National Coordinating Committee of United WE DREAM and is an online advocate for the national group Presente.org. He has also walked from Miami to our capital for a project called the Trail of DREAMs, to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented students.
Finn Schubert is a CLPP alum who currently works at RHEDI/Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine, and serves on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Forrest is 20 years old and a member of Springfield's Out Now. She joined as a youth member in Oct. 2010 and began training as a youth leader a year later. Forrest first started working with Out Now doing Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and is currently learning about HIV harm reduction and how to teach LGBT youth how to protect themselves.
Gabriel Arkles has been a member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project since 2004. He worked there, providing legal services primarily to imprisoned transgender people, until 2010 when he began teaching in the Lawyering program at NYU School of Law.
Gaylon B. Alcaraz is an activist, organizer and champion of human rights. As the current Executive Director with the Chicago Abortion Fund, she advocates for low-income women seeking to control their reproductive freedom. She sits on the board of directors with Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Midwest Access Project. Gaylon is a founding board member of Affinity Community Services.
Gloria M. Escobar-Chaparro
Gloria has a BS in political science from St. John’s University and an MA in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. As Fieldwork Coordinator in the Health Advocacy Program at SLC, Gloria works with students to find their passion and develop their careers as advocates for health and social change. She also consults for Mossville Environmental Action Now, a Louisiana-based environmental justice organization.
Grace Ebiasah is an organizer for Different Avenues, a Washington D.C. nonprofit working to change, improve, and protect the health, rights, and safety of women and girls in the region.
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, is a sociologist and independent researcher with work focusing on reproductive justice and parenthood, specifically adoption, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, abortion, and infertility. She works at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy (though her research is separate from this work), volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, and serves as a birth doula. You can find her on Twitter @gesisson.
Gwendolyn Albert is an ally of Romani people fighting for their human rights throughout Europe, especially Romani women who were forcibly sterilized in the former Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic. She has contributed research on this to the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and UN human rights bodies (CEDAW, CERD, HRC).
Helen Scharber is a visiting assistant professor of economics at Hampshire College. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political economy, environmental justice and health.
Hye Gyong Park
Hye Gyong Park holds a Ph.D. in women's studies; her research topic is the transformation of intimacy in South Korea. Her many articles, book chapters, and manuscripts address the crisis of the heterosexual nuclear family based on the gender division of labor and criticize the centrality of the position of middle class full time housewives in feminist discourses representing women in the neoliberal society.
J'vaughnii is a farm intern at Urban Roots, an organization that strives to create healthy communities by providing access to healthy food. He recently attended the Rooted In Communities winter institute where he and a group of other youth worked on a youth bill of rights centered around food justice.
Jackson Weird is an awesome homeless queer trans youth living in Portland, OR. He is developing trans competency trainings for homeless youth organizations in Portland and believes in strengthening and empowering low-income trans communities.
Jaclyn works for Ipas, an International NGO that works around the world to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, especially the right to safe abortion. She works in the Community Access and Youth units to encourage focusing on women, including young women, as the start to social change. Before working at Ipas, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan.
Currently the Director of Environmental and Climate Justice at the NAACP, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, has served as a trainer, organizer, researcher, program manager, and policy analyst on international and domestic issues and social justice movements with organizations including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Baltimore City Healthy Start, IMA World Health, United for a Fair Economy, ActionAid, Health GAP, and the organization she co-founded, Women of Color United. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, on Steering Committees for the ATHENA Network and the Grandmothers Project International, and the US Climate Action Network, and on the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum.
Jacqui is a Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as co-founder of Nursing Students for Choice. She currently practices in Oregon where she enjoys discussing sexuality with her patients.
Jade S. Sasser
Jade Sasser is completing her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in the department of Environmental Science and Policy Management. Her research focuses on the ways environmental organizations and activists advocate for global population policies, and their use of women's empowerment discourses as central to this effort.
Jasmine Burnett is a Black Feminist, writer, activist and consultant who focuses on sex, sexuality, and reproductive justice to promote sexual liberation and health access for women/womyn of color. She is an organizer for SisterSong NYC and is the National Mobilization Chair for the Trust Black Women Partnership. She is founder, lover, and creatress of Aunt Betty's Basement, a sex positive community on Facebook for women of color that celebrates our fluid sexualities and gender identities. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, On the Issues Magazine, and Clutch Magazine's 10 Black Women Teaching Us About Sex.
Jeff is the director of the Western Massachusetts program of the American Friends Service Committee. AFSC works in Springfield to help keep people in their homes (No One Leaves Springfield), train youth in non-violence (Help Increase the Peace Program) and military counter-recruitment, as well as other work that resists the tyranny of the state and towards the liberation of humanity!
Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.
Jennifer Bryan is a psychologist, educational consultant and the author of From The Dress Up Corner To The Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. Bryan consults to school communities throughout the country, helping them identify best "good" practices for engaging gender and sexuality. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her partner and two children. (www.jenniferbryanphd.com)
Jennifer Cox works with Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) on volunteer and community education projects, in addition to the Community Accountability Project. She also serves on the LGBTQ Program Advisory Board on her campus and teaches workshops on sexual assault prevention and sexuality diversity.
Jennifer Marshall is the Assistant Director at CHOICES in Memphis, TN. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College in Anthropology and trained as a sexual health educator at the North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators. Jen also runs a cupcake delivery business, BFF Cupcakes, with her partner, Zack, and writes for her blog, The Phat Fashionista, to promote healthy body image for plus size women.
As the Health Systems Administrative Assistant at Ipas, Jessica supports the training of abortion providers worldwide in order to improve services to women. She has a Master's in Social Work with a focus on social justice and international development. Prior to working at Ipas, she worked as an advocate for affordable housing. She initiated a program in the Sandhills of North Carolina where low-income households become first-time homeowners.
Jessica Valoris is a born doodler, poet, and self-experimenting visual and performing artist. Armed with a passion for words, music, and movement, Jessica embraces art as a way to explore our ancestral, cultural, and personal stories. A proud Black woman of Jewish heritage, Jessica is a community activist and educator, who co-founded Roots Rising and Chainless Voices, two organizations that combine youth and community empowerment with performing arts and entrepreneurship. She continues to collaborate with various individuals and organizations to build with others around creative, empowering and healing endeavors. www.jvaloris.com
Jessie Spector is the Program Director at Resource Generation, a national non-profit that organizes young people with wealth to leverage their resources and privilege for social change. She believes wealthy people have a key role to play in organizing and speaking out for justice, and dreams of a world where resources are not hoarded and more attention is given to community-building and resource-sharing.
Juhu Thukral is the Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. She has been an advocate for the rights of low-income and immigrant women in the areas of sexual health and rights, gender-based violence, economic security, and criminal justice for 20 years.
Julia is the Program Manager of the Youth Activist Network at Advocates for Youth. She works with young people from across the country to advocate for cultural and policy changes that improve and value young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her work is driven by her passion for student activism that she developed through advocating for workers and LGBT students’ rights while attending Georgetown University.
Julieta Paredes Carvajal
Julieta Paredes Carvajal is an Aymara communitarian lesbian feminist, co-founder of Mujeres Creando (Women Creating) and the Communitarian Feminist Assembly. She lives in La Paz, Bolivia. She is an anti-patriarchal feminist activist, writer, singer, author and poet, and has been involved in feminist training with indigenous and working class women throughout Bolivia and in other parts of Latin America.
Karla L. Brollier
Karla Brollier is an Alaska Native (Ahtna Athabascan) born in Alaska, but lived in Northern California, Colorado, and Hawaii during her childhood before returning to her roots in Alaska. Karla holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is also working on her master’s degree. Alaska Community Action on Toxics has hired Karla to work as the Environmental Health and Justice Organizer.
Kate Grindlay holds a Master of Science degree in Global Health and Population from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Ibis Reproductive Health, she worked at UCSF’s Women’s Global Health Imperative as a Site Leader and Data Manager Assistant on the MIRA trial to evaluate the diaphragm as a possible method of female-controlled HIV and STI prevention. She has also worked on qualitative research projects in South Asia, including assessing the impact of microfinance on women’s leadership and community development in India, and analyzing reasons for discontinuation among community health workers in Bangladesh. Her current work focuses on expanding the availability and accessibility of reproductive health services for women in the US and internationally.
Katherine Cross is a core collective (board) member for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and has written extensively about feminist issues with a transgender focus. She co-edits the feminist gaming blog The Border House and is president of her university's Women's Rights Coalition.
Katie McKay Bryson
Katie McKay Bryson is the Acting Director of the PopDev program, where she edits the free feminist article series DifferenTakes, works with an annual cohort of undergraduate Political Writing Interns, and collaborates to build the annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom. Katie grew up on occupied Athabaskan land in Alaska, and has previously worked on issues of environmental justice and military contamination in rural communities, as well as access to housing, education, and free legal aid. She currently teaches a course at Hampshire College called Environmental Justice Issues on Native Land.
Kelli Dorsey is the Executive Director of Different Avenues, a membership-based reproductive justice organization in Washington, DC that works with girls, women and transpeople of color who have life experience in street-based economies and/or the criminal justice system. She has worked in harm reduction for over 10 years conducting and developing and implementing various types of sex work and needle exchange programs. She has also organized on human rights, focusing on issues that impact women of color, transgender people, people currently and previously incarcerated and people engaged in street economies.
Kelly Baden is Program and Policy Director at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she works with state and local advocates across the country to advance policies and programs to improve reproductive health care. Kelly has previously worked for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey, and EMILY’s List, and currently volunteers with the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund.
Consistently redefining what it means to be a Jersey Girl, director, educator, performer and writer Kelly Thomas was born and raised in the Garden State. A New York City resident for the past 5 years, Kelly has studied directing and acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School with a minor in Africana Studies. As a citizen*artist and student of the global classroom, Kelly’s studies in theatre for liberation, the Black Atlantic, education policy, feminist theory, holistic health and hip-hop have taken her around the US and across the continents to the most nontraditional of settings.
Kendell L. Nash
Ms. Nash is from rural Kentucky, received her MPA from University of Kentucky, and is a graduate of the Highlander Research & Educational Center’s Organizing School. She has worked for 10 years with non-profits as a fundraiser, affordable housing advocate, environmental educator, substance abuse counselor, equal pay activist, and women’s rights advocate. She lives in Louisville, KY, with her partner, son, two dogs and cat.
Kimberly Jeffrey is a strong advocate for social justice and a community organizer. She co-facilitates a safety committee empowering under-served communities. Kimberley is the subject of several documentary films based on her life experiences in the prison system, human rights violations, and sterilization issues working with Justice Now and other community organizations. She is a formally incarcerated person with a passion and commitment to social justice and human rights.
Krysten Ella Lobisch
Krysten E. Lobisch is a M.Ed. candidate in Social Justice Education/Feminist Studies at UMass Amherst, where she works primarily with ALANA students. She’s interested in how the body is controlled as a gendered and raced discursive site, particularly through medicine. She also teaches workshops at conferences such as 5-College Queer Sexuality and True Colors, scales rock walls, reads, and hangs out with three awesome cats.
Laura Briggs is chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and the author of "Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption" (2012) and "Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and the US Imperial Project in Puerto Rico" (2002).
Lauren "LB" Bernstein, MSW is a health educator who coordinates the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Education and Response Program in Emory University's Office of Health Promotion in Atlanta, GA. She approaches violence prevention and intervention from both anti-oppression and public health perspectives and believes students deserve to not just survive but thrive. She loves music, yoga, bicycling, breakfast at any time of day, handwritten notes, laughing loudly, being outside, and the occasional dance break. You can follow her on twitter @LBWellExcel.
Lauren Mitchell is a doula, a certified gynecological teaching associate, and writer. As one of the founders and coordinators of the Doula Project and an abortion health educator and counselor at a New York City public hospital, she has worked with hundreds of women making decisions across the spectrum of reproductive choice. She is also on her way to finishing a Master’s degree in Narrative Medicine. In her spare time, she is mostly confused at the thought of not having to do anything in particular.
Leah is a sexual health educator and activist. She works in a health clinic and talks to people about their bodies, sexuality, relationships, well-being and safer sex. She also facilitates sex-positive workshops for young people on sexual health and sexuality. The focus(es) of her passions include: racial justice and accountability, power and privilege, youth voice and empowerment, counseling, the body and self-growth, sex and spirituality, and dance.
Leah Sakala is a Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. She's a 2011 graduate of Smith College, where she studied American studies and public policy and wrote her honors thesis on sentencing policy and criminal justice ideology in Michigan. She also worked on the intersections between drug policy and reproductive rights through a RRASC internship at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Lexi Light is a third year MD/MPH student. She received her BA from Hampshire College in 2006 with a concentration in medical anthropology and photography. Lexi has co-founded a LGBT student group at her medical school, created a pre-clinical sexual health elective, and currently serves as the AMSA national LGBT health education chair.
Loren Siegel is an attorney and a consultant specializing in communications and strategic planning for social justice organizations. From 1991-2001 Ms. Siegel served as the ACLU’s Director of Public Education and built an integrated and professional communications program. For the past three years she has been working as an Opportunity Agenda consultant with leaders in the reproductive justice movement on a communications planning project.
Lorena M. Marez
Lorena M. Marez is a Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Washington D.C. office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she interned with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Greater Boston Legal Services, MALDEF, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Before attending law school, Lorena worked as a community organizer in Manhattan at the Good Old Lower East Side, an affordable housing and neighborhood preservation not-for-profit.
Lucy Panza is a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health and Rights Program. She is a reproductive justice fellow through Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Lucy received her J.D. from Georgetown and her B.A. from New York University. Her areas of interest and expertise include federal legislation, especially in health policy, student insurance, contraceptive coverage, and Latina reproductive rights. Prior to attending law school, Lucy worked as a paralegal in the Equal Employment Opportunity Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where she interviewed civil rights complainants and provided litigation support to plaintiff-side attorneys representing clients in employment discrimination cases.
Lynn M. Paltrow
Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well as cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term.
Margaret Cerullo, professor of sociology at Hampshire College, has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.Phil. in politics from Oxford, and an M.A. in sociology from Brandeis University. Her areas of interest are social and political theory, including feminist theory and queer theory; sociology of culture; and social movements.
Marianne Bullock is a founder and Lead Doula with The Prison Birth Project. She is apprenticing to be a Certified Professional Midwife and is currently an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College studying motherhood, race and confinement. She has worked with MomsRising.org on economic justice and family policy issues at a state and national level.
Marissa Valeri is Senior Associate, Domestic Program at Catholics for Choice. She conducts the organization’s outreach to pro-choice advocates and activists throughout the US and fosters coordinated and complementary efforts supporting CFC’s mission, including online advocacy. She serves as liaison to progressive Catholic and other religious organizations and is CFC’s representative to Catholic Organizations for Renewal, Women-Church Convergence, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Council of Governors.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene is the Faculty Director at CLPP as well as a professor at Hampshire College and founding president and board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. She works internationally with the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights. She co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. In 2010-2011 she was the Interim President of Hampshire College.
Martha Pskowski is a 2011 PopDev Political Writing Intern and Hampshire College student, studying political economy with a focus on the environment, labor, race, and migration. Growing up outside DC, she got involved in the environmental movement in early high school. She’s written for the Center for New Community‘s Race, Migration and the Environment series on topics ranging from international climate negotiations to local action against coal. She is also a program leader for Summer of Solutions Pioneer Valley, a local program in sustainable community development, where she gets to farm, work on bikes, and swim in the Connecticut River.
Martina Robinson is an artist, activist, and academic who lives in the Pioneer Valley. She is the Proprietor of Mariposa Endeavors, a company whose mission is to promote politically progressive artistic expression in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
After six years of working on HIV prevention, in D.C. and New York, Maxwell realized that HIV status has more to do with structural oppression—like redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification—than with individual behaviors, like condom use. His master’s thesis focuses on affordable housing models that are accountable to and preserve space for low-income people.
Mazique "the Beast" Salih-Bianco
Zique the Beast is a wheelchair dancing Sudanese American performance artist, writer, and Div 3 student at Hampshire College. Their favorite performance they collaborated on to date was "Open Wounds" in a show called "Let the Body Speak." Zique is an intern with Sins Invalid, a performance project/community non-profit out of Berkeley, CA. They are serious about affinity networks. They do not have any free time but if they did they should like to ride a Pegasus, with hir consent.
Megan Smith is an artist and activist based in Cambridge, MA. She is the founder of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, a community art project to inspire awareness of and increase dialogue about the Hyde Amendment. Learn more at www.repealhydeartproject.org.
Meghan Shalvoy is a cum laude graduate of Stony Brook University. Her decision to major in women’s and gender studies at SBU was largely fueled by her desire to advocate for women’s access to a full range of reproductive care and healing. She is a passionate activist for reproductive justice, and hopes to someday serve women globally as a nurse midwife, and travels when available to Haiti to volunteer in medical clinics with the organization Raising Haiti.
Meredith Crafton is a Hampshire graduate (04), RRASC/CLPP Alum, and a current JD/MELP student at Vermont Law School. When she's not working on energy justice and exposing the realities of the nuclear industry you might find her jumping rope with the circus to stay "sane."
Meredith Nicholson is currently a senior at Smith College, double-majoring in Spanish & government. They were a 2011 RRASC Intern at Ibis Reproductive Health in Cambridge, MA. Along with contributing to the PopDev blog over at http://popdevprogram.wordpress.com, they also volunteer with Safe Passage, a local anti-domestic violence organization.
Mia Giardina is the coordinator of a program for homeless LGBTQ youth in Portland, OR. Mia is a genderqueer New Yorker who strives to create a program which empowers disenfranchised youth to be leaders in social justice movements. They graduated from Smith College and, as an undergraduate, received a grant from CLPP to intern at Justice Now, a prison abolition organization. In addition to working with queer homeless young people, they are working towards becoming a doula for people in prison.
Mia Mingus is a disability justice and transformative justice writer, organizer and community builder. As a queer physically disabled woman of color, korean transracial and transnational adoptee, she believes in community and queer family, resiliency and transformation. Though her work for liberation is constantly evolving and deepening, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence. She currently works at generationFIVE, an organization working to end child sexual abuse within five generations.
Mimi Spalding is a Law Students for Reproductive Justice fellow with the Black Women's Health Imperative.
Minister Louis J. Mitchell
Recently featured in the documentary, “Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen,” Louis is in high demand as a consultant, public speaker, trainer, and preacher. He was recently honored as the recipient of the 2011 Haystack Award from the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC for his work in Social Justice and Social Ministry. He works for Tapestry Health and serves on numerous boards.
Mirta Rodríguez Calderón
Mirta is a Cuban journalist, as well as a university teacher of Social Communication in Havana University and Madre y Mestra University in the Dominican Republic. Mirta also works as a correspondent in Dominican Republic of SEMLAC, Servicio Especial de Noticias de la Mujer de América Latina y el Caribe.
Molly is the Creative Director at CommunicateHealth, working to make important health information accessible and understandable to those who need it most. She is passionate about typography, choosing the right fonts, media literacy, biking, and acrobatics. Molly also designs board games about economic justice and is obsessed with ampersands (&).
Morganne Rosenhaus is a Programs and Policy Associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, where she works to promote awareness and activism around the impact of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment on reproductive health. Morganne graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in public health.
Nancy Pitts is a reproductive justice activist in Ohio, with leadership positions in several organizations. Currently, she serves as the Board Chair of Women Have Options, Ohio’s statewide abortion fund. Additionally, Nancy is the Ohio Regional Coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices, a national initiative that ensures that women’s issues are addressed in health care reform. She also serves on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
Nancy Razo lives in Portland, OR, and is starting a new life after years of homelessness and domestic violence. She has had personal experience with the prison system and with addiction. She is now focusing on work, housing, and school and wants to speak up for other homeless youth affected by immigration laws, the prison system, and addiction.
Natalie has been teaching at Hampshire College for 8 years focusing on theatre for young audiences, creative drama, storytelling, applied theatre, and theatre as a means of activism.
Nia E. Robinson
Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson is a femme-identified, queer, black woman originally from Detroit, MI. Since 2000, she has been a strong advocate for Environmental Justice. Possessing the belief that women of color, Indigenous Women and low-income women's reproduction is a revolutionary act, Nia’s more recent work has centered around creating dialogue at the intersections of Climate Justice, Reproductive Justice and Environmental Justice and looking at the reemergence of population control rhetoric in the climate change debate and the dangerous implications that this has on women for WOC, IW and poor women around the world. Much of her work in this realm is being done as the Environmental Justice consultant for SisterSong, a reproductive justice collective working to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.
Nicole Clark, MSW
Nicole Clark is a social worker, consultant, and activist. She works with women and girls of color, communities and organizations, centering on HIV/STI prevention, reproductive rights, sexuality, gender-based violence, spirituality, pro-choice activism, youth empowerment, community organizing, street harassment, self-care, and media imagery. Contact Nicole at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @MsNicoleClark.
Nicole Goss has been involved with the My Voice, My Choice leadership group for over two years. The mother of an energetic three-year-old little girl, she believes that all females should have the right to make their own reproductive health decisions.
Noalanii Karakashian, a first-year student at Cornell College in Iowa, grew up attending CLPP's reproductive rights conference. She has done a lot of community organizing with others her age, and has held leadership positions in many youth groups.
Nuestras Raices Youth
The Nuestras Raices youth group has roots from 20 years ago when Don Teodoro Ortiz and his fellow gardeners started La Finquita to teach children in the neighborhood about agriculture. Since 2009 the youth have been working on changing their school food and learning about the complexities of the commodity food system while practicing sustainable agriculture at La Finca in Holyoke, MA. The youth have utilized multi-media tools to engage parents, students, and administrators in achieving a goal of appetizing, cultural, healthy, and local school food.
Pam Chamberlain, a senior consultant for Political Research Associates (PRA), is lead author of the 2012 PRA report, Who’s Winning: Right-Wing Responses to LGBT Gains. Over her thirteen-year history with PRA, Pam has served as an analyst of the Christian Right, conservative LGBT groups, campus activism, and attacks on reproductive justice and LGBT rights. She has authored various reports, contributed numerous articles to The Public Eye magazine, and served as interim research director. Pam has mentored over 100 interns and is currently working with PRA to expand and train their research team.
Rachel Caballero is a Xicana born and raised on the U.S./Mexico border, longtime childcare worker, and kid at heart. Rachel is a collective member and co-founder of La Semilla Childcare Collective de Austin, Texas. Rachel has worked alongside Mamas of Color Rising and as part of To Tell You the Truth tour, growing a community based on mother’s/children’s needs centered in truth telling and indigenous spirituality. Currently she is a radio podcast pirate and doula in training in El Paso, Texas.
Reina Gossett works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as the membership director. Along with Gabriel Foster she staffs the Movement Building Team, working to develop SRLP’s membership and community organizing work.
Representative Ellen Story
Ellen Story is state representative from the 3rd Hampshire District, comprising the towns of Amherst and Granby. The week of the conference marks her 20th anniversary of her swearing-in as a legislator. Prior to her election, Rep. Story had been Associate Director of Western Massachusetts Family Planning (now Tapestry Health). She has been a long-time champion of equal rights for all.
Rev. Matthew Westfox
Rev. Matthew Westfox serves as Director of Interfaith Outreach for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he also serves as Associate Pastor of All Souls Bethlehem Church.
Robyn Maynard is a writer, radio producer and community organizer based in Montreal. She is is engaged in grassroots movements for justice against the criminalization of youth of color, migrant communities, and sex workers. Her writing can be found at www.robynmaynard.wordpress.com.
Rosann Mariappuram is proud to be part of the Reproductive Health Access Project, a non-profit dedicated to integrating comprehensive reproductive health services into primary care settings. Originally from Ohio, Rosann now calls NYC her home. She is passionate about reproductive justice and public health. One day she hopes to pursue a career in law and public policy.
S. Gaines Blasdel
S. Gaines Blasdel is a second year Division II student at Hampshire College studying trans/queer/feminist theory and communities in relation to design, space, and objects. Gaines has been involved with creating institutional policy at Hampshire to support trans* students for over a year, and had increased personal investment in the safety of trans* students after getting into a cissexist altercation with a Hampshire professor in a bathroom in the fall of 2011. They are also passionate about being a DIY-dandy, archives of artistic social justice interventions, and their on-campus work with many student groups including Men Against Patriarchy and the Sexperts peer sexual health advocates.
Sabrina is the Director of Campus & Community Programs at Law Students for Reproductive Justice, where she gets to work with fierce, passionate, awesome law students and lawyers around the country who are dedicated to fostering legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. She is also a proud fatty who blogs about body image, loves hot yoga, and has recently taken up printmaking.
Sanaz Shaghaghi is 15 years old, attends Bell Senior High School, and is a part of the ImJ summer program. ImMediate justice has helped her feel comfortable in her own skin.
Sandra Chen is currently a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, studying anthropology and gender studies. She is interested in social justice and good food.
Sandra is the Executive Director of Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice, where she also blogs and serves as the coordinator for Oklahoma Abortion Hotline and Support Network, a collaboration between OK4RJ and the Abortion Access Project. She primarily focuses on issues surrounding regional access, movement-building, youth activism, and racial justice. In her spare time, she daydreams about Oklahoma turning a different shade of red.
Sara is a fourth year student at Hampshire where she studies Queer studies, social work, and American history. She's a country tough rural-queer, knitter, musician, Prince-enthusiast, and Hampshire College Counselor Advocate, who loves baking, Carhartts, glitter, kittens, Friday Night Lights, BSG, and feelings. She is finishing up her Division III thesis project about rural LGBTQ people and gay migration to cities.
Sarah Audelo is the Senior Manager of Domestic Policy at Advocates for Youth. She works sexual and reproductive health policy for young people including: comprehensive sex education, GLBTQ rights, HIV prevention, contraceptive access and abortion rights.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer, parent and co-organizer of the first COFFEE conference.
Seth Freed Wessler
Seth Freed Wessler is a journalist and researcher in New York. He currently works for the Applied Research Center and Colorlines.com. He writes on immigration, criminal justice, the safety net, and inequality.
Shana griffin is a mother, feminist, applied sociologist, activist, and artist. Her work explores critical issues at the intersection of race and gender-based violence; housing rights and affordability; sexual health and reproductive autonomy; carceral violence and criminalizing policies; climate justice and sustainable ecologies; gender and disaster; reproductive violence and population control; and art and reimagination.
Shannon Sennott, LICSW is a gender justice activist and psychotherapist. She was clinically trained at the Smith School for Social Work and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society in New York City. Her clinical orientation is influenced by narrative and dialogical network approaches, which emphasize awareness of societal marginality and oppression. Shannon is a founder of the advocacy and education organization TRANSLATE GENDER, Inc.
Shivana is a legal advocate, community organizer, and artist. In May 2011, she graduated from Emory University School of Law, where she was Co-Chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, on the executive board of Emory’s LGBTQ legal association, and led service trips for the Emory Public Interest Committee. She has been a legal clerk at the New York State Division of Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 2006 to 2008, Shivana worked with Sakhi for South Asian Women, a non-profit dedicated to ending violence against women of South Asian origin, as an intern and then as a Volunteer Coordinator. While at Sakhi, she spearheaded efforts to expand the organization’s reach into neglected communities, namely New York City’s Indo-Caribbean population. In 2007, Shivana co-founded Jahajee Sisters, a New York-based movement-building organization, led by Indo-Caribbean women, that seeks to foster women’s empowerment through dialogue, arts, leadership development, and grassroots organizing. She currently sits on the Jahajee Sisters Steering Committee. Shivana is also a classical Indian dancer and a spoken word poet, who seeks to use her art to illuminate women’s trauma and resilience. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University.
Simone D. Jhingoor
Simone D. Jhingoor is an artist and Reproductive Justice activist. She adopts an arts-based and transformative/healing justice approach to her work with women of color, especially Indo-Caribbean women, to heal from the trauma of violence. Along with other members of Jahajee Sisters, Simone is coordinating the Campaign for Healthy Youth in the Indo-Caribbean community to enable young women’s access to comprehensive and holistic sex education.
Sonia Rastogi is the Advocacy Coordinator with U.S. Positive Women's Network, a national membership body of HIV-positive women and allies advocating for federal policy change to improve the lives of women living with and vulnerable to HIV. Sonia is also a Board Member with the Global Network for People Living with HIV - North America chapter.
Summer Hirtzel has worked on the Speak Out Committee for the past two years because the event is a great source of inspiration and empowerment for her. She is well-acquainted with the diverse thoughts and emotions people experience when discussing their experiences surrounding abortion and is eager to help potential speakers, friends, and family work through some of these at the pre-Speak Out discussion.
Susan Yanow, MSW
A long-time reproductive rights activist, Susan Yanow was the founding Executive Director of the Abortion Access Project. Susan is currently a consultant to a number of U.S and international reproductive rights and health organizations that work to advance access to abortion, including ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) at UCSF, Ibis Reproductive Health, the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), and Women on Web. She has also consulted to the Byllye Avery Institute for Social Change, Gynuity, ICMA, Planned Parenthood New York City, and SisterSong. She is on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts, NARAL ProChoice Massachusetts, and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women.
Suzanne C. Persard
Suzanne C. Persard, a queer Bronx-born Jamaican writer, is a co-founder and Steering Committee Member of Jahajee Sisters. The first Indo-Caribbean women's organization in the country, Jahajee Sisters is committed to ending gender-based violence. At Jahajee Sisters, Suzanne has worked to create and sustain a movement for addressing domestic, sexual, and intimate partner violence, LGBTQ issues, and reproductive justice in the Indo-Caribbean community.
Symone is a proud May 2010 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, 2009 RRASC, and former CLPP intern/student group member. Since graduation, in addition to her paid 9-5 work in the education field, Symone has been lucky enough to work with the Doula Project, where she is a spectrum of choice doula and Leadership Circle member.
Taja is a young queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother and the eldest of three sisters. She is acutely aware of the challenges facing women today and is excited about transcending these challenges with art, critical thinking, healing and entrepreneurship. As a self-taught mixed-media artist, performer, full-spectrum doula and activist, Taja is inspiring and aspiring wellness, creativity and reproductive justice. She founded Colored Girls Hustle which uses art, writing and activism to honor the creations, adorn the bodies and affirm the strengths of women and girls of color.
Tameka L. Gillum
Dr. Tameka L. Gillum is an assistant professor in the Public Health department, Community Health Studies division at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Gillum’s research interests are in exploring and addressing intimate partner violence/dating violence (IPV/DV) within racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations, development of culturally specific prevention and intervention efforts, health clinic based IPV interventions and the health effects of IPV/DV victimization.
Tamika Middleton is a community organizer, doula, student, and mother. She is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. She is a co-coordinator of Kindred Collective, a Program Coordinator at Project South, and an active member of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now. She also performs as a member of the NALO Movement.
Taylor Kall is a 20-year-old California raised activist passionate about public education, creating safer communities, and ending rape culture. She likes analyzing pop culture, talking to teenagers, and being hopeful for a better world.
Thanu Yakupitiyage is a media professional and immigrant rights/racial justice activist in New York City. She has worked to bring issues affecting communities of color to the forefront of the OWS movement. Her research interests are in the intersections of racial justice, global migration, and the impact of neoliberal policies in the United States and globally. Most recently, she is working with DREAMers to get state and federal DREAM Act legislation passed.
Tiloma is the Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, an anti-domestic violence organization that works primarily with the South Asian community in the New York area. She is currently expecting her second child, so she will be moving quite slowly throughout the conference.
Timothy Purington has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for almost 20 years. He is the Director of Prevention Services at Tapestry Health Systems, Inc. where he helped found the Northampton Needle Exchange Program in 1995. Besides consulting with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and SAMHSA, Tim's advocacy efforts include local, state, and national policy work to expand access to sterile syringes and other harm reduction services. Tim was the first openly gay person in Holyoke to be elected to public office having served as the Ward 4 City Councilor from 2008-2012. He also sits on the board of two Holyoke non-profits and is the Chair of the Holyoke Ward 4 Democratic Committee.
Tina Oza is the Advocate at The Network/La Red, a survivor-led social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender, SM, and polyamorous communities. Tina has found that her work in the reproductive justice movement and the movement to end partner abuse inform and inspire each other. A femme-identified, queer South Asian performer and activist, Tina is a proud alumna of Hampshire College, CLPP, and the Center for Feminisms.
Tina Reynolds is Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH). WORTH is an association of formerly and currently incarcerated women who have been empowered by their own experiences while involved in the criminal justice system and beyond. Through mutual support, leadership development, organizing and telling our stories, WORTH transforms the lives of women who have been directly impacted by incarceration and changes public perception and policy. Reynolds has received a Master in Social Work from Hunter College. She is currently an adjunct professor at York, CUNY in the Psychology Department teaching the “Impact of Incarceration on Families, Communities and Children”. She has published pieces on the abolition of prisons, the impact of incarceration on women and children, formerly incarcerated women and policy change and is an editor of an anthology “Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States”.
tk karakashian tunchez
tk karakashian tunchez is a multi-media artist and community spiritual worker. She works with yerbas, food, water, platica, testimonio, collective liberation analysis, and other arts-based practices to connect with Spirit and support individual and community healing & liberation. Alongside with being a mother and community organizer, she is a trained undoing oppression facilitator & social justice educator, and has been facilitating arts-based empowerment projects with youth & women for over a decade. Her current work focuses primarily on Food Sovereignty, healing & liberation permaculture within the Austin area. Her testimonio-based projects include Permission/Perform, and The New Mythos Project. For more information please see: tktunchez.wordpress.com
Tones Smith is a curriculum developer and workshop facilitator with Translate Gender, a collectively based, consensus run non-profit that works to generate community accountability for individuals to self-determine their own genders and gender expressions. Tones is interested in depathologizing trans and gender non-confoming identities through a model of informed consent and self-determination. He also works as an in home family therapist in Hampshire County.
Tynan Power is a progressive Muslim leader and educator, an LGBT and interfaith organizer, and a professional writer. He was a founding member of Al-Fatiha (now defunct). He is currently part of the Queer Muslim Collective and works closely with Muslims for Progressive Values. His writing and expertise cover a range of topics including contemporary Muslim concerns, interfaith understanding, LGBTQ issues, feminist queer parenting, transgender rights and realities, and disability rights.
Valencia Robinson is a native of Jackson, MS, and an organizer and advocate for HIV/AIDS, LGBT and reproductive rights. She began her career in HIV/AIDS as a volunteer at Building Bridges, Inc.; from there she saw a need to work as an advocate to affect policy change in Mississippi. Valencia organized the historical “Walk against AIDS” in 2008 to ask the next President of the United States for a National AIDS Strategy. She worked at the ACLU of Mississippi as Juvenile Justice Intern and worked with the Reproductive Rights program as well. Valencia was the spokesperson for Mississippians for Healthy Families, which worked to defeat the Personhood Initiative in Mississippi.
Vanessa E. Cullins MD, MPH, MBA
Dr. Vanessa Cullins is Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She received her BS from Spelman College, MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullins is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and continues to be a pioneer in contraception and reproductive health research.
Verónica Bayetti Flores
Veronica has worked to increase access to contraception, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to lead social justice efforts in Wisconsin and New York City. She is a Policy Research Specialist at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and she sits on the boards of the National Coalition for LGBT Health and the National Network of Abortion Funds.
W. Brandon Lacy Campos
Brandon Lacy Campos is a 34 year old Afro-Boricua, African-American, Ojibwe, Euro, poz, writer, blogger, performance poet, policy wonk, organizer, and rabble rouser. His work has appeared in nearly a dozen anthologies ranging from collections of queer Latino poetry to Queer Twin Cities, an academic anthology exploring the queer history of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has written articles for numerous online and print magazines and newspapers including Gay.com and The Advocate. His blog, MyFeetOnlyWalkForward.com earned him the #2 spot on Queer Latino Bloggers to Watch at MyLatinoVoice.com, and he also blogs at TheBody.com. In 2006, the Minneapolis Star Tribune named him a “Young Wonk to Watch,” for his insane love of breaking down complex public policy issues into language non-Wonks can understand. In addition, Brandon has guest lectured at half a dozen colleges and universities on the intersection of race, sexual orientation and art as a tool for social change. He recently performed Off Broadway as the opening act for Bebe Zahara Benet's Queendom. He is a proud NOC (Nerd of Color), and combines his love of sex, politics, love, science fiction and fantasy, and queerness in his writing. He is the author of the collection of poetry, from Rebel Satori Press, It Ain't Truth If It Doesn't Hurt. His first novel, Eden Lost, will be available in 2012, also from Rebel Satori Press. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his former partner and artistic collaborator, David Berube, and his dog Mimzy. Brandon is also co-Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) and a member of the leadership team of the ROOTS Coalition.
Wilberthe is a second-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Nursing and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a certified rape crisis counselor and volunteers as a counselor advocate at the Umass Everywoman's Center. She aspires to become a nurse-midwife and incorporate her passion for feminism and social justice in her future career.
Yevin Roh is a senior at UMass Amherst studying Public Health, Sociology, Pre-Medicine, and Asian & Asian American Studies. As Student Government Association President and activist, he has written better hate crime/speech, sexual assault, and gender-inclusive bathroom policies for UMass. Yevin is also a spoken word artist and actor in the social justice acting troupes The Phallacies, Shaha, and The Not Ready for Bedtime Players.
Youth Action Coalition
The Youth Action Coalition is an Arts-For-Change program that engages youth and their allies, encouraging everyone to make art and write as a way to understand communities and address social justice issues. YAC runs 5 programs: Get Up Get Down, Video Vanguards, E'town Rising, GirlsEyeView Ware and GirlsEyeView Amherst, all of which have been exploring a common theme for the 2011-2012 academic year of, "Who are We, The People?" With a board of directors that is 50% youth and a staff of relatively young folks, YAC take great pride in hearing young voices and using art as a catalyst for change.
Zeinab Eyega, MSc
Zeinab Eyega, MSc., is Executive Director of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, a community based organization based dedicated to mobilizing African Immigrant women in the United States. www.sautiyetu.org