Engage2012 Opening Event

The Women of Color Policy Network at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will host a convening of leading people of color policy experts, practitioners and social change advocates working on issues related to immigration, racial justice, economic security, LGBTQ rights and reproductive and environmental justice to better understand how to work across communities to identify common policy goals and targets, strengthen coalitions and dismantle issue silos, and ultimately advance a multi-issue, intersectional framework to address structural and institutional inequalities and disparities present in society.

The public is welcome to attend the opening plenary of Engage2012 with policy experts, practitioners, thought leaders, key stakeholders, and members of the NYU community.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

--Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategy

--Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
--Cheryl Contee, Co-Founder of the award-winning Black political blog Jack and Jill Politics

--Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union
--Marc Lamont Hill, host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and Columbia University Professor
--Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women
--Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Voto Latino
--Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns at the National Council of La Raza
--Anika Rahman, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women
--Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange
--Linda Sarsour, Director of the Arab American Association of New York
--Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

 --Moderator: Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Managing Editor of The Root


Additionally, the following individuals are still pending confirmation:

--Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network and host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation
--Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council

Engage2012 is co-sponsored by: Applied Research Center, Demos, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, National Council of La Raza, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Urban League, Open Society Foundations, The Opportunity Agenda, Rock the Vote, Voto Latino and Women’s Funding Network