The White House and Wake Forest co-host summit ‘Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color’ on Friday, Nov. 13

The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University will co-host a daylong summit on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, at the White House South Court Auditorium. The event will be live-streamed at You can also follow the conversation at #YesSheCan.

The summit will host a range of stakeholders from the academic, private, government and philanthropic sectors who are committed to increasing opportunity and empowerment for women and girls of color and their peers, according to a Wake Forest University Press release.

The Council on Women and Girls will release a progress report as a follow up to the 2014 report, “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities.” Additionally, a number of independent commitments to close opportunity gaps too often faced by women and girls, including women and girls of color, will be announced. The summit will focus on a range of issues including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop and images of women in media.

More than 40 speakers and panelists will participate, including:

  • Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
  • Tina Tchen, White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Cecilia Muñoz, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University
  • Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Teresa Younger, Ms. Foundation

Wake Forest’s Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center that supports, generates and communicates innovative research at the intersections of gender, race and place. The Center is led by Presidential Endowed Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who will speak and moderate a panel.

“The Anna Julia Cooper Center is thrilled to be partnering with the White House Council on Women and Girls to initiate ongoing efforts to craft a substantive research agenda focused on women and girls of color,” said Harris-Perry. “It is the mission of the AJC Center to advance justice through intersectional scholarship, and this conference is a tangible manifestation of that mission.”

Four Wake Forest students will have the opportunity to attend the summit as research fellows with the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

To read the original article on the Wake Forest University website go here.