Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture hosts panel on black women and girls

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture at the University of Chicago supports and sponsors a variety of public programs geared toward promoting an investigation of the ties between race, ethnicity and culture. On Feb. 23, the Center partnered with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (IL–02) to host a Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls at UChicago’s Center for Identity + Inclusion.

The event, a panel discussion titled “My Sister’s Keeper: Acknowledging Violence, Trauma and Resilience Among Black Women and Girls,” highlighted issues such as punitive school discipline, sex trafficking and domestic violence. Panelists and attendees discussed the roles of schools, churches, and government agencies and the importance of collaboration in addressing these problems.

Panelists included Amy Alvarado, human trafficking specialist in the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney; Kisha Roberts-Tabb, a juvenile probation officer for Cook County; Maxx Boykin, community advocacy and social justice manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; and Candice Norcott, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at UChicago. Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at UChicago and a former director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, moderated the discussion.

The event reached capacity with more than 100 attendees from across campus and the surrounding community.

U.S. Rep. Kelly, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ–12), and U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark (NY–09) co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, which gives Black women a seat at the table for crucial discussions on the policies that impact them while also providing a framework for creating opportunities and eliminating barriers to success for Black women. My Sister’s Keeper was co-hosted by UChicago’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and coordinated by the Office of Federal Relations.

Originally posted February 27, 2017.

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