Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

In 1996, Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum, a gender/racial justice legal thinktank, which houses a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion.  In 2011, Crenshaw founded the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, which aims to foster critical examination of how social structures and related identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact on multiple levels, resulting in social inequality.

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Eden Silva Jequinto learned the power of education, organizing, and cultural work from her migrant Pilipin@ family and the predominantly Third World communities that raised her. Eden graduated from UC, Santa Cruz with a BA in American Studies in 2004 and moved to Oakland, CA where she worked as a core member of EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA). At ESAA, Eden founded the Guerilla Youth Theatre Project and the Leadership Program, training youth into lead teachers. Eden worked with intergenerational Third World grassroots groups and nonprofits, supporting campaigns through guerilla theatre, healing work, and systemic analyses, before returning to Los Angeles in 2011. After earning her MA in Urban Planning at UCLA in 2013, Eden began at UCLA School of Law as a student in both the Critical Race Studies program and the Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy program. Eden looks forward to serving as a grounded and effective attorney.

"Say What?! Say Her Name"- Town Hall Testimony Development and Empowerment 

We start by saying our name. In three minutes, we weave a story of our reality, bearing life and detailing the consequences of oppression and resistance. Join us as we think through our life experiences and translate them into a testimony people need to hear.

This workshop will prepare and empower you to organize and execute a town hall hearing on women and girls of color in your local community. You will learn about testimony development, commissioner outreach and preparation, and publicity, among other things. In addition, you will prepare to deliver a personal testimony about your life experience at an upcoming town hall hearing.