A panel event with renowned scholar activists Loretta Ross, Yamila Hussein-Shannan, Hind Mari & Leanne Gale
Loretta Ross is a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump.” She started her career in the women’s movement in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, NOW, the National Black Women’s Health Project, and SisterSong. Her forthcoming book is Calling in the Calling Out Culture. Her most recent publications are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Radical Reproductive Justice.
Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world.
Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English.
Hind Mari's areas of expertise and interests include women’s empowerment and advocacy work, with emphasis on understanding the intersections of our social identities; cross-cultural communication; conflict resolution; and leadership training. She has presented on these and other social justice topics both locally and nationally. Working as director of the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community (CWC) gives Hind the opportunity to work full time on these issues and to foster growth for women and non-binary people of color.
Hind received her Bachelor's degree from An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her Master's studies, which she received along with her doctorate in Education, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on gender equity issues. Hind's previous work experience includes serving as the Assistant Director at the Center for Student Development, working with Registered Student Organizations; as Program Coordinator at the International Programs Office, overseeing the orientation program for international students and scholars; and teaching refugee students at UN schools in Palestine. Outside of her work at UMass Amherst, Hind currently serves as a Town Meeting member and is on the steering committee for Coming Together: Understanding racism, working for justice & building connections.
Leanne Gale is a student at Yale Law School, where she is an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and a Coordinator of the National Lawyers' Guild student chapter. She is also a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Yale Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, in partnership with New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Before attending law school, Ms. Gale served as a Social Justice Fellow at Ir Amim ("City of Nations"/"City of Peoples"), an Israeli nonprofit that works to advance the rights of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. While at Ir Amim, she worked extensively with Palestinian feminist and women's organizations in Jerusalem. Ms. Gale also served as the Grassroots Associate at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), where she organized local and national campaigns around issues of reproductive rights, health, and justice. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, The Jewish Daily Forward, Feministing.com, +972 Magazine, Bustle, Washington Jewish Week, The Fair Observer, and Mondoweiss.
Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Amnesty International, Palestine Advocacy Project, Center for Education Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), Western Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace, Brattleboro Solidarity, Smith Students for Justice in Palestine, Boston Jewish Voice for Peace, Smith College Women & Gender Studies and The UMass Amherst Departments of Communication, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy.