The Sister Circle Forum 2021

The 5th Annual Sister Circle Forum is a two-day forum for UK students, faculty, staff and community members who identify as Women of Color. Through interactive workshops, presentations, activities, and dynamic keynote addresses, conference attendees will engage in critical conversations surrounding professional development, education, and career planning, examine the legacy and present state of support between different groups of Women. This directly connects with the narrative of Women of Color in the United States and boldly highlights a more Global Sister Circle experience of unity and solidarity. Our 2021 theme is "I am my Sister's Keeper" with a special emphasis on Allyship, Advocacy, and Accomplices. This space is curated for Women of Color to be empowered and inspired, and this year we are inviting non-women of color to join the space to develop their understanding of being an ally, advocate, and accomplice to women of color.
 
Come develop with us!
 
Date: March 25 - 26, 2021
Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Location: all sessions are free and virtual through zoom.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meet our 2021 Keynote Speakers: 

Tamika D. Mallory - Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist

Tamika Mallory offers bold, inspiring ideas and strategies for creating social and political change, while rallying audiences to fight for human rights, civil rights, and equal rights for all.

Tamika is an esteemed social justice leader, political activist, and a next generation advocate for human rights, equal rights for women, health care, gun restrictions, and ethical police conduct. In 2017, as co-chair of the Women’s March, she helped organize the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.

Hailed as a “leader of tomorrow” by Valerie Jarrett, then senior advisor to President Obama, Tamika has the gravitas of a long-time political organizer – she served as the National Action Network’s youngest executive director. Following the death of her son’s father to gun violence, Tamika advocated for stronger gun restrictions; later, she joined Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force.

A rising leader in the new wave of feminism, she empowers others to contribute their voice and engage in the political process to create change, while sharing her outspoken perspective on where the civil rights movement goes from here.

 

 

 

Sadiqa Reynolds - President and CEO of Louisville Urban League (LUL) 

Sadiqa Reynolds headshot

Sadiqa Reynolds is the President and CEO of Louisville Urban League. Her appointment made her the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s 95-year history. She has previously served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor where she oversaw approximately 1500 employees. Sadiqa serves on several boards including Fund for the Arts, the Louisville Chamber, WAVE3 Editorial Board, WDRD Advisory Board and is a Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She served for two years as District Judge for the 30th Judicial Court. She was also the first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court when she served as Chief Law Clerk for the late Chief Justice Robert F. Stephens. Her life as a public servant also includes being the first African American to serve as Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Services. She served for two years as District Judge for the 30th Judicial Court. She was also the first African American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court when she served as Chief Law Clerk for the late Chief Justice Robert F. Stephens. Her life as a public servant also includes being the first African American to serve as Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Services.Prior to entering the public sector, Sadiqa owned her private legal practice, which included criminal litigation, employment law, death penalty litigation and serving as Guardian Ad Litem representing abused, neglected and dependent children as well as arguing successfully before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also been recognized by the Louisville Bar Association for providing pro bono hours in which she represented domestic violence victims and other disadvantaged citizens. Sadiqa earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Bates Memorial Baptist Church. She received the 2017 Community Leader of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness because of her work to reduce the stigma around mental health. She is also a proponent for Restorative Justice and participated in the face it campaign to end child abuse.  She has been interviewed by the New York Times, and appeared on CNN’s Headline News for the Louisville Urban League’s work in jobs, justice, education, health and housing, as well as serving as a guest on CBS News, FOX News, BBC and other international news outlets. Sadiqa is a much sought-after speaker recognized this year as the Charles W. Anderson Laureate award recipient by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and one of Louisville’s CEO’s of the year. She’s been previously recognized as a Business First Enterprising Woman to Watch and a Woman of Influence. She has been honored with a Tower Award, a Torch of Wisdom and named a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center. She’s received the Fannie Lou Hamer award, for her commitment to justice and in 2016 was recognized as BizWomen’s Business Journal top 100 women to watch nationally. She was also recognized for her housing advocacy work by the Mortgage Banker’s Association and in 2017 was recognized as Louisville’s Communicator of the Year. Sadiqa has received honorary Doctorates from Spalding University and Simmons College of Kentucky. She was the 2017 Louisville Magazine Person of Year and a 2018 National Urban League Woman of Power. She has two wonderful daughters, Sydney, 10th grade and Wynter, 8th grade, both being educated in public schools. Her goal is to leave the world better for them.

 

 

Wake Up & Welcome

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Physical Self Advocacy & Emotional Intelligence II

Presenter:  Kimberly Guess

Title: Yoga+: Grounding techniques & healing toolkit.

  • Get your body and brain moving! Ever have a tough day and need to ground yourself to push through? This session will teach simple techniques to achieve physical wellbeing, practice emotional intelligence, and strive for self-advocacy. (Bring a yoga mat, and don't worry; this session is webinar-style, so nobody will see you).

Welcome and Opening Remarks - 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Dr. Tukea L. Talbert - Chief Diversity Officer at UK HealthCare

Ruth Gonzalez Jimenez - Latino Student Community Specialist, MLK Center

Session I

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Spirituality & Wellness

Presenter: Kelly Nisnisan

Title: Healers of the Philippines + Achieving Individual Wholeness

  • This session introduces pre-colonial Philippines, the ancient and modern healers of the islands, and how looking into our roots can help us reach our higher selves. Kelly discusses how to reach individual wholeness by sharing her journey, what she has learned, and how she has applied it. This discussion will help inspire others to start their journey on strengthening the relationship with themselves through discovering their roots.

Session 2

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

White emotionalities in society and teacher education

Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Matias

Title: When white tears are dangerous: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Racial Justice in Education

  • Though made popular by Robin DiAngelo’s phrase “white fragility”, what does white fragility entail, how does it manifest, where does it psychoanalytically come from, and how does it harm the hope for racial justice? This session delves deep into the psycho-social and educational dimension of white emotionalities in society and teacher education. For whites committing themselves to racial justice work, this session helps them explore where and why those emotionalities continue to surface and how they can be dealt with in more healthy and humanizing ways, ensuring they do not emotionally project onto BIPOC. For BIPOC this session will unveil the mechanism of whiteness and emotionalities that can be used against us. Essentially, this session explores how white tears become dangerous and how to disarm this weaponry.

Supporting professional womxn with an intersectional lens on LGBTQ+ experience

Presenter: Dr. Rachel Farr

Title: Queer &...: Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation

  • This session will provide space to discuss being LGBTQ+ and doing social justice work in one's profession, including the importance of acknowledging privilege and positionality when connecting with and advocating for other communities who experience marginalization. Farr will share some of her own LGBTQ+ scholar-activist journey, leveraging both shared identities and privilege in working towards change. We will focus on the critical role of mentorship and brainstorm how mentoring can be most effective for those who hold various marginalized identities at the intersections of gender, race, and sexual orientation

Spotlight Panel

11:50AM - 12:50 PM

Women in Male-Dominated Professions

Title: She's The Man: Women in Male-Dominated Professions

  • This spotlight panel will feature professional women in traditionally male-dominated careers/fields. Panelists will discuss how to remain resilient, focused, and persevere in spaces that are not designed with women in mind.



Maria Gomez - President of the Latino Student Law Association, University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law

Olivia Davis - University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business

Keynote Address

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Presenter: Sadiqa Reynolds - President and CEO of Louisville Urban League (LUL)

 

Wake Up

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Physical Self Advocacy & Emotional Intelligence II

Presenter:  Kimberly Guess

Title: Yoga+: Grounding techniques & healing toolkit.

  • Get your body and brain moving! Ever have a tough day and need to ground yourself to push through? This session will teach simple techniques to achieve physical wellbeing, practice emotional intelligence, and strive for self-advocacy. (Bring a yoga mat, and don't worry; this session is webinar-style, so nobody will see you).

Session I

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking for Professionals

Presenter: Tiffany Brannon-Foreman

Title: Making Connections

  • Networking and connecting with professional women may have its challenges. Addressing pros and cons of networking so that women of color can appropriately make connections is crucial. This session will provide a space for women of color seeking to network and make connections professionally to review and receive resources about effective communication skills as well as addressing barriers and obstacles.

Roles of Allies and Accomplices

Presenter: Erin Howard

Title: There is no Destination: On becoming an Ally and Accomplice Understanding your identity as it relates to social justice and showing up for others

  • In this session, through storytelling and a look at herstory, we will discuss the soul searching and life altering work necessary for anyone who strives to be an ally and an accomplice. In fact, such labels are never destinations but journeys and realities of constant becoming.  As women with markers of privilege, there are many ways we can live out solidarity: we need to remember that weeding out our own biases is a daily task, we need to be unapologetic with ourselves about our own positionality to white supremacy, and we need to fully embrace our roles in social justice spaces. This session is for striving allies and accomplices.

Session 2

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking for Students

Presenter: Aliyah Austin

Title: Embracing the Underdog

  • Often in college and in life, it is easy to fall into the trap of comparing your journey or purpose to the purpose of others. So much to the point that we begin to self-doubt and stop working to get where we want or even ask for help. I know this because I have done it myself. I have seen myself as the runt of my peers, or the underdog. After having deep reflection and talking to like-minded others, I realized that I must embrace my underdog story by being H.O.T (Honest, Open, and Transparent) with myself and my goals through networking, accomplices, and overall utilizing my biggest strength of imagination. 

Spotlight Panel

Noon - 12:50 PM

Sisters and Karens

 Sisters & Karens: The Intersection between Allies & Antagonists

  • This spotlignt panel is made up of professional women of color who have been in the workforce. They will share their experiences of transcending the identities between Allies and Antagonists, and their experience of citizenship in this country and globally. Listeners will gain refreshed perspectives to approach their work and personal life and learn the ways in which their experience connects with another sister in the room.

Mary Peterson - Executive Director of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. - Iowa City IA

Ali Roman - Director of Student Support Services at the Van Andel Institute

Sharon Yam - Professor in WRD College of Arts & Sciences

Nicole Martin - Director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education

Keynote Address

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM

Presenter: Tamika D. Mallory - Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist

 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives

The Sister Circle provides a space for Women of Color to engage in conversation and through meetings featuring faculty and staff, also provides empowerment while developing professionalism through social interaction, intercultural exchange, self-care and overall support.

 

To visit our partner's page, visit: https://www.uky.edu/cgd/sister-circle-forum-2021