Women Activists: How to Build Sustainable Movements

Throughout history, women have led the charge for social and political change, working as activists, organizers and community-builders in a wide range of intersecting movements. Here in the Twin Cities, that work continues: this event will feature a panel composed of four community and student activists discussing questions of vision, sustainability, outreach, and much more.

Event Details
October 2, 2014, 12pm-1pm
McNamara Alumni Center Board of Regents East Room 665

Panelist Profile Pictures

L to R: Latasha Gandy, Tish Jones, Nancy Mahdy, Sarah Walker

Meet the panel:

Latasha Gandy, Minnesota Managing Director, Students for Education Reform. Latasha co-founded and co-led the Students for Education Reform (SFER) chapter at Metropolitan State University from 2012 until she graduated magna cum laude in spring 2013. Latasha attended Minneapolis Public Schools as a teenager. She is motivated to work at SFER by her knowledge that low-income students and students of color are systematically disadvantaged by poorly performing public schools. As the SFER Minnesota Program Director, Latasha’s responsibilities include recruiting, training and leading the coalition’s campaign and event planning process, as well as leading the building of strategic relationships between student organizers and elected officials, community partners, and donors.

Sarah Walker, Sociology, Ph.D Candidate, Founder, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. Sarah was the former Chief Operating Officer at 180 Degrees, Inc., and during her time at 180 Degrees, Inc. she founded the Minnesota Second Change Coalition, two organizations fighting for criminal justice reform throughout the state. Sarah is currently completing her doctorate in the Department of Sociology at University of Minnesota. She brings extensive research experience to issues of politics, inequality, criminal justice reform and the role of philanthropic organizations in setting interest group agendas. Her previous positions include Research Consultant at the Council on Crime and Justice and Director of Workforce Development at the Center for court Innovation. Sarah also serves as a board member of the William Mitchell Reentry Clinic Advisory Board, St. Paul African American Leadership Council, and holds many more leadership roles within various community organizations and governmental departments.

Nancy Mahdy, President, Multicultural Greek Council. Nancy is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Mathematics and Actuarial Science, Nancy’s work experience includes interning at UnitedHealth Group and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She is currently a member of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, the President of the University of Minnesota Multicultural Greek Council, the social chair for Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc, and an MCAE Ambassador. This year, she is focusing on successfully completing her undergraduate degree while also preparing for entry into the actuarial science field. Nancy is committed to making a difference and creating positive change within the community.

Tish Jones, Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of TruArtSpeaks. As both a Spoken Word artist and an Emcee, Tish has performed at the Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Cedar Cultural Center and more. As a teaching artist, she has shared space in adult and youth correctional facilities, colleges and universities throughout the country, k-12 schools and numerous other spaces that provide youth and community programming, She is now the host of one of the most successful and inclusive community open mics in the state, Soul Sounds Open Mic at Golden Thyme Café; currently, Tish is a fellow in the Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute. As a graduate of Hope Communities S.P.E.A.C. program, Tish is not only an artist but a community organizer as well.

Written by Robin Wonsley; Women’s Center Program Coordinator

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