Keynote Speaker

Abby Stein Memorial Lecture, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2019

From left to right: Dr. Nina Rose Fischer, Dr. Alisse Waterston, Andrene Wright, Dr. Karol Mason (President of John Jay College), and Dr. Caroline Reitze

Panel Appearance

Organizing for Gender Justice, Winter 2020

Discussing the challenges and opportunities of organizing for gender justice. This open forum discussed international and domestic strategies for combatting gender violence online, on campus and in our everyday lives. With perspectives from Chicago, U.S and Jakarta Indonesia, we identified strategies that were transnational in scope and praxis.

Sponsored by the academic network of the movement for ending violence against women (JARAK)

Townhall: Black Girls, Sexual Violence and the #MuteRelly Campaign, UnSilence Spring 2019

A conversation with Kyra Jones, Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., Darletta Scruggs, and Andrene Wright (myself), about black girls, sexual violence, community-based prevention, and the systemic structures that contribute to this pervasive problem.

Townhall at Victory Gardens in Chicago IL

Curated Panels

Scholars of Service, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Spring 2021

Dr. Mary Patillo

To celebrate Women’s History Month, join Dr. Mary Pattillo, the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of African American Studies for a discussion on her experiences working with the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) as an activist scholar, and her experiences navigating research, activism, and service. Ph.D. Candidates Charlotte Rosen (History) and Sanjana Subramaniam (Mechanical Engineering) will also be sharing their experiences working with NPEP. This event is presented by Graduate Women Across Northwestern, Women in Science and Engineering Research, NPEP and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Out Loud, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Spring 2021

To celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, join Dr. Ji-Yeon Yuh to discuss the activist praxis that led to the founding of the Asian American Studies program at Northwestern University. Dr. Ji-Yeon Yuh is a founding faculty and former director of the Asian American studies program and a board member of the Korea Policy Institute. She is joined on this panel by Northwestern Alumnus William Paik, who works with Dr. Ji-Yeon Yuh to curate a historical archive documenting the hunger strike of 1995 that lead to the founding of the AAS program. Dr. Sumun Pendakur, a former 95’ hunger striker and scholar-practitioner, will also join the panel alongside Cindy Lima, a current graduate student in the History department studying social movements. 

Mutual Aid and Community Engagement Live-Stream, NU Women’s Center, Winter 2021

The Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo) is a group of volunteers who support the participation of parents, especially mothers, in racial and economic justice work. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city to have fun with kids while their parents participate in and lead organizing efforts to defend their rights and build a better Chicago.