Meet the Planning Committee

Dr. Shemariah J. Arki​

She/Her/They/Them

Founder + Program Director 

Inaugural Post Doctoral Scholar in Intersectional Feminisms, Case Western Reserve University 

Adjunct  Professor, Pan African Studies, Kent State University

“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” - Malala Yousafzai

 

Dr. Heather E. Burton

She/Her/Hers

Director of NSF IDEAL-N and Partner Institutions Faculty & Student Development

Case Western Reserve University 

"Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles one overcomes while trying to succeed." - Booker T. Washington

Colette Ngana

She/Her/Hers 

Doctoral Candidate

Case Western Reserve University 

"...no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended." - Alice Walker

Erin Phelps

She/Her/Hers

Doctoral Candidte, President of QGrad: The LGBTQIA+ Graduate and Professional Student Association

Case Western Reserve University 

"Only the black woman can say "when and where I enter, in the quiet undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole...race enters with me." - Anna Julia Cooper