Imani Bazzell will discuss the parallels and intersections of race, class and gender to understand the use and abuse of power and privilege in institutional and social policy and practice. Towards that end, we will explore SisterNet's organizing principles -grounded in physical, emotional, spiritual health and intellectual health- and commitment to health, wellness and educational access and equity with a vision to make real the promise of participatory democracy.
About the speaker: Imani Bazzell has worked as a community educator and organizer in the areas of racial justice, gender justice, healthcare access, educational reform, and leadership development over 35 years. She is the founding director of SisterNet, a local network of African American women committed to the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health of Black women. Additionally, she serves as an independent consultant with public schools, colleges and universities, unions, non-profits, state and international agencies, and community-based organizations to promote organizational development and social justice.
This lecture is part of the Spring 2022 DISH IT UP series, "Everyday Equity". Issues of gender equity emerge in our lives every day in almost every space and intersect with other social and environmental issues. Gendered scripts and expectations impact our economic security, health, safety, education, experiences with criminal justice and immigration, human rights, humanitarian aid, climate resilience, and participation in democracy. This spring, the Women’s Resources Center is taking a look at gender equity its many forms as well as how women-identified leaders are working to flip those scripts, challenge norms, and fight for equality and justice. Funded by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. FREE LUNCH will be available at this talk.
Alternating Mondays from Noon – 1pm (with free lunch) at the Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green Street, Suite 202 (Next to McDonalds), Champaign, IL 61820 For more information: visit: https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center