Panel: Broad Perspectives II
Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. — RADinc. | View Schedule
In conversation with: LaTasha DeLoach and RaQuishia Harrington, moderated by alea adigweme
Deepening last year’s rich conversation about crafting intentional spaces for female-identified and gender-nonconforming people, Broad Perspectives II examines the work of the Sankofa Outreach Connection, a local organization whose mission focuses on connecting women of color and enriching their lives through culturally-specific programming. Since its inaugural event in December 2015, almost 400 members have been attracted by the collective’s gender-responsive, trauma-informed work that unapologetically centers women of African descent.
Writer, artist, and educator alea adigweme moderates a discussion between co-founders LaTasha DeLoach (Community Projects Specialist for Johnson County Social Services) and RaQuishia Harrington (Special & Underserved Populations Recreation Supervisor for the City of Iowa City) about the unmet needs that birthed Sankofa Outreach Collective, the unique challenges of running an organization for women of color in the Corridor, and how their work might be a model for others interested in serving communities of color in Iowa.
About alea adigweme
alea adigweme is a writer, artist, and educator based in Iowa City. Her written work has been published by Bustle, Gawker, Fightland, and the Iowa Review blog, among other outlets. She earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, where she is a doctoral student in Media Studies.
About LaTasha DeLoach
LaTasha DeLoach holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. In her position of Community Projects Specialist at Johnson County Social Services, she is the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact coordinator and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator. DeLoach advocates for families and is a fierce advocate for women and young women of color in Iowa.
She has been a member of many local and statewide boards and committees including UI School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee, State Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, Iowa Girls Justice Initiative Taskforce, SMART on Juvenile Justice Leadership Team, City of Iowa City Council’s Ad Hoc Diversity Committee and City of Iowa City Roundtable Discussions. DeLoach is a certified facilitator for Girls’ Circle, The Council for Young Men and Boys, and Family Team Meetings. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Iowa Department of Human Services Race: Power of an Illusion program. DeLoach is the co-founder of several organizations and programs for women and girls of color, including G! World, Sisters in Power, and Sankofa Outreach Connection, an emerging local organization with over 300 women of color members.
DeLoach is vice president of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors. She is also a committed community volunteer and coordinator of conferences, seminars, workshops, and events. Her crowning achievements include being a partner to her husband Jason and a mother to her boy/girl twins, Nathan and Lauren.
About RaQuishia Harrington
RaQuishia Harrington is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Iowa. RaQuishia became a mother at a young age and often shares her personal journey of overcoming obstacles with people in her community and gives them hope that they can overcome anything with hard work, dedication and the right support.
She serves as the Program Supervisor for Special and Underserved Populations with the City of Iowa City’s Parks and Recreation Department, and previously worked as the Director and Program Supervisor for the Neighborhood Centers of Johnston County. Additionally, she coordinated programs including the Parent Partners Program of Johnson County, an ongoing Mother’s Support Group, and the Strong African American Families Program.
RaQuishia is the proud co-founder of a grassroots organization called Sankofa Outreach Connection. S.O.C was created out of a need to more deeply connect women of color to the community. Here women of color can unite to support one another and address the unique challenges and common plights that impact our community.