Invisible and Ignored: The Power of Centering the VOICES and EXPERIENCES of Women of Color through Art, Written Expression, Film and Leadership
Panel: Invisible and Ignored
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. — Iowa City Public Library | View Schedule
In conversation with: LaTasha DeLoach and RaQuishia Harrington. Additional panelists forthcoming.
Panel discussion with Women of Color about the impacts of living and working in predominantly white spaces and environments while having the experience of finding their voice in isolation. This dialogue will focus on arriving at a place of clarity for managing self-care and safe spaces for women of color. Panelist will speak on the realities of experiences as change agents within their respective roles. During this discussion, they will deliberately recognize the historical context for accessing and understanding the resources that are needed and required to remain encouraged, cared for, and with compassion even in the face of adversity.
This panel will be moderated by LaTasha DeLoach and RaQuishia Harrington. Additional panelists forthcoming.
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.