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, RaQuishia Harrington, Lisa Covington, and Deborah Whaley.
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.
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.
About Lisa Covington
Lisa Covington, M.A. is an activist-scholar who worked on the #Justice4Tory campaign in California. Tory Robinson, an African American man was wrongfully arrested and Lisa led the community who lead efforts for his release. Lisa is an activist and scholar, an alumni of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Social Change, Communications, Women’s Studies & Sociology. She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University where she published research entitled “All the Girls are White, All the Blacks are Male: Qualitative Experiences of Black Girls on the East Coast.” Lisa works throughout the country with youth development programs training teachers and staff best practices for working with young people of color, facilitating groups for young women and provides technical support to institutions on issues of diversity, gender equity and cultural competency.
Lisa teaches courses in Black Studies, Women’s Studies and at San Diego State University and Sociology at the University of Iowa. Current projects include bridging student-community knowledge production, culturally relevant pedagogy and Black childhood development. Lisa is a member of the advocacy committee with the National Urban League Young Professionals, the Immediate Vice President of the National Black Graduate Student Association. Lisa is a founding member of BlackOut, a coalition of Black students and community members to
Empower Iowa City college students and local citizens of African descent. Lisa is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology of Education at the University of Iowa.
About Deborah Whaley
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley is an artist, curator, writer, and Professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She received degrees in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), California State University, Fullerton (MA), and the University of Kansas (PhD). Her research and teaching fields include the institutional history, theories, and methods of American and cultural studies, 19th and 20th century American cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, Black cultural studies, the digital humanities, popular culture, and the visual arts.
Dr. Whaley has published original art, poetry, as well as articles on social movements, popular culture, sequential art, documentary photography, and film. Her recent book is Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime (2015).
Whaley was co-curator, with Kembrew McLeod, of the University of Iowa Museum of Art exhibition, “Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hiphop Contexts Featuring Harry Allen’s Part of the Permanent Record; Photos From the Previous Century,” and she has served as a consultant or feature writer for exhibitions on Black popular music and Black sequential art. Whaley is on the editorial board of the journal American Studies, and formerly served on the editorial board for American Studies: Euroasian Perspectives and Lexington Press’ Africana Studies book series. She was the 2013-2014 chair of the Women’s Committee for the American Studies Association and now is serving as a committee member for the ASA’s committee on departments, programs, and centers.
More about Dr. Whaley at https://www.deborahelizabethwhaley.com/