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Suzi Q. Smith is an artist, activist, educator and mother from Denver, Colorado. She has served as the organization's Executive Director since August 2014. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, she served for two years as the Vice President of the Executive Council. She has been an active member of Poetry Slam, Inc.

 


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is a feminist activist, writer, speaker, and digital strategist  best known for her work as a national campus anti-violence advocate. She's a founder of the anti-rape organization Survivors Eradicating Rape Culture and is a founding co-organizer of Know Your IX’s ED ACT NOW campaign. Her writing and work has appeared been featured in outlets including MSNBC, The Establishment, ESSENCE magazine, and The New York Times.

 


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Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate whose memoir, Redefining Realness, broke ground as the first biography written from the perspective of a trans girl. Born in Hawaii, Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 Marie Claire article. Since then she’s become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of the most influential people on the Internet.

 


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Melissa Harris-Perry is a Presidential Endowed Professor in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South and Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. She is the former host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry“.

Harris-Perry is author of the well received book, "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America" (Yale 2011) which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes-invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women-profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena.

Professor Harris-Perry is also a columnist for "The Nation" magazine, where she writes a monthly column also titled "Sister Citizen." She is also a contributing editor to "Essence" magazine where she pens a monthly column on parenting and politics. She also provides expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns for a variety of other media outlets.

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