Tsedale M. Melaku is a sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focuses on how race and gender affect advancement in traditionally white institutional spaces and how white racial framing and systemic gendered racism play a crucial role in the experiences of women of color within predominantly white spaces. Dr. Melaku’s book, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, was published in 2019.
Vincent M. Southerland joined the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law as its inaugural Executive Director in February 2017 and has dedicated his career to advancing racial justice and civil rights. Vincent comes also to New York University School of Law after serving as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York since 2015.
Jamia Wilson is the Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at City University of New York, the former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, a TED Prize Storyteller, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center. Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade. As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work has appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post.
Erica Chito Childs
Erica Chito Childs is a leading qualitative researcher on issues of race, gender and sexuality, particularly in the areas of multiracialism, families, media and popular culture. She is also currently involved in research in urban public schools and childcare options in New York City. She is a popular and engaging speaker and is frequently invited to lecture on multiracial issues in the United States, Britain and South Africa. Her work has also been featured in various media outlets.