Meet the 2019 keynote speakers

Arykah Carter

Arykah Carter (she, her, hers) is a Trans Woman of Color living in the Cincinnati community and a board member for TransOhio.org, a statewide advocacy and education organization. Arykah is currently working on organizing a Trans & Queer People of Color Collective (TQPCC) in Cincinnati. Arykah holds a B.S. from Western Michigan University, and an MBA Wayne State University.

Mona Jenkins

Mona Jenkins is one of the leaders of Mass Action for Black Liberation (formerly Black Lives Matter Cincinnati) and the Director of Development & Operations for the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. As an educator and researcher who graduated from UC, she actively works with community members to address neighborhood specific issues related to health, gender, housing, and education. In collaborating with leaders and individuals who reside in the neighborhoods, Mona seeks to build engagement, empowerment, and community sustainable solutions. Mona is on the board of the Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc., an organization for the awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer, the Cincinnati Health Network (CHN), and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO).

Jessica Roach

Jessica Roach is founder and CEO of Restoring our own Through Transformation, a Black woman led reproductive justice organization.

Brittany Bibb

Brittany Bibb is a native of Louisville, KY and a Graduate of UC. Brittany is a co-founder of a student-led movement called The Irate 8 that was formed after the murder of Samuel Dubose. The movement educates others about the experiences of Black students on UC’s campus and has moved to reform some policies and procedures at UC to create a more inclusive campus for Black students. Today Brittany serves as a Program Coordinator in the AACRC at UC and is the founder of Everyday Black, LLC a family owned business, that is committed to uplifting the Black community through expressive merchandise.

In addition to these activists’ address, we look forward to student and faculty presentations of their community-partnered projects, a panel on scholar activism and objectivity, and a discussion of the process from research idea to policy change.

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