Friday, October 14, 2016
Students from Gardena HS' and King-Drew Magnet of Medicine and Science WLP 2015-2016 program discuss the impact of sexual and street harassment on African American girls and women.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Congratulations to WLP alum-interns Clay Wesley & Lizeth Soria, recipients of the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable's Spirit of the Kings' award for their work w/foster care & undocumented youth.
Women's Leadership Project alumnus Miani Giron, will be attending UCLA Medical School in the Fall of 2016. Miani is a 2016 graduate of Syracuse University and a 2012 alumnus of Gardena High School. Miani was president of WLP from 2011-2012 and is the first in her family to go to college. She wrote this piece about WLP for The Feminist Wire in 2012:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
WLP & Young Male Scholars GHS present @ Sexual violence & media forum
Women's Day King-Drew present @ Sexual violence & media forum
|WLP GHS discussing Step Up campaign|
By Issachar Curbeon
We are excited about putting together a powerful visual project to spread awareness about the sexual harassment and verbal abuse young Black women are experiencing in the LAUSD. The campaign will be developed during January-March 2016 and will include Gardena HS, King-Drew Medical Magnet and Crenshaw HS.
To provoke conversation In November 2015, during our first session with Women’s Leadership Project's Women of Color in the U.S. class, we administered a survey to gauge the self-esteem of the girls in the class. The survey was designed to find out if young women felt safe, supported and respected on campus.
Unfortunately, we were not surprised when the survey revealed that more than half of the girls had been sexually harassed on campus or in their communities; and that more than half of the class recognized disrespect towards Black girls as a major issue on campus.
To create a sense of sisterhood among the girls we decided to do an adaptation of an exercise called Step Forward, Step Back tailored to show them that they were not alone in their experiences of harassment on campus.
Step Forward, Step Back is traditionally a privilege exercise where participants stand in a straight line in the middle of an empty space and respond to statements about their personal social class experiences. With each true statement (i.e ‘step forward if your parents went to college) individuals either step forward representing experiences and circumstances that have afforded wealth, education, health, and wellbeing; or step backward representing experiences that frustrate educational, economic and social advancement.
The exercise reveals that success in our society is not an equal race, there are in fact, experiences that marginalized people face due to racism, sexism and economic inequality that act as major obstacles to resources and opportunities to succeed.
The campaign will involve the following elements:
Slogan tweets and posts (via Instagram and Twitter)
· Descriptions of forms of sexual harassment
· Responses to harassers
· Images on street harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence
· Stats on sexual violence affecting Black girls, Latinas and other girls of color
· Short video clip observations on what can be done to stop harassment
Short blog articles (via Facebook and WLP blog)
· Reflections on a harassment experience
· Poems and spoken word challenging harassment and the responsibility of men/boys to get involved as allies*
I. February 23-25 (King-Drew Medical Magnet & GHS)
Hip Hop, Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Forum
· Student-facilitated discussion on sexual harassment, sexual violence and media images in hip hop and popular culture
§ Women’s Leadership Project/Women’s Day
§ Young Male Scholars
§ Media Done Responsibly
II. February 11-March 10th
· Small group discussion about images of Black women and women of color in the media
· One-on-one interviews about WLP members’ perspectives
· Whole group “Step up/Step Back” exercise with filmmaker Elizabeth Bayne
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Despite an uphill battle against budget cuts, political challenges and sexist/racist public policies, WLP is still standing. Hats off to the amazing activists, scholars and visionary leaders (the majority of whom are the first in their families to go to college) who have made WLP a strong voice for young feminist of color leadership. The video features WLP alum from Syracuse University, CSUDH, CSULB, UCLA, El Camino College, CSUN and Southwest College, as well the classes of 2016 and 2017.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The Women's Leadership Project and Young Male Scholars' Program present:
FACT: The school-to-prison pipeline disproportionately locks up African American and Latino youth, leaving many with criminal records and no possibility of “re-entry” to employment, housing or higher education
FACT: Foster care and homeless youth of color have some of the lowest rates of college transfer and graduation amongst college youth populations
FACT: Black girls are disciplined in greater numbers than Asian, Latino and White boys. Black girls are suspended/expelled six times more than white girls; while black boys are supended/expelled three times more than white boys.
FACT: LGBTQ youth of color have disproportionately high suspension/expulsion and push-out rates in U.S. public schools