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Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit

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The Stanford Women’s Community Center hosts the annual Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit (formerly known as The Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference). The Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit is a day-long conference that celebrates gender marginalized leaders, activists, artists, and thinkers from around the world and provides Stanford students with actionable tools to enhance their leadership. Over the years, the summit has become an annual event to celebrate leaders who are raising awareness of issues related to equity in their fields and working to make change in their lives and communities.​ 

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Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit 2024: Cultivating Healing, Hope, and Community Towards Liberation

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The Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit 2024 will be a space to both acknowledge the gravity of our current moment as well as to foster the energy and hope to continue working towards collective liberation. In a time of so much pain and injustice, it's more important now than ever that we find ways to heal and gather strength in community. Doing so is not just a way to sustain our own work; it is also an act of resistance against the forces that hope we will lose the energy to move forward. We will hear from local activists, organizers, and leaders who are reimagining ways to work towards a more just future, instilling in us a renewed hope for the possibility of a radically different future. 

  • Featuring Terisa Siagatonu, award-winning poet, educator, speaker, and cultural organizer
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m​.
  • Registration open now!
    • Space is limited - first come first serve 
  • Contact Lily Forman with any questions (
  • Co-sponsored by Co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Theater & Performance Studies, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Graduate School of Education.


Enjoy brunch with local activists including: 

  • Amanda Majail-Blanco: Organizing Coordinator at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), an organization working to end youth criminalization and mass incarceration
  • Amara I. Ahmed: Research Lead at Queer Crescent, an organization dedicated to serving LGBTQI+ Muslims, and anthropology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago
  • Esperanza Jimenez-Arriaga: Director of Cultural Arts and Healing Sanctuaries at Freedom Community Clinic, which uplifts the wisdom of Ancestral Medicine with the strengths of Western medicine to provide revolutionary, community-centered, Whole-Person Healing to the people
  • Fatima Oliver: Community doula with SisterWeb (San Francisco Community Doula Network), which centers and uplifts Black birthing people and families in their reproductive journey 
  • Jenny Wun: Co-founder of AAPI Women Lead, which aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in the US through the leadership of API women, girls, and gender-expansive communities  
  • Katie Dixon (KD): Campaign and Policy Coordinator at the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, which fights for the release of women and trans prisoners and supports them in their process of re-entering the community 
  • Sara Moncada: CEO at The Cultural Conservancy, a native-led non-profit organization working in Indigenous rights and revitalization across the nation and internationally
  • Sarah Fathallah: Social designer, researcher, and educator who specializes in applying participatory research and design in the social sector and is involved with organizing, mutual aid, and political education
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GEJS Summit Archives

Check out the videos below to view our 2021 Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit, featuring a conversation with Actress, Activist, Model, and star of FX TV show "Pose", Dominique Jackson ​and a panel of inspiring local activists to share their wisdom, stories, and journey to activism with the Stanford community and beyond.

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Past Conferences (from SWLC to GEJS)​

The Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference served as an incredible program for the WCC community for 13 wonderful years (for past websites, see below). This program invited students, faculty, staff and alumni of Stanford to come together to explore gender equity within a wide range of fields, industries. Based on student feedback and to broaden the conversations on gender inclusion and equity, the WCC announced in 2019 that the SWLC will be re-imagined as the Stanford Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit.

Speakers from past years have included

  • Janetta Louise Johnson (CEO of TGIJP: the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project)
  • Cat Brooks (co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project, performer, and activist)
  • Dominique Jackson (actress, author, model, star of POSE on FX)
  • Ericka Huggins, author, poet, educator, Black Panther Party leader)
  • Favianna Rodriguez (transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist)
  • Danica Roem (delegate for the 13th District of Virginia)
  • Dr. Lilly Lamboy (co-founder of the Stanford Diversity in Leadership Initiative)
  • Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye (28th chief justice of the State of California)
  • A-lan Holt (film director, author, Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford)
  • Debora L. Spar (president of Barnard College)
  • Ai-jen Poo (director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance)
  • Saima Hasan (Founder of Roshni)
  • Emily May (Co-Founder of Hollaback!, leader in anti-street harassment movement)
  • Leila Janah (Founder of Samasource)
  • Jessica Greer Morris (Girl Be Heard)
  • Debbie Sterling (Founder of Goldieblox)
  • Persis Drell (9th Dean of Stanford's School of Engineering)
  • Kavita Ramdas (former CEO, Global Fund for Women)
  • Kathy Levinson (former president, E*Trade)
  • Priya Haji (founder, World of Good)
  • Reem Rahim (founder, Numi Tea)
  • Whitney Smith (founder, Girls for a Change)
  • Peta Lindsay (2012 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation)
  • Victoria Hale (founder, OneWorld Health)
  • Nancy Milliken, MD (associate dean of admissions at USCF Medical School, director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health)
  • April Chou (founder, New Schools Venture Fund)
  • Aimee Allison (Founder and President of She The People)
  • Telle Whitney (CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology)
  • and so many more!
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