Join us Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 8 AM - 4 PM for a day of restorative dialogue focused on topics central to the education and critical mentorship of Youth of Color.  This year’s summit will amplify and highlight the voices, experiences, and leadership of Black Girls, as they cultivate Black Joy, highlight anti-racist pedagogies, and guide us to re(imagine) schools as spaces where they and their BIPOC peers thrive!
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Dr. Monique Morris

Grantmakers for Girls of Color
Executive Director

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three  decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and criminal justice. In April  2020, Dr. Morris became the inaugural Executive Director of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, a  philanthropic collaborative that supports a world in which all girls and young women of color are  healthy, safe, thriving, and fully empowered to dream and shape their desired reality on their  terms, while dismantling structural barriers created by racism, sexism and ageism and other  forms of oppression that prevent their full participation in our country’s future. In May 2020,  she launched the Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund and in September 2020, she co-founded the Black Girl Freedom Fund as part of the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign calling for a  $1Billion investment in Black girls over the next 10 years. 

Dr. Morris is an Executive Producer and co-writer of the documentary film, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, which is based upon two of her books, Sing A Rhythm,  Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls (The New Press, 2019) and  Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). She is also the Founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an  organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the  barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. 

She served as an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California  between 2013-2018 and has taught at the University of San Francisco and California State  University, Sacramento. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for  Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of  Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson  Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. She has also worked in partnership with  and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop research,  comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender  disparities in justice and educational systems. Her work in this area has informed the  development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive  continua of services for youth. Dr. Morris’ work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York  Times, NPR, and PBS, among other national and local print, radio, and television media. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black  communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. She also  frequently lectures on the life and legacy of the artist Prince. 

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