By: John(na) Jackson
A new exhibit focused on centering the experiences of women of color in Cincinnati opens Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Tangeman University Center atrium at the University of Cincinnati.
"What Is and What Can Be: Women of Color and the Struggle for Justice in Cincinnati," an initiative of The Cincinnati Project (TCP), will be on display through Wednesday, Sept. 19. The project highlights the stories and work of local activists, scholars and UC students.
The exhibit aims to draw attention to the myriad ways that women of color lead and support their communities while also being exposed to higher poverty rates and health problems than their white counterparts. Women featured in the project reveal the ramifications of these social inequities by “sharing their visions of, and hopes for the future,” according to the TCP website.
A panel discussion with members of the UC campus community takes place at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the TUC atrium. Panel participants include:
- Ariel Shaw, women’s, gender, sexuality studies student
- Brittany Bibb, program coordinator for the African American Cultural and Resource Center
- Anjali Dutt, assistant professor of psychology
- JT Roane, assistant professor of women’s, gender, sexuality studies
- Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, associate professor and co-director of the critical visions certificate program.
They will elaborate on their roles in the construction of the exhibit and the value of projects that amplify the voices of women of color.