Alumni Conversation: Women of Color in Public Interest, with Rashida Richardson '08

Thursday, February 27, 2020
4:50 PM - 6:55 PM (ET)
Resource Center (167 High Street) Central Meeting Room
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Kubat, James E.

 Women of Color face specific obstacles and challenges in society because the interconnected nature of their social identities (race, class, gender) creates unique modes of discrimination and disadvantage. These issues are often more amplified in the work environment. Despite their social justice orientations, public interest organizations are not immune to these issues. Rashida Richardson '08 will discuss her career path working in large, small, and sometimes niche public interest organizations and provide insights on how to navigate this sector as a woman of color.


Rashida Richardson '08 is Director of Policy Research at New York University’s AI Now Institute, where she designs, implements, and coordinates AI Now’s research strategy and initiatives on the topics of law, policy, and civil rights. She previously worked as Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New York (NYCLU), where she led the organization’s work on privacy, technology, surveillance, and education issues. Prior to the NYCLU, she was a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, where she worked on a wide-range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and she previously worked at Facebook Inc. and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Rashida currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship, and she is an affiliate and Advisory Board member of the Center for Critical Race + Digital Studies. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Co-sponsored by the Resource Center, the African American Studies department, the Women of Color Collective, Ujamaa, the POC Pre-Law Society, and the Gordon Career Center.

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