WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester will mark Human Rights Day on Thursday with a panel discussion on the state of women of color, according to a statement from the organization.
The event is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the YWCA, 515 North St. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to provide opening remarks while President of Westchester Community College Belinda Miles will deliver the keynote address.
The event will feature a discussion about the accomplishments of women of color and the challenges they face, particularly in the areas of education, economics and health. Ultimately, organizers hope the event will help provide meaningful ways to improve disparities faced by women of color in those areas.
Miles is a national leader in the field of education. Her three-decade career in academia has included various roles at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, where she was the provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success and president of the Eastern Campus. Previously, she served as a faculty member and administrator at LaGuardia Community College, Nassau Community College and Columbia University.
Panelists scheduled to take part in Thursday's event include:
- Dr. Jin Li, MD, PhD, FAANEM . Li is an associate professor of clinical neurology at New York Medical College and the chief of Neuromuscular Section at Westchester Medical Center. She is the program director of the Neurology Residency Program and a committee member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center.
- Zenaida Mendez. Mendez is the past immediate president of the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYS), New York State (2012-2014). She served for several years as director of racial diversity programs at NOW's national office in Washington, D.C., and has many years of experience working on issues affecting women, including reproductive health, equal pay for equal work, equal high quality education, affordable childcare, affordable housing and economic, racial and environmental justice.
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