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Women of Color Conversation Series – Stand Against Racism

April 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
YWCA Utah Center for Families
310 E 300 S
Salt Lake City
UT 84111

Women of Color Conversation Series – Stand Against Racism

Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice

Join us for the next event in the Women of Color Conversation Series.

This is a free event, but there is limited seating – register below. All are welcome!

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.  Our panelists will discuss this year’s Stand Against Racism theme: immigrant justice is integral to racial justice.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM
Doors and refreshments at 6:30, conversation begins at 7:00
Location: YWCA Center for Families, 310 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah


Saida Dahir Women of Color Conversation SeriesSaida Dahir
Community Activist

Saida Dahir is an 18-year-old Somali-American Muslim who came to the U.S. as a child refugee. Her activism and poetry are fueled by her own lived experience growing up as a minority in Salt Lake City, Utah. She uses her powerful words and emotions to connect with people from all different walks of life and is committed to changing the world. Some organizations she is involved in are Black Lives Matter Utah, March For Our Lives, Utah Environmental Solutions, and more. Saida strives to be the representative that she never saw growing up.

Liliana Olvera-ArbonLiliana Olvera-Arbon
Manager of Advocacy Services at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Liliana Olvera-Arbon joins UCASA as their new Manager of Advocacy Services, with over 10 years of experience working at the local LA County Rape Crisis Center and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. During her time in the field, Liliana has worked in several programs including the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), California Department of Corrections and ICE Detention facilities. Her focus was ensuring PREA Compliance and access to victims services for sexual assault survivors in detention. Liliana has had the unique experience working collaboratively with community stakeholders, local and state organizations, college administrators, and community advocates in creating trauma informed and holistic based approaches to gender-based violence. Her vision is to center and uplift the voices of communities marginalized by society and bring a deep commitment toward social equity and collective liberation. She is dedicated to educating people of their rights and opportunities and envisions a world free of gender-based violence. In her spare time, Liliana enjoys taking walks to the park with her partner Brock and their sweet doggy Daisy.

Christelle Estrada Women of Color Conversation SeriesChristelle Estrada
Immigrant & Refugee Services Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education

Dr. Christelle Estrada, Ph.D. is the Education Specialist in Student Advocacy Services at the Utah State Board of Education, focusing on Immigrant and Refugee students and English Learners. She is a Certified Teacher for the Cultivating Compassion Training at the Center for Altruism Research in Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and teaches the 8 week course every summer to support adults working with children and youth by developing their own compassion practice.


Becky McFalls-SchwartzBecky McFalls-Schwartz
YWCA Utah Grant Writer

Becky McFalls-Schwartz is a full-time member of YWCA Utah’s Development team. As a Korean American adoptee and freelance writer, she also publishes essays on identity, family, and culture in Nylon and other publications. Prior to joining the YWCA, Becky oversaw development of a New York cocktail bar promoting female wine producers and distillers from around the world.



This is a free event, but there is limited seating – register now. All are welcome!

This event is made possible by collaboration between the following community organizations: Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition (UPICEC), Racially Just Utah-RJU, Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR), Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), and YWCA Utah.

RJU Racially Just UtahUCASA

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Questions? Contact Erin at ejemison@ywcautah.org or 801-537-8603.