Jamia Wilson

Executive Director
Women, Action, and the Media
Jamia Wilson, Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media, has been movement building, media making, and storytelling for over a decade. Wilson has previously served as the Executive Director of YTH (Youth Tech Health), the TED Prize Storyteller, the Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, and the principal for Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s youth outreach program.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Mobilizing Black Women and Girls in the Movement for Black Lives

From the media to the White House, the lion’s share of the response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, has prioritized the plight of young men and boys. But in a climate where black girls are suspended from school six times more than white girls, and African American women are incarcerated three times more often than white peers, the safety of black women and girls is often ignored—or at best, an afterthought.

#SayHerName emerged as a rallying cry to surface the stories of innumerable black women, trans women, and girls who have been assaulted, and or killed as a result of police violence. Shifting the spotlight to state violence targeting women of color, sexual assault by police, and law enforcement abuse of pregnant women, moderator Jamia Wilson and panelists Farah Tanis, Joanne Smith, and Eesha Pandit will center the diverse strategies and activism of movement makers dedicated to garnering justice for black women and girls.

During this two-part interactive and multimedia workshop, participants will hear about the strategies they employed in campaigns such as #ifIdieincustody (Sandra Bland), #sayhername, #SheWillBe, #AssaultAtSpringValleyHighSchool (Shakara), #StandWithHer (Holtzclaw) In the second part of this workshop, participants will engage in a strategy session to discuss what we all can do to strengthen the fight for racial justice by including a gender-violence lens. We’ll collectively explore creative and effective multi-issue strategies around racial justice that include the experiences of girls, women, trans-people, gender non-conforming people and include girls.

Speakers: Jamia Wilson, Joanne N. Smith, Eesha Pandit, Farah Tanis

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

From the Trenches: Stories on Race, Dating and Love

We talk about the way race impacts almost every part of our life, but one place where it is always scary to talk about race is in our intimate personal lives. It's one thing to recognize how race plays out in politics, culture and policy, but another in who we date, love and sometimes marry. Join us, as we share a series of stories from a variety of folks that are funny, scary, sad and awesome about the intersection of love and race.

Speakers: Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Deanna Zandt, Jamia Wilson