2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

This year's 2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) theme is Empowerment through Engagement and will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. Keynote speaker(s) are Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, founders of the National Women's March and the keynote event is free and open to the public!

Conference registration fees:

$10.00 for all five-college students, faculty and staff

$15.00 for non five-college attendees

$8.00 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees. To take advantage of this group discount, contact woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call 413-538-2550.

Scholarships are available for all Mount Holyoke College Students who register for the conference and complete the scholarship application by March 31, 2018. 

Hotel Accommodations: We are pleased to offer limited hotel and lodging on our campus. If interested, you may contact the Mount Holyoke Willits-Howell Conference Center

You may also contact woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call 413-538-2550 for a list of additional hotels in the area. 

About the Conference

The SGA Students of Color Committee prides itself in creating spaces where students can continue to question, challenge and cultivate their minds in order to advance personal growth, commitment, and social advocacy for historically underrepresented communities.

In addition, we strive to encourage open dialogues and raise consciousness about issues and intersections prevalent in modern day society regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and many more identities. We strive for these goals by continuing to open the event to all individuals. The primary audience is those who self- identify as women/girls of color across the Five­ Colleges (age 4 +), including faculty and staff, members of the Pioneer Valley Community, and beyond. Interested individuals can register for the conference here.

  • The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, conference swag, entrance to the POC Business Expo, and a ticket to the VIP meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers. 

A Call For Workshop Proposals! 

  • We are currently accepting workshop proposals for this year’s Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference.

We invite and encourage submission proposals from all five colleges, surrounding community, and beyond related to leadership and empowerment of women of color.  

If you are interested, please complete the Workshop Proposal Form by submitting the online form or printing and emailing the pdf form no later than, Monday, February 19, 2018, to Latrina L. Denson, Assistant Dean of Students ldenson@mtholyoke.edu.

The POC Business Expo

  • We are currently accepting applications for the POC (People of Color) Business Expo. We invite all businesses/organizations that are owned by, support, and/or serve people of color to participate. Vendor Registration is free.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the POC Vendor Business Expo Form by submitting the online form no later than Monday, February 19, 2018.

For more information about the conference, email woctlc-g@mtholyoke.edu or call the Division of Student Life at 413-538-2550.                      

Tamika Mallory, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Tamika Mallory

Tamika D. Mallory, a 36 yr old mother to her teenage son and nationally recognized activist, is a champion of the new civil rights movement. In 2017, Tamika gained recognition as one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington; and with participation from 5 million people worldwide, her role in the march landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. President of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm and board member of The Gathering for Justice, founded by Harry Belafonte, Tamika is featured in the media at the intersection of civil rights, social justice and the new wave of feminism.

Carmen Perez, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Camen Perez

Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today's important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. Carmen’s most recent work is her role as the National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, drew over 5 million people across the globe who marched in resistance of hatred and bigotry, affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings. In 2017, Carmen was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 World Leaders and one of TIME’s most influential people.

Linda Sarsour, National Women's March

Keynote Speaker

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Muslims in the world, 50 of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine and featured on the Time 100’s list of the world’s most influential people. Linda was profiled on the front page of the New York Times Metro Section and dubbed “Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab” and they introduced Linda to their readership as “ Mixing street smarts, activism and her Muslim identity, Linda Sarsour has become a political force”. She is most known for her intersectional coalition work and building bridges across issues, racial, ethnic and faith communities.