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Reimagining Safety:

An Urgent Conversation about the Movements Centering Girls of Color

#ReimaginingSafety #G4GC


A full-day convening in New York City

*Optional dinner on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

An Urgent Conversation about the Movements Centering Girls of Color

After two years of collaborating and strategizing, our movement is stronger and more unified than ever. We are ready to take on the courageous and urgent conversations this moment requires.

On June 7, 2017, more than 125 funders met for an all-day convening in New York for an urgent conversation about safety and girls of color.

At the convening we heard from girls of color most impacted by interpersonal and state violence and how movements are responding. We  explored how funders can best support efforts working to create safety. We focused on intersecting safety concerns facing girls of color, as prioritized by those leading movements. The convening explored safety broadly, while also providing space to examine specific forms of violence that are growing yet remain overlooked and underfunded, in such areas as:

  • Sexual violence and abuse;
  • Schools and policing; and
  • Migration and mobility.

We hope everyone walked away with a stronger sense of community and a deepened commitment to invest in the immediate and long-term needs and leadership of girls of color.


Grantmakers for Girls of Color Convening Planning Committee Members:


The full morning of the convening was shared on Facebook Live. You can see short video clips and the full broadcast of the event on the convening website. Please bear in mind, these clips capture the courageous and sometimes painful truths about safety. Please take good care while viewing. We also encourage you to consider reaching out to healing practitioners for additional support.








Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Welcome Reception and Dinner

A chance to connect and chat with colleagues, make new connections, view the A Long Walk Home photo exhibit, and receive a primer on this year’s convening.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Breakfast & Reception

873 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003


Welcome, Introductions & Grounding


Starting with Girlhood Stories

Centering the day around the narratives from girls and women sharing their experiences with violence and creating safety. Opening performance by artists.


Panel One: Re-Imagining Safety At Home and In Community, with Noel Altaha, Luz Marquez Benbow, Natalie Collier, and Maheen Kaleem

A conversation that will explore the normalized, concurrent, and interpersonal violence girls of color face and the movements working to create safety. This conversation will make the explicit connection between interpersonal and state violence, and provide examples of how movements are responding.


10-Minute Break


Panel Two: Re-Imagining Safety In & Out of Systems, with Bre Campbell, Roksana Mun, Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, and Kabzuag Vaj

Building on the prior panel, this conversation will specifically discuss the violence girls of color experience by systems. We will explore a few manifestations of state violence that occur in schools, juvenile and criminal justice systems and immigration as well as what movements are doing to address this violence and create safety.


Lunch & The Beautiful Project

Lunch will be a free space for attendees to build relationships and spend time exploring The Beautiful Project’s powerful exhibit.


Keynote: Re-Imagining Safety As A Core Strategy for Community Justice, with Alvin Starks & Monique Morris

This keynote will provide funders with an analysis and sense of urgency for funding movements that center girls of color as a broader racial/ gender/ social justice priority under this current administration. This discussion will work to provide a framework for why girls of color movement building is a core strategy for safety and freedom for all.


Small Groups: What Do You Need, What’s Next

Led by our planning committee, break out sessions will offer specific, tailored discussions to explore what funders need and what’s on the horizon for our shared work.


The Future of Grantmakers for Girls of Color

A Frontline Solutions presentation on G4GC research, infrastructure progress, and insights we’ve gathered from our community of funders about how G4GC can build a long-term future


Next Steps, with Allison Brown and Tynesha McHarris



2017 Convening Materials

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girl’s Story


Let Her Learn: Join the Fight to Stop School Pushout

(Video and Campaign)

The Beautiful Project

(Will be exhibiting at the convening)

Key Moments from the 2016 Convening

(8 short video clips)

More Key Articles & Reports


We were grateful to have visual facilitator Claudia Lopez with On The Right Mind join us in capturing the day’s journey. Below are the beautiful images she drew throughout the convening, which include shared learnings, actions and highlights from speakers and attendees. Click to enlarge each image.

You can also flip through photos albums from the convening and reception dinner, below.