Penn Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education

  • Fagin Hall, University of Pennsylvania 418 Curie Blvd Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States

The Penn Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education focuses on highlighting the experiences and realities of Black girls and women in educational contexts. During this summit we aim to explore these experiences and collaborate to improve our organizational, professional, and institutional practices regarding Black girls and women. The summit will open with a keynote address from Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and activist around the #WhyWeCantWait movement. Immediately following, attendees will attend concurrent sessions with their colleagues to engage nuanced understandings of Black girls and women in education.

Keynote Speaker

Kimberlè Crenshaw is a  Professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School

Kimberlè Crenshaw is a  Professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School

The keynote speaker for this summit is the extraordinary Kimberlé Crenshaw, a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Univeristy of California Los Angeles, where she teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. She is also a professor and director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School, which she founded in 2011. Her primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. 

A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. In 1996, she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to house a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion.  Among the Forum’s projects are the Affirmative Action Research and Policy Consortium and the Multiracial Literacy and Leadership Initiative. 

Schedule of Events

Please download our schedule of events complete with workshop sessions, panel discussions, and presenter details for the summit.


The registration fee for this summit is $150 per registrant, which includes access to all keynote speeches, workshops, sessions, a boxed lunch, and refreshments throughout the duration of the event.