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YWCA's 'State Of Women Of Color' Conference Standing Room Only

Belinda Miles, president of Westchester Community College, will give the keynote speech on Thursday during an annual Human Rights event sponsored by the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. Seating for the talk is at capacity, organizers said.
Belinda Miles, president of Westchester Community College, will give the keynote speech on Thursday during an annual Human Rights event sponsored by the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. Seating for the talk is at capacity, organizers said. Photo Credit: Provided

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- If you were planning to show up at Thursday's "State of Women of Color" event without an RSVP, it's too late.

All seats are taken for the annual Human Rights event sponsored by the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.

The panel discussion at 515 North Street will focus on the accomplishments and challenges of women of color primarily in areas of education, economics, and health.

By the year 2050, women of color will constitute 53 percent of all women in the United States, yet they continue to be marginalized, according to a YWCA USA 2015 report on racism.

President Obama is quoted as saying, “We often fail to acknowledge that these challenges [facing women of color] lie at the intersection of race and gender.”

The ultimate goal of the event is to develop meaningful ways to improve disparities in education, economic security and healthcare for women of color.

Maria Imperial, chief executive officer of the YWCA, said she is thrilled by the response Thursday's topic has received.

“That we are at capacity this soon before the event is a testament to the importance of this type of dialogue in this county in these times,” Imperial said in a press statement.

Panelists include: Dr. Jin Li, an associate professor of Clinical Neurology, New York Medical College; Zenaida Mendez, past immediate president of the National Organization for Women in New York State from 2012-2014; and Dr. Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College.

Miles will deliver the keynote address.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to offer opening remarks and Judith Beville, clerk for the Town of Greenburgh is the event's "mistress of ceremony."

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