The announcement for an upcoming conference at Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke College states that its audience will consist mainly of those who “self-identify as women of color,” but organizers told the Washington Free Beacon that anyone can register.
The Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference, scheduled for April 7, will feature keynote speakers Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez, cofounders of the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
“While the conference is being held for and primarily organized by students of color—and more than 50% of our students are domestic students of color and/or international students—the entire community and public are encouraged to attend the conference and the keynote event,” Keely Savoie, a Mount Holyoke spokesperson, told the Free Beacon in an email.
“The entire event has always been open to anyone who wants to attend, and there has always been a white ally on the planning committee,” she added.
Savoie further explained that the conference is “primarily student-run and student-fundraised.” This year’s theme is Empowerment through Engagement.
The organizers are the Students of Color Committee—which acts as a liaison between students of color, the student government association, and the administration—and the Women of Color Task Force, made up of that same committee and “other advocates for women of color.”
An outspoken anti-Semitic Muslim who has openly expressed her hatred of Israel, Sarsour considers anyone who’s pro-Israel to be the same as white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Recently, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized the New School in New York for hosting a panel discussion on modern anti-Semitism featuring Sarsour.
Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism. These panelists know the issue, but unfortunately, from perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it. https://t.co/s4tvBrvjBj 1/2
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) November 13, 2017
Mount Holyoke is one of the country’s historical women’s colleges, known as the Seven Sisters, and was the first to begin admitting transgender women (all seven now do). Its admission guidelines explain that the school will also accept anyone born biologically female who identifies as male, female, both or neither.
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