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Where Race Fits Into #TimesUp

With the #TimesUpMovement, women are protesting for equality, which is generally seen as a gender issue. But there a disparity between what equality is to women of color and white women. Viola Davis was recently quoted as saying she does not receive equal salary or opportunities as white women with the same qualifications. "I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver," Davis said... "They all came out of Yale, they came out of Juilliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it." The panelist will discuss how the #TimesUpMovement differ for women of color.

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is the founder and executive director of the Youth Action Research Center, of the "Black Excellence in Higher Education" conference. The center promotes college readiness and leadership skills. She is a 2015-2016 fellow for the New Leadership Academy at National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. A graduate of Baylor University, she earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU and recently received the Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. Her community leadership awards include the Profile of Community Leadership Award from SMU's Women's Symposium.


Dr. Sobia Khan is English Faculty and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Grant Project Director at Richland College in Dallas. She has published translations of Urdu poetry and short stories in literary journals such as World Literature TodaySecretly TimidRiversEdgeReunion: A Dallas ReviewParallax, and Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and published in an anthology of Texas women writers, Her Texas: Story, Image, and Song: An Anthology of Texas Women Artists. Recently, Khan's short story "Blue Skies" was published in The Margins, an Asian American Writer's Workshop literary magazine. She has chaired panels and presented at AWP conferences as well. She was a 2015 VONA/Voices fellow in fiction with Junot Diaz. She has received two writing fellowships at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada. At the moment she is working on her her first novel.

Michelle Newsome is the CEO and Principal Consultant with Newsome & Associates, LLP. Newsome & Associates is a Management Consulting Services firm focused on sales growth, revenue generation, product development, product management, client experiences, social media initiatives, and community engagement services to sports and entertainment entities. Michelle’s career has a history of successful sponsorship, fundraising, and revenue generation to the Black Sports Professionals leadership team. Michelle has a winning track record of sales and leadership experience as a Premium and Suite Sales Executive in the sports and entertainment industry. She recently spent over fifteen years selling in the sports and entertainment arena, which included selling over estimated $50Million in Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and third party inventory and sponsorships for ‪American Airlines Center Sports & Entertainment facility.  She was a top revenue producer and a member of the 2012-2013 NBA Suite Revenue Award team at ‪American Airlines Center.

Sanderia Faye ( serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, and is a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Largehearted Boy. Sanderia received several fellowships and scholarships from Vermont Studio Center, Callaloo and others.


Sanderia holds an MFA from Arizona State University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence.