#NeverthelessShePersisted: Women Activists Speak

Leaders and professionals Jerin Arifa, Sarah Blas, Gabriella Leone and Victoria Munro join Susan Grabel, guest curator of Don’t Shut Up 2021 at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, for a lively virtual discussion of their current activist work as well as their personal journeys to activism. In their own ways and by their examples, they each promote women’s voices. They are certain to inspire us, open our minds, demonstrate their courage, and help everyone step boldly into changing times.

WHEN: December 2 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Zoom | Register here to receive Zoom link

About the Panelists

Jerin Arifa’s activism has impacted millions of lives, which led President Obama to invite her to a historic conference. She spearheaded the Title IX policy for the third largest university in the U.S. — while undocumented. The policy affects 500,000 people annually. Her NowThis op-ed on how to practice intersectional feminism has gone viral with over 1,000,000 views. Diverse organizations from The Washington Post to Cosmopolitan Magazine have featured Jerin’s work, and she presents regularly on topics ranging from ending racism to creating a Feminist Force Field.

Sarah Blas, is a NYC resident, mother of six, public speaker, DEI expert and thought leader. She is the founder and Executive Director of Staten Island Therapeutic Gardens, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Staten Island Women who March and C.E.O of Sarah Blas Consulting, LLC. She attended The College of Staten Island and is a graduate of the Campaign School at Yale University. She is the recipient of multiple congressional and Senatorial citations, and the esteemed Staten Island Woman of Achievement Award in 2020 for her aid during the COVID-19 pandemic in BIPOC communities.

Gabriella Leone is the Archives Manager at the Staten Island Museum. She aims to implement strategies that will make the records of Staten Island’s history more complete and accessible for generations to come. She is spearheading the Access, Collaboration, and Equity in Genealogy Initiative, a digitization and resource sharing project between Staten Island Museum, the Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Frederick Douglass Memorial Park. She curated Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women’s Right to Vote, an exhibition honoring the Centennial of the 19th Amendment which opened at the Museum in March 2020. She was recently named a John J. Marchi Visiting Scholar at the College of Staten Island.

Victoria Munro is the Executive Director of the Alice Austen House, a nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ history and the only museum in America to represent the work of one women photographer, Alice Austen. Victoria is an Art and Art History Educator, Maker and Photographic Curator. Victoria consults and speaks on LGBTQ+ curriculum development, historical and current LGBTQ+ interpretations in public and private institutions.

Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Don’t Shut Up is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund grant from Staten Island Arts, with public support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.