Advocacy is an integral aspect of social change. This year’s theme of the Minority Health Conference, Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future, honors how advocacy efforts are instrumental in advancing the health of minorities. For the 40th year, the conference honors past activist successes and set the stage for communities to continue their work as advocates or as changemakers.
Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Sarsour shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Sarsour has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk.
This event is sponsored by the Gillings School of Public Health and the Minority Student Caucus. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.