Recapping the Tenth Annual Leadership Institute!

By If/When/How Staff

Over the weekend of July 15-16, If/When/How held our tenth annual Leadership Institute at American University Washington College of Law! Dozens of our chapter leaders came together to kick-start the 2017-18 school year, to receive essential training in on-campus organizing, and to connect with other chapter leaders from across the country. The weekend was filled with engaging conversations, powerful collaboration, and team building.

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We celebrated a dynamic year of organizing, reflected on the history of reproductive oppression in the United States, and engaged in multiracial collaboration.


Our gracious speakers filled us all with their wisdom on a wide range of topics. Among the many talented folks who joined us for the weekend, we were thrilled to hear from Johnathan Smith, Legal Director, and Juvaria Khan, Staff Attorney, from Muslim Advocates on access to safe communities as a reproductive justice issue.

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Candace Gibson, Staff Attorney at NHeLP, also energized the room with her guidance on how to be an RJ policy advocate.

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And current RJ Fellow Mohini Lal (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Form) and past RJ Fellows Noel León (now at National Women’s Law Center) and Agata Pelka (now at Center for Reproductive Rights) brought their invaluable experience and wisdom to the Mastering Your Fellowship workshop.

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In addition to all the incredible advice that flowed throughout the weekend, we were fortunate enough to have powerful questions posed by many of our presenters. Questions that required us to dig deeper into our intersectional analysis and become bolder in our curiosity.

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Most importantly, we left the weekend with a clearer sense of purpose and energized for the year ahead. Check out some of the mission statements written by staff, students, and fellows after a conversation about why we choose to do this work.

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We are grateful for all of the students, fellows, attorneys, and organizers who joined us to make the tenth annual Leadership Institute a compelling and vitalizing weekend. To check out all the pictures and tweet from the weekend search #IfWhenHowLI17 on Twitter!