2017 Leadership Summit: Movements and Protest

February 27, 2017
An afternoon of discussion, art, and a closer look at the ways a movement can begin.

Student Development and Activities is proud to present the 2017 Leadership Summit: Movements and Protest. All students, especially club officers and student leaders, were invited to join us on the afternoon of Sunday, February 26th 12pm-5pm.

Leadership Summit Schedule

12:00pm - Greetings and Introductions with Ebony Noelle Golden

                  Performances by:

                             - Brittany Williams

                             - Tasneem Nathari

12:45pm - Keynote Speaker: Tanya Fields

1:45pm - Creative Emancipation Panel with Ebony Golden and Tanya Fields

                  Performance by:

                             - Francheska

2:30pm   - Lunch

3:00pm   - Bringing it Home with Tracy Knofla

4:30pm   - Brief participant evaluation


2017 Leadership Summit: Movements and Protest


Tanya Fields.

Keynote Speaker: Tanya Fields

Executive Director of The BLK ProjeK

Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a  Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents. With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing, Tanya has become a sought after speaker.  She provided a widely praised keynote speech at the 2012 Just Food conference, and served as a plenary panelist for the 2011 conference of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Previous to the BLK ProjeK, Tanya worked with several high profile environmental organizations located in the South Bronx - Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group.  Tanya built upon the network, skills, resources and knowledge she gained through those experiences to create the BLK ProjeK.


Tanya Fields has been a featured speaker at the Sarced Circles interfaith conference at the Washington National Cathedral, the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, as well as the featured commencement speaker at the CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2013. She has also been featured on the Melissa Harris Perry show (Previously on MSNBC).


Melissa Harris Perry- Footsoldier of the Week: Tanya Fields

Melissa Harris Perry: Tanya Fields Returns to Set the Record Straight about Black Motherhood

Dole Institute of Politics - Tanya Fields: The Food Revolution

CUNY SPS Speaks with Tanya Fields

Tanya Fields, The BLK Projek Speaks at the Washington National Cathedral, Sacred Circles


Ebony Golden

Ebony Golden, Founder and Chief Strategist for Betty's Daughter Arts CollaborativeEbony Golden, Founder and Chief Strategist for Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative Credit: MC Melisa Cardona

Propelled by an unflinching pursuit of creative emancipation, cultural wellness, and social justice Ebony Noelle Golden, native of Houston, Texas currently residing in the Bronx, serves as principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and the artistic director of Body Ecology Womanist Performance Project.

BDAC is a cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community-designed, culturally-relevant, engagement initiatives, and creative projects.


Tasneem Nathari

Performance Title: Tomorrow Will Wait

Tasneem Attallah Nathari is a performing artist, writer, and feminist scholar from East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Cicely L. Tyson Community School for Performing and Fine Arts where she studied acting and musical theater and played Nettie in The Color Purple (director: James Lemon) and The Lady in Blue in For Colored Girls (director: Michele Rae-Dudley). She’s currently a 3rd year dramatic arts major at The College for Performing Arts at The New School where she has performed in many productions including a production of Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, where she played Vera Stark (director: Lamin Leroy Gibba) ; She Kills Monsters, where she played Tilly Evans (director: Glynis Rigsby) ; and a play co-written by herself titled Dust to Dust: An Inherently Dark Comedy. Dust to Dust: An Inherently Dark Comedy (director: Lilith Bachelder) was accepted into the 2016 Fringe Festival and performed in August 2016. You can find Tasneem on Instagram and Twitter @hoodratfeminist.


Performance Title: Sweet Peeling

Francheska Alcantara is a multidisciplinary artist whose work aims to (re)create narratives of fragmentation and longing. She’s informed by childhood memories, sexuality and daily life. Alcantara has exhibited and performed work in the US and abroad at venues such as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Art in General, Framer Framed, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Andrew Freedman Home and De-Construkt. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Old Dominion University. Francheska lives in The Bronx, NY. Find out more at

Brittany Williams


Performance Title: Blood. Water. Salt.

Brittany Williams is an international artist who has worked and traveled throughout the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.  Originally from “Exit 1,”  Florida City, Florida, outside of Miami.  Brittany is currently a Dancing While Black fellow.  With DWB, she participated in Fertile Ground, a dance and community engagement collaboration with Junebug Productions in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans Brittany showed Womb Truth co-choreographed with Jaime Dzandu.  Brittany is a recipient of a 2016 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Fall Space Grant, where she will develop a new work that explores ways in which memory/memory loss, geographical trauma, and destruction from disasters influenced the landscape, people, expression and movements of South Florida.

Tracy Knofla

Tracy Knofla, Co-Founder of High Impact Training

Tracy recieved her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She worked at Indiana University Southeast as the Coordinator of Student Activities and as the Director of the University Center. In addition to the facility management, Tracy provided training and support to student and staff groups, where she developed and taught the freshmen leadership course and supervised staff in multiple areas on campus. Following her career at Indiana University Southeast, Tracy served as Director of Recreation at several long-term care facilities in Connecticut. 

Tracy and her business partner started High Impact training in 1995 in order to fill a substantial training need within the higher education marketplace. Over time the company has expanded to include audiences within business, non-profit, government, and associations. As a business owner, Tracy understands the challenges that organizations face today. She knows that under-prepared or unproductive employees can affect all aspects of an organization, particularly the bottom line.

Tracy’s broad educational and professional background contribute to her inspirational, interactive, and highly motivational training style. She has an uncanny ability to draw out even the most reluctant workshop participants. The numerous “a-ha” moments she creates motivate and inspire Tracy on a very personal level. She’s one of those rare individuals who appeals to young and old alike by bringing laughter and learning together. 

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