NJCU Women’s and Gender Studies to Host ‘The Kamala Effect: Race, Gender and Power’ on March 31

March 23, 2021
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New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver to Highlight Panelists

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | In the culminating event of Women’s History Month, New Jersey City University (NJCU)’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department will host a historic conversation — The Kamala Effect: Race, Gender, and Power. The free, virtual event will be held on Wednesday, March 31 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT, as three prominent Black women will discuss how they navigate gender, race and power dynamics as state and national leaders.

The panel of speakers will include:

  • Current New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver
  • Nina Wells, Esq. — former New Jersey Secretary of State
  • Paulette Brown — Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at international law firm Locke Lord LLP and Past President of the American Bar Association

Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Chairperson and Professor of NJCU's Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will facilitate the discussion.

The panelists will share their personal stories in the wake of Kamala Harris’s selection as a running mate and ultimate election as the first Black, Asian and female Vice President of the United States, serving alongside President Joe Biden. The group will also ponder this question — does Harris’ appointment signal power shifts for women, for people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized groups?

The event highlights the Women’s and Gender Studies Spring Colloquium. The event is open to the public and attendees will have an opportunity for a question and answer session with the panelists as part of the discussion.

Community Partners for the event are Women@NJPAC and New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. The event is co-sponsored by NJCU’s Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity, the NJCU Political Science Department, the NJCU Center for the Arts and the Office of the Dean of the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301