Plenary Panel




Shirley Giraldo has built a career creating positive social change as an educator, trainer, and coach to professionals, graduate, college, and high school students. Her latest endeavor includes a YouTube channel, Society Changer (, which features short, shame-free social justice educational videos. She believes that a focus on intersectional allyship is crucial to attaining social justice after having worked with various communities and understanding their concerns. Recently she presented to an overflowing audience at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Her work has been featured in The Queens Courier and NBC Latino. Shirley is the first in her family to attend college and holds a master’s in Higher Education from Harvard University, and a B.A. in both Political Science and Public Relations.


Rafeal Newport-Hewitt, M.A. is a Queer, Phat, birth justice worker Community Programs Coordinator at the Women’s Community Clinic and transformative facilitator. Born and raised in the Bay Area and now living in Sacramento she has dedcated her life to supporting woman identified people and their families in living their best lives. She has worked as a doula, trainer, facilitator, coordinator, and advocate. With  her Master’s in Women’s Spirituality she continues to share, learn and grow for the empowerment of Women.


Leslie Lopez, known as “DIME” is a Xicana Graffiti Writer, Educator, Mother, and first generation Mexican-American born and raised in East Oakland. DIME, A lifelong artist carrying on intergenerational traditions of cultural and spiritual resistance in her family began painting graffiti as a young teenager. Through her politicalization with OLIN; a grassroots xicano youth group and Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance she developed into a educator, organizer and public artist for community empowerment, healing, and self determination. Being one of the few women writers of her generation in Oakland, Dime developed a strong bond with the new rising generation of young women and used it as an opportunity to build a sisterhood and mentorship through a course she developed and taught to Middle School and High School young women called SHE’Rose. DIME is part of the EASTSide Arts Alliance Cultural Center.


Anastasia Mallillin is a project coordinator for the Youth Leadership Initiative. An educator and public health practitioner committed to improving the health and well-being of all communities. Dedicated to changing the social, environmental, and policy conditions that lead to inequity and disparity. Believes in the power, voice, and resilience of highly impacted communities, as well as the need for collaborative change.


Sumayyah Din is a fourth-year undergraduate pursuing her BA in Social Welfare with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy at UC Berkeley.  On and off campus, she has worked extensively to combat Islamophobia, leading her to work with Muslim Advocates, CAIR, and the ACLU. Sumayyah is also involved in student advocacy and organizing and has previously served as an Independent Senator in the ASUC representing the MEMSSA Coalition (Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian). She now works as a researcher at the Haas Institute For a Fair & Inclusive Society.


Layidua Salazar migrated from Mexico City with her family at age five, and grew up in Oakland. She is a first generation college graduate, and received her B.A. in History & Woman’s Studies from San Francisco State University. She has a background in Educational Justice, and serves on the Leadership Circle for FemSexComm. She has been Favianna Rodriguez’s Studio Manager for the last year and a half. Layidua is currently focusing the educational piece of Faivanna’s Pussy Power project, which primary goals are to empower women to ask for what they want, need and love.

Layidua Salazar represents this year’s EWOCC community partner ACCESS. ACCESS Women’s Health Justice was founded in 1993 by clinic escorts who witnessed the many barriers women were facing – especially young or poor women – to actually obtain an abortion. The vision for ACCESS was not only to provide information and practical support on all aspects of reproductive health, but to build a community actively working to meet the real needs of women. They combine direct services, community education, and policy advocacy to promote real reproductive options and access to quality health care for California women. No other organization in the state provides the same range of support for women considering or seeking an abortion.