Being Rendered Invisible: The Challenge of Hypervisibility for Women and Girls of Color in Historically White Spaces, Schools, and Universities

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
347 Minnesota Room Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
125 North Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52245
This event is Advantage Iowa approved.

The University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office welcomes LaTasha Deloach as our next Cup o' Justice guest speaker on February 7th.

DeLoach's presentation, Being Rendered Invisible: The Challenge of Hypervisibility for Women and Girls of Color in Historically White Space, Schools and Universities, will discuss the impact of living and working in predominantly white spaces and environments as Women and Girls of Color. Participants will learn the daily tactics that these women utilize to survive, thrive, and pass on to future generations. She will bring perspective on the intersectional context of being female and a person of color in regards to "the hypervisibility of our bodies and the invisibility of our gifts, talents and intelligence."   

This event is free, and light refreshments will be provided.  

LaTasha DeLoach, LMSW holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. In her position of Community Projects Specialist at Johnson County Social Services, she is the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact coordinator and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator. DeLoach advocates for families and is a fierce advocate for women and young women of color in Iowa.

She has been a member of many local and statewide boards and committees including UI School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee, State Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, Iowa Girls Justice Initiative Taskforce, SMART on Juvenile Justice Leadership Team, City of Iowa City Council’s Ad Hoc Diversity Committee and City of Iowa City Roundtable Discussions.

DeLoach is a certified facilitator for Girls’ Circle, The Council for Young Men and Boys, and Family Team Meetings. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Iowa Department of Human Services Race: Power of an Illusion program. DeLoach is the co-founder of several organizations and programs for women and girls of color, including G! World, Sisters in Power, and Sankofa Outreach Connection, an emerging local organization with over 400 women of color members.

DeLoach was vice president of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors. She is also a committed community volunteer and coordinator of conferences, seminars, workshops, and events. Her crowning achievements include being a partner to her husband Jason and a mother to twins, Nathan and Lauren.

Honoring the rich tradition of activism at the University of Iowa and in the surrounding community, Cup o’ Justice is a year-long series of discussions designed to bring change leaders together in shared learning.  Each event promotes intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue about social justice, civil rights, and civic engagement.  

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Chief Diversity Office at 319-353-2388,