Women of Color Summit

Helping women of color to become empowered and resilient!

On Saturday, April 8, the Diversity Center at Gustavus Adolphus College will host its first Women of Color Summit to support and empower young women of color who attend post-secondary education institutions within Minnesota. 

The Women of Color Summit is intended to offer women of color the same wonderful opportunities that Black men are afforded at the annual fall Kente Summit - an environment to build community. It is designed to help women and transgender people of color find affinity with one another, help them embrace their intersecting identities, and offer an environment for them to discuss current issues of race on campus their campuses and nationwide.

Susan Allen

Keynote Speaker: Susan Allen, Minnesota State Representative 

Susan Allen is the first Native American woman to serve in the Minnesota Legislature and the first openly lesbian Native American to win election to a state legislature. Allen represents district 62B, a southside district encompassing the Powderhorn and Bryant neighborhoods of Minneapolis. As an attorney, Allen specializes in serving Native tribes, helping them draft tribal laws in a wide range of areas. She is Lakota and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Allen will be speaking about embracing cultural and racial identities, resiliency through difficulties, and the importance of community building. 

Rosalind R. Sullivan, Esq

Keynote Speaker: Rosalind R. Sullivan, Esq 

Rosaling R. Sullivan, Esq has been an attorney for over 10 years practicing in the areas of immigration, business, real estate, and general practice. Previously, she worked on issues of diversity and civil rights in mostly the Minneapolis are and state government. Currently, Sullivan serves as the Congregational Care Pastor at Proverbs Christian Fellowship church. In that capacity, she organizes and leads small group ministries as well as provides internal and external spiritual growth and development opportunities for it members. She has a passion for empowerment through education and leadership. She is also the founder and CEO of HER Story, Inc. which is an organization that seeks to provide a forum for woman to share their personal stories in an effort to heal, empower and restore one another. This provides an opportunity for women to support one another in various aspects of life including financial, emotional, educational and spiritual.


Summit Schedule

  • 8:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Welcome
  • 9:15 am: Morning Keynote
  • 10:30 am: Concurrent sessions I
  • 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 12:00 pm: Keynote Address
  • 1:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions II
  • 2:15 pm: Open Mic*
  • 2:45 pm: Action Piece Dialogue
  • 3:15 pm: Summit Debrief
  • 4:00 pm: Closing Gathering

*We invite individuals to participate in the open mic session. We ask that interested individuals perform spoken word pieces, songs, or original raps that encourage/promote unity, resiliency, empowerment, and community for women of color. Please email Kenneth Reid, assistant director of the Diversity Center, at Kenneth.Reid@gustavus.edu to express interest in participating in the open mic portion of the summit.