City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program to host Young Women’s Leadership Summit

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program (SCCP) invites middle and high school-aged female-identifying students to attend a one-day Young Women’s Leadership Summit on Thursday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. “The Big Idea” is the theme of the third annual summit.  Although focused on African American and Latina girls, the summit is open to young women of all races and backgrounds.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC), which is partnering with the City to produce the summit, will excuse registered middle school and high school attendees from classes during the hours of the summit. Registration for the free event, available here, must be made by Wednesday, November 3. 

Girls attending the summit will have the opportunity to attend workshops led by professionals from the fields of higher education, finance, mental health on the following topics:  

  • Who do I want to BE: A workshop on self-discovery
  • How do I INVEST: A workshop on Self-development 
  • Where do I want to GO: A workshop on Self-exploration
Breanya Hogue

Workshop leaders include Breanya Hogue, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education program specializing in pre-service teacher urban education.

Dr. Tina O’Neal

Dr. Tina O’Neal, clinical assistant professor of Special Education and director of the Teaching All Learners program in IU’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Malissa Sanon

Dr. Malissa Sanon, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner and assistant director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IU’s Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Maqubè Reese

The summit emcee is Maqubè Reese, assistant director of diversity initiatives for the IU Kelley School of Business.

The Young Women’s Leadership Summit is dedicated to championing fairness and empowering, enhancing, and nurturing young women through community engagement.  More broadly, the goals of the summit are to provide space and opportunity for girls of color to express themselves, learn and make memorable connections, and highlight women of color in our community who have skills and information to offer to youth.  The summit also seeks to support girls of color by coordinating and delivering resources and information specifically addressing the needs and concerns of this traditionally underrepresented group.  

For more information visit the Young Women’s Summit Info Page or contact: Shatoyia Moss, Safe and Civil City Program Director, Community and Family Resources Department,, 812-349-3559.