DSW student selected to United State of Women Ambassadors

July 30, 2019 / By: United State of Women
DSW Zadonna Slay - Women Ambassador

Congratulations to ZaDonna Slay, DSW class of 2021, who was named as one of 80 to be trained to take action for gender equity in their communities!  See news release below for complete details.

July 23, 2019

United State of Women Announces Second Class of 80 Ambassadors to Lead Local Gender Equity Movements in Cities Across the Nation

Washington, D.C. -- The United State of Women announced its second class of Ambassadors as part of a new program to train and equip women to take action for gender equity in their communities. Savannah native, ZaDonna M. Slay, joins 80 Ambassadors, who represent forty states across the U.S. ZaDonna will serve as a South Carolina Ambassador.

The Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current and future leaders passionate about improving gender equity, no matter their background or previous experience. Ambassadors represent cities and states across the U.S. and work with USOW staff to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in their community interested in achieving a more united #StateofWomen.

In their new roles, Ambassadors will build and support coalitions with community leaders, organizations, and fellow activists who are working towards gender equity in their communities as well as amplify the work happening in their community through USOW’s national channels.

The expanded second cohort is due to the incredible work of the inaugural class of USOW Ambassadors. From pushing for the Tallahassee City Commission to adopt gender-neutral language in the city charter to supporting the launch of the Sacramento County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, USOW Ambassadors are galvanizing communities across the country.

“At USOW, we recognize that local organizers are already leading gender equity movements in their communities. Our goal is to amplify the phenomenal work of these activists by providing them with the tools, access, and connections that are necessary to enact change,” said Jordan Brooks, Executive Director of the United State of Women. “We believe that when those who know their communities the best are supported in their efforts to create change, we can make great strides in the fight for gender equity.”

Throughout the year, the United State of Women will offer Ambassadors training sessions on key organizing skills, provide hands-on strategic support for projects, and connect them with experts and veteran organizers for guidance and mentorship.

Background on The United State of Women
The United State of Women is a national organization dedicated to convening, connecting, and amplifying voices in the fight for full gender equity. We are a community for all who identify as women, gender-nonconforming, or allies and believe in full gender equity and want to work collectively to achieve it. Born out of the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW holds a unique position within the movement. We sit at an uncommon intersection of politics, community engagement, culture change, and leadership development. This profile allows us to serve as a go-to platform for partners, stakeholders, and our community to address issues facing women through an intersectional lens. Specifically, USOW works to create change on these issue pillars: Civic Engagement, Supporting Survivors of Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Health and Reproductive Justice, Economic Empowerment, Access to Education, and Leadership and Community Organizing. For more information on the United State of Women, visit www.theunitedstateofwomen.org, follow @USOWomen on Instagram and Twitter, check out @TheUnitedStateofWomen on Facebook, and subscribe to our weekly, action-oriented newsletter at bit.ly/FEMINISTLETTER