Black LGBTQ Activists, HBCU Students and HIV Groups Join Together for CONVERGE Summit

by J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with Gilead Sciences is pleased to announce the CONVERGE Summit: Advancing Health Equity Through Social Justice on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. You can still RSVP here

CONVERGE is a national convening of minority-led and -serving community-based organizations, youth-serving professionals, young advocates and HBCU faculty and students. The virtual summit offers a series of panel discussions centered on health equity, public education and increased access to HIV prevention and treatment services for Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color.

Register now and join us for this series of incredibly important conversations.

CONVERGE Summit Sessions:

Opening Plenary: Rewriting the HIV Narrative: Investing in Generational Change

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM EST

Panelist: Alphonso David, President, Human Rights Campaign; Shanell L. McGoy, Director, Corporate Giving, Gilead Sciences

Session 1: It takes a Village: Exploring the impact of Minority-Led and Serving Community-Based Organizations

Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST

Panelist: Arianna Innuritegui-Lint, CEO & Founder of Arianna’s Center; Gabriel Maldonado, Founder & CEO, TruEvolution; Cedric Sturdevant, Executive Director Community Health PIER

Moderator: J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall, Director of HIV & Health Equity, Human Rights Campaign

Session 2: On Higher Ground: Navigating HIV & STIs at HBCUs

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EST

Panelist: Michael Sharpe, Interim Director of Residence Life, Savannah State University; Dr. Linwood Whitten, Interim Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Alabama State University

Moderator: Leslie Hall, Director of HBCU Program, Human Rights Campaign

Session 3: Can You See Me? Trans People are Overlooked and Underserved

Time: 2:30-3:30 PM EST

Panelist: Queen Hatcher-Johnson; Naomi Green

Moderator: Tori Cooper, Director of Trans Justice Initiative, Human Rights Campaign

Session 4: Title: Teach Our Children Well: Comprehensive, Inclusive Sexual Health Education as a Tool to Help End the HIV Epidemic

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EST

Panelist: Avi Pacheco, HRC Youth Ambassador; Ve’ondre Mitchell, HRC Youth Ambassador; Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Director of LGBTQ Health and Rights, Advocates for Youth

Moderator: Ellen Kahn, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships, Human Rights Campaign