Virtual Conversation: Confluence of Race and Gender for Women of Color

11/11/2020 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM MT


  • Free


Boise, ID 83702
United States of America


Please join us for the next installment of our City Club series on race and racism--this time focused on the Confluence of Race and Gender for Women of Color

This important discussion explores the experience Women of Color. Our panelists and moderator represent successful women in our community with diverse backgrounds. The discussion will explore the experiences of our panelists and moderator-- both as women and as members of diverse racial and ethnic groups-- and how those experiences may intersect and diverge from the experiences of others. 



Irene Ruiz (she/her) is an organizer at the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils where her goal is to connect with the Latinx community in Idaho to increase a diverse membership base as well as identify leaders. She was a Co-Founder PODER of Idaho and currently serves on the ACLU Idaho board of directors. Daughter of Mexican Immigrants, Irene grew up in Hazelton, Idaho where she also worked in the fields with her family.  She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Boise State University. Irene currently lives in Boise, Idaho.


Gayla Thomas-Dabney is the Regional Director, Diversity and Inclusion – Western Region at Saint Alphonsus Health System. Thomas-Dabney previously served as Director of Equity and Inclusion at Boise State University. Thomas-Dabney served 24 years in the United States Navy, earning an honorable discharge as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. After her Naval career, she worked for the Department of Defense and the City of Gainesville, Florida. She is a member of the National Association for Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education Training and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University and is completing a Doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Moderator: Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders, University of Idaho College of Law.


City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU College of Business and  our Annual spnonsor, St. Luke's Treasure Valley Health Systems. The 2020 Forum Series is sponsored by AARP of Idaho, Bank of Idaho, Clima-Tech CorporationEchelon GroupIdaho Humanities CouncilMicronPacificSource Health Plans, and Small Mine Development. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State UniversityNorthwest Nazarene University, and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Boise State Public Radio670 KBOI, Idaho Public Television and Idaho Statesman.


If you have any questions, call 208-364-4614 and staff can assist you.