“Conversations in Leadership”: Maya Wiley on the Power to Transform

You could say Maya Wiley took AP classes on power and privilege while she was still learning to add and subtract. Wiley, who addressed CCNY students on February 21 as part of the Center’s “Conversations in Leadership” series, was raised in Washington, D.C. at the tail-end of the civil rights movement.“I recognized that I wasn’t an organizer like my parents,” Wiley told students, “but I could argue, and there was power in that position to transform the law.” Wiley is president of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), a nonprofit based in New York City. She has worked as a civil rights attorney, policy advocate, and adviser for more than twenty years, addressing structural racial inequity in the U.S. and South Africa.

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