Shanequa Levin has been an uplifting community organizer within social movements who has won several awards for her work. While being a wife and mother of two on Long Island, and volunteering her time for organizations like Girl Scouts, the Huntington Station Enrichment Center, the Mothers’ Center, The State of Black Long Island through the Urban League of Long Island, and newly a Community Advisor for Hofstra University’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, she has also been an instrumental with advocacy for policy changes to: Early Care and Learning, Raise The Age, Paid Family Leave Insurance and more. These policies gave: more access to affordable and quality child care; sixteen and seventeen-year old’s the right to be tried and housed with youth instead of adults in the criminal justice system; and moms, dads, military, adoptive parents, and caretakers the right to have their job secured while taking care of a loved one.
After surviving childhood poverty and dealing with drug addicted parents and family members engaged in the criminal justice system, she gave her all to campaigns that focused on marginalized community members. She has worked alongside prominent politicians, organizers, and individuals impelling change. After working for over a decade in the non-profit sector to be an advocate for mothers and children, Shanequa noticed the lack of diversity in non-profit social movements. She felt the movement itself was segregated, everyone working to do good with people from their own culture only. In an attempt to build cultural bridges, educate people on issues that affect them, celebrate diversity, unite women, and create unified
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advocacy opportunities, she founded the Women’s Diversity Network aka WDN. WDN has become a social movement organization practicing transformative justice processes based on group leadership where marginalized lives are centered.
Communing with state law makers and community leaders she advocated for Raise the Wage and Bail Reform. Participating in speaking circuits discussing and advocating for legislative change that protect safety net programs which give every child the opportunity to thrive; she also lobbied in Albany and Washington, DC with many community-based groups.
In order to help others, break negative generational cycles, she has written a book called Poverty’s Phoenix which sheds light onto the child’s perspective of such a taboo issue that one in every five children in the USA face. Shanequa believes that it is important to step up and advocate for those that need one's strength and voice. She has facilitated countless workshops on advocacy and voter engagement in early learning centers, community groups, training programs, and colleges, and met with community members one-on-one to provide them with guidance during their journey to become lifelong advocates. Shanequa has founded other groups like the Long Island chapter of Mocha Moms, Long Island Black Alliance, and Black Parents of Long Island; she has also created events that have brought together hundreds of diverse people to educate and engage with candidates running for office, and to combat bias and racism.
Her renewed purpose is uniting people through the celebration of cultures and adding diverse voices to advocacy campaigns.
Women’s Diversity Summit 2019 Presentation Schedule
8 am - Breakfast & Registration
Welcome, Keynote Address, and Performances
Performances, Raffles, and Closing
Session 1 Workshops: stay tuned
Session 2 Workshops: stay tuned
The summit can be reached easily by car, train, or bus.
The GPS coordinates to reach the main entrance of SUNY Old Westbury are: 40.799726, -73.549537. Once on campus, follow the signs to “Campus Center.” Note: Google maps is not accurate for this location. Enter the exact GPS coordinates as listed above to be taken to the correct location.
Take either the Long Island Expressway or the Northern State Parkway to the exit for 106/107 North (LIE exit 41N, NSP exit 35N).
Follow 106/107 North for approximately 1.5 miles.
Just after you pass the Milleridge Inn (on your right) and then pass under the overpass for Rte 25A, there is a fork where 106N and 107N divide. At the fork, bear left to stay on 107 North.
At the second light, turn left, through the main entrance to the SUNY Old Westbury campus.
Follow the signs to the Campus Center.
Take the Long Island Railroad to the Hicksville station. From the station, the SUNY Old Westbury campus is an approximately 10 taxi ride. Taxi service is available at the LIRR station.
The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) N-20 bus, which travels from Main Street in Flushing, New York, to the Hicksville railroad station, includes a stop at the College's main entrance. The schedule for the NICE N-20 bus can be accessed here.