"Progress is not just white people becoming aware. Progress is what they do with that awareness. If awareness doesn't result in a reduction of racial inequities, we've accomplished nothing."

Upcoming Events:

August 24th, 2021: Beyond Colorblindness: Race & The American Legal System

October 7th, 2021: Congratulations Ra'Shya on being selected by the African American Legacy Project as an Emerging Leader

October 28th, 2021: Congratulations Ra'Shya on being nominated for the 20 Under 40 Award

United Way Women's Initiative Panel
Tuesday, May 14th
8:00 pm

Finding Fulfillment: Women in Leadership

36th Annual Toledo Excel Conference for Aspiring Minority Youth
Saturday, January 11th
8:00 pm

This panel discussion features Dr. Yusef Salaam and explores how race influences the experiences of BIPOC youth in the criminal justice system and what community leaders can do to mitigate harmful outcomes. The goal of the conference is to promote the importance of higher education, civil/human rights and social justice--matters of great significance to the target students and their success in future professional careers.

Human Trafficking: Who's At Risk
Monday, January 13th
8:00 pm

Anybody can fall prey to human traffickers but some populations are more at risk than others. Those who face racism, sexism, and other social barriers are particularly vulnerable to this form of modern-day enslavement. Join us for a meaningful moderated discussion with Dr. Earl Lewis and Ra’Shya Ghee, as we explore the intersection of human trafficking, race, gender, and class.

Juvenile Justice Reform in Lucas County
Saturday, February 29th
8:00 pm

Community leaders, including the chief of police, juvenile court judge, the head of a child detention center, and a child psychologist come together to discuss how to divert youth, especially youth of color, from ever entering the criminal justice system. RaShya moderated the discussion.

Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio: Black Lives Matter
Wednesday, October 28th
8:00 pm

Program addresses the following questions: "What will it take to get rid of racism?" & "Is racism a public health issue?"

Children's Hospital New Orleans: Compounding Vulnerabilities: How Racism Impacts Human Trafficking
Wednesday, January 27th
8:00 pm

This discussion explores the historical trajectory of race, its modern impact on human trafficking, and strategies to optimize racially competent advocacy.

Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center Department of Psychiatry Legally Bound: The Inextricable Relationship Between Race and American Law
Thursday, February 18th
8:00 pm

In his 1903 text, “The Souls of Black Folk”, W.E.B. Du Bois said that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line”. What the last year has shown us is that “the color-line” is very much still the problem of the twenty-first century too. This latest iteration of the civil rights movement has renewed interest in racial equality and created circumstances ripe for change. This discussion explores the historical trajectory of race, its modern impact, and strategies for future progress through a legal lens and equips participants with language and framework tools to maximize their contributions to this moment.

2021 University of Toledo Third Annual Womxn of Color Symposium
Friday, March 26th
8:00 pm

"This year’s theme “HerStory is Our Future” focuses on the rich historical and contemporary stories of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) womxn (cisgender, transgender, and non-binary). We wish to explore how BIPOC womxn’s art, history, music, literature, personal narrative, and poetry are shaping the future of our communities and our nation." RaShya Ghee Presentation: The Inheritance of Boldness: Black Women Who Used Less Sugar

University of Minnesota Law School Spring Alumni Week-Advancing Equity: Race & Legal Education
Monday, April 19th
8:00 pm

This program considers the state of race in legal education and how such efforts support racial equity.

Frontline to Freedom VI: Challenging & Changing Our Perspective on Human Trafficking
Saturday, April 24th
8:00 pm

Highlights issues surrounding the usage of racialized language and imagery within the Human Trafficking Movement & discusses ways to reframe understandings in more racially competent ways.

University of Minnesota Law School presents Racial Equity & Justice Curriculum: Introductory Lecture
Monday, August 9th
1:00 am

Part-time Professor Rashya Ghee designed a self-guided study for the Minnesota Law community to help re-orient our understanding of America's legal landscape through the lens of race. In this lecture, she will introduce the study, explain how to use the content to optimize learning, and provide other tools to help navigate this nuanced facet of American life. You can learn more about UMN Law's commitment to racial justice here:

Beyond Colorblindness: Race & The American Legal System
Tuesday, August 24th
12:00 pm

This unique 10-part virtual and interactive series takes an in-depth look at the origins of race in America, how the idea of race was constructed and refined in American society, the regulatory history of race, and the modern legacy of that history. Participants will understand how that history has contributed to our present racial climate and what we can do as individuals and organizations to champion racial equity. This training is designed for all knowledge levels who work in the legal system and desire to develop racial competence skills and is open to other professionals interested. Our facilitator, RaShya Ghee, has years of experience in facilitating candid discussions around race which participants have expressed have left them feeling empowered and informed. This training is an opportunity for those within the legal system to take steps towards their commitment to creating a more racially equitable society. All those who would like to benefit from more understanding of and tools for our present racial challenges, are invited to register and attend. You can register and find more information at *The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.