Illuminate Summit Press Release

National Womxn of Color Collective hosts its inaugural Illuminate Summit to build a community of womxn of color in the legal profession and raise donations to support its members.




[Los Angeles, CA] - (March 8, 2021) -- Womxn of color in the legal profession are severely underrepresented, especially in positions of leadership.  The 2020 NALP Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms found that only 9.32% of total lawyers at law firms were womxn of color, only 3.79% of which were partners.  The National Womxn of Color Collective (“NWOCC”) is a new 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to combating this inequity.  The “x” in womxn represents inclusion to ensure that all minority womxn feel welcome, no matter the gender identity.

NWOCC’s next event is its inaugural Illuminate Summit: Shining a Light on Ourselves and Our Community.  The Illuminate Summit is a collective examination of the structural inequalities womxn of color experience in the legal profession.  Attendees will participate in activities that strengthen our commonalities and celebrate our differences while investing in ourselves and our community.  In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other womxn of color nationwide, build a community, volunteer, and give back.  The Illuminate Summit is being held on Saturday March 27, 2021 from 10am-1pm PST (1pm-4pm EST) via Zoom.

NWOCC invites prospective law students, law students, attorneys and professionals, and the general public to attend the Illuminate Summit to (1) understand sexism and racism in the context of the societal culture womxn of color live in, (2) concretely know that there are others in similar positions to them, (3) begin to build a community of womxn of color, and (4) utilize our community to empower and uplift womxn of color.  Attendance is free for NWOCC members.

NWOCC also encourages donations.  Donations received for the Illuminate Summit will be used to help NWOCC support the costs of this event as well as our overall mission.  Donations will contribute to funding scholarships to womxn of color pre-law and law students, NWOCC’s leadership series, our mentorship program, future events, and emerging Womxn of Color Collective chapters at law schools across the country.

For more information about the National Womxn of Color Collective, to become a member, or to donate, visit


About the National Womxn of Color Collective:

Womxn of Color Collectives (“WOCC”) first started at law schools by womxn of color students concerned that they did not have a support system in their schools.  NWOCC was created by 2020 graduates from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law to connect existing WOCC chapters and build a community that survives graduation.  NWOCC provides a unique opportunity for womxn of color interested in the legal profession to grow, thrive, and connect from the time they commence their education, through the many stages of professional employment, into retirement.  NWOCC hosts networking events, assists in setting up mentorships, and works to educate the public on how they can support womxn of color and how we can better diversify the legal profession.  NWOCC strives to empower its members and create a space where womxn of color can feel safe to learn, make mistakes, and follow their dreams with like-minded individuals.


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