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City Club Of Boise - The Confluence Of Race And Gender For Women Of Color


Representing successful women in our community with diverse backgrounds. The discussion focused on 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. She is also Co Founder of PODER of Idaho and serves on the ACLU Idaho board of directors. 


Gayla Thomas-Dabney is the Regional Director, Diversity and Inclusion – Western Region at Saint Alphonsus Health System. She previously served as Director of Equity and Inclusion for Boise State University.


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

I am a second-generation Idahoan and have worked for BSPR for nearly 25 years. You can hear me on-air as a weekday host on our news station and I oversee operational efforts for our program department. I created the award-winning documentary ‘I Used to Listen to KBSU: An Origin Story’ and I find great pride in helping news and music listeners across our vast broadcast region connect with information and the arts.