Rosa Rebellion is a platform for creative activism by and for women of color. As a think tank and do tank, the Rosa Rebellion team invites women connected to the global diaspora to develop projects, publish works and produce media that serves to elevate marginalized voices, advocate for vulnerable communities, agitate systems and disrupt normative culture.
VIRGINIA A. CUMBERBATCH
Founder + Chief Storyteller
Virginia is the founder of Rosa Rebellion and serves as Chief Storyteller, providing vision and structure for the Rosa Rebellion platform. As a creative, scholar and organizer, Virginia’s work sits at the intersection of community advocacy and storytelling. Virginia has served as Director of Community Engagement and Social Equity for The University of Texas at Austin's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, since 2016, helping drive the university's vision to become less of an ivory tower, and more of a community anchor addressing issues of access and equity.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Virginia is a founding board member of Six Square: Austin's Black Cultural District and is currently a Global Shaper (part of the World Economic Forum), on the board of KLRU (PBS), and was vital in re-launching the National Urban League's Young Professionals program in Austin. In 2017, she was appointed to and is currently serving on the Mayor of Austin's Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Bias. Given her commitment to disrupt systemic racism and build resources for inclusive practices, she's spoken at SXSWEDU, TEDxUWA, Q Commons, and the University of Western Australia's Social Impact Conference.
She is the recipient of the 2016 Anti-Defamation League of Austin Social Justice Award and the 2018 Austin 40 Under 40 Award for Civics, Government and Public Affairs. Her book, As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin, was published in the spring of 2018.
She holds a B.A. in history from Williams College and a M.A. in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
MEAGAN T. HARDING
Founding Chief Community Curator
Meagan serves at Chief Community Curator, developing Rosa Rebellion cohorts and curating the community of creatives activists and agitators. She is a creative, justice advocate and civil rights attorney. She has a strong demonstrated passion for eradicating inequity and is actively involved in Austin. She has served on the board of many legal organizations throughout the city and strives to improve inclusion in the legal field.
In 2017, she became the Vice Chair of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission and was appointed to the Criminal and Civil Justice working group for the Mayor’s Task Force on institutional Racism. She has also helped plan the Austin Trailblazer Awards honoring stellar black women in the Austin community. Meagan is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Austin, which is a premiere development program that focuses on leadership and community involvement. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star award for the Black Austin Democrats and the 2018 Outstanding New Director of the Year for the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
In 2015, she became one of the founding team members of “The Gospel And” (TGA) at her local church: Mosaic Church Austin. TGA is a program designed to encourage and cultivate authentic conversations around difficult topics such as race, politics and community. In this role, she has helped develop dynamic curriculum and programming to spur transformative, in depth conversations while also growing relationships. Meagan now serves as a Ministry Director for TGA.
She holds a B.S. in Communications and a law degree from The University of Texas at Austin.