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“Some change is just about being brave enough to get out of the box.”

June 21st - Day One

“Trauma Informed Approach:

engaging African American men”

Samuel Simmons, Jr., LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer


The institute will explored the link between the intergenerational and current trauma experiences to perceptions, beliefs and behaviors that have act as challenges to African American men in their recovery. Discuss practical trauma informed, outcome driven and community based best practices focused on African American Men.

 “Compassionate accountability a key to healing”

Samuel Simmons, Jr., LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer

“ Ending the Industrial Food Complex: Deconstructing Race, Class, and Privilege in the U.S. Food System”  
LaDonna Redmond, Community Activist


  • Kelvin Quarles, KMOJ FM 89.9 Station Manager                                                       

  • George Shannon, CEO/Brand Manager of 4Seen Magazine                                           

  • Nick "Master Mind" Muhammad, recording artist, organizer, and Executive Director of Torch Light MN


  • Danielle Mkali, Media Justice Organizer with Main Street Project                                       

  • Tracey Williams-Dillard, CEO/Publisher with MN Spokesman-Recorder                              

  • Anika Robbins, Owner/Consultant, ANIKA & Friends-a boutique agency and Anika International Cosmetics

“Media Justice: framing a new message” empowerment through media.  

June 22st - Day Two

"The Effects of Poverty on Child Development and School Success" 
Douglas J. Quiett, L.C.S.W., WestEd Senior Program Associate 

Mr. Quiett created a home visiting curriculum that combines best practices in the social work aspect of home visiting with the essentials of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care approach to childcare.  

Morning Workshops


  • “Prison to Ph.D.: The Road to Redemption for African American Ex-offenders” Jason Marque Sole, ABD President of Jason Sole Consulting, LLC

  • “The Blackness of Bullying” Brandon Jones, MA BeMore Campaign Coordinator at The Family Partnership

  • "Killing Us Softly: black sexuality" Rashida Fisher, BA, LADC Chemical Health Supervisor at African American Family Services 

BeMore Campaign Presentation 

 Brandon Jones, MA BeMore Campaign Coordinator at The Family Partnership



  • “Decoding Black Women from the Boardroom to the Bedroom” Verona Mitchell-Agbemadi, Founder & CEO of CulTives and Felicia Williams Gary cultural and historical consultant at CulTives

  • “Spiritual Praxis: Building and Sustaining Community” Pamela Ngunjiri, MSW, MTS, Learner Services Mentor/Adjunct Instructor at Bethel University

  • "Kujichagulia" define, name, create and speak for yourself” LaRone Greer, social worker and Program Director at Project Imani

  • “The DNA of Relationships Development Through Traditions, Rituals and Mindfulness”

    Rodney Kakuyu Dewberry, MSW, Transformational Specialist at Optimize Mindfulness Consulting


“Discovering The Gift In The Wound"

Aqeela Sherrills, Executive Director of CSDI

Aqeela speaks and consults nationally and internationally on violence intervention and prevention strategies and is the Principal of The Reverence Project, focused on shifting worldwide imagination by instituting a practice of authentic exploration of the wounds in the personal life as a means of accesses the gift of who we are by not defining ourselves as our experiences.

“There will never be peace until someone softens what is rigid in their hearts”

Pema Chödrön

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