I am a Program Manager for Boys & Men of Color Initiatives at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. In this capacity I have the tremendous opportunity to serve as director of an innovative initiative named More Than My Brother’s Keeper. Our program, one of the first of its kind, was created to address the structural and institutional barriers to success affecting young men of color in Franklin County. The place-based collective-impact model is designed to better leverage participants out-of-school time to positively affect in-school outcomes. The penultimate goal of More Than My Brother’s Keeper is to understand which catalysts drive achievement for young men of color specifically, and anyone living in poverty, generally. The initiative’s ultimate goal is to bend the arc of destiny towards balance and justice one child at a time.
In addition to community development work, I also specialize in framing race and opportunity within the context of infant mortality. I consult with academic and professional entities on issue-framing, present regularly at national conferences, and facilitate workshops for local and national health equity coalitions. By using an ‘opportunity frame’ to help explain current, historic, and cognitive phenomena, clients gain a more robust appreciation of the racial and social complexities of infant mortality, hopefully leading to more comprehensive service delivery, and a consequent reduction in rates of infant mortality.
Finally, I lecture on a variety of topics at The Ohio State University and the Moritz College of Law. In 2013 I produced a feature length film entitled, Letter from A Birmingham Jail, and was on the cover of Who’s Who in Black Columbus, where I was featured as an Interesting Personality. I am the Board Secretary for the Jack & Jill of America Foundation, I sit on the Board of Student Conduct at The Ohio State University, serve as an editor for the Columbus African American News Journal, and do some writing from time-to-time. I earned a JD from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, a Masters in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a BA in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University.