Event Speakers



Qiana Coachman-Strickland

DJ Q-Boogie

Day 1 - June 8, 2021

Main Stage Speakers

Bruce Liang headshot

Dr. Bruce Liang

UConn School of Medicine

Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center

Mayor Luke Bronin

Luke Bronin

City of Hartford

Govenor Lamont

The Honorable Ned Lamont

State of Connecticut

Arthur Evans, Jr. - Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Arthur C. Evans

Chief Executive Officer
American Psychological Association


Robyn Porter

State Representative
State of Connecticut

Maysa Akbar headshot preferred

Dr. Maysa Akbar

Assistant Clinical Professor
Yale School of Medicine

Integrated Wellness Group

Shawn C.T. Jones headshot

Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones

Assistant Professor
Counseling Program
Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University

Riana Anderson headshot

Dr. Riana Anderson

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health

Ron Walker-head shot

Ron Walker

Executive Director
Coalition of Schools Educating Boys and Men of Color


Dr. Howard Stevenson

Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education
Professor of Africana Studies
Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Executive Director
Racial Empowerment Collaborative

Kessonga Giscombe headshot

Kessonga Giscombé

Mindful Explorations

Mindfulness Instructor
UNC School of Medicine

Wizdom Powell headshot preferred

Dr. Wizdom Powell

Health Disparities Institute

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
UConn Health School of Medicine

Shawn Dove Headshot 2021 preferred

Shawn Dove

Chief Executive Officer
Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Ismael Valdivieso headshot

Ismael Valdivieso

Youth Representative
Boys and Girls Club of Hartford

Andrew. Woods

Andrew Woods

Executive Director
Hartford Communities That Care

CT-Hospital Violence Intervention Program Collaborative

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Eddie Brown

School Engagement and Behavioral Support Specialist
Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy Hartford Public Schools

Program Director
Hartford Communities That Care, Inc.

Dahmarre Bournes

Dahmarre Bournes

Youth Leadership Academy Student

Khalil Lovejoy

Khalil Lovejoy

Youth Leadership Academy Student

Quincy Evans headshot

Quincy Evans

Youth Representative
MENTOR National

James Bell

James Bell

Founding President
W. Haywood Burns Institute

Akeem Browder headshot

Akeem Browder

President and Founder
Kalief Browder Foundation

Henry Anyimadu headshot

Dr. Henry Anyimadu

Infectious Diseases Specialist
Hospital of Central Connecticut and Midstate Medical Center

Allison Mathews headshot

Dr. Allison Mathews

Executive Director
Gilead COMPASS® Faith Coordinating Center

Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller

Founder and Executive Director
Trans Solutions Research and Resource Center

Laurenzo Surrell-Page (1)

Laurenzo Surrell-Page

EPY Peer Navigator

Mentor and Patient Advocate
ViiV's Positive Action for Youth

Breakout Session Speakers

Jaleel Abdul-Adil

Dr. Jaleel Abdul-Adil

Urban Youth Trauma Center

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry / part-time Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago/Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Jonathan Johnson headshot

Jonathan Johnson

Assistant Director of Student Health and Wellness
Teachers College, Columbia University

Kyle Richard headshot

Kyle Richard

Sports Activist, Advocate & Speaker for Positive Manhood & Sexual Violence Prevention

Shawnee Benton Gibson headshot

Shawnee Benton Gibson

Co-Founder + Executive Director
Spirit of a Woman, L.L.C.

Mizuho Kanazawa

Mizuho Kanazawa

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Drama Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Drama for Healing

Raphael Coleman headshot

Dr. Raphael Coleman

Alice! Health Promotion Unit of Columbia Health at Columbia University

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Tulane University and City University of New York

Practademics LLC

Keoshia Worthy headshot

Dr. Keoshia Worthy

Staff Psychologist
Columbia University’s Counseling & Psychological Services

WorthyTherapy Psychological Services

Kamora Herrington

Kamora's Cultural Center

Dayzra Bournes

Dayzra Bournes

Teaching Assistant
Wilson Gray YMCA

Nezra Adams

Nezra Adams

Youth Representative

Jerren Langford

Jerren Langford

Youth Representative

Dahmarre Bournes

Dahmarre Bournes

Youth Leadership Academy Student

Maureen Allwood headshot

Dr. Maureen Allwood

Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Victor Dempsey

Victor Dempsey

Community Organizer
Community Justice Unit of the Legal Aid Society

Anthony Posada

Anthony Posada

Supervising Attorney
Community Justice Unit of the Legal Aid Society


Commander Michelle Sandoval-Rosario

PACE Director for Region 9
Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Juan Salazar photo

Dr. Juan Salazar

Physician-in-Chief and EVP of Academic Affairs/Director
Pediatric and Youth HIV program
Connecticut Children’s

Keith Grant headshot

Keith Grant

Senior System Director for Infection Prevention
Hartford HealthCare

Marcus Stallworth headshot

Marcus Stallworth

Welcome 2 Reality

Paul Anthony headshot

Dr. Paul Anthony

System Director for Occupational Health
Hartford HealthCare

Associate Director for Infectious Diseases
Hartford Hospital

Day 2 - June 9, 2021

Main Stage Speakers

John Santopietro

Dr. John Santopietro

Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network

Sarah-Lewis Headshot

Sarah Lewis

Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Hartford Healthcare

Andreá Tyshawn Sellers

Andreá Sellers


Isaiah Pickens Headshot preferred

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Founder + CEO
iOpening Enterprises

Torie Weiston-Serdan

Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan

Youth Mentoring Leader, Scholar + Practitioner
Youth Mentoring Action Network

John Rich headshot

Dr. John Rich

Professor of Health Management and Policy
Drexel Dornsife University School of Public Health

Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Justice

Victor Armstrong headshot

Vic Armstrong

‪Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Troy Harden

Dr. Troy Harden

Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University

Sociology Department at Texas A&M University

Alice Farrell Pic

Dr. Alice Farrell

President and CEO
Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services, LLC

Thema Bryant Headshot

Dr. Thema Bryant Davis

Professor of Psychology
Pepperdine University

Louis Reed Head Shot preferred

Louis L. Reed

Director of Organizing and Partnerships
Dream Corps JUSTICE

Jinho Piper Ferreira headshot

Jinho "Piper" Ferreira

Writer, Rapper + Actor

Paige-Fernandez (3)

Paige Fernandez

Policing Policy Advisor
National Political Advocacy Department - ACLU

Whitney Bunts headshot

Whitney Bunts

Policy Analyst

Theo Hodge headshot

Dr. Theo Hodge

Medical Director
Washington Health Institute

David Malebranche

Dr. David Malebranche

Physician + Public Health Official
Morehouse Healthcare

Pastor Andre_ L. McGuire photo preferred

Pastor André McGuire

Board of Directors Chair
Central Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Brian Ahimbisibwe headshot

Brian Ahimbisibwe

Co Founder
Ariel Superstars Group

Marc Philpart headshot

Marc Philpart

Managing Director

Breakout Session Speakers

Takeo Rivera headshot

Dr. Takeo Rivera

Assistant Professor in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Boston University

Abdul-Rahmaan Muhammad headshot

Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad

Executive Director and Founder
My People Clinical Services

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Marcus Brown

Know Your Worth King Inc.

Steven Hoffler headshot

Dr. Steven Hoffler

Associate Professor
Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University

Michael Mitchell headshot

Michael Mitchell

Owner and Operator
Red Carpet Barber Salon

Sharde Davis

Dr. Shardé M. Davis

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication at UConn

Martinque Jones headshot

Dr. Martinque Jones

Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Texas

Paige Gardner headshot

Dr. Paige Gardner

Co Founder
Career Killing Moves for Women of Color in Higher Education

Javeed Sukhera

Dr. Javeed Sukhera

Chair of Psychiatry
Institute of Living

Chief of Psychiatry
Hartford Hospital

Victor Dempsey

Victor Dempsey

Community Organizer
Community Justice Unit of the Legal Aid Society

Anthony Posada

Anthony Posada

Supervising Attorney
Community Justice Unit of the Legal Aid Society

Richie Reseda headshot

Richie Reseda

Question Culture

Malik McClain headshot

Malik McClain

Transgender activist

Rory Edwards headshot

Dr. Rory T. Edwards

Chief Transformation Officer
Rory T. Edwards Group

Timothy Fraylon headshot

Timothy Hersh Fraylon

For Unity Community Outreach Corp

Andrew. Woods

Andrew Woods

Executive Director
Hartford Communities That Care

CT-Hospital Violence Intervention Program Collaborative

Rev. Dr. Bailey

Rev. Dr. Michael D. Bailey

First Cathedral Church, Bloomfield, CT

Rev. Kingwood photo

Rev. Nancy Kingwood

Executive Director
The Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program

Nancy Kingwood Ministries (Bridgeport)

Pastor Steele headshot

Rev. Kelcy Steele

Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Pastor - Dr. McNeil headshot

Rev. Dr. Timothy McNeil

Community Fellowship Church

Revealing Everything At Last Ministries

Rev. Reese photo

Rev. Kristopher Reese

Grace Baptist Church

Day 3 - June 10, 2021

Main Stage Speakers

Carl Lejuez-headshot

Dr. Carl Lejuez

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Connecticut

David Ikard

Dr. David Ikard

Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
Vanderbilt University

Greg Corbin

Greg Corbin

Director of Restorative Justice
Mural Arts Philadelphia

Tariq Powell

Tariq Powell

Musician and Artist

Tracy Caldwell

Tracy "Mind Evolution" Caldwell

Spoken Word Artist
MInd Evolution

Tarishi Shuler

Tarishi Shuler

Spoken Word Artist

Jerome Geyer

Jerome Geyer

Poet, Spoken Word Artist + Videographer/Vlogger

Alina Liao-Headshot 2

Alina Liao

Founder & CEO

Imo Nse Imeh Headshot 2

Dr. Imo Nse Imeh

Associate Professor of Art and Art History
Westfield State University

Patrick Williams - Headshot

Patrick Williams


Ricardo Rivera

Ricardo Rivera-Cardona

Value Based Consulting Services

Henry Willis headshot

Dr. Henry Willis

Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University


Keith Claytor - Keith Headshot 2020.002

Keith Claytor


Andre Rochester

Andre Rochester


Zeph Farmby

Zeph Farmby


Iyaba Ibo Mandingo - IyabaHeadshot

Iyaba Ibo Mandingo


Trae Brooks - Headshot

Trae Brooks

mixed media


Joe Sam

mixed media

David Elliott Waterman - David Elliott Waterman-Head-Shot

David Elliot Waterman


David Ikard

Dr. David Ikard


Imo Nse Imeh Headshot 2

Dr. Imo Nse Imeh

mixed media

jordan jones - jj-headshot

Jordan Jones


Danny Killion


Gerald Filyaw


Tyran Sampson photo

Tyran Sampson


Afro Yaqui


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