On Nov. 28, 2018, the Social Justice Initiative hosted Odyssey Toward Forgiveness, a short film and conversation exploring three perspectives on healing.The program featured Ulysses Butch Slaughter, filmmaker; Mariah Fenton Gladis, founder of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center; and Rabbi Debra Bowen of Temple Beth’El. Take the time to listen to the Q&A following the film!
After participating as a Group Facilitator during the SJI May 2017 Inaugural Conference, Dr. Eva Moya spoke with Rodney Whittenberg of Melodyvision about her journey from her youth growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border to becoming an associate professor in the school of Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso. Eva has a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
As a Group XIII Fellow in the Kellogg National Fellows Leadership Program, Eva's primary practice experiences are in "border health," community organization, bi-national social work, and social policy. Her areas of research include homelessness, intimate partner violence, and health disparities.
Mr. Ulysses Butch Slaughter was one of the three panelists at our inaugural conference, Practicing the Science and Art of Forgiveness: Beginning a Transformative Journey, on May 4, 2017 Ulysses is an emerging global thought leader advocating radical, relentless reconciliation through what he calls "The Ultimate Practice of Forgiving." His newest book, Forgive: The new mantra and practice for Black Men, is a powerful reflection and celebration of the many Black Men who influenced his critical decision to Forgive his father and advocate Forgiving as the foundational act of growth and personal freedom. This podcast is a recording of his panel presentation. We invite you to listen again or anew ... either way, you will be glad that you did!
Our inaugural podcast features an introduction to the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Founder and Director Dr. Darlyne Bailey talks of her vision and passion that led to the creation of the SJI.
Dr. Fania Davis, founder, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, and Ms. Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project were opening and closing Keynoters at our May 4 Inaugural Conference: Practicing the Science and Art of Forgiveness: Beginning a Transformative Journey. Whether you were among the 350 "kindred others" who joined us on May 4, or if you missed sharing this time with Fania and Marina then, we invite you to listen to their presentations now!
Our second podcast features our opening keynote speaker Dr. Fania Davis. Co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and a national thought leader in the field, Fania is a long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in 1963 Sunday School bombing, crystallized within Fania a passionate life-long commitment to social transformation.
Ms. Marina Cantacuzino delivered the Closing Keynote address on May 4. Marina is a journalist, author and the founder of The Forgiveness Project. As a freelance journalist, she wrote stories about ordinary people's struggles and triumphs. Marina became acutely aware that far more effective than reporting on the views of experts and analysts was the ability to share the authentic voices of people who had lived through difficult experiences. Marina founded The Forgiveness Project in 2004 to tell the real stories of people whose response to being harmed was not a call for revenge but rather a quest for restoration and healing. These narratives of hope seemed to tap into a deep public need for alternative and peaceful responses to violence.