Courageous Conversations – Addressing Trauma During Times of Crisis Part 3

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing!

In Part 3 of the series, issue experts will provide resources, lived experiences, and best practices in response to trauma’s disproportionate effect on communities of color and how resilience plays a role in healing, while guiding participants through answering the following questions:

  • How do we begin to address trauma in communities where trauma and traumatic experiences are often silenced, stigmatized, criminalized, or—at times—not recognized as trauma at all?
  • Are there specific ways in which organizational leadership can best support staff of color—often facing multiple challenges—during this crisis?
  • What does trauma-informed responsiveness and anti-racist practices look like in communities of color during this pandemic and moving forward?
  • What does resilience and sustainable advocacy look like in communities of color?

Who Should Attend:

  • Nonprofit organizational leadership, management and key staff
  • Nonprofit staff of color
  • Front line and direct service staff working in communities of color


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Speaker Bios

Alicia D. Guevara
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC
Alicia D. Guevara is Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC). Ms. Guevara is an accomplished and proven leader in the nonprofit sector. She has 25+ years of experience leading nonprofit organizations, developing talent, influencing public policy, designing evidence-based programs, driving business and growth strategies, and generating revenue through fundraising and earned income opportunities
Ms. Guevara brings deep knowledge, passion and experience working with youth-serving programs, having rooted her life’s work in pursuit of social justice issues of access and inclusion for young people. Her career has taken shape by impacting diverse audiences across several nonprofit organizations focused on youth development, job readiness, criminal justice, and workforce development. She brings City-wide and State-wide leadership experience and served at the helm of regional centers within national youth organizations including both at Year Up and Peace First. Ms. Guevara has a personal stake in championing the cause to leverage resources that create pathways out of poverty. With proven ability in building public and private partnerships that meet the needs of our communities, she strategically transitioned organizational programming in alignment with emerging scaling strategies. In 2015, she was appointed to the New York City Council's Young Women's Initiative, dedicated to creating policy, legislative and funding recommendations in support of young women of color. Ms. Guevara co-chaired the Workforce Development committee of the initiative formed to shape the future of youth employment and empower young women and girls towards economic self-sufficiency. Ms. Guevara has also served as Director of Development for several organizations and has led program-driven fundraising operations, created innovative, evidence-based programs and launched successful advocacy projects as a Chief Fundraising Officer. She has worked as a consultant to community-based organizations, advising in the areas of strategic planning, organization and board development, program design, and fund development. Ms. Guevara received a B.A. from Columbia University and also earned an executive education certificate for senior leaders in nonprofit management from Columbia Business School. She prides herself on being a native New Yorker who has mentored numerous young people through multiple channels. She lives with her husband and two young children, all of whom enjoy spending time outdoors and rooting for NY’s “home” teams.
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Wayne Ho
Chinese-American Planning Council
Wayne Ho is the President and CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. He is responsible for leading this 55-year-old organization that promotes social and economic empowerment of over 60,000 Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income New Yorkers each year.
In 2017, CPC launched Advancing Our CommUNITY, its organization-wide strategy to expand services to address persistent needs and emerging trends and to improve leadership skills among staff and community members. Previously, Wayne served as Chief Strategy and Program Officer for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an association of 200 community and faith-based member agencies aiming to promote upward mobility of underserved New Yorkers, and was the Executive Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, from 2004-2013. He has been recognized by the City and State in the Nonprofit Power 100 in 2019, the inaugural Nonprofit Power 50 in 2018, and a 40 Under 40 New York City Rising Star in 2014. He was one of 10 leaders invited to meet with President Obama during the White House’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in 2011. Wayne serves on numerous boards, including the board of Coro New York Leadership Center and Partnership for After School Education, and is appointed to several New York City and State advisory boards. Wayne received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Dr. Kirk A James
NYU Silver School of Social Work
Kirk “Jae” James is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. Jae was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, during a period of political and social unrest. At the age of ten, his mother moved them to the United States in search of a better life – yet the “American Dream,” would be more mirage than reality as Jae was arrested and ultimately sentenced to life in prison at 19 years old. He would spend nine years in prison before his eventual release in 2003.
Since his release, Jae has been a champion of immigrant rights, mass incarceration, and raising awareness of the trauma instigated by various systems of oppression. In 2013, he completed his doctorate entitled “The Invisible Epidemic: Educating Social Work Students towards Holistic Practice in a Period of Mass Incarceration,” from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Now, as a professor at NYU, he utilizes his firsthand knowledge and research to educate, train, and work with governments, community-based organizations, social workers, and advocates with social justice agendas throughout America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Jae created and leads NYU Silver’s Evolving Justice — an educational initiative to build community; co-create brave space, and facilitate various dialogues towards the emancipatory exploration of justice in both theory and action. He believes that social justice and human rights can only happen if we build and nurture individuals, communities, and systems truly committed to evolving with what bell hooks terms a “Love Ethic.” Jae was inducted in the inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2018. He is also a recipient of the 2020 New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award.
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Dr. Danielle R Moss
The Oliver Scholars
Dr. Danielle R. Moss brings a deep commitment to educational equality and social justice to her role as CEO at The Oliver Scholars after having served a year as Chief of Staff at The New York Civil Liberties Union where she was recruited to help the organization’s leadership solidify its strategy for managing unprecedented growth and solidify a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework to inform the organization’s work.
Before joining NYCLU, Dr. Moss served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York for five years, where she leveraged over two decades of experience in education and human services to put the YWCA back at the forefront of the conversation on women and girls in New York City. Under her tenure, the YWCA of the City of New York expanded its program portfolio to include a women’s speaker series for professional women, girls’ leadership programs, STEM education for girls and young women, and increased advocacy for women and girls in New York City. In 2015, these efforts were recognized when the Speaker of New York’s City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, asked her to Co-Chair the NY City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a citywide effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionally effect girls of color. That same year, The Network Journal named her one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. And, in 2016, Mayor DeBlasio appointed her to the city’s newly established Commission on Gender Equity. She also founded and launched the #YWWomanKind Campaign to amplify the YW’s work to engage, uplift and support women of all ages from all walks of life. Given her ongoing commitment to women and girls of color, she launched The Ebony Vanguard in 2017. The EV is an intergenerational organization dedicated to power, progress, and play for women and girls of the African Diaspora. Dr. Moss, who began her career as a teacher in Brooklyn and the Bronx, was co-founder and lead applicant of Sisulu-Walker Children’s Academy – Harlem Charter School (the first authorized charter school in the state of New York). After serving on numerous boards, she currently sits on the board of The New York Women’s Foundation. She received her B.A. in English Literature and History with a concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College, and holds M.A. and Ed.M. degrees from Teachers College Columbia University, where she also completed her Doctorate in Organization and Leadership with a focus on Education Administration. She holds Certificates in Nonprofit Management from the business schools of Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford. Dr. Moss also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, The Fundraising School. Dr. Moss is a passionate social change activist whose presence and writings have been featured in numerous media outlets. The New York Daily News’ journalist Stanley Crouch once dubbed her one of the most important players in public education for her ability to respectfully meet young people where they are and to give them the tools and agency to transform their own lives. And, in 2018 she did her first TED Talk at TEDWomen 2018 in Palm Springs, Californi
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Dr. James Rodriguez
NYU McSilver Institute
Dr. James Rodriguez is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Trauma Informed Services at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in mental health services to children, youth, and families.
His experience includes direct practice, training and research experience primarily in the area of trauma treatment and services. His work at the institute includes the development and dissemination of training materials to promote trauma informed care in diverse service settings. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez has a private practice and is Adjunct Faculty at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
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