The Center on Community Philanthropy (The Center) at the Clinton School of Public Service has selected 18 nonprofit leaders to participate in Cohort II of its Racial Healing Certification Program.
The Racial Healing Certification Program is the first designation of its kind designed to provide specialized training, education, and unique experiences that promote skills development and competencies in the targeted area of racial healing. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Center launched the program in 2021.
“We’re advancing racial healing as both a practice and a professional discipline that transforms individuals, systems and structures,” stated Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, Professor and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “With great excitement I welcome each member of Cohort II to our program.”
“Racial healing is an essential part of the racial equity journey. We are delighted to begin a new cohort with members from a variety of initiatives at the foundation including our Global Leadership Network fellows, the Strong and Effective Sector, Truth Racial Healing and Transformation and Catalyzing Community Giving. The collaboration will bring shared learning among partners to infuse racial healing across sectors,” said Arelis Diaz, director of the office of the president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Each cohort of the certification program brings racial healing and relationship-building practices into their spheres of influence, enabling people to make powerful change together.”
Program participants will go through a multi-phased experience: (1) Strengthening their leadership through a racial healing curriculum, (2) Demonstrating their mastery of racial healing concepts through scholarship and practice, and (3) Showcasing their learning through networking and convening with their peers and sector.
“We are so proud of the work of Dr. Charlotte Williams and the Center on Community Philanthropy” said Dean Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto. “Through generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Center on Community Philanthropy’s efforts have attracted another inspiring group of nonprofit leaders and change makers to the nation’s first Racial Healing Certification Program.”
Below is a closer look at Cohort II of the Racial Healing Certification Program.
Afia Amobeaa-SakyiDirector of Equity and Inclusion | Exponent Philanthropy
Ana Marie ArgilagosPresident & CEO | Hispanics in Philanthropy
Susan BattenPresident & CEO | ABFE
Felicia BeardAssociate Vice President of Racial Equity Initiatives | Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Kay BounkeuaNew Mexico Deputy State Director | The Wilderness Society
Patricia EngPresident & CEO | Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Biz GhormleyOperations & Convening Director | CHANGE Philanthropy
Alice GrahamFounder | Turning Points From the Soul
Jennifer HeymossVice President of Initiatives & Public Policy | Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Edward JonesVice President of Programs and Philanthropic Advising Services | ABFE
Monika Kalra VarmaPresident & CEO | BoardSource
Jacqueline Martinez GarcelCEO | Latino Community Foundation
Akilah MasseyVice President of Programs | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Jonathan RinehartBehavioral Health Clinician | Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Jamie SchmillVice President of Programs | Foundation for Louisiana
Erik StegmanPresident & CEO | Native Americans in Philanthropy
Kerrien SuarezPresident and CEO | Equity in the Center
Jo-Ann YooExecutive Director | Asian American Federation
About the Center on Community Philanthropy
The Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service was created to focus its teaching, research, and service exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving and sharing time, talent, and treasure from within one’s own community. For further information, visit the Center’s website.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Founded by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is dedicated to supporting thriving children, working families and equitable communities. Embedded within all the foundation does is a commitment to advancing racial equity and racial healing, developing leaders and engaging communities in solving their own problems. WKKF supports work throughout the United States and with sovereign tribes, and in Mexico and Haiti, concentrating up to two-thirds of grantmaking in priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans in the U.S., Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and in Central and South Haiti. For more information, visit wkkf.org.