My work focuses on advancing the lives of Black women and girls through ethnic identity development.
The SELF Factor curriculum and workshop addresses 1) the historical formulation of destructive stereotypes, myths, and microaggressions against Black women 2) the enduring, adverse impact of stereotypes on the lives of contemporary Black women and 3) help empower Black women, girls, and other minority groups struggling with identity conflicts to realize their intrinsic value, are self-defined and feel empowered.
Phase 1 Curriculum/ Classroom instruction – presents a historical context of old racial ideologies, their evolution into contemporary times and how they have shaped societal perception and influence ones internalize perception of self.
Phase 2 Workshop – delivers an identity reconstruction exercise formulated around the Tree of Life narrative theory. The narrative therapy was developed in (2008) by Ncazelo Ncube, and David Denborough. The narrative approach creates the space for individuals to speak about their lives in ways that strengthen their connection with their history, culture as well as their personal and community relationships. I teach a guided identity reconstruction exercise that fosters a positive, empowering mindset as central to owning ones narrative. The exercise helps black women and girls deconstruct and reconstruct their narrative around self-love, acceptance, ethnic pride as fundamental aspect of their blackness.
The SELF Factor collaborates with Black women, feminist groups, educational institutions, racial justice and non-profit organizations to teach a multi-dimensional course and workshop around five core objectives: Education, Awareness, Action, Change, and Empowerment.