Introduction: Changing the Narrative

Guest: Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH @DrMikeLindsey

Release Date: January 15, 2018

“With increased media and attention, more folks are attuned to racial issues and the long lasting impact of discrimination. These topics are near and dear to my heart, not only because of my own personal and professional experiences, but because they are solution focused.”

Black boys and men are the subject of negative racial and gender-based stereotypes that significantly impact their health and social standing within the U.S. This episode provides an overview of the series and the need for us all to collectively change the narrative.

Guest Bio

Dr. Michael A. Lindsey became Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work in September 2016. Dr. Lindsey was previously an Associate Professor at NYU Silver.

Prior to joining NYU Silver in 2014, Dr. Lindsey was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and concurrently a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry’s Center for School Mental Health.

Dr. Lindsey is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. He has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the social network influences on perceptual and actual barriers to mental health care among African American adolescent males with depression. He also received NIMH funding to develop and test a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school- and community-based treatment.

Dr. Lindsey’s current research, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation, involves the delivery of an innovative combination of interventions aimed at decreasing PTSD and depression symptoms, and improving positive parenting skills, among child-welfare involved mothers with trauma-related disorders.

A standing member of the NIMH Services Research Committee, standing member of the National Advisory Council, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a board member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research, Dr. Lindsey is also a member of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network; and the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Journal Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, General Hospital Psychiatry, Prevention Science, Psychiatric Services, and in the journal Social Work. Dr. Lindsey is also on the editorial board of the journals Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research and Children and Schools.

Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh; an MSW from Howard University; and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College. He also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.


01: Addressing Historical Trauma

Guest: Samuel Simmons, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Release Date: January 18, 2018

“And we do not, as a people, do not want to deal with the trauma because we believe that if we deal with the trauma that validates that there's something wrong with us and that the system will use it against us.”

The podcast will focus on the role of historical trauma in the lives of Black boys and men.These forms of trauma include destruction of cultural practices, slavery, forced relocation, and genocide, among others and can deeply impact individuals, families, and entire communities.

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Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. He is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the Be More Project and the culturally-specific trauma informed curriculum Healing Generations that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence.

Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. In 2014 he was awarded the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Excellence in Fatherhood Award for his work to advance fatherhood policy and practice throughout Minnesota. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the 2016 Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership for his culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”. He is respected for his African American historical trauma work around the country.


02: Violence and Trauma

Guest: Joseph Richardson, PhD

Release Date: January 22, 2018

“I keep emphasizing this concept of structural violence, which means, in a nutshell, harm that is preventable. And so we know that in 2017, we can prevent polio because we have vaccines. And so we know we can prevent violence, because we know what produces violence. Poverty produces violence.”

Data suggests that deaths due to violent injury have been decreasing throughout the United States. However, Black men are disproportionately overrepresented among victims of violent injury and are at higher risk of violent trauma recidivism than all other populations. In this episode, Dr. Richardson will focus on the impact of violence and trauma among young Black men and models of prevention.

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Dr. Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Medical Anthropology in the Departments of African-American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and his Bachelor’s Degree in African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Richardson has completed a Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago and an NIMH Clinical Scholars Research Training Fellowship in HIV/AIDS, Mental Health and Substance Use in Correctional Healthcare at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on three areas: 1) Violence and Trauma among Black boys and young Black men; 2) Incarceration as a social determinant of health; 3) Parenting strategies for low-income Black boys. He is currently the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program, a hospital-based violence intervention program, at the Prince George’s Hospital Trauma Center in Cheverly, MD. Prince George’s Hospital Trauma Center is the busiest level II trauma center in the US, serving over 700 victims of violent injury a year. Dr. Richardson is also Principal Investigator for the Smart Re-Entry Project for Prince George’s County. This project examines the criminal and trauma recidivism outcomes of 400 recently released young Black men (ages 18-34) from Prince George’s County Jail. His selected publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Urban Health, Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Black Psychology, and the Huffington Post. He is also the producer of the award nominated short documentary Bullets Without Names and the producer and host of the Working Class Intellectuals podcast. Dr. Richardson is a proud native of Philadelphia.


03: Preventing Suicide

Guest: Sean Joe, PhD

Release Date: January 25, 2018

“...it's important to understand and focus on how black males are expressing their masculinity, the importance of them having safe spaces to emote, and to deal with their feelings, and their critical needs.”

This episode focuses on suicide prevention efforts geared towards young black men. Despite the progress that we have made, suicide continues to be a taboo subject in many communities, which makes it all the more important to notice the signs and symptoms of depression, and have access to support.

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Sean Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among African Americans. His research focuses on Black adolescents' mental health service use patterns, the role of religion in Black suicidal behavior, salivary biomarkers for suicidal behavior, and development of father-focused, family-based interventions to prevent urban African American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors.

Working within the Center for Social Development, Joe has launched the Race and Opportunity Lab, which examines race, opportunity, and social mobility in the St. Louis region, working to reduce inequality in adolescents’ transition into adulthood.

Joe served on the board of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA), the scientific advisory board of the National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide, and the editorial board of Advancing Suicide Prevention. He is the founder and director of the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network, a national interdisciplinary and multi-ethnic professional development network for early career social and behavior scientist.

In recognition of the impact of his work, Joe has received the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research, as well as the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.


04: Racism, Masculinity, and Health

Guest: Wizdom Powell, PhD @Wizdomisms

Release Date: January 29, 2018

“Black men want to feel they are respected and human, and people see them in their fullest human potential. And so, when we are interacting with them, we need to do it respectfully, and with an appreciation for their humanity, the very appreciation we would all want for our humanity.”

This episode highlights the trends regarding the social determinants of health of Black boys and men and steps that we can take to decrease disparities and work towards better health outcomes.

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Wizdom Powell is Director of the Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. Formerly, Dr. Powell was Associate Professor at Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Research Associate Professor in UNC’s Department of Social Medicine. Dr. Powell also served as Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab.

In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In this role she provided subject matter expertise on Military Mental Health (e.g., PTSD, Suicide, and Military Sexual Trauma). Her community-based research focuses on of the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health outcomes and healthcare inequities. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters including ones in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, and Child Development.

In addition to being a White House Fellow, she is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch, Institute of African American Research, and Ford Foundation Fellow who received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She serves as chair of the APA’s workgroup on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and co-chair of the Health Committee for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Durham County.

In recognition of her public service to boys and men, she received the American Psychological Association’s (D51) Distinguished Professional Service Award. In 2015, she received the prestigious Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Dr. Powell was awarded a 2017 academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation. During this highly competitive residency, Dr. Powell will work with other global leaders on strategies for transforming social and healthcare system landscapes to address gendered health Inequities among vulnerable males. Most recently, she was selected as a Health Innovator Fellow by the Aspen Institute.


05: Masculinity and Trans Black Men

Guest: Tiq Milan @TheMrMilan

Release Date: February 1, 2018

“I think people need to listen, I think you need to ask questions. And asking questions not to invalidate other people's truths but to complicate your own...It blows my mind that as a trans person I have to work so hard to try to make other people understand that I am as valuable in my humanity as they are. And that work is exhausting.”

How we conceptualize masculinity is widely debated and in many ways those definitions have been used as categories of inclusion and exclusion for years. This episode explores “organic masculinity,” as termed by Tiq Milan, and the beauty of being yourself.

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Tiq Milan speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic.

Tiq has been most inspired by his years mentoring LGBT youth at the Bronx Community Pride Center and the Hetrick Martin Institute in the New York city. He was able to witness first hand the intersectional lived experiences of gay and trans youth and how it is affected by social systems put in place to help them. He most recently was the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD where he utlilized the media to call attention to the needs of the lgbt community, particularly transgender people of color.

He is currently the Co-Founder of Milan Media Arts Productions along with his wife Kim Katrin Milan. MAPS is content creation and consulting firm that is dedicated to creating narratives of queer people and their allies.


06: Raising Our Black Sons: A Mother's Perspective

Guest: Priscilla Shorter & Shawana Kemp

Release Date: February 5, 2018

“They want to give you another label. You're already a young black boy.” “I want him to really have experienced joy and I feel like so much... So many of the boys don't get to be joyful, they don't get to smile, they don't get to walk down the street and run with the sun beating down on their face.”

While families come in many forms, we often downplay the role that mothers have in the lives of young Black boys. This podcast focuses on the mothers of Black boys, the unsung heroes are who are more than deserving of our praise.

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Priscilla Shorter is an energetic and motivated professional with 15 years of experience in the field of family support and advocacy in both education and hospital-research settings. She is currently a Parent Partner at the IDEAS Center, and in this capacity, provides training to clinicians on the 4R’s and 2S’s Program, a curriculum-based practice is designed to strengthen families, decrease child behavioral problems, and increase engagement in care by teaching the 4Rs (rules, roles and responsibilities, respectful communication, and relationships) and 2Ss (stress and social support). She has also worked as a ‘Standardized Parent’ for Columbia University/The New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she conducted 'walkthroughs' in service settings with family peer advocates, interviewed research subjects and conducted data entry and management of research data and information. Priscilla has also served as a Project Coordinator for the Parent Empowerment Program at Columbia University, a training and consultation program developed over a number of years through the collaborative efforts of researchers, practitioners, parents, parent advocates, and policymakers, designed to promote parents as agents of change for children’s mental health. Priscilla has also worked as an advocate for the Department of Education, helping families, parents, and her education colleagues to tackle complex situations regarding social and health issues, inclusion, case management, aging out of the education system, and guardianship.

Shawana Kemp is the creator of the family band soul Shine and the Moonbeams. She is also a special education teacher in Harlem. She has one son Zachary who keeps her woke.


07: Engaging Black Boys in Schools

Guest: Ivory Toldson, PhD @toldson

Release Date: February 8, 2018

“He wants to be seen as a person with a name, not a statistic.”

There are many myths regarding the academic achievement of Black boys and men, including that that Black boys do not value education. However, those statements are not true. This podcast will focus on debunking many of those myths regarding the achievement of Black boys and provide tangible strategies to further engage them in schools.

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Dr. Ivory A. Toldson is the president and CEO of the QEM Network, professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. Previously, Dr. Toldson was appointed by President Barack Obama to devise national strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs). He also served as senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column.


08: School-to-Prison Pipeline

Presenters: Daniel Losen, JD, MS and Amir Whitaker, JD, PhD

Release Date: February 12, 2018

“There’s a legacy of structural racism that also has contributed mightily to the phenomenon that we call the school-to-prison pipeline.”

The School to Prison Pipeline is the link between educational practices and the increase in Black boys entering the juvenile justice system. This podcast will describe this phenomenon and provide best practices that school administrators and policy advocates can take to intervene.

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Daniel J. Losen is director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP). He has worked at the Civil Rights Project since 1999, when it was affiliated with Harvard Law School, where he was a lecturer on law. Losen's work concerns the impact of law and policy on children of color and language minority students including: the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with a focus on promoting diversity, access to effective teachers, and improving graduation rate accountability; the IDEA and racial inequity in special education; school discipline and revealing and redressing the “School-to- Prison Pipeline;” and protecting the rights of English learners to equal educational opportunity. On these and related topics he conducts law and policy research; publishes books, reports, and articles and works closely with federal and state legislators to inform legislative initiatives. Both for The Civil Rights Project, and independently, he provides guidance to policymakers, educators and advocates at the state and district level. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Losen taught in public schools for ten years, including work as a school founder of an alternative public school.

Amir Whitaker is a researcher with the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Florida and Alabama to expand the educational rights of tens of thousands of students. He has authored publications highlighting educational inequalities, and filed federal civil rights complaints on behalf of marginalized students. Amir’s trainings have provided continuing education credits to teachers, counselors, school psychologists, lawyers, and other professionals. He has trained entire school districts on educational equity and school discipline. Over the past ten years as an educator, Amir has worked in different settings from South Los Angeles to South Africa, and has taught grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college. He has held teaching credentials in California, Florida, and New Jersey. During his adolescence, Amir was expelled from school, arrested, and lived in a dozen different settings. This inspired Amir to start the nonprofit Project KnuckleHead to inspire vulnerable youth to reach their potential for greatness. Since 2012, Project KnuckleHead’s prevention and intervention programs have served thousands of students across the country. Amir received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, law degree from the University of Miami, and bachelors from Rutgers University.


09: Policies That Adversely Affect Black Fathers

Guest: David Pate, PhD

Release Date: February 15, 2018

“And because we live in a very patriarchal society, where we think that men should be able to get a job and take care of their family, some people don't have the same access to those opportunities to be able to take care of their family, have a child, get married if they desire to do that, and do all the things that would make them what we would call an ideal citizen.”

Black fathers often contend with the stereotypes of being lazy, disinterested in the lives of their children and families, and absent from their communities. Those stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. However, Black fathers also contend with policies that adversely affect them and their ability to provide for their families.

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Dr. David J. Pate Jr. is a leading expert on low income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support. Dr. Pate studies how black men are affected by the social welfare system and the challenges that impede their ability to attain economic security.

His research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine life course events of non-custodial African-American men. This includes their ability to be gainfully employed, engage with their children, and sustain a good quality of life.


10: Engaging Black Fathers in Behavioral Health Services

Guest: Tyrone M. Parchment, PhD Candidate, NYU Silver School of Social Work

Release Date: February 19, 2018

“...not all Black men are absent fathers. Even though there are statistics that show that there are some men who, for many reasons, may not be involved but there's a certain amount of many other men who are. And why aren't we hearing their story?”

Black fathers are often stigmatized within the U.S. for a myriad of reasons including negative stereotypes and inaccurate media portrayal. And for these reasons, they are often not engaged in child and family behavioral health settings. However, there is a host of data that describes the importance of black fathers in the lives of their children and families. In fact, there are currently more fathers living with their children than without and data suggests that black fathers are more involved in the daily lives of their children in comparison to their white and latino counterparts. This episode underscores the importance of engaging black fathers in behavioral health services.

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Tyrone M. Parchment is a Ph.D. Candidate at the New York University Silver School of Social Work with almost ten years of direct practice and research experience. Mr. Parchment received his Masters of Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. His professional background encompasses administration, field instruction, mental health, program planning and development, research and teaching. As a Research Scientist at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Mr. Parchment is coordinating various research studies both locally and globally centered on the family caregiving and behavioral health of children and adolescents. He also serves as Clinical Research Coordinator and Field Instructor for Project Step-Up, a multi-component school-based mental health support program for high school youth experiencing academic and behavioral difficulties. His dissertation aims to conduct formative research and develop a greater understanding of how South African caregivers are associated with potentially decreasing children’s risky behavior and improving their mental health. Mr. Parchment is utilizing Structural Equation Modeling to examine secondary data from an existing NIMH funded randomized control trial (RCT) family-based HIV prevention intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors among uninfected children within township communities in South Africa.


11: Police Brutality and Trauma

Guest: Samuel Aymer, PhD @aymerPhD

Release Date: February 22, 2018

“I think another takeaway is to really understand that police brutality is real, and that witnessing these acts of violence, gratuitous violence, on social media, on video cameras, we have to be careful that we don't become numb to the viewing of Black bodies.”

Police brutality and the criminalization of Black men have been issues of concern within Black communities for centuries. Although making up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, Black people are disproportionately impacted by police related deaths. According to a recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health (Buehler, 2017), Black men are nearly 3 times as likely to die from the use of force by the police than their White counterparts. Police brutality and other forms of racial trauma often elicit race-based traumatic stress and psychological injury. This podcast will focus on the impact of police brutality on the psychological well-being of Black boys and men.

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Dr. Samuel R. Aymer is an Associate Professor of social work at Hunter College School of Social Work where he teaches Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. He is also the chairperson of the clinical practice sequence. His scholarly endeavors centers on the intersection of masculinity, African American men, race, intimate partner violence, fatherhood and psychotherapeutic interventions Prior to entering academia, Dr. Aymer worked for several health, mental health, and victim assistance organizations throughout New York City. Dr. Aymer worked for a variety of child welfare agencies throughout his career. And as director of training for several child welfare programs, he developed training modules, seminars and workshops designed to educate social workers about trauma, violence, intimate partner abuse, diversity and the lived experiences of Black families affected by the child welfare system. Dr. Aymer has an MSW and a Ph.D. in clinical social work. He conducts workshops and lectures on family violence, trauma, African-American lifestyle issues, cross-cultural counseling, and diversity. Dr. Aymer maintains a clinical private practice—specializing in individual treatment with adolescents and adults.


12: Reentry Following Incarceration

Guest: Flores Forbes

Release Date: February 26, 2018

“I think that closing down a prison, I think is a great thing. But if you don't change the nature, if you don't change the actual criminal justice system, you're just moving one issue over to another location, because the same conditions will probably exist unless you're gonna deal with it.”

Incarceration has many impacts during and after sentencing. This podcast highlights the challenges that Black men often face with regards to reentry and removing the stigma of incarceration.

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Flores Forbes is a writer, urban planner and economic development expert and is currently an associate vice president in the Office of Government and Community Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies of the Social Science from San Francisco State University and a Master of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service New York University. He has also been a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow (NYU) and a Charles H. Revson Fellow (Columbia University). In 2000 he published an essay in the Norton Anthology on Police Brutality, entitled “Point Number Seven: We Want an Immediate End to Police Brutality and the Murder of Black People.” And in 2006 he published his memoir “Will You Die with Me?” My Life and the Black Panther Party (Atria 2006, Washington Square Press 2007) which chronicles his 10 years in the BPP, 3 years as a fugitive and 4 years, 8 months and 9 days as an inmate in Soledad and San Quentin Prisons in California. His new book, “Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration,” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016) explores the lives of successful formerly incarcerated Black Men in the first person.


13: Reentry Part 2: Getting Back to Work

Guest: Muschi Jean-Baptiste

Release Date: March 1, 2018

“...they just have a history of being treated as a number. And when you treat somebody as a number, you don't really listen or you don't really give the type of quantifying time that that individual needs for whatever it is that they're facing.”

Following incarceration, black men who are seeking employment are met by several challenges that are detrimental to their success and increase recidivism. However, there are best practices that can be taken to ensure successful integration.This podcast focuses on the challenges that black men often face when reintegrating into the workforce following incarceration and what we can do to help.

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Muschi Jean-Baptiste graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. He spent the first half of his career doing direct care work at YAI (Young Adult Institute) assisting individuals with disabilities with daily living exercises. Followed by working for MHN (Management and Health Network) providing mental health insurance and EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) benefits. For the last decade Mr. Jean-Baptiste has worked for the City of New York holding various compliance and oversight management positions. Currently he is a Quality Assurance Manager ensuring that identified quality control policies are being met.


14: Resilience and Steps Forward

Guest: Terrance Coffie, MSW @blackcoffie2014

Release Date: March 5, 2018

“I think that people already have resilience. I think that it's labelled in a way, where they don't really understand that. If you have survived prison, if you have survived waking up day in and day out, just maintaining to get through that, trying, you're practicing resilience, right then. When you're dealing with the hardships, day in and day out, that's resilience.”

Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is the characteristic or trait that allows people to thrive despite inconceivable hardship and experiences of trauma. This podcast discusses how we are all resilience and the importance of support throughout your journey.

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Terrance Coffie is a 2016 graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Social Work. Terrance is currently in his last semester at NYU Masters Program, where he interns at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Terrance was recently named the 2017 NASW-NYC Alex Rosen Silver School of Social Work Student of the Year, as well as the 2017 and 2016 Excellence In Leadership Award Recipient. As the founder of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, a mentoring program that focuses on criminal, juvenile and educational reform. Terrance has committed his himself to the cause of social justice.

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Acknowledgements

  • Michael Lindsey
  • Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
  • Andrew Cleek
  • Ammu Kowolik
  • Kara Dean-Assael
  • Lydia Franco
  • Miles Martin
  • Patricia Quintero
  • Monzona Whaley
  • Amanda Alcantara
  • Richard Brookshire
  • Geraldine Burton
  • Rebecca Carroll
  • Karina Ciprian
  • Anastasia Dawkins
  • Zoila Del-Villar
  • Sabrina De Martini
  • Justin Gonçalves
  • Jason Gots
  • Christina Greer
  • Neil Guterman
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • Melissa Hurt
  • Fatima Johnson
  • Yvette Kelly
  • Lillie LeBron
  • Tianjin Li
  • Mary McKay
  • Angela Mitchell
  • Aida Ortiz
  • Gary Parker
  • Madeline Perez
  • Robert Polner
  • C. Cybele Raver
  • James Rodriguez
  • Anthony Salerno
  • Ellen Schall
  • Ervin Torres
  • Boris Vilgorin
  • Chris Villatoro
  • Essence Ware-Bryant
  • Janet Watson
  • Megan Wills