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A Landmark Story Series Presented by Walden University: February 1–28

Welcome to Black History Lives Here, a four-part series of moving conversations with Black members of the Walden community as they share their stories and discuss how we can all contribute to a better future.

Join us as we honor the resilience of those who have come before us. Help us celebrate the work of those who are leading the way. And glimpse the future of Black opportunity in America and beyond.

This Week's Conversation - The Legacy of Social Change

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Join our Live Conversation!

Join Isaac Cudjoe, director of Walden’s Center for Social Change, Dr. Crystal Francis ‘18 and Dr. Jack Monell ‘05 as they discuss the legacy of social change in the Black community.

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Meet Your Speakers

Jack Monell, PhD in Human Services and Criminal Justice

As associate professor and program coordinator in North Carolina, Dr. Jack Monell is a social justice scholar and advocate who uses his personal and professional experiences to make a difference in the lives of others. His research focuses on Afro-Latino youth and their families, pop culture, and delinquency paradigm shifts. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he serves as a consultant for local, state, and federal agencies and is a member of the American Society of Criminology.

Dr. Crystal Francis ’17

A native of Houston, Texas, Crystal Francis earned her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, focusing her dissertation on prisoner re-entry and employment. She then turned her passion for policy reform and social justice into a meaningful career serving her Baltimore community. Currently, Crystal is a program analyst for the Social Security Administration and the chair of the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee.

Meet Your Moderator

Isaac Cudjoe, Chief of Staff and Director of Center for Social Change

Isaac Cudjoe, chief of staff and director of Walden’s Center for Social Change, is the architect behind Black History Lives Here. He sees the series as an opportunity to “get people to understand that Black history ... is the past, present, and future.” He also hopes these conversations will help Walden become a leader in confronting racial injustice. Outside of work, Cudjoe collaborates with two unfunded community organizations to create opportunities and action for marginalized populations.

Past Events

The Future

Carla Tyler Chase and Ulysesses Wilcox explore the future of Walden and its alumni and students through the lens of how they hope Black graduates will impact the world. They also provide messages for future generations to inspire those who follow them to continue to drive positive social change within their communities.

The Present

Tiffany Solarin and Kurtis Gorham discuss their life experiences as well as how their current roles at Walden allow them to have an impact on our students’ daily lives. In this video, the pair also talks about what social change looks like today in their own communities.

The Past

Dr. Rochelle Gilbert and Rolando Cousins discuss how their pasts help shape who they are today. In this video, the pair talk about how childhood experiences continue to play a part in their everyday lives and explore the idea that a person’s title never tells the full story of who they are.

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