The 7th annual Black Lives Matter Summit took place April 11-14, 2022 and invited anyone who believes in the power of activism, creativity and intellect to overcome injustice. A call to action by LaGuardia students, faculty and staff, the summit highlighted and discussed issues of inequity faced by people of color in contemporary society. The summit was co-sponsored by CUNY BMI and Center for the Humanities.
Dr. Kortni Alston is a Happiness Scholar, TEDx speaker, and Transformational Trainer. Her area of research is interdisciplinary combining the areas of positive psychology, business administration and media management. Her research concentrations value happier workplaces, well-being and meaningful work. She is a podcast host for Kourting Happiness, which helps listeners learn how to commit to well-being one episode at a time. Dr. Alston is the founder of Kourting Happiness Movement, which is an online community helping members live a positive life with positive psychology.
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Adjoa Osei, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Long Island University, Post campus with a concentration in serious mental illness. Her dissertation focused on examining how Black clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students experienced navigating personal and professional relationships within their academic program. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY and has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Osei practices from a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive approach. She was trained in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which she uses in her virtual private practice and in her private practice office located in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Osei’s practice is founded on the perspective that identity is integral to therapeutic work and thus, she views a person and their presenting problems within a cultural context. She is a published author and has facilitated multiple presentations and workshops on various psychological and social issues, such as racial trauma, historical trauma, vicarious trauma, and racial microaggressions.
Kayla Williams was born and raised in Queens, New York and at 19 years old she had a paralyzing fear of starting college. She was homeschooled by her mother throughout high school and with all the amazing things she learned, all her sense of social cues went out the window. She and her brother were her mother’s only students and when she would go out into the real world, her stunted social abilities stuck out like a sore thumb. If you ever had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the time, her voice would resemble one of the Teletubbies. Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa or Po, take your pick. Anxiety wrapped itself around her but didn't stop her from continuing her education. She attended LaGuardia Community College where she obtained her associate degree in Journalism. Not expecting the journey that was ahead, she was honored to be published in The Bridge, The Fiorello and The Lit Magazine. At LaGuardia Community College, Kayla was an involved student and was a part of Phi Theta Kappa Honor's Society, President's Society, President of the Journalism Club and a Peer Advisor. After graduating from LaGuardia, she was accepted into the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program to construct and pursue her bachelor’s degree in Philosophical Journalism at Baruch, Hunter, and Brooklyn College. Kayla has interned for The Black Lotus Foundation (a Social Services Foundation in Detroit that strives to reconstruct the Black narrative through honest media and entertainment, distributing a more authentic worldview to our global audience) and as an SSM for the Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia, she has been a part of countless events and designed #AllStudentsCreate (an interactive virtual museum) to help inspire students to create and share. In addition to her love for writing, she enjoys all forms of creative expression, including martial arts, painting, designing, coding, and creating music.
Peiré Wilson is an arts, media and entertainment legal professional with a wide-ranging background in IP and corporate law, digital rights management, and digital media. He started his legal career at a boutique entertainment law firm as a paralegal, where he assisted counsel on publishing copyright and right of publicity issues. He currently is Associate Director of Business Affairs at Spark Foundry, a global media agency within Publicis Media, where he supports the U.S. content and investments teams on custom content programs and influencer social media campaigns on behalf of advertisers. He is passionate about creators, innovation, and finding creative solutions to help creators protect and monetize their intellectual property. He earned his associate degree in paralegal studies from LaGuardia Community College in 2017 and his bachelor’s degree in political science from City College of New York in 2019.
Special thanks to our committee members for their work in planning and executing the Black Lives Matter Summit 2022 events.
View photos from the 2022 summit.
Watch the COVID-19 in our Communities panel from the 2021 summit.
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