Dieudonne Anumbosi Allo from the Eastern Cape in South Africa is the Founder and CEO of the Global Leading Light Initiatives, a registered non-profit organization formed in 2014 on a strong conviction that collective prosperity can be achieved in Africa and globally through coordinated grassroots initiatives aimed at creating nurturing and enabling environments for children and youths. The GLLI’s initiatives directly involve children, adolescents and parents in the effort to disrupt the cycle of poverty and reduce inequalities both in South Africa and Bostwana. A former school teacher, Dieudonne graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and Social Services at the University of South Africa in 2014 and an Advanced Diploma in Health Care Management from the Yale School of Public Health/Foundation for Professional Development in 2011, among other academic credentials, professional certifications and training programs.
You can read Allo's posts on Kindred here.
KFP Alumni in conversation with cofounder/facilitator Reshma Grewal.
Reshma Grewal is a Writing and Literature student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and plans to minor in Applied Psychology and English with a specialization in Literature and the Mind. She focuses on realistic fiction and creative nonfiction writing, with common themes of trauma, development and personality. She was the Kindred-in-Spirit Scholar for 2019. She participated in Kindred Media's Men of ROBE Series in 2020. As a Kindred Scholar, Reshma researched Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. She plans to explore the relationship between mental illness and isolation in the time of the Coronavirus as well as use her creative work to process and share the complexities of our current political climate.
KFP Alumni in conversation with cofounder/facilitator Reshma Grewal
"I found Kindred World before I knew what I was looking for. I thought I was on my own in terms philosophy surrounding what the world needs as a way forward. Kindred is a revolutionary movement; one that centers not only childhood into the conversation around activism, but development, in all it’s forms, holistically, and throughout generations as an essential role in healing both ourselves and the world. It is the most transformative thing out there, and I was honored to have had the opportunity to serve as part of their inaugural Fellowship Program. During my time immersed in their philosophical and actionable program, I learned more about myself than I thought I would. In turn, I gained a deeper sense of clarity about where and how we can intervene, individually and collectively, in a way that prevents unnecessary cycles of trauma from repeating themselves, in our own lives, in our family systems and in the world. Thus, no longer just responding to suffering, but transforming it.
"Desmond Tutu said, 'We need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream, and find out why they’re falling in.' And that’s exactly what Kindred World is doing. And it’s revolutionary."
– Jenna Wes, Kindred Fellowship Cohort 2021, Graduate Student, California Institute for Integral Studies
KFP Alumni in conversation with cofounder/facilitator Reshma Grewal
“I am a past Kindred Fellowship student and I cannot say enough about what I learned from Kindred and all of those involved in making this program. Psychology student or not, this non-profit will teach all how to implement kindred activism into you lives, and many other lessons. I hope to continue my involvement with Kindred for years to come and hope to share its teachings with those around me!”
– Kendall Lobdell, University of Wisconsin, Madison
For the 2022 Kindred Fellowship Program, Dr. Zeedyk will present the implementation of PACES, Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences, in Scotland over the past decade. Dr. Zeedyk began working with Scottish police departments on implementing PACES a decade ago and leads the way today in making Scotland the world's first PACES aware country. Read about her work and listen to her interview with Kindred here. Learn more about PACES here.
Dr. Zeedyk will be presenting in 2022 KFP alongside Carey Sipp, the Director of Strategic Partnerships for PACES in the United States. A comparison/contrasting the receptivity to the trauma-informed program will be presented and discussed with the fellows.
About Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
For the past 25 years, I’ve been an academic researcher, studying babies’ innate ability to communicate and connect with other people. I have loved what the field of Developmental Psychology has taught me – why it is that a child’s earliest years have such a profound effect on their later years, including their emotional security, their trust in others, their self-confidence, and their relationships. Now I want to help ensure that this knowledge is spread as widely as possible. I frequently act as partner or speaker for a wide range of organizations throughout the UK and abroad – including police, educators, health workers, nursery staff, parent groups, and children’s theatre groups – helping them to better understand the neuroscientific, biological, and psychological evidence concerning human’s need for emotional connection. If we overlook the early years, then we all pay for it, through the services that governments need to fund, such as prisons, mental health programmes, hospitals, fostering arrangements, and others. Tackling many of society’s challenges can best be done by paying attention to the emotional needs of babies.
My professional history started in the USA, where I gained a BA in Psychology at San Diego State University followed by a PhD in Developmental Psychology at Yale University. In 1993, I took up an academic post in the UK, as a Developmental Psychologist based at the University of Dundee. I have remained there ever since, currently holding the post of Honorary Fellow. During my career, I have served on a range of committees and in a variety of roles. These include co-editor of an academic journal, chair of a committee of the British Psychological Society, Associate College Dean, Coordinator of Research Postgraduate Students, and external examiner. I have organised a number of conferences and events, including creating a national event that allows psychology students from throughout Scotland come together to present the findings of their research dissertations.
Visit Dr. Zeedyk's homepage.
Read her posts on Kindred here.
For the 2022 Kindred Fellowship Program, Carey Sipp will present the implementation of PACES, Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences, in the US over the past decade. She will be presenting alongside Dr. Zeedyk, who has helped bring PACES to Scotland over the past decade. A comparison/contrasting the receptivity to the trauma-informed program will be presented and discussed with the fellows.
About Carey Sipp
Carey Smith Sipp is the Director for Strategic Partnerships for PACES, Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences. She is a science, brain, health, and parenting enthusiast who learned about the ACE Study almost 20 years ago. As the Southeastern community facilitator for PACEs Connection, Carey uses four decades of experience as an award-winning writer, marketer, fundraiser, and campaigner to help PACEs initiatives in 11 states create communities on PACEsConnection.com, find resources, and leverage opportunities to take trauma-informed practices into new and existing sectors. She also supports interest-based groups, including PACEs in the Faith-Based Community and the Trauma Informed Healthcare Education and Research Group. As an PACEs Connection lead in communications and social media, she’s raising awareness of PACEs science across all sectors: government to healthcare; education to juvenile justice; airlines to zoos. Carey’s work has also included service on boards of directors for several non-profits supporting leadership development, nutrition, and underserved youth, and volunteering at residential treatment centers for mothers recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Carey graduated with an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Visit Carey's website: www.CareySipp.com
Read Carey's posts on Kindred here.
Wesley Bugg is a 2016 graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Law (JD, LLM), and 2013 graduate of Emory University (BA). He is currently the deputy director of Court Vision International Inc., a nonprofit that promotes youth advocacy and conflict resolution. His current interests include legal compliance and business development, especially for startups and small nonprofits where these tasks are often expensive and difficult. In this spirit, he serves ROSE as the Legal Compliance Officer and financial assistant, aggregated into his role as Financial and Legal Operation Coordinator.
Listen and read the Meet the Men of ROBE Series on Kindred here.
Read about the Meet the Wayfinders Series, produced by Kindred for La Leche League International's 65th Conference, and featuring Wesley's work, here.
Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., is a Kindred contributing editor and a board of director member of Kindred World. She is the founder of the Kindred Parent Liberation Alliance and Project and the author of Parenting for Social Change. Teresa co-sponsored the Tucson, Arizona workshop for Kindred's Parenting for a Peaceful World USA Tour with Robin Grille in 2013 and presented at the Re-Thinking Everything Conference in 2014.
Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. After graduating from law school, she decided not to practice law. Instead, she opted to serve the cause of social change and justice through her work at three large public universities across the country. She worked with innovative programs designed to create transformative learning for students, staff and faculty. As a consultant she continues to bring her expertise and passion to clients interested in transformative learning, social change and social justice.
Her own life was transformed after the births of Martel and Greyson, who have challenged her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent. She discovered the ways in which she did not live in congruence with her professional values in her role as a parent. Using her experience in facilitating social justice learning, she began her own learning journey toward creating respectful relationships with the children who share her life. This personal journey and her challenge to others to create broader social change by transforming how we view and treat children is chronicled in her writing, both on her website and in her book, Parenting for Social Change.
You can find her at www.ParentingforSocialChange.com, twitter @TGbrett, or friend her on Facebook, Teresa Graham Brett.
You can read Teresa's posts on Kindred here.
Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) is a professor at Fielding Graduate University. Former Director of Education at Oglala Lakota College, he is a made-relative of the Oglala and a Sun Dancer. Selected by AERO for their text Turning Points as one of 27 "Visionaries in Education" and recipient of a Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies "Moral Courage Award" for his activism, he is the author of more than 20 books, praised by such notables as Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Henry Giroux, Darcia Narvaez, Greg Cajete, Sam Keen, Thom Hartmann, and many others. His books, chapters, articles and videos on Indigenous Worldview and its applications for sustainability can be accessed at fourarrowsbooks.com. He lives with his artist/photographer wife in a remote section of Mexico on the Costalegre. There is also a book on his work entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows by R. Michael Fisher (Peter Lang, 2019).
Read Four Arrows on Kindred Media.
See the Worldview Chart comparing Dominant versus Indigenous Worldview, created by Four Arrows for Kindred Media, here. You may download the chart in PDF poster format or JPEG.