[PAST EVENT] Identifying Sources of Well-being in the Face of Trauma and Disruption

February 23, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom webinar
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We invite you to "Black Faith Matters for Our Children: Identifying Sources of Well-being in the Face of Trauma and Disruption," on February 23, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST. Panelists are Prof. Omiyemi Artisia Green – Mother, Scholar, Playwright, Ifa Priest; Dr. Warrenetta Mann, Psy.D.—Psychologist, Mother, Educational Specialist; Dr. Rehema Kutua, M.D. –Front-line Pediatrician & Medical School Professor and the event is moderated by Dr. Joanne Braxton.

“Tree of Life: Black Faith Matters in a Time of Dual Pandemics” is an initiative of the Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency and Joy, sponsored by Columbia University Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional support from The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation.

Prof. Omiyemi (Artisia) Green (she/her/hers) is a spirit having a human experience, but she plays many roles; creator, mother, wife, professor, and priest are but a few. Omiyemi is an Ifa Orisa priest of Ìsèsè L’agba, a traditional West African cultural and spiritual practice commonly referred to as Ifa in the Diaspora. Currently, she is an associate professor of Theatre and Africana Studies and the Director of the Program in Africana Studies at William & Mary. Professor Green is an award-winning educator, a member-at-large of the Black Theatre Association Executive Board (ATHE), an associate editor of Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance and a resident dramaturg with Cadence Theatre Company in Richmond, VA where she also directs the Sitelines BLM initiative. She is the mother of two sons.

Dr. Rehema Kutua, MD, FAAP  (she/her/hers) received a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University and earned her M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. For two years before medical school, she taught high school chemistry, social psychology, and A.P. Psychology in Jordan. She completed her pediatrics residency in the Community Health Track at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  Dr. Kutua has worked as a community pediatrician in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. where she now lives and works. She has been a part of the faculty of three medical schools and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of health care providers. She has strong interests in global and public health and believes that high quality, empathic healthcare is a universal human right. Dr. Kutua is lead Wellness Consultant for the Braxton Institute Black Faith Matters Tree of Life Project.

Dr. Warrenetta Crawford Mann, Psy.D. (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Cuts and Conversations, LLC. Dr. Mann has spent the last two decades working in higher education as instructor, advisor, counselor, and administrator. She currently works primarily at the University of South Carolina as Director of Counseling and Psychiatry in Student Health Services. As the Chief Operating Officer for Cuts and Conversations, LLC she is responsible for oversight of product development, marketing, and organizational operations and also provides facilitation in the college and community programs. Through her consultation work she uses her understanding of the essence of the common human condition to help individuals or groups identify and implement their core values, goals, and potentials for greater success within an inclusive context. 


Joanne M. Braxton, PHD, jbraxton@braxtoninstitute.org