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Black Student Union Hosts Civic Engagement Forum

On Tuesday, February 21st the West Catholic Black Student Union Hosted a Civic Engagement Forum. Attending the forum were faculty, alums, students, and community members. Dr. Tia Pratt ’95 moderated a panel of 5 esteemed and accomplished community members. Following the event the Black Student Union hosted attendees to a breakfast reception where they had a chance to interact with the panelists on a more personal level.

Thank you to the panelists, and a special thank you to board member Dr. Tia Pratt ’95 and Black Student Union President Dama Colbert-Brinkley ’17 for all of their hard work in planning the event. Below is a listing of the panelists in attendance and their great accomplishments.

The panelists in attendance were as follows:

Ivory Allison ’97 – A West Catholic graduate, Ivory Allison is an accomplished executive in the non-profit industry with outstanding credentials and a proven record of results. She was appointed Executive Director of the American Liver Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Division in November 2011 after joining the organization in 2010. As the Executive Director she works with the local Board of Directors to set the strategic direction for the Division and work with the staff to execute set initiatives. In addition to her stellar professional pursuits, Ivory also manages to find time to volunteer for organizations such as the YMCA’s Y-Achievers, Girls Inc. of Southeastern Pa and New Jersey, the Phila International Bike Race and the Passion Committee for the American Heart Association.

Juwan Bennett – Juwan is a Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Temple University and Deputy Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement. He also serves as the director for the Temple University Urban Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to equip the next generation of African-American leaders.

Sr. Cora Marie Billings ’56 – A West Catholic graduate, Sister Cora Marie was a founding member of the National Black Sisters’ Conference. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, as a Pastoral Coordinator in the Diocese of Richmond where she was the first African-American woman to lead a church in the United States, and was the Deputy Director of the Virginia Human Rights Council.

Greg Corbin Jr. – Greg is an award-winning international poet, motivational speaker, activist, educator, humanitarian, strategist, culture shifter, Lincoln University Grad and founder of the Award Winning Philly Youth Poetry Movement. Corbin is currently serving as the program director for the Social Justice Leadership Institute for the American Friends Service Committee.

Raushanah Deen-Hargrove – Raushanah is the Founder and CEO of the Young Educated Athletes (YEA) Non-Profit Organization. Founded in 2014, YEA is devoted to making a difference in the lives of children through sports in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities. YEA aims to employ structured recreational and educational programs, community activities, and family oriented events and outings for the youth geared to promote social, emotional, and athletic growth.