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Fifth Annual Workshop

SPRING 2016 / APRIL 23, 2016



Featured Guest, Antwyne Calloway

Coalition for Social Empowerment

The Coalition for Social Empowerment is a membership group that designs and implements social welfare projects. Antwyne Calloway is currently the Systems Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator for Blue Ridge Independent Living Center.  Previously he was Statewide Program and Training Director for Virginia CARES, Inc., and Director of the Dorcus Home, the only half-way home in Virginia that accepts long-term/violent offenders.

Featured Guest, Penny Franklin

Area Chair of the Montgomery County/Radford City/Floyd County NAACP

Penny Franklin, a lift truck operator in Shipping Utility at Hubbell Lighting, serves on and is former chair of the Montgomery County Board of Education; member of the Virginia School Board Association Board of Directors; President of Local 82160 of the IUE/CWA; former board chair, now Area Chair of the Montgomery Count-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP; and member of the national Executive Council of the IUE.  She is co-founder of the Community Group, an African American civil society organization in Montgomery County; founding member of the New Mountain Climbers, the first giving circle in southwest Virginia, the first African American philanthropy in southwest Virginia.

Featured Guest, Andy Morikawa

Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance Fellow and Race and Social Policy Research Center Associate

Andy Morikawa serves as a trustee on the boards of local, regional and international change nonprofits. He hosts a podcast, Trustees Without Borders; and serves on the organizing bodies of Community Voices, the Dialogue on Race, and Conversations NRV.

Featured Speaker, Sarah Ovink

Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech 

Sarah Ovink, Assistant Professor of Sociology, specializes in higher education, Latino/a sociology, immigration, and diversity. She is a recent recipient of the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, a five-year grant in support of the project, “Broadening Participation in STEM: Intersectional and Institutional Influences on Underrepresented Minorities’ College and Career Pathways in Longitudinal Perspective.”

Featured Speaker, Wornie Reed

Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies and 

Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech

Professor Reed has taught courses, conducted research, and published numerous articles and several books on medical care, health and illness, urban communities, and criminal and juvenile justice. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Montgomery County Dialogue on Race.

Featured Speaker, Joe Szakos

Executive Director of Virginia Organizing 

Joe Szakos has served as Executive Director of Virginia Organizing since 1994. He was the founding coordinator of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and has also done community organizing in Chicago and Hungary. Joe has a Masters's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and is co-author, with his wife, Kristin Layng Szakos, of We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do—and Why, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007. Joe and Kristin also edited Lessons From the Field: Organizing in Rural Communities, published by the American Institute for Social Justice/Social Policy Magazine in 2008.  


An archive of all past Combating Racial Injustice Workshops.


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