About Us


Core Values

  • Fairness is about restoring balance to social situations where it has been lost or bringing balance where it has never been established.  
  • Awareness shines the spotlight on realities kept hidden and voices silenced as a result of the prevailing social system.
  • Compassion seeks engagement, empowerment, and connection; and
  • Excellence ensures rigorous scholarship and evidence-based change methodologies. 

  • We are committed to driving evidence to improve our knowledge, understanding and practice resolutions on the effects of race-based phenomenon.  
  • We seek to put a FACE on the experiences of minority populations within the context of the prevailing social structure. 
  • Our practice model is community-focused, culturally responsive and social-justice oriented. 


We envision that the norm for all communities, specifically those of color is wellness--where all members' needs are met and resources are plentiful and sustainable. We see CWI as one of the premier catalysts for bringing about this change. 


Our mission is to generate scholarly social science research and use other external data that answers questions pertaining to factors and indicators that support resilient communities. We seek to synthesize our research, other datasets and pivotal findings into best practices, principles and models to inform academia, practice and policy, and partner with other community builders seeking to promote resiliency, strengthen, and heal communities, with a focus on communities of color. 

Leadership Team

Geraldine Palmer, Ph.D., Cofounder/Managing Director earned her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from National Louis University, Chicago and M.S. in Human Services Administration from Spertus College., Chicago. In addition to helping to build CWI, she is an adjunct faculty member at Adler University, teaching community psychology, social psychology and diversity and individual differences courses.  

Todd Rogers, M.S., Cofounder/Operations Director Todd earned his M.S. in Organization Psychology from Adler University, Chicago.  He is currently the Senior Change Manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals and has over 10 years of experience in project and change management, communication design and systems development. 

Partners In addition to our leadership team, we partner with a number of other community psychologists and leaders, scholars, facilitators, community activists and advocates, medical professionals, and more to help us carry out our work in all areas.