We envision that the norm for all communities, specifically African American 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.
Co-founder/Managing Director of CWI has over two decades of professional experience in senior and middle leadership within human services agencies primarily focused on housing homelessness services. It is this work that is the impetus behind Dr. Palmer's work to tackle structural systems of oppression that result in social and racial injustices such as the overrepresentation of Black/African Americans in the homeless system. She centers her teaching, research and praxis on dismantling and uprooting systems of oppression and inequity such as language that "others", silencing, and better understanding historical trauma. In addition to her work with CWI she is an Assistant Professor at Adler University, Chicago where she teaches community psychology, a diversity course, and professional development seminars.
Co-founder/Operations Director of CWI has 20 + years experience building and supporting IT, commercial, and medical operations organizations in the pharmaceutical sector. His work includes strategic partnering in designing evidence-based operations from an organization's values, mission, and strategy statements to function and role definition to cross-functional processes and practices complete with performance management objectives and measurement structures; His work has a strong emphasis on group collaborative intelligence and cross-functional process innovation. Todd is integral in advancing CWI's work through operations and fiscal management, creating systems models, research design, data gathering and analyses, project management and consulting.
Principal Consultant is an accomplished professional with extensive leadership and teaching experience in a range of learning environments including public, charter, and independent schools. She is trained by the National SEED Project to empower educators, students, and parents to help make schools, curricula and teaching modalities more gender and multiculturally equitable and just. Loraine is currently the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA