Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:


Start: November 3, 2017 9 AM- 5 PM

End: November 4, 2017 9 AM- 5 PM


School of Social Work at Southern Universitiy, New Orleans, LA

6400 Press Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126, United States

Whether you are an educator, student, administrator, clinician, or activist these challenging times call for clarity in solidarity work with families and communities towards equity. Effectively doing so requires that our practices engage in understanding the multiplicity of personal, social and institutional locations that frame identities within historic, economic and political life. The paradigm of Liberation-based Healing locates these complexities within a societal matrix that shapes relationships of: power, privilege, and oppression- building on the foundations of Critical Consciousness, Empowerment and Accountability in order to interrupt White, Cis-Hetero-Patriarchy as a dominant discourse within a Capitalist context of Coloniality.

Founded by The Institute for Family Services (IFS), the LBHC offers strategies that promote healing by interrupting oppressive societal structures with justice-based practices.What can a participant expect at the 2017 LBHC? Here's a look at some of our returning and new speakers who will be hosted by the School of Social Work at Southern University, New Orleans for our 2017 LBH Conference:

Rhea Almeida, Lisa Dressner, José Paez, Mabel Quinones, Bamby Salcedo, Diana Melendez, Willie Tolliver, Tanisha Christie, Walter Mignolo, Ramón Grosfugel, Mimi Kim, Carolyn Tubbs and many more....

Want to know who will be at this year's LBH Conference?
Walter D. Mignolo

Walter D. Mignolo is an Argentine semiotician (École des Hautes Études) and professor at Duke University, who has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and pluriversality.

“Border thinking is an epistemology, an ethic and politics that emerge from the experiences of people taking their destiny in their own hands and not waiting for saviors.” 
 Walter D. Mignolo Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking


Bamby Salcedo 

Bamby Salcedo has produced and developed several ground-breaking programs and advocacy organizations. Her most recent employer was Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She spent eight dedicated years as the Health Education and HIV Prevention Services Coordinator at the nation’s largest and most experienced clinical program providing multidisciplinary healthcare and services to trans youth.

Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many locals, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status and more.  


Patricia Boyett 


Patricia Boyett earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi, her B.A. in history from Mississippi Valley State University, and her B.F.A. in theatre from Arizona State University.  She has worked in media as a disc jockey, in film as a story analyst, and in academia as historian. She began teaching at Loyola in 2012, and in August 2015, she assumed the position of the Director of the Women's Resource Center.

Dr. Boyett’s research has most recently focused on the struggle for racial and gender equity and justice. In 2010 she collaborated with the producers of Radio Diaries on a program for National Public Radio that examined the interracial rape case of Willie McGee and his controversial execution in Mississippi in 1951. Her book, Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi’s Central Piney Woods explores one of the most transformative racial revolutions for suffrage, desegregation, equal opportunity, and justice in the South. Her manuscript, from which she developed her book, won the Franklin L. Riley Prize (2012) and placed as a finalist in the Narrative Non-Fiction Category, William Faulkner Wisdom Competition, Words and Music Festival, (2013).

Dr. Boyett is devoted to examining modern struggles of marginalized groups to obtain justice and power. One of her favorite classes to teach is a comparative course on various case studies of oppression and resistance.  She has focused much of her creative work on women and has directed projects examining cycles of sexual and domestic abuse in families. In her position at the WRC, she is combining her experience in media, the arts, and academia to develop programming, service opportunities, and networking mediums that support the education, equity, and empowerment of women. 


Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor, founding Head of Archie Mafeje Research Institute for Applied Social Policy (AMRI) and currently Director for Scholarship at the Change Management Unit (CMU) in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA).  He is also the founder of Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) based in at the University of South Africa. 

He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated social scientist; a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); a Fellow of African Studies Centre (ASC) in the Netherlands; and a Research Associate at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University in the United Kingdom.

His major publications include: 

The Ndebele Nation: Reflections on Hegemony, Memory and Historiography (Amsterdam & Pretoria: Rosenberg Publishers & UNISA Press, 2009); 

Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist? Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2009); 

Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism? Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2011); 

Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, June 2013); 

Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization (Dakar: CODESRIA, 2013); 

Nationalism and National Projects in Southern Africa: New Critical Reflections (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013); 

Bondage of Boundaries and Identity Politics in Postcolonial Africa: The ‘Northern Problem’ and Ethno-Futures (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013); 

Mugabeism? History, Politics and Power iZimbabwe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, August 2015); 

Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines (North Carolina, Carolina Academic Press, April 2016) and 

The Decolonial Mandela: Peace, Justice and Politics of Life (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, March 2016).


Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville 

Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville is professor of education and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her book, The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2013 and was the basis for a major installation, “They Call Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition” at the Louisiana State Museum’s Presbytere unit in 2013. It was the 2016 selection of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans’ One Book One New Orleans. Her work on the Baby Doll masking tradition has been featured locally on WWNO, WRBH, WWOZ, WYES-TV’s Steppin’ Out, Off Beat Magazine, Where Ya’ At Magazine, The Times Picayune and The Advocate and nationally on National Public Radio (NPR) and Black Entertainment Television (BET). 

Dr. Vaz-Deville’s area of research includes the use of expressive arts as a response to large group social trauma with attention to women, gender, and insurgency.


Dr. Rebecca Chaisson

Dr. Chaisson has extensive experience as an educator, trainer, consultant, supervisor and administrator in both the private and public sectors, including serving as interim director for the The Institute for the Study of Race and Poverty after Hurricane Katrina. She has taught courses in social work practice,  oppression and social justice, and has conducted psychoeducational and other community seminars and workshops. She has experience as a clinician with individuals, families, and groups. Her interests include social justice from the micro to macro levels of practice and engaging social work students in activism around equity and social justice.  She is currently teaching as associate professor at Southern University School of Social Work, New Orleans.