2017 LBH Conference

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? Take a look at our program*:


November 3, 2017 9a-5p


Big Chief Roderick Sylvas of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Tribe
Carol Bebelle, M.S. New Orleans, Essayist, Poet, Founder, Ashé


  • Critical Pedagogy and Intersectionality- Dialogue with students and audience
  • The Legalization of Whiteness and Heteronormativity & Decolonizing the African Academe

Jacqueline Battalora & Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

  • Immigrant Rights, Islamophobia & Christian Hegemony: Roots, Rage, and Race

María Pabón López & Paul Kivel

  • Creative Pathways to Liberation: Healing wounds of Coloniality

Rhea Almeida, Lisa DressnerDiana Melendez

  • Research within a space of Decoloniality

Carolyn Tubbs, Stephanie Carpizio, Katie Johnston-Goodstar & Ben Robertson

  • Reflective voices: The interruption of Coloniality in the classroom & curriculum

Students from SUNO, CSUN, Hunter, & IFS

PERFORMANCES: Markelle LaGarde from Roots Marching Band

Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa

SUNO Choir

2017 LBH Conference Arts, Dance and Music Coordinator: Tanisha Christie


November 4th, 2017 9a-5p


Frenchy Haynes Founder and Executive Director of Moving Education, Inc in collaboration with Dancing Grounds.


  • Waking up to Unspoken Truths about Structural Violence

Patricia Boyett & Cornel Pewewardy

  • Decolonizing Gendered Spaces

Bamby Salcedo, Kim Vaz & Cherice Harrison-Nelson

  • Disturbing the Western Project of Psychology Across disciplines of Social Work, Marriage & Family and Counseling Education

Willie Tolliver, José Miguel Paez & Alma Trinidad

  • The cost of Coloniality: Our bodies, spirits and our lands

Alexis Francisco


We are happy to confirm 18 Continuing Education Credits will be available for Social Workers!

We hope to see you there!

Want to know who will be at this year's LBH Conference?

José Miguel Paez

José Miguel Paez, LCSW is a full-time Lecturer as faculty at the California State University, Northridge since 2009. The 2015 LBHC was a great success in creating critical dialogue at CSUN, hosted by the Department of Social Work, thanks to Professor Paez and the inspiring mobilization by his amazing students. We look forward to the participation of CSUN students at this year's conference!

Mr. Paez received his MSW from the University of Southern California in 2001, with an emphasis on families and children. His theoretical and research interests include Postmodern Theory (Critical Race, NeoFeminism, Marxism, Queer, Self-Efficacy, and Attachment theories), Trauma and Restorative Justice, Social and Racial Justice, Intersectionality, Liberation and Transformative Based Social Work Practice, Examining social inequality and pursuing change efforts toward equity and peace. He served as a bilingual outpatient clinician for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services for 6 years. In 2007, he worked in collaboration with the USC School of Social Work, and USC Civic and Community Relations, and the USC Community Education Academy to create and develop a social work program that serves as a free community resource to residents within the area, and also as field education placement for USC first year social work graduate students. He served as the program director, field instructor, and clinical supervisor. He continues to provide ongoing consultation, mentoring, and psychoeducational trainings to families and professionals. Mr. Paez has a background in theatre, improv, spoken word, and was also a basketball coach at various levels for over 10 years.

Dr. Willie Tolliver

Willie Tolliver is Associate Professor at Hunter College, School of Social Work. Dr. Tolliver received his B.A. from Florida A&M University, B.A. with distinction, followed by an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. He then earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the Graduate School & University Center of The City University of New York. He has a range of experience in research, administration, and direct services. Dr. Tolliver has published extensively, presented and participated in various panels on challenging inequities, racism, poverty, etc. Dr. Tolliver presented at the 10th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference held at California State University, Northside, “Challenging Inequities through Decolonizing Practices and Social Action” and partnered with IFS to bring the LBHC to Hunter School of Social Work in 2016.

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).

Frenchy Haynes

Frenchy Haynes is Founder and Executive Director/ Moving Education Inc. New York, NY. A nonprofit 501c3 organization designed to enhance reading, writing, verbal as well as the inter and intra-personal skills of students in grades three through twelve by teaching meditation, yoga and a combination of dance techniques and improvisation. Mr. Haynes has worked as a professional dancer in the companies of Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Nikolais Dance Theater and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to name a few and has been a full time dance educator in the New York City Department of Education for the last 25 years.

He is collaborating with Dancing Grounds a 501c3 nonprofit organization that brings high-quality, inclusive, and accessible dance education programs to New Orleans residents of all ages and backgrounds. Dancing Grounds uses dance as a vehicle for developing youth change agents, inspiring health and wellness, and promoting social justice. Dancing Grounds was founded in March 2012 by Laura Stein and Jessi Donley. The two women shared a common vision for bringing the local dance community together and providing more high-quality, accessible dance programming for the city of New Orleans. Dancing Grounds incubated in Laura’s Bywater home. She converted her living room into a dance studio, the kitchen into an art gallery, and the backyard into an performance space. Starting with one adult Hip Hop class offered once a week, the “Speakeasy Studio” grew to serve hundreds of people by word of mouth alone. "Pop-Up Shows," multidisciplinary arts experiences co-produced with the New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies, and other arts events attracted hundreds of audience members. Fueled by the high demand for Dancing Grounds’ classes and performances, Dancing Grounds started looking for new space and stumbled upon a guardian angel, a local property developer with a vacant shotgun at 3705 Saint Claude Avenue. Dancing Grounds worked with the owner to build out a state-of-the art dance facility with two dance studios and a performance space that opened in March 2014. Now with over 20 adult classes per week and Saturday, summer, and school-based youth programs, Dancing Grounds has touched the lives of more than 1,500 young people and 3,000 adults.

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.

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. Cornel Pewewardy

Dr. Pewewardy is Comanche-Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Dr. Pewewardy served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Portland State University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership and Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas as well as adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. From 2005-2007, Dr. Pewewardy was the Dean of Academic Instruction at the Comanche Nation College in Lawton, Oklahoma.
As Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, his research explores Native American mascots in schools and media, recruiting/retention of Native students in higher education, Indigenous teaching praxis, Indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, tribal colleges/universities, transformational Indigenous schools, Indigenous identity (de)construction, Indigenous community-based participatory research methods, and ethnomusicology (digitizing tribal music). Dr. Pewewardy develops courses that emphasize and explores a pedagogy of resistance that can be applied across disciplines: Insurgent Research (Decolonizing Methodologies), Tribal Critical Race Theory, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Red Power, Culturally Responsive Teaching Indigenous Students, Power & Knowledge, Self-determination Sustainability, and the Politics of Indigeneity. He is on the Executive Committee for the newly created School of Gender, Race and Nations at PSU.

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.

Paul Kivel

Paul Kivel has been an innovative leader in violence prevention for more than 45 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men’s issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to manhood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. Paul has developed highly effective participatory and interactive methodologies for training youth and adults in a variety of settings. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions.