Yours, Mine, Ours: Perspectives and Conversations

Date: 5/7/2013
Time: 8:00 - 5:00
Fee: $35.00
Riverfront Banquet Center
1 Riverfront Ctr W
Flint, MI 48502
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The successful rebuilding of our community requires alliances between people and organizations in every sector of our society. By collaborating with each other, we can develop plans to narrow systemic disparities and grow the community.

Join us on May 7th for an interactive day to create a springboard for intimate conversations and public dialogue to build bridges of understandings that are culturally significant, inclusive, responsive, and collaborative.



Tendaji Ganges works as Assistant to the Chancellor and Executive Director of The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives at the University of Michigan-Flint.   He is a member of the Antioch College Alumni Board, and a community activist in the areas of social justice issues generally and anti-racism specifically.

 This is a link to some of Tendaji’s work:



Valaida Fullwood, author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists.  Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida Fullwood brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, creative consultant and project strategist. Her client base ranges widely and her interests center on social innovation in philanthropy, education and the arts.

 This is a link to her site:  



Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser are the co-authors of You’re Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You’re Still Wrong): Conversations between a Devoted Conservative and a Die-Hard Liberal. 

Jacob is President of All of Life (, a non-profit focused on mindfulness-based mental health education. During his Ph.D. program in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he was invited to help develop and co-facilitate a liberal-conservative dialogue course for undergraduates, the first of its kind in the nation. Since then, he has published 12 peer-reviewed articles on dialogue and long-term outcomes of depression treatment. Jacob is married to Monique Moore, with one baby boy who makes sure his daddy smiles at least 9 times a day.

 Phil teaches political theory at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he also serves as the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.   He is the author of United We Fall: Ending America’s Love Affair with the Political Center  (Praeger, 2008) and co-editor of Tales of the State: Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy (1997), and the author of essays and book chapters on a variety of subjects. Phil is also an accomplished musician. Currently a member of Ten Speed Taxi, Phil has been playing drums for some 35 years.

Here are links to some of the work they are doing:



Ozzie Rivera is director of Community Engagement for Southwest Solutions in Detroit and has held influential positions at many important agencies and institutions, including ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), Latino Family Services, Wayne County Community College, Madonna University, the Michigan Department of Human Services, and more.  Ozzie is also an educator, artist and musician. He is an acclaimed percussionist and has led the bands BombaRica and Orquesta La Inspiracion, which are both known for their innovative and infectious rhythms.  “I have many different interests, but they all have a common theme,” Ozzie said. “They all serve to bring people together and try to accomplish good things.”

 This is a link to a little of what Ozzie is doing:





The online registration for this professional development event is now closed. If you are interested in attending, please contact the BEST office at 810-232-8000. Please note that registration fees are higher once the online registration has been closed.