Deena Hayes has over 15 years of experience as a community organizer. Her training experience includes community based organizing as well as institutional organizing.
She is currently training with several anti-racist organizations presenting an in-depth analysis on the impact of systemic and historically constructed racism on contemporary systems and institutions across the United States, including Alaska. Her institutional work has been primarily in the areas of Social Services/Health and Human Services, public/private education, Higher Education, Judicial/Disproportionate Minority Contact initiatives, public health and non-profits. She was initially elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. She currently chairs the Achievement Gap, School Safety Committee and the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory Board. She serves on the board of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum a project of Sit-In Movement, Inc. Deena is a former Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Greensboro and has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding leadership. Deena lives with her family in Greensboro, N.C.









Dr. Raul Quiñones-Rosado

Dr. Quiñones-Rosado is a social justice educator, racial equity organizer and trainer, and integral change consultant. A social psychologist, he is author of Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation. Raúl is founder of c-Integral through which he teaches the consciousness-in-action approach. He established the Institute for Latino Empowerment (ILE) in Northampton, MA, and was a founding member of Ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action in Puerto Rico. He has developed and conducted numerous Latino empowerment, leadership development and organizational transformation efforts with low-income community members, college students and educators, government workers and administrators, as well as in corporate settings.

For close to twenty-five years, Raúl has designed and organized anti-oppression strategies, and provided Latino leadership development opportunities in the US and in Puerto Rico. During this time, he has been part of a large network of anti-oppression educators and organizers in struggles against racism, sexism, colonialism, militarism and other forms of oppression. As someone deeply committed to social justice, racial equity and cultural transformation, Raúl is also a part of liberation spirituality, transpersonal psychology and integral development movements, seeking to create greater awareness and effective praxis that integrates self-development and contemplative practice with social, economic, political and cultural transformation.

Raúl is currently working to organize Latinos and people working within Latino communities in North Carolina through the Racial Equity and Latino Challenges in the Struggle Toward Racial Equity workshops.


Suzanne Plihcik is a community organizer, trainer and facilitator living in Greensboro, NC. She works locally and across the nation with communities and organizations working to strengthen grass root and institutional relationships through an increased understanding of systemic racism. In Greensboro, she and her colleagues sponsor anti-racism workshops, teach the skills of anti-racist organizing and organize community members and activists to work for social justice issues. She was executive director of the National Alliance for Non-Violent Programming, a coalition of national organizations seeking to reduce violence in entertainment through media-literacy. Her community experience includes extensive work organizing for changes in public schools and city government, as well as service on the Commission on the Needs of Children. She is a founding member of the Greensboro Public School Fund, rewarding innovation in teaching and Dance on Tour, a professional dance experience for children. She has served on the national boards of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations and the Association of Junior Leagues International, where she served as President. Locally, she has served as a member of many boards of directors, including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Greensboro Community Initiative, the YWCA, the Greensboro Civic Entrepreneur Initiative, and Uplift Inc. She is the recipient of the Kathleen Price Bryan Award for community service, the YWCA Women of Color Committee Community Service Award, and was the Greensboro Woman of the Year in 1994. She is the co-recipient of the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for race relations.


Young Adult Trainer and Organizer, Matthew Bell, is a resident of Greensboro, NC.  Matthew has attended and coordinated Anti Racism trainings as a middle school student.  Over the past few years he has worked with other anti racist youth advocates to raise awareness of the role of young people in a movement for systems transformation and social justice. His experience working and volunteering locally gave Matthew experience in challenging young adults to examine how racism impacts their lives, personally and systemically.  Matthew joined REI in 2012 as a trainer and is helping to coordinate youth organizing efforts that can empower young adults to create lasting change through racial equity and collective redress.

Matthew is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and attended the Young Adult Leadership Training through the Children’s Defense Fund.