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.