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Rest as a Liberatory Practice

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C |  Kourtney Brown |  Chrishna Williams |  Tyrone Roper
1 Hour 30 Minutes




Today, the words self-care is seen everywhere, but did you know it was originally described as a form of political resistance? Join us as we discuss the history of self-care, how and why we practice it, and its importance to a larger liberation struggle for Black people across the diaspora. This event will be fishbowl style intended to promote dialogue with attendees. Our “panelists/ conversation starters will begin the dialogue and attendees will be invited to take part in conversation and share their own perspectives.


Planning Committee Members: 

Neijma Celestine- Donnor, LCSW-C (School of Social Work)

Danielle Harris, LCSW-C (Community Engagement Center)

Seante Hatcher, LCSW-C (School of Social Work)

Courtney Jones- Carney, PhD (Intercultural Center)

Chrishna L. Williams, MS, (School of Social Work)


Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C's Profile

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As the School of Social Work’s first assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Neijma Celestine-Donnor will help lead the school's diversity and anti-oppression efforts and guide the achievement of a new standard for inclusive excellence. As a member of the dean’s executive leadership team, Celestine-Donnor has a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff while championing organizational change.

Grounded in pursuing social justice for minority populations and supporting equity in higher education, Celestine-Donnor is an experienced leader focused on providing strategic oversight for protocols, services, and policies related to campus climate. She uses her clinical and conflict resolution skills to provide individual and systemic trauma-informed outreach, advocacy, and support for all. Her extensive experience developing, facilitating, and assessing professional development workshops, training, and programming designed to enhance the intercultural competency of students, faculty, and staff will be a tremendous benefit to the school.

Celestine-Donnor comes to the school from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of campus climate support and engagement in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a 2009 graduate of the School of Social Work’s MSW program and previously served as a clinical training instructor and adjunct faculty member at the school. In addition, Celestine-Donnor is studying for a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Kourtney Brown Related seminars and products

 Kourtney Brown(she/her) is a soon to be  graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. She currently serves as the MSW intern in School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has an interest in higher education and creating inclusive programs and initiatives.


Chrishna Williams Related seminars and products

Chrishna Williams(she/her)is the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the School of Social Work. In her current role she works to build and maintain relationships with both internal and external partners. She is He is passionate about equity, and inclusion issues and works hard to create engagement opportunities for students and alumni.

Tyrone Roper Related seminars and products

Tyrone Roper(he/him)  is the Director of UMB’s Community Engagement Center. He is passionate about community building and engagement, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.


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