Who We Are

U.S. Advisory Council

Charles HF Davis III

HFDavisHeadshot Charles H.F. Davis III is the Director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at theUniversity of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. His scholarly research examines digital media in contemporary student organizing and social movements, in collaboration with the Activist Millennials Project. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where his work focused on understanding the ways in which Black men develop pro-feminist and anti-homophobic masculinities in college. Charles facilitates educational workshops, informative presentations, and inspirational speeches at colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations around the country. His writing has appeared on Ebony.comHBCU Digest, Black EnterpriseVibe.com, and Clutch Magazine. He has served as an on-air contributor to segments on Huffington Post Live, 900AM WURD Philadelphia, and local news affiliates in various cities.

Ahmad Greene-Hayes

ahmadgreenehayes Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a writer, survivor-activist, minister, and scholar. He works to combat issues of rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence in his role as the Emerging Sons Campaign Manager at Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn. He also serves as an inaugural cohort fellow of the Just Beginnings Collaborative, where his project, Children of Combahee, works to eradicate child sexual abuse in Black churches. His work has appeared on Ebony, NewBlackMan (In Exile), Racebaitr, The Root, The Feminist Wire, among many others; and he has spoken across the country on issues of race, gender, sexual violence and religion. In 2015, he was named one of five “Super Men” who organize around racial and gender justice in Black communities by Ebony magazine, and in 2016, he was honored by Planned Parenthood as a thought leader in the movement for Black lives around issues of race, gender, sexuality, and religion. In September 2016, he will begin the Ph.D. program at Princeton University in the Department of Religion. There he will also pursue graduate certificates in African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Photograph-of-Dr.-Beverly-Guy-Sheftall Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D, is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She has been involved with the national women’s studies movement since its inception and provided leadership for the establishment of the first women’s studies major at a historically Black college. Guy-Sheftall has published and co-edited numerous texts on African American and Women’s Studies, from the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1979), to Who Should Be First?: Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Election (SUNY Press, 2010). In 1983 she became founding editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. She has been honored with a National Kellogg Fellowship; a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for dissertations in Women’s Studies; and Spelman’s Presidential Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship. She is past president of the National Women’s Studies Association, and serves on the boards of the National Black Women’s Health Project, the National Council for Research on Women, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In her role as Director of Spelman’s Women’s Center, she has been involved with the development of student activism around misogynist images of Black women in hip hop as well as a broad range of social justice issues, including reproductive rights and violence against women. She teaches women’s studies courses, including feminist theory and global Black feminisms.

Rebecca Walker

rebecca_walker_hires Time Magazine named Rebecca Walker one of fifty most influential American leaders under forty because of her transformative views on race, gender, sexuality and power–an award which has been followed by many others, including the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters and an Honorary Doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is the author of the original Third Wave primer To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, in print for more than ten years and taught in Gender Studies programs around the world; the bestselling post-civil rights memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine The Future. Rebecca’s memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence was published to acclaim in the New York Times, People Magazine, the Washington Post, Babble, and on the KTLA Morning Show, NPR, and many more. Her third collection, One Big Happy Family, explores the explosion of non-traditional family configurations in the US, and includes perspectives on polyamory, transracial adoption, househusbandry and single motherhood. Her latest collection, Black Cool, explores the singular aesthetic that has helped to shape the world. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, BookForum, TheHuffington Post, Spin, Babble, Salon, Marie Claire, Glamour, Child, Plum, Essence, Vibe, Buddhadharma and several award-winning anthologies.

Paris Advisory Council

Melvina Mossé

photormngp Melvina Mossé is the Head of Public Relations for the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais.

Monique Wells

kmn-photo-048-cropped Dr. Monique Y. Wells is an entrepreneur, travel planner and a longtime member of the African American community in Paris. As co-founder of the Discover Paris! travel planning service, Dr. Wells has worked with study abroad groups from across the United States since 2001. She is the founder of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the legacy of the painter whom James Baldwin considered a close friend and mentor. Through the Wells International Foundation, she supports programs in the travel/study abroad, STEAM education, literacy, the arts, and women’s empowerment. Her most recent venture brought students from the University of Arizona to Paris to work on an art exhibition entitled Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color, held in early 2016 at Columbia University’s Reid Hall. The Friends of Beauford Delaney have preserved Beauford’s gravesite at Thiais Cemetery, arranged for its inclusion on the celebrity directory, and have installed commemorative plaques in his honor at the Hôtel Le M. and the Hôtel Odessa, sites frequented by Beauford during his Paris years.


Shannon Cain

photo-18 Shannon Cain is an award-winning fiction writer with a background in fundraising and nonprofit executive administration. During her ten-year career working with NGOs, activist groups, and the LGBT community, she founded a fundraising consulting firm that raised millions of dollars for nonprofit agencies, served on the boards of a dozen organizations, and taught people how to raise money. She was the executive director of Kore Press, an independent publisher of writing by women; the executive director of the Amazon Foundation, a private philanthropy for women and girls; and the executive director of the Women’s Health Education Project, a Harlem-based nonprofit for homeless women. Her writing has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a fellowship from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught creative writing at universities in the United States and Europe, and for the past decade has worked as a manuscript consultant and writing coach. She lives in France on a “skills and talents” visa in the arts. Her graduate school work focused on Baldwin’s short story masterpiece, “Sonny’s Blues.” For more, please​ ​visit her website​.
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