Farah Tanis is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Tanis is co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working at the grassroots and institutional levels to address the spectrum of gender violence against women and girls in Black/African American and other communities of color. Tanis’ work includes the development curricula, policy development, technical assistance and training focused on an intersection of social justice issues facing women and LGBTQ communities of color on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as mainstream campuses and communities. Tanis is founder and is lead curator at the Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe), which in 2013 became internationally recognized as a Site of Conscience. Tanis created Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical and multimedia art vehicle for teaching Black and Queer sexual politics in communities across the nation. Tanis is a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow (USHRN) and is a member of the Task Force on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tanis is a 2014 Feminist Majority Foundation "Ms. Wonder" Honoree for her work to address gender-violence on the nation's college campuses. Tanis is a graduate of Columbia University's School of Business, Institute for Executive Management, possesses a B.A. in Science from NYU, an M.A. in Social Work from Fordham University.
Nikki Patin is the Director of Training and Cultural Programs for the Black Women’s Blueprint. Working in the non-profit field since 2007, Patin has presented nationally on topics related to dynamics of sexual and domestic violence, victims’ services, performance poetry, body image, rape culture and LGBTQ issues. Prior to her work at Black Women’s Blueprint, Nikki Patin worked as an educator and workshop facilitator on sexual assault prevention for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case manager/program coordinator for the Center on Halsted. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker, University of Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy B. Jefferson High School (located within the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center), University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and –Stevens Point and many others. As a vocalist, Patin has been in seven bands and opened for Jill Scott at the Metro in 2000. She was also a member of Chicago’s 2001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team. In 2006, Patin was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam.
Ashley J. Hobbs
Ashley J. Hobbs is the Communications & Campus Programs Coordinator at Black Women's Blueprint. Ashley creates and curates content that best reflects the in-depth analyses and passion of Black Women's Blueprint through the organization's social media and blog. She works to engage college students in thoughtful discussion, political education and action around ending violence against Black women and girls, systemic oppression, Black feminist theory, and community organizing. Ashley is an educator, having taught developmental English at the community college level, and a writer, contributing to sites such as For Harriet, Madame Noire, and Urban Cusp. She has interviewed such change agents as poet, Gina Loring; actress, Kendyl Joi, and singer, Brave. She holds a B.A. in Communications and an MBA, as well as a certificate from The Center For Neighborhood Leadership's Effective Community Organizing Institute. Ashley is also a member of the Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association.
Sevonna Brown is the Human Rights Project Manager at Black Women’s Blueprint. She is a Reproductive Justice Advocate for women of color, as well as a full-spectrum doula and birthworker through Ancient Song Doula Services and the Doula Project. Sevonna, a recent graduate of Williams College, dedicates her work to the survival strategies Black women build from rituals, sacred truths, and the ways they honor the intergenerational narratives of their bodies and reproductive herstories. Her organizational affiliations include Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute and Standing in Our Power, a Women of Color Transformative Leadership Institute. Most recently she received the ELLA Fellowship through the Sadie Nash Leadership Programs where she will conduct a workshop series on reproductive justice for young women of color through grassroots organizing. As a survivor she seeks to bridge the connections between reproductive justice and anti-sexual violence advocacy through her cultural work, human rights lens, and womanist frameworks. She believes in every community’s right to holistically healing, radically freeing, and unconditionally loving themselves.