• A Symposium on Racial Equity

2nd Annual Spring Symposium

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, with support from Casey Family Programs, Children's Home Society, Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida, Sunshine Health, and Stabilify present:


May 9 - 10, 2019

Join us as we strategize on improving the existing racial and economic disparity within our communities. We will engage on topics such as, diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, and ethical decision-making. There will be training opportunities which will equip our workforce to become aware and recognize implicit bias and work to reduce the disparity that many of our families are experiencing.


Featured Speakers

Corey Best

Corey B. Best

Corey Best is first, a dedicated father.  He is originally from Washington, DC who now resides in Florida.  This is where Corey began his transformation into leadership training, systems building, authentic family engagement, race equity, promoting protective factors, social equality and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system.  Corey has utilized his platform to re-build systems that are responsive to sharing power with constituents and optimal child and family development through prevention efforts. He is an independent consultant supported by Casey Family Programs and has been in that capacity for five years. He is currently engaged in racial equity work in Broward County. He is also certified in multiple trauma modalities and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds’ training Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work: A Resource for Action.

Khatib Waheed

Khatib A.F. Waheed

In June 2011, Khatib A.F. Waheed initiated Racial Equity Learning Exchange Sessions℠ (RELE) nationally as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator to support various judicial circuits, criminal justice systems, child welfare jurisdictions, law enforcement, mental health agencies, state agencies, and large organizations across the country who work to improve services and outcomes for children and families of color involved with juvenile justice and the welfare systems. Prior to his national work as a Presenter/Facilitator of RELE, Waheed served for eight years as a Senior Fellow for the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC from 2003 to 2011.

When Khatib is not doing RELE Sessions, he is working on a daily basis to achieve racial equity through some specific systemic reform and community building efforts. Over the past five years Khatib has been providing staff and resource oversight in four Saint Louis Public Full Service Schools that are providing counseling, therapeutic and other social service supports to students and their families who are adversely impacted by trauma, toxic stress, poverty and structural racism.

Plenary Speakers

Reiko Boyd
Panel Moderator

Reiko Boyd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Reiko Boyd is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her research focuses on empowering Black communities by pursuing racial equity in infant health and wellbeing, addressing racial disparity in the child welfare system, and countering structural inequality at the neighborhood level. Dr. Boyd earned her MSW from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves on the board of the African American Health Coalition in Houston, TX and is a member of the IMPACT Collaborative, a community-engage stakeholder group that works to improve perinatal health outcomes in the Greater Houston Area.

Emma Ketteringham

Emma Ketteringham

Managing Director, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders

Upon graduating from Northeastern University School of Law, Emma clerked first in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and then at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She started at The Bronx Defenders as a criminal defense attorney and is now Managing Attorney of the Family Defense Practice. Emma supervises attorneys, social workers and parent advocates who represent parents accused of child abuse and neglect and facing possible termination of parental rights. She participates in numerous court-based and independent coalitions to develop pro-family policies and practices in New York City, including the committee devoted to reducing racial disproportionality in foster care. In her career, Emma has worked as Director of Legal Advocacy for National Advocates for Pregnant Women where she was counsel and strategist on criminal and civil child welfare cases at the intersection of the wars on women and drugs. She has also worked as a litigation associate where she represented parents and children in civil rights actions in state and federal court, and worked on complex civil litigation.

Zuleka Henderson

Zuleka Henderson, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Columbia University

Dr. Zuleka Henderson is a lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker from Brooklyn, New York whose practice experience includes delivering school and community-based mental health services using African-centered wellness models.  Grounded in the theories of historical trauma and post-traumatic slave syndrome, her research coalesces around trauma, mental health, and conceptualizations of healing for Black people across generations. Her most recent research took a qualitative approach to examining how Black teens define trauma and healing. Currently, Dr. Henderson’s focus is on translating African-centered conceptualizations of wellness into community-based mental health spaces for Black people who do not see traditional clinical services as an option for healing.

Calvin Martin

Calvin Martin

Director of Program Advocacy and Inclusion, Guardian ad Litem

Calvin Martin has over 25 years of experience in a variety of capacities in child welfare, mental health, community assessment and engagement, cultural diversity, training delivery methods and staff development. In fulfillment of his passion for bringing diverse groups together, Calvin has successfully integrated varying aspects of intercultural communications/cultural competency skill building into his presentations and project management initiatives. As a certified trainer in racial and ethnic identity work, Calvin’s personal mission is to assist others in leading their agency in efforts to create specific strategies for securing timely outcomes for children and families, as well as increase the overall safety and long-term well-being for all children within different systems of care. In his current role, Calvin provides strategic, operational, and organizational leadership that grows capacity for intercultural competence, nurturance of diverse populations and inclusive leadership across the program. Calvin has 3 daughters with his wife of more than 17 years.

Minnora Bishop

Minnora Bishop

Disproportionality Coordinator, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Minnora “Minnie” Bishop is a proud graduate of FSU.  Dedicated to DJJ’s mission and working to turn around the lives of Florida’s at-risk youth and families, she has a passion for promoting reforms for race equity throughout the state. Ms. Bishop currently serves as the JDAI Statewide Coordinator and the Disproportionate Minority Contact Statewide Coordinator for the Florida DJJ.  She oversees the JDAI sites and state level efforts to ensure implementation of policies/practices designed to maintain equity within the juvenile system.  She is responsible for guiding the work toward the reduction of disproportionality in juvenile justice contacts and increasing race equity in communities across the state. This work directly affects school, policing, and juvenile justice practices and policies, to name a few areas.

Ask the Panel

To participate in the panel discussion on May 9, please post your questions on Twitter or directly on the Institute’s Facebook page. Be sure to tag @FSUChildWelfare in your posts!




415 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida




1:00 pm Welcome

1:30 pm Corey Best — Seeing Race, Racism and Equity without Blinders: A tour of one community's journey to strengthen families (CE Credits)

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Expert Panel Discussion  — Implicit Bias and Ethical Decision Making

5:00 pm Closing

5:30 pm Sponsored Reception


8:30 am Networking Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome and Introduction of Racial Equity Research Grant Recipients

10:00 am Khatib Waheed — Racial Equity Learning Exchange (CE Credits)

12:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 pm Racial Equity Learning Exchange (Continued) Interactive Workshop (CE Credits)

3:00 pm Closing



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