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Parent University SELC Reflecting on Our Stories

Reflecting on Our Stories: How to have Healthy Connections with our Children about Race


Part 1: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @7:00 PM

Part 2: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @7:00 PM

This will be a virtual and interactive session led by Melle Powers and Melissa Shaw. Participants will be able to pose questions upon registering for the event.


Melle Powers

Melle Powers (Founder, Powerful Communications) has brought diversity organization assessments to life and conducted skill-building sessions within a wide variety of industries and Fortune 500 companies. She also has extensive experience within the educational sphere, facilitating programs for students (elementary aged thru college) as well as teachers, principals, and administrators. Melle began her career in the sphere of corporate anti-racism education as an Actor/Trainer, using role playing as a tool to facilitate difficult conversation. She has gone on to deliver and/or design programs for New York City law firms, international pharmaceutical companies, the NYC Department of Education, the New Jersey Bar Foundation Statewide Education Program for Teachers, Parent Groups (How to Talk to Children About Race in 2021), for the ADL “A World of Difference Institute,” and many, many others. She is co-founder and served as Managing Producer for five years of The Mud/Bone Collective, a theater company formed for and by artists of color whose original mission was to perform classical works by a diaspora of actors. She brings the wealth of this knowledge and experience to her work in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Melle is a “Certified Diversity Professional” by the Diversity Society of America, holds an MFA in Acting from NYU, and is a member of the Inclusion Allies Coalition.

Melissa Shaw

Melissa Shaw is a facilitator who offers a unique consultancy based in the arts, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and social emotional learning. She has facilitated in universities, schools, summer camps, detention centers, yeshivas, churches, corporate offices, and long-term temporary housing centers. She has led workshops for tech professionals, high school students, security guards, chaplains, non-profit managers, video game designers, Buddhist monks, school principals, older adults, NGO leaders, and the NYPD. She is a teaching artist and creative coach for various community-based organizations, including Community Word Project, Energize Your Voice, and the Lulu and Leo Fund. Melissa also facilitates a variety of anti-bias, anti-oppression, and anti-racist programs for the Anti-Defamation League and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Powerful Communications, and Fearless Futures. She was on faculty for Drew University's 2018 Institute On Religion and Conflict Transformation where she helped to foster dialogue among religious and lay leaders from around the world. She is the Arts and Communication Advisor for the Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee and was was part of the 2019 Nahum Goldmann Fellowship cohort. She is an associate artist with Falconworks Artist Group and a certified Ethno-Religious mediator. Melissa holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.