•Directed an arts & education pilot project to restore historical/cultural knowledge of Rhode Islanders of African descent, funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

•Directed a Ford Foundation-funded project to diversify a national network of women’s research, policy and advocacy centers

•Spearheaded Toni Morrison Tribute to Ida B. Wells biographer Paula Giddings 

•Initiated NCRW fundraiser dinner with Angelique Kidjo, singer from Benin

•Co-chair with Gloria Steinem and Joanne Shenandoah of Matilda Joslyn Gage (women’s suffragist, abolitionist) Fundraising Campaign


• Workshop for Pre-trial officers in Kentucky for Kentucky Pretrial Services: 30th Anniversary & Conference, created, facilitated sensitivity training

• Consultant, Diversity curriculum for police officers in Rhode Island

• Symposium co-organizer, Miami U. and the Freedom Center: “Gendered Resistance: Women Opposing Sexual and Economic Subjugation in Global, Historical and Contemporary Contexts”

• Consultant, Conducted oral histories of Brooklyn residents on early African American history and possible Underground Railroad sites for AKRF, Inc. Environmental and Planning Consultants, New York City

• Advisor, Margaret Garner Opera Steering Committee at Cincinnati Opera & The Year of Margaret Garner at the New York City Opera: Implemented community dialogues on the historical, anthropological and fictionalized versions of this true story

• Advisor for students who revised tour narratives and public education programs to include history of African Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic groups at the Dinsmore Homestead, 1840s plantation in Boone County, KY

• Consultant, Sickle Cell Research Project: Collected and analyzed racial/ ethnic data in the screening of newborns for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

• Expert Witness: Provided testimony in successful asylum cases of Yemenis seeking healthcare in the United States or escaping from domestic violence


• Coach, Advisor: for Colgate University students who created, evaluated and revised a web site that provided cultural sensitivity guidelines for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica, NY, used for ten years after website transferred to St. E’s - Community Service classes


• Diversity Award for Staff Excellence, University of Rhode Island, Multicultural Center, 2014

• Mini-grant, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, for “Understanding Our Past, Creating Our Future,” Arts & Education Project, 2010

• Toni Morrison Society Bench by the Road Award, 2005

• Royal Netherlands Embassy, Sana`a, Grant for “Murshidat,” Yemen Video Project, 1998-99

• Fulbright Scholar Award (Research in Yemen), Jan-May 1996

• American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) Fellowship, 1994

• New York University Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship and Stipend, 1983-86

• Social Science Research Council Fellowship (Middle East Program), 1983-84

• Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 1982-83

• Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Arabic), 1978-1982



• African Burial Ground, NYC
• Borough Manhattan Community College, NYC
• African American Museum, Hempstead, NY
• Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach, FL
• Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, FL
• Palm Beach County Library System, FL
• Black Women Rise, Multigenerational, Multiracial Gathering, West Palm Beach, FL


• Brown University, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice; and
• Center for the Study of Race in America
• U Mass, Dartmouth, NEH sponsored Workshops for school teachers
• New Bedford Historical Society, MA
• Africana Studies, Multicultural Center, URI
• Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
• Bristol Community College, M

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