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Leadership Coach Examines Black Women’s Attitudes About Race And Social Activism

Carolyn Love has been awarded a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Dr. Love’s dissertation, entitled Generations Apart: A Mixed Methods Study of Black Women’s Attitudes About Race and Social Activism, examines how race influences the activities of Black women in search of political, social, and economic justice. Dr. Love is currently the principal of Kebaya Coaching – Consulting Inc., a leadership and organizational development company founded in 2004. To learn more about Dr. Love and her practitioner work, visit: To view the full text of Dr. Love’s dissertation, visit:

Talia McCray Receives Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor Award

Denverite Dr. Talia McCray has received a FulbrightScotland Visiting Professor Award to enable her to do research at Glasgow School of Art Urban Lab from January through July, 2013. She will explore techniques that accurately represent what people do in urban public spaces and their travel behavior. After finishing Thomas Jefferson High School in 1985, she attended and graduated from Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., majoring in mathematics and electrical engineering. Continuing with her education at Northwestern University, she received a MS degree in electrical engineering. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Urban Technological and Environmental Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her Ph.D. training led her to rural South Africa to study prenatal care utilization patterns, and to Quebec City, Canada, as a Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow to study lowincome women’s travel patterns. Currently, she is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Community and Regional Planning Program. She is the daughter of Pensal and the late Dr. Christophe J. McCray.

The Denver Post Editor Greg Moore Gets NABJ’s Lifetime Achievement


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced that Gregory L. Moore, editor of The Denver Post, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization’s highest honor. NABJ’s Board of Directors selected Moore for the award. Moore is one of several honorees who will be recognized at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 3 during NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando.

State Representative Beth McCann Received 2013 Legislative Excellence Award

Beth McCann State Rep. House District 8 was honored to receive the 2013 Legislative Excellence Award from the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault for her work on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. McCann also received the 2013 Distinguished Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers – Colorado Chapter – for her work in the area of mental health.

Toastmasters International Salutes Dr. Annette Sills-Brown at Scholarship Awards Gala

Annette Sills-Brown, VP of Education for the Absolutely Articulate Toastmasters Club #1272692 was honored at the 4th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship Awards Gala on March 1. Having served as a skilled and passionate educator for more than 18 years, SillsBrown, an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Denver was recognized before an audience of 400+

guests at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver and presented an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree from the Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College. Based on her exceptional efforts and unselfish, humble generosity in giving time and energy to encourage other Coloradoans in the education arena, Dr. Sills-Brown has been recognized as a true template of determination and embodiment of encouragement to other African American teachers, students, parents and educators while promoting fairness and equality for teachers everywhere. Dr. Sills-Brown is the executive director for TheEduCtr, a non-profit organization that advocates for excellence in education. Othe educational honors and professional certifications include a Master of Arts in EducationCurriculum and Instruction; Colorado Approved Program for Principal License - Type D; a dual Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Administration; and Professional Teacher License-Secondary Marketing Education.

Montbello High School Seniors Awarded $1 Million In Scholarships

To date Montbello High School’s seniors have been awarded nearly one million dollars in scholarships. The current award total of $995,436 is expected to increase throughout the remainder of the semester as the seniors continue to receive notification letters. Last year Montbello High School implemented its GradYOUate program. The program’s administrators work to ensure that 100 percent of Montbello’s seniors graduate from high school and also seek higher education. The scholarships, which are primarily academic, include offers from instate, as well as out-of-state, colleges and universities. Additionally, most of the seniors awarded scholarships are entertaining proposals from multiple schools around the country. “It’s overwhelming,” said Senior Jordan Jones-Potts, who has received over $294,000 in scholarships. “I have received several substantial offers from some really great schools, but deciding where I’m going to go to school is the fun part.” Montbello High School provides 11th and 12th-grade students with a rigorous academic curriculum and assessments program aligned to the Colorado Common Core Standards and ACT College Readiness Standards. Montbello High

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School provides a positive and supportive environment that encourages the development of the whole student.

CABJ Officer Kevin Hartfield Completes 20th Year As NPPA Instructor CBS4

Investigative photojournalist Kevin Hartfield was the only African American photojournalist instructor at the News Video Workshop presented by the National Press Photographers Association last month, in Norman Oklahoma. The workshop, which has been ongoing for 53 years attracts students from all over the world. In addition to the core skill sets added to the assignments, critique sessions included teachers who instructed students on how to work with data-driven journalism, the art of mobile reporting, social media, and news writing for photojournalists. News Video Workshop participants shot with DSLRs, HD video cameras, and in some cases video on smart phones. Students also wrote, edited, built code, and at the end of the week left Oklahoma with the skills to be a better journalist, a stronger storyteller, and with a renewed commitment to journalism.

Bonds Named New Principal For Collegiate Prep Academy

Dr. Darryl Bonds was selected as the principal of Collegiate Prep Academy due to his proven track record of raising student achievement as a school leader. In his current role as the principal of Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Dr. Bonds increased graduation rates from 58 to 72 percent over a two-year period. Dr. Bonds’ experience includes seven years as a teacher and 23 years as a principal. In addition to improving Wasson’s graduation rate, his leadership at North Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 yielded a 32 percent growth rate in 6th grade reading, the highest single year CSAP gains in district history. In 2012, Dr. Bonds was named the Family Nation Youth Empowerment Outstanding Educator of the Year. He has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Capella University.

DUS May 2013  

Denver Urban Spectrum May 2013 Issue

DUS May 2013  

Denver Urban Spectrum May 2013 Issue