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Karlene Griffiths Sekou

Karlene Griffiths Sekou is passionate about the equal dignity, sacred worth and flourishing of all persons. Through decolonial theory, frameworks and praxis, she works across multiple disciplines, networks, and sectors to ensure intersectional and ecological paradigms for creating equity and justice for subaltern populations. Ms. Griffiths Sekou has over twenty-years of professional experiences as a grassroots community public health practitioner, administrator, strategist, and community organizer in the areas community engagement, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS prevention, and health equity both in the U.S. and internationally. Currently, she is the Principle of the Dignity Project International focuses on human rights, public policy, and Governance where she serves as advisor and strategist, as well as offers consultancy and trainings to governments, organizations, and civil society.

Karlene particularly focuses on land sovereignty, indigenous rights, gender justice, and building social movements as well as interlinking Movements’ solidarity networks.

Her work spans across borders to include Latin America and the Caribbean, South Africa, the U.K., and France strengthening grassroots organizing and supporting equity and justice centered civil society and religious organizations. Ms. Griffiths Sekou is an international public speaker, public theologian, trainer/facilitator and pastoral counselor. She holds a Master of Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University, and is currently a student at Harvard Divinity School studying Religion, Ethics and Transnational Politics in which her research and interests centers decolonial theory, transnational assemblages of religion and spirituality, gender, culture, art, and social movements. Rev. Griffiths Sekou enjoys being in the sun, travel, ethnic foods, music, and her four-year old son Lalibela, who prefers to be called Lion.

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