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At Bridges 2 Success, we believe in leveraging the power of our collective ambition to solve America’s minority male crisis. This ambition supersedes our individual goals, and creates key elements required to achieve and sustain excellence for Bridge Ready students.

The oft quoted ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is nowhere more apparent – or appreciated – than within our innovative and dedicated group of partners. Join us.

Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.

Dr. Johnson serves as Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and as a William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Demography, diversity, entrepreneurship, labor issues, political economy, urban issues
PhD, Michigan State University; MS University of Wisconsin at Madison; BS North Carolina Central University
Dr. Johnson examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development.

Dr. Donna-Marie C. Winn

A licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Winn holds a joint appointment as a Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Visiting Fellow at the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University.
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity, Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Winn has specialized in promoting social-emotional development, academic excellence, healthy relationship formation, and cultural competence in children and youth. Her guiding philosophy is that every child deserves appropriate and consistent affection, protection from harmful situations, healthy social connections, and compassionate and timely correction.

Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey

Dr. Harvey is currently a tenured Professor of Social Work at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
Social work, delivery of psychosocial services, development of treatment interventions that are culturally appropriate and effective
PhD, Social Work, Howard University, 1983; MSW, University of Southern California, 1972; BA, St. Peter’s College, New Jersey.
Dr. Harvey has conducted numerous workshops and trainings with a special interest on African-American families and youth. He is presently a member of the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc., National Commission on the Role of Culture and the Assessment of Risk in African American Children and Families. He has also conceptualized and implemented a number of interventions programs dealing with at risk youth.

Dr. Tawannah G. Allen

Dr. Allen serves as the Director of Doctoral Studies Program and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Fayetteville State University.
Resiliency and minority males, professional development opportunities to improve the educational outcomes of minority males, years to parity
Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSA, Fayetteville State University; MA, Education (Communication Disorders) and BS, Psychology, North Carolina Central University
Dr. Allen has facilitated trainings and lectured on the challenges African-American and Latino male students face while being educated within the public school sector. Her areas of research include successful recruiting strategies for minority teachers and administrators, minority recruitment in public schools and university settings, turnaround strategies for failing schools.

Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka

Dr. Iruka is a Scientist and Research Assistant Professor at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Optimal development of low-income and ethnic minority children 0-8 years old; Early care and education systems and environments, Family engagement, parenting, home-school partnership; Using data to improve instruction and family support
PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, FL; MA, Psychology, Boston University, MA, MS, Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, FL; BA, Developmental Psychology, Temple University, PA
Dr. Iruka has examined how early experiences impact low-income and ethnic minority children’s development, including school readiness, academic and social competence and well-being; and the role of the family and education environments and systems in this process.

Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond

Dr. Hammond is Assistant Professor of Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, a faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab.
Men’s health disparities, racial discrimination, mental health, masculinity, social determinants of health, socioemotional development of boys
PhD (Clinical Psychology); MS (Psychology); MPH (Health Behavior and Health Education) – All from U of M Ann Arbor. B.A. (Forensic Psychology), John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Dr. Hammond’s community-based research focuses on psychosocial determinants of Black male health across the life-course with an emphasis on masculinity and racial discrimination’s combined impact on Black male health disparities, mental health, and healthcare system interactions.

Dr. Enrique Neblett, Jr.

Dr. Neblett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Lab Director of the African American Youth Wellness Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Examining racial identity, coping with racism, and cardiovascular physiological responses to stress
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) University of Michigan; M.S. (Clinical Psychology) The Pennsylvania State University; Sc.B. (Psychology) Brown University.
Dr. Neblett’s research examines the association between racism-related stress and health in African American and ethnic minority youth, with a focus on racial and ethnic protective factors and mechanisms that promote youth wellness.

Dr. Micah Gilmer

A Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, Dr. Gilmer is an expert in applied research and program design.
Coaching and Athletics, Philanthropy, Organizational Development and Institutional Culture
A former Morehead Scholar, Dr. Gilmer earned his undergraduate degree in African American and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.
Recent projects include work for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pathfinder International, Open Society Foundations, the University of Michigan’s Scholars Network on Black Masculinity, and the Admiral Center.

Dr. Harvey Hinton III

Dr. Hinton is currently an Assistant Professor in the North Carolina Central University School of Education.
Urban schools, culturally relevant pedagogies, identity and character development, and educational outcomes for African American students
Dr. Hinton earned his Ph.D. (Curriculum Studies) and MS.E.D (Career and Technical Education) in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University, and a B.S degree in Industrial Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Dr. Hinton has worked with the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), the 4th Annual African American Male Conference (NCCU), and serves on advisory teams including Durham (NC) Public Schools and New Horizons Academy of Excellence.