As Public Speaking Coordinator at Rise, Imani facilitates workshops on public speaking for the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program and CORE parent advocate training. Imani is a graduate of the 2020 Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program and has learned so much about child welfare history and family preservation. After witnessing and experiencing a lot of racial bias in the child welfare system, health care system and in workplaces, Imani is determined to raise awareness and bring healing to communities impacted the most by child welfare and other forms of systemic racism. Imani supports Rise’s work to ensure the abolition of the child welfare system. Imani supports Rise’s work to ensure the abolition of the child welfare system. She is a radical who is determined to make serious changes to the child welfare system and to empower parents who have been impacted by it.
Imani joined Rise because she believes in its mission. Any platform that allows families to tell their stories without biases or prejudices is an extremely powerful one. Imani hopes to open the pathway of people who want to tell their story to advocate for the abolition of the child welfare system.