"In Honor of Black History Month––A Conversation with Cecilia Loving" In honor Black History Month, please join RAAD for this moderated conversation with Cecilia B. Loving. Ms. Loving is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Diversity and Inclusion (“CDIO”) at the New York City Fire Department, where she provides leadership for a positive and holistic work environment for over 17,000 members. She oversees a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited the Fire Commissioner’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Bravest Women Talks, Women’s Summits, Crucial Conversations, 10-Talks, Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Labs, Inclusion Strategy Videos, Inclusive Leadership Training, and other diversity and inclusion initiatives. She previously worked as a Law Enforcement Bureau Attorney and EEO Counselor for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, as well as a litigator at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where she founded the Patterson Attorneys of Color. Cecilia also worked as a litigator at Kramer Levin and the Legal Aid Society. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc., helping to create numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives for the legal profession. She is founder of the Mindfulness Group at FDNY, where she distributes both a Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter and a Mindfulness Newsletter. She is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Mindfulness and Well-Being in the Law. In addition to obtaining her Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, Cecilia obtained her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from UCLA and her MDiv from New York Theological Seminary. She recently received the New York Law School Black Law Student Association Award for Community Service, FDNY Women’s History Award, and the Women on the Front Line of Gender Justice as well as other awards. She has written several books, including God is a Lawyer Too and Ten Laws of Unlimited Success, as well as numerous articles and blogs, including “The Power of Inclusion: Treating Others Well is Essential to Our Well-Being”; “More Support for Mindfulness: Reduction of Implicit Bias”; and “Restorative Circles: Finding Solutions from Ancient Traditions.”
All parents are welcome to attend meetings of the PA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Early bird childcare will be available free of charge for parents attending the Meeting. Please note that early bird childcare will only be available for current Friends Seminary students. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Penn or Vanessa Perez.
In honor of Black History Month, all community members are cordially invited to an afternoon of celebrating African diasporic dance and culture. We will welcome guest performers and cultural educators from Wula Drum. According to the organization: "In West Africa, the Djembe drum is used to bring people together for many purposes: to communicate, celebrate and motivate. The Djembe, a cultural lineage that goes back hundreds of year, is for all humanity to experience. Through the Djembe, expression, mindfulness, and joy are cultivated." If you have any questions, please reach out to Jason Craige Harris, Director of Diversity and Inclusion.