The May 19, 2021 virtual summit will bring leaders together to discuss trauma and resilience at the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. This summit spotlights the trauma of adverse community experiences, illuminating the deep trauma of discrimination, racism, and poverty. Participants will deepen their trauma knowledge, learn from leaders and organizations leading diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work, and discuss strategies to build an equity-centered, trauma-informed, resilient community. Our keynote speakers will be Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD and Kirby L. Wycoff, PsyD, EdM, MPH, NCSP.

In addition, this summit will offer 14 breakout sessions. Learn from and with these amazing leaders on a range of topics, with opportunity for more intimate discussion and resource sharing! View the breakout session descriptions below. Our deep thanks to these leaders for sharing their time and expertise!

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is the President of the Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY. He provides Racially Focused, Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organizations throughout the US and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY. He is the author of multiple books, including, Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications; Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners; Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender; and Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence. Additionally, Dr. Hardy has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Kirby L. Wycoff

Dr. Kirby L. Wycoff is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She serves as the Director of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Behavioral Health at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Wycoff is a dynamic and innovative leader whose professional work is situated at the intersection of mental health, public health and public policy. A strategic thinker and communicator, Dr. Wycoff excels at seeking out solutions to complex problems in order to deliver value-building results. She is the Principal Investigator on multiple research projects utilizing Community-Based Participatory Research and is a regular contributor to publications that highlight the intersection of psychology, public health and trauma. Additionally, Dr. Wycoff serves as an internal and external organizational consultant with extensive experience working with educational, health care, and community systems to bring about meaningful change. Dr. Wycoff achieved her Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University, her Master of Education from Columbia University, her Master of Public Health from Dartmouth College, and her Executive Leadership + Management degree from Yale University.

Rio Holaday

The afternoon keynote address will be graphically recorded! Graphic recording is the real-time translation of conversations or presentations into text and pictures. Rio will be doing 3 things live: (1) Listening to what’s being said, (2) Synthesizing themes, connections and key quotes, and (3) Documenting the conversation using words and images, which is the part you actually see! Rio will finish up the graphics after the summit and we’ll share them with you afterwards.

Rio’s background is in public health and social justice, and she is a Culture of Health Leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Rio became a graphic recorder after a career in public health because she believes listening and witnessing, making people feel heard, and making conversations accessible are needed to make change. Learn more about Rio Holaday here!

Virtual Community Summit: Breakout Sessions

Presenters: Robert K. Reed, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Special Initiatives, Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Lisa Kessler Peter, Associate Administrator, Sound Community Solutions; and Shannon Robinson, Reentry Specialist, Friends Rehabilitation

Description: This session will first focus on the impact of mass incarceration and the changes that need to happen to reduce America's mass incarceration mindset by applying trauma-informed lessons. As ending mass incarceration will further strain the prisoner reentry system, this session will then explore what steps are being made to improve the prisoner reentry system and what needs to happen to create a trauma-informed reentry system.

Learning Objectives:
This session addresses these questions:

  1. Why is there still mass incarceration?
  2. What is being done and needs to be done to reduce mass incarceration?
  3. What is prisoner reentry and what are the challenges that impact reentrants?
  4. What is the future of prisoner reentry applying a trauma-informed lens?
  5. Why should we be hopeful that we are moving in the right direction?

Presenters: Carolyn Lewis, PsyD, Executive Director, Behavioral Health Staff Development & Training, Merakey; and Caryn Wetcher, PsyD, Performance Development Team, Merakey

Description: Explore the concepts of minority stress and sexual stigma and how they can lead to physical and mental health disparities. Strategize ways you can be a strong ally and create an affirmative environment for individuals who identify as part of the LGBT+ community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define sexual stigma and minority stress.
  2. Learn the differences between key identifiers.
  3. Identify disparities for LGBT+ individuals.
  4. Describe ways to advocate and identify as an ally.

Presenters: Kristin Chapin MS, Associate Director, YWCA Bucks County; Marissa Christie MS, President & CEO, United Way of Bucks County; Erin Lukoss, CEO & Executive Director, Bucks County Opportunity Council; and Tammy Schoonover ACSW, LSW, Chief Program Officer, Bucks County Opportunity Council

Description: The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation was co-created by Bread for the World Institute and NETWORK as an interactive tool that helps people understand racial inequality at the structural level and how it connects with social justice issues, like ending hunger and poverty. YWCA Bucks County, Bucks County Opportunity Council, and the United Way of Bucks County are collaborating to bring this learning simulation to our community.

The purpose of this learning simulation is to help participants understand the role of racial inequity in policies and their implementation. Participants will learn how federal policies created structural inequalities in many areas, such as property ownership and education, and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color. The simulation guides participants to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to ending hunger and poverty in the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why racial equity is important to address structural inequality.
  2. Discuss racial equity within our organizations, groups, and/or communities.
  3. Incorporate a racial equity lens into our daily work, life, policies, practices, advocacy, and more.
  4. Gain approaches to explain the importance of applying a racial equity lens when working to end hunger, poverty, health or achieve goals in other issue areas.

Presenters: Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, President of the Eikenberg Academy for Social Justice and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY

Description: As we reflect on the trauma of discrimination and injustice, what are the questions that emerge? What don’t we know? What should we be asking of ourselves and others? How will we build a movement for change in our community? This facilitated session by morning Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, will invite conversation to inspire our examination of the deeper questions and challenging conversations we want and need to have to build equity-centered, resilient communities.

Learning Objectives:

Engage in brave space and conversation on the tough questions that we want and need to ask to build equity-centered, resilient communities.

Presenters: Caroline Campbell and Pearl Calica, Lakeside Global Institute

Description: The emotional and physical cost of being an engaged and empathetic caregiver can be an occupational hazard. Considering the potential impact of vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burn-out, caregivers are provided with critical steps in identifying signs and symptoms of each. Additionally, practical skills and a commitment to self-care are an integral part of this interactive session.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and distinguish between the various ways trauma impacts professionals.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress for individuals and organizations.
  3. Distinguish the difference between compassion fatigue and empathy fatigue.
  4. Discover risk and protective factors related to secondary and vicarious trauma.
  5. Develop a self-care plan.

Presenters: Jesse Kohler, CTIPP Executive Director; Suzanne O'Connor, CTIPP Executive Board Member; and Diane Wagenhals, CTIPP Executive Board Member

Description: This session will focus on advocacy and policy reform that will help participants understand best practices in advancing trauma-informed, equitable policies and practices for our community. Board Members and the new Executive Director for the national Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) will provide an overview of trauma policy, CTIPP’s current policy agenda and opportunities to develop and practice an advocacy “pitch.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Share CTIPP history accomplishments and current policy agenda.
  2. Equip trauma-informed advocates with information and skills needed to educate policymakers.
  3. Connect participants to trauma resources.

Presenters: Karen Kutzner (BCAT); Carly Bruski, LSW (MCAT); Stephanie Shantz-Stiver (NOVA, BCAT); Carla Clanagan (Worthwhile Wear, MCAT) BCAT, Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking MCAT, Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Description: This session will provide an overview of human trafficking as a human rights issue, both labor and sex trafficking, including information from research done about traffickers and buyers. Some of the influences and adversities that are associated with vulnerability to exploitation and victimization, including the topics of trauma and resilience as they relate to this population, will be presented. Some options for prevention and restorative services will be identified, as well as opportunities for engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To create awareness of the issue of human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking.
  2. To present information about traffickers, buyers, and victims.
  3. To consider vulnerabilities related to trauma and adverse experiences.
  4. To share information about local and national resources.

Presenters: Jaymie Campbell Orphanidys, PhD, MEd, MA, Director, Diversity Equity Inclusion Education, Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health; and Brenda E. Snipes, MBA, MHA, MSHRM, Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, Enterprise Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Description: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) continue to experience negative outcomes in healthcare that stem from implicit and explicit racial biases. Implicit and explicit racial biases can take the form of microaggressions in healthcare, and microaggressions research indicates that experiencing microaggressions can lead to racial trauma for BIPOC. In this session, the facilitators will describe racial disparities in health care for BIPOC with a focus on the experiences of Black and Brown patients. By the end of the session, participants will have a working understanding of the impact of racial trauma and how to take a healing centered approach using the BIPOC Racial Microaggressions Recovery Model.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe racial disparities in healthcare for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
  2. Understand the impact of racial microaggressions in healthcare.
  3. Define the four steps to the BIPOC Racial Microaggressions Recovery Model.

Presenters: Gwen Soffer, MSW, TCTSY-F, Wellness and Intake Coordinator, Nationalities Service Center; and Ocelia Stanley, Community Resource Coordinator, Nationalities Service Center

Description: This session presents the trauma experienced by refugees and asylum seekers now living in the US. Using the Nationalities Service Center’s Wellness Program as a model, various wellness services will be introduced as potential methods of healing. The session will include time for questions and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Establish a foundational understanding of the Triple Trauma Paradigm of the refugee and asylum seeker experience and potential services and healing modalities.

Presenters: Dhruv Shejpaul, MS, Multicultural Diversity Education and Training Facilitator, Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie, PA; Hank Goldberg, MA, Multicultural Diversity Education and Training Facilitator, Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie, PA; and Laura Kauffman, MS, Programs Education & Training Manager, Welcome Workplace Program, Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie, PA

Description: Cultural humility is the framework to developing our intercultural competency and it is a life-long learning process. Through self-reflection and self-critique, individuals learn about another’s culture by examining one’s own beliefs and cultural identities. Learn skills to interact effectively with others, recognize and challenge power imbalances and navigate differences while managing emotions and building intercultural literacy. Throughout our cultural journey, we face challenging situations that can cause us to pause in the life-long journey of developing our cultural competency. All of us possess barriers that challenge us on our journey given the implicit and explicit messages we receive as a result of socialization. We will explore how to recognize these barriers, identify our own biases and learn how to manage these unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that they do not develop into stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination. We will also explore biases across groups through narrative storytelling and examine how to bridge the gaps with communication, understanding and empathy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the framework of intercultural competency and cultural humility.
  2. Gain awareness of cultural stereotypes and biases.
  3. Learn skills to bridge gaps through communication, understanding and empathy.

Presenters: Taechin Yu, MD, MHCM, OBGYN - Mainline Health and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of OBGYN and Reproductive Services, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Description: This session will present the socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities related to infant and maternal healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a high-level view on socio-economic status and infant and maternal health impact.
  2. Gain a high-level view on racial and ethnic disparities and infant and maternal health impact.

Description: Our faith identities bring us strength, connection, and service to and with one another in the community, contributing to personal and community resilience. Our faith identities can also lead to discrimination, especially for minority religious groups. This session will explore faith-based discrimination in the US and locally, as well as how people of faith can be agents for social change and catalysts to reduce discrimination.


  • Dave Eckert, MDiv, CPRP, Associate Pastor of Grace Community Church, Chalfont and Director of Intersect at Access Services
  • Rabbi Gregory Marx MHL, DHL, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Or
  • Aziz Nathoo, Muslim Interfaith Teacher, Preacher, and Peace Activist
  • Reverend Charles W. Quann, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Spring House, PA
  • Akkaraju Sarma, MD, FAAFP, Bharatiya Temple & Bharatiya Cultural Center

Moderator:Jim Walters, Montgomery County Health & Human Services and Multi Faith Coalition

Learning Objectives:

Identify examples of faith-based discrimination both nationally and locally, understand how different faith communities experience discrimination, and explore how people of faith can reduce discrimination and be agents for social change.

Presenter: Tomea Sippio-Smith, M.S. Ed., J.D., K12 Policy Director, PCCY, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Description: This session will focus on the role and impact race plays on equity in education, informing attendees about equity in schools in the Philadelphia suburbs; explaining how state education funding impacts public schools; training attendees on how to advocate for equity for students in schools; and training attendees how to advocate for fair education funding in public schools.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees should understand the impact inequity and underfunding has on students in Pennsylvania's public schools and be informed of at least 3 ways to advocate for change after attending the session.

Presenter: Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, Executive Director, CEO, ACLAMO Family Centers

Description: Multiple socioeconomic and social determinant factors disproportionately impact the health and wellness of the Latino community. There are specific barriers our Latino families are experiencing in Montgomery County as Latino communities are disproportionally impacted by the virus. ACLAMO’s focus has been to help vulnerable community members overcome these challenges in accessing important resources as many of our community members have been left behind by mainstream providers and impacted by structural inequalities. Join us as we share our experiences working directly with our community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of the COVID 19 impact in Latino communities
  2. Identify barriers, concerns and challenges
  3. Share interventions to improve access to services and resources

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Thank you to our Summit Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

The Montgomery County Foundation Inc.
VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn

Gold Sponsors

Abington Jefferson Health

Silver Sponsors

Eastern Diversified Services

CEU Sponsor

Gwynedd Mercy