Power Summit Speakers May 6, 2022
I migrated from Haiti in 2021. Initially, I came to the United States for leisure, but circumstances happening back home decided my fate. The level of insecurity and political instability kept me in the United States. Haiti is a country, where you need to be strong mentally, emotionally, physically in order to live and thrive. I was born and raise in Haiti. I lived there most of my life, but my mother judge it to be safer for me to stay abroad then to go back.
My life in Haiti was good but at the same time stressful. I went to a good school, played soccer, hung out with my friends, but most importantly, I was with my mother and sister. However, the fear of never making back home after leaving school was a part of daily life.
So now, here I am in the US. Adapting to the United States was not easy, but it wasn’t too difficult either. I had to learn to live without my mother and my sisters who have been my anchors since my father’s passing. I had to adapt to a new culture, language, and way of living. I started my senior year in November 2021, two months later than the beginning of the school year. Despite the slow start, I managed to be amongst the top students of ITAVA. It was all due to hard work, dedication and the discipline that I was taught in school in Haïti.
My research interests focus on examining the long-term effects of racial, interpersonal, and intergenerational trauma and their impact on PTSD outcomes in Black adults. I am also interested in understanding Black peoples' experiences in therapy and intervention modification and development. In the future, I want to start an organization that provides free access to mental health services for community members and continue to reduce the stigma of mental health through outreach and advocacy.
I am also a podcaster (Growing Gardenias) and an MMA fighter!
Jacqueline is a founding member of the Carolina Association of Black Journalists; a past president and scholarship chairwoman of the South Florida Association of Black Journalists and a former assistant director of the University of Miami/Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop. She currently serves on the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism’s Board of Advisers.
LIONEL JEAN-BAPTISTE, JUDGE
In March of 2011, he became the first Haitian-American to be sworn in as a Cook County Circuit judge. Beyond his career, “Jean-Baptiste has always maintained his activism,” the application continued. His service in support of Haiti included “a seven-year internationalcampaign to amend the Haitian Constitution to secure dual citizenship for all Haitians born, anywhere in the world, to a Haitian mother or a Haitian father,” she noted. He is dedicated to mobilizing Haitians in the Diaspora, helping our brothers and sisters develop the nationEvanston City Council members approved on Dec. 13, 2021 an honorary street name, a portion of McDaniel Avenue between Crain Street and Dempster Street as “Honorable Lionel Jean-Baptiste Way, for Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste, recognizinghis contributions as the City’s first Haitian-American alderman, as well as the early light he shined on the issue of reparations.
CAROLE BEROTTE JOSEPH
Based in New York where she graced the stages of Harlem Week, New-York Marathon, and more, Sherlee Skai's music celebrates her origin and culture, shares her vision as an immigrant, a woman standing in front of life, hence the title of her previous album "TOUTOUNI" (Bare Naked).
Currently working on her 2nd album which will be released this year, Sherlee Skai is using her music and voice as tools to bring awareness about social justice issues, notably immigration policies in the US. As a volunteers for different organizations Sherlee has seen 1st hands the treatment black migrants receive at the US/Mexico border, and makes it her duty to advocate for more humaines treatment for those in need of protection.
Yolette Williams, LCSW-R (Chair) HAA Chief Executive OfficerMarie E. Lemy, PhD, MPH (Co-Chair) HAA SecretaryMarie Mombrum, Esq. (Co-Chair) HAA Legal AdvisorJudith W. Williams,DNP/PMHNP-BC HAA Chair, Mental Health CommitteeKathleen Luma, DNP HAA Chair, Development & ITEvan Auguste, Ph.D HAA Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee Niara Carrenard, B.A HAA MemberCarole Pierre, DDS HAA Chair, Social Committee