Keynote Speaker

Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D. is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development.

Shawn Ginwright Ph.D. roundDr. Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Dr. Ginwright is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adults in transforming their schools and communities. Flourish Agenda does this through its Radical Healing model, which builds social-emotional well-being and leadership development through transformative experiences and new technology tools.

Dr. Ginwright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Endowment, with oversight of a $3 billion endowment to improve the health of California's underserved communities. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning at the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

In 2011, Dr. Ginwright was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the State Department for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. Dr. Ginwright is the author of Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart, Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture, and co-editor of Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth. In 2010, he published Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America.

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A Pivot to Healing Centered Leadership: Reimaging Justice, Reimaging Ourselves

Dr. Ginwright will present his Keynote Address at the Lunch General Session on Wednesday, April 27 from 12:30PM-1:30PM in the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In his keynote, Dr. Shawn Ginwright will identify the four myths of social movements – a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable, systemic change. He will share why these frames won’t work, proposing instead four pivots for more impactful activism and stronger, healing-centered leadership.

Do you have a relevant and thoughtful question for Dr. Shawn Ginwright? Help guide and shape the community conversation. Submit your questions here through April 15, 2022.

Meet the Authors

Dr. Ginwright will also be participating in our Meet the Authors event on April 27 from 1:30PM-2:30PM and April 28 from 2:30PM-3:30PM in the Exhibit Hall, booth 339.

The Four Pivots front cover Shawn Ginwright PhThe Four Pivots
Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D., breaks down the common myths of social movements–a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that actually hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable systemic change. He shows us why these frames don’t work, proposing instead four revolutionary pivots for better activism and collective leadership:

  • Awareness: from lens to mirror
  • Connection: from transactional to transformative relationships
  • Vision: from problem-fixing to possibility-creating
  • Presence: from hustle to flow

Supplemented with reflections, prompts, cutting-edge research, and the author’s own insights and lived experience as an African American social scientist, professor, and movement builder, The Four Pivots helps us uncover our obstruction points. It shows us how to discover new lenses and boldly assert our need for connection, transformation, trust, wholeness, and healing.

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