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Apr 20 2023

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

Bowman Lecture

April 20, 2023

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Room 302, Student Center East


750 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL

The poster has a black background. At the top, in gray and red lettering we have IRRPP presenting the Bowman Lecture. Below that on the left is a large photo of our speaker, Shawn Ginwright, wearing a pink sweater and smiling. Next to him on the right is his name in red letters and below that in white letters is the title of his talk,

About the event: Dr. Shawn Ginwright is IRRPP’s Bowman 2023 speaker. In his keynote, Dr. Ginwright will identify four myths of social movements, uncovering a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that ultimately hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable, systemic change. He will share why these frames won’t work and instead, propose four pivots:

  • more impactful activism
  • building transformative relationships
  • stronger, healing-centered leadership
  • championing equity and hope in educational settings and beyond

Shawn Ginwright, PhD, is a leading innovator, provocateur and thought leader on African American youth, youth activism and youth development. He is a professor of education in the Africana Studies Department and a senior research associate at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of Flourish Agenda, Inc., a research lab and consulting firm whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright’s new book is The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves. You can learn more about his work, research, and advocacy at

About the series: This lecture was established to honor Phillip J. Bowman’s contributions to UIC during his tenure as Director of IRRPP and Professor of African American Studies. It features national scholars of race, ethnicity, and public policy who provide timely analysis of issues of critical importance to the field and to communities of color.



Date posted

Jan 13, 2023

Date updated

Apr 25, 2023