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Myriam Kadeba grew up in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio and has been working at VCU since 2016. Dr. Kadeba’s areas of interest include but are not limited to multiculturalism, advocacy and social justice, international affairs, community building, and mental health. Ultimately she values helping to empower individuals and communities that hold identities that have been systemically and historically marginalized while promoting wellness, agency, community healing, and thriving.
How do you practice self-care: I see self-care as embodying and practicing love and nurturing one’s mind, body, and spirit. Engaging in self-care for me includes making sure I stay hydrated, get proper sleep and nutrition, and find ways to move my body as able. Add to the mix random dance parties with my nieces and nephews, baking and cooking elaborate recipes to share with loved ones, journaling after reading something profound, being reminded of and finding joy in the small things.
(he/him) ♎︎Office Manager
Dave Brown was born and raised in Takoma Park, a suburb of Washington DC. He attended Montgomery Blair, Takoma Academy, and Northwestern High School in Maryland. He relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 1998. He started working for VCU in 2005, and has been with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs since 2016. His work-related interests include expanding his knowledge as an anti-racist/anti-fascist, and using his privilege to work towards a more just and inclusive world.
How do you practice self-care: I practice self-care by keeping my P.M.A.(positive mental attitude) intact in a variety of ways. I find that spending time with my wife/kids/friends is a perfect way to recharge/reset myself. I am a music fanatic, and have spent a majority of my life enjoying music in a live/in-person setting. I love photography, and have had two books of my music photography published, as well as produced vinyl records by some of my favorite bands throughout the years. I’ve also worked at independent record stores for over 15 years. So, yeah, music is a big part of my self-care too.
"For tomorrow, we generate the courage today." - Paul D. Hudson
(she/they) ♏︎Programming Coordinator
Tiana Ingram is a diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner based in Richmond, VA. Growing up as a military brat she has lived all over the world, but always honors Louisiana as home. She earned a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) in May 2017. Her journey with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs first began during her undergraduate career where she served as a Diversity Ambassador and MCAP mentor.
A scholar-activist and freedom fighter, Tiana’s passion for health equity and environmental justice take life through community organizing and intersectional education. Her work and service uplift all marginalized peoples, but she holds the work to support Black womxn closest to her heart. Tiana serves as a member of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100).
How do I practice self-care: I practice self-care by honoring myself and my boundaries. I like to turn my phone off and actively rest through guided meditation, journaling and saying “no”. Audre Lorde reminds us that caring for one’s self is an act of self-preservation.
“My dreams belong to me, and in them, there is joy.” - Clifton Brown III