Key Topics: Non-profit leadership, Youth leadership development, Youth activism, Community organizing, Rites of passage, Study abroad.
Bio: Cidra M. Sebastien was born in Puerto Rico to a social worker and musician educator. She developed her community organizing and leadership skills from the love and encouragement of her family, travel experiences and academic studies. She is a graduate of Hampton University (BA, English Arts) and is currently completing her Masters work at NYU’s Gallatin School, focusing on the connections between education, social justice and the arts.
As the Associate Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, she is committed to nurturing young people to become critical thinkers and social change agents. A staff member since 2001, she is a Chapter Leader of the Rites of Passage program for young women; co-facilitates the Liberation Program for youth activists; and co-facilitated International Study Programs in Ghana, South Africa, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. In 2005, Cidra was a co-awardee of the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. She then participated in an eighteen-month cooperative inquiry documented in a report called, “Taking Back the Work: A Cooperative Inquiry into the Work of Leaders of Color in Movement-Building Organizations”. This resulted in her participation in the 2008 Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice/CARPP conference in Stroud, UK and the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil as a presenter discussing the report and issues of leadership and race in the US. She was a fellow of the 2010 Council of Urban Professionals 2010 Fellows Program and the Community Resources Exchange 2012-2013 Leadership Caucus.
Selected Speaking Experience
- “Inside City Hall”, NY1 - http://www.ny1.com/content/136052/ny1-online--women-s-foundation-discussion-on--inside-city-hall--3-22-11
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
- New York University.