Swag Bender with Dr. Dariel "DT" Henry is a conversation about education, culture, football, and motivation.
Swag Bender Ep 033 “Black College Males & Suicide Ideation” (Part 2) w/guest Dr. Malissa Sanon
Dr. Malissa Sanon has successfully defended her dissertation from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology program. Her concentration is in higher education. Sanon has presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) in 2016, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in 2017, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in 2018, Student Leadership Summit in 2020, and Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) in 2020. Currently, Sanon’s dissertation, If You Can’t Make a Sound, Make a Peep: A Narrative Inquiry of the Lived Collegiate Experiences of Black Male Students Who Dealt With Suicide Ideation, focuses on Black men and their mental health, how they choose to get help, and what resources and support they deemed most helpful when they do seek help.
As a Haitian first-generation college student, Sanon has first-hand experience of hardships. She understands the importance of addressing mental health issues and would like to continue to promote mental well being. Her interest in mental health is inspired by her lived experience, her family, and her community. Her aim is to encourage and empower others facing hardships through her research, writing, and presentations. Sanon earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her first master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a second master’s degree and Ph.D in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. It is important that Sanon tells her story of challenges so that others may be encouraged and continue their pursuit of higher education. Sanon is the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Swag Bender Episode 32 “When Education, Access, Social Justice, and Community Impact meet” w/guest Nick Figueroa
Nick Figueroa is currently the Chief of Family and Community Engagement for the Providence Public School District. Before transitioning to the District, Nick served as the Executive Director of College Visions, college access, and college success nonprofit, and also serves as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University teaching Human Rights and Community Development. A social justice advocate, Nick has served as a member of the political action committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and also served as an officer with the NAACP in Rhode Island. Recognized for his advocacy, Nick served a term as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, State Advisory Council after being nominated by U.S. Senator Jack Reed. Locally, he has served as a board member at Times Squared Academy, a charter school dedicated to teaching STEM-related programs, and the Paul Cuffee Charter School. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nick Figueroa was awarded by the Women’s Resource Center in Newport, Rhode Island with the prestigious "Men Who Make A Difference Award" in 2017. Additionally, he is a co-founding member of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island chapter of the New Leaders Council.
Nick holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his undergraduate work in Public Administration at Roger Williams University.
Swag Bender Ep 031 “Leading Sports while Helping Men Discover & Walk in Purpose” with guest Tony Price
Tony Price is the Athletic Director at Randolph High School in Randolph, Massassachussets. In addition, he is a commissioned Missionary of the historic Twelfth Baptist Church of Boston and serves on the Board of Trustees. He has answered the call TO GO and encourage others through Biblically-based workshops, seminars, and lectures with practical applications.
A passionate coach and former athlete, Tony has made the qualities and life lessons from his coaching and leadership experience the foundation of his work with men and those who care for them. Tony conducts sessions attended by men and women and has a shared platform with some of the most renowned preachers and teachers of today.
Tony is a native of Wilmington, Delaware was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. Tony earned a Bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and a Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Always in pursuit of excellence, Tony also attended Spirit of Faith Bible Institute and is currently studying at Harvard University via the EDX Program.
Tony lives by the Biblical verse “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19
Swag Bender Episode Ep30 (Part 3) An Intellectual Conversation About Hip-Hop with guest Austin Ashe
He is the Associate Director, MIT Sloan Undergraduate Education & PhD candidate at UMass Boston. His research examines using Hip-Hop to inform pedagogy:
Swag Bender Episode 029 "Jim Crow Sociology: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology" with guest Dr. Earl Wright II
Earl Wright II is a Professor of Sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Born and raised in Memphis, he graduated with a diploma from Trezevant High School in 1989 and later that year entered Kentucky State University (K-State) on a football scholarship. After a successful two year stint as the team’s starting wide receiver, he was ‘compelled’ to leave Frankfort because of the low-grade point average (0.7) he earned while pursuing a major in “football” and minor in “partying.” It is provident that he left K-State since it is likely that he would not have graduated had he remained. Upon his return to Memphis, he began to take college seriously and eventually earned the BA (1994) in History and MA (1997) in Sociology from the University of Memphis. In 2000 Earl took the doctorate in Sociology at the University of Nebraska, where he founded a chapter of the Black Graduate Student Association. Later that year he joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida and over his career has been on faculty at Fisk University, Texas Southern University (as chairperson of the Department of Sociology) at the University of Cincinnati and, now, at Rhodes College.
Dr. Wright has authored numerous books and articles on the contributions of Blacks and HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) to the discipline of sociology. He is is the nation’s leading authority on W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory – the moniker bestowed on scholars engaged in sociological inquiry at Atlanta University (now called Clark Atlanta University) between 1895 and 1917. His groundbreaking research has altered our understanding of the discipline’s formative years in this nation. Specifically, some of his groundbreaking research findings include the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory’s (1895-1924) status as the first American school of sociology, not the University of Chicago (1915-1930), and that this school was the first American sociological unit to 1) institutionalize the use of insider researchers; 2) institutionalize the public acknowledgment of the limitations of one’s research; 3) institutionalize method triangulation (or mixed methods); and 4) institutionalize a “methods” section in its research papers. It is because of his excellence in “research on race and the South” that he was awarded the Charles S. Johnson Award by the Southern Sociological Society in 2016.
Dr. Wright’s greatest academic pleasure is bringing to this nation’s attention the contributions of early and unknown/little known Black sociologists and social scientists who contributed to the development of one of the greatest tools for social advancement in the world – sociology!
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Swag Bender 028 “Sweet Suga Baby” feat. Shavonne Jones
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Shavonne attended Barry University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Shavonne is also a licensed social worker in Florida.
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