We provide intensive, empirical-based consulting work designed to meet the specific personal + professional short- and long-term needs of clients.
We provide interactive lectures, leadership workshops and organization trainings about how to create inclusive, non-threatening spaces for social change at the intersections of participant's lived identities.
- Race, Racism and Teaching in K-12
- Navigating Whiteness on College Campuses
- Collegiate Activism as Intellectual Responsiveness
- Identifying, Assessing and Understanding Organizational Climates
- Promoting Ending Oppression Through Self-Interrogation as Intervention
- Leading in the Black: Keeping Students Actively Engaged on College Campuses
- When Love Isn’t Enough: White Parents Raising Black Children in an Age of Difference
Scope of Training Services
Our trainings are based on an array of holistic topics related to the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation and leadership development. We deliver interactive, learner-centered trainings in informative ways that validate the lived experiences of participants. While we can teach a range of substantive topics relating to social justice, diversity and leadership themes, the most requested subjects are listed below:
- Learning How to Conduct Effective School Climate Assessments (K-12 Teachers & Administrators)
- How to Lead in Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation Identities (High School & College Students)
- Protecting Black Children “When Love is Not Enough” (Transracial Adoptive Parents & Families)
- Using Community-based Activism to Benefit Our Citizens (Non-profit & Church Professionals)
- Managing Cultural Student Organizations (High School & College Advisors or Administrators)
- Creating “Safe Spaces and Places” for Oppressed People (Policing Entities & Government Leaders)
Regardless of the training duration, two-hour or an extensive retreat, as an educational concierge we conduct an organizational climate assessment prior to developing your training(s). Doing so allows for building curriculum to fit your exact goal expectations. Further, since organizational climate develops successful people, it is important for those who operate institutions to understand how to facilitate transformative change. Consequently, any training offered by Mrs. Nedra L. Hotchkins and Dr. Hotchkins teaches participants how to identify impediments and respond with substantive solutions.
Mrs. Nedra L Hotchkins is one of the leading feminist voices in the nation on the subject of owning one's identity and using your voice to facilitate social justice outcomes. She is a servant-leader, mentor, relationship builder and advocate of women who aspire to attend college, raise Black children and participate in emancipatory movements nationwide. She is a native of Oklahoma City, OK and recently relocated to Lubbock, TX to become the Executive Director of the Lubbock Children's Center. Nedra holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) from the University of Utah.
Nedra is the founder of The V(i)llage™, a college pathways, leadership bridge program for inclusive-minded students in 15 middle and high schools in Utan and Texas. She also created the Community V(i)llage program for transracial adoptive parents of Black children designed to teach about instilling Black cultural pride within their children while having difficult discussions about race. Nedra's higher education background has allowed her to utilize empirical data in rich, meaningful ways to benefit those with whom she works for as a champion of equality. Finally, her communal work is focused on empowering historically marginalized people of color though building bridges across varied communities.
Nedra served as the President to the YWCA Young Women's Council and the Women's Resource Center. Recently, she received the YWCN Women of Excellence Award. Nedra is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Bryan K. Hotchkins is one of the leading intellectual voices in the nation on the subject of navigating cultural difference. Having struggled to manage his own path, Dr. Hotchkins shares not only his personal story, but also his research, which examines how students of color achieve academic success by negotiating racial and gender identities. While he primarily coaches students of color about successfully graduating from high school and college, he has counsel for teachers, administrators, faculty and parents who want to better understand how to empower their students to persist in PK-16 learning environments. Bryan has been an activist and champion for social justice since his days as a youth when he started Oklahoma’s first magazine for Black youth called Hip Hop Headz, which printed 13 bi-monthly issues. His desire to create communal opportunities led to The V(i)llage (2013), a leadership bridge program for self-identifying Black and inclusion-minded students.
Over the past few years, he has actively worked with the University of Arizona Medical School, University of Utah, Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School, Texas Tech University and Expect The Great. He is the author of published articles about how African American males navigate racial classroom microaggressions; why African American students get involved in leadership organizations; and what is required to navigate hostile predominantly White college climates. Hotchkins' publications appear journals such as Teachers College Record, College Student Affairs Journal, Western Journal of Black Studies, The Urban Review and the Journal of College and University Student Housing. Dr. Hotchkins is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University in the Educational Psychology and Leadership department. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University.
Police shootings a matter of perspective (Fox 34) http://bit.ly/FoxCh34PolicingInterview
Ongoing discussion about racial profiling (KSL) http://bit.ly/KSLCh5Interview
ROI on ‘Talk About Race’ in Utah (90.9F) http://bit.ly/KRCL90FMRaceTalkInterview
National thought leader discusses inclusivity http://bit.ly/UofAMedicalSchoolInterview
V(i)llage aims to create leaders (Deseret News) http://bit.ly/VillageUofUVisitArticle
"Extremely Offensive" Schoolbooks Pulled http://bit.ly/UtahABCCh4Interview
Videos of Lectures
Texas Tech M.A.L.E.S Symposium (2016) http://bit.ly/TTUMALESTalk2016
Westminster College (2016) http://bit.ly/WestminsterCollegeTalk2016
University of Arizona (2016)—Lecture Videohttp://bit.ly/UofAMedicalSchoolTalk2016
Dixie State University (2015) http://bit.ly/DixieStateTalk2015
Expect The Great (2014) http://bit.ly/ETGWorkshop2014
MUSE Inspiring Teacher’s Talks (2013) http://bit.ly/MUSETeacherTalk2013
Recent Keynote Addresses
Hotchkins, B. K. (2017, February). Leveraging institutional diversity to create safe spaces for student success. Keynote address at the 3rd Annual Diversity Conference, Utah State University Eastern, Price, UT. Reference: Dr. Evette Allen, email@example.com (email), 435/613-5333 (work).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, November). Being Black in an Age of Difference: Examining College Access as Upward Mobility. Keynote address at the Expect the Great Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Moana Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 801/585-1320 (work) and Dr. Kathryn Stockton, email@example.com (email), 801/815-9012 (cell).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, May). Moving from the margins of followership into enfranchised leadership. Utah Leadership Academy, Westminster College, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Karnell Black, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 801/832-2231 (work), 214/354-0822 (cell).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, March). The Monetization of Blackness: Intellectual Profiteers, (Real)tors and Race Hustling. National Black Graduate Student Conference, Houston, TX. Reference: Dava Hankerson, Hankerson.email@example.com (email), 954/290-7942 (cell) and John Nwosu, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 678/570-7999.
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, February). Reframing student success holistically as an institutional outcome. Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series (2015-16), Westminster College, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Dr. Tamara Stevenson, email@example.com (email), 248/514-0203 (cell) and Gary Marquardt, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 801/832-2391 (cell).
Recent Invited Lectures
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, October). Examining The V(i)llage as an ethnic enclave for Black student K-21 navigation. TTU M.A.L.E.S (Men Attaining Leadership Excellence and Success) Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Reference: Cory S. Powell, email@example.com (email), 806/742-8692 (work).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, April). Just what exactly does my pedagogy look like (Part II). Rowland Hall Teacher Training, Rowland Hall, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Ryan Hoglund, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 801/924-5438 (work), 801/673-7356 (cell).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, February). Just what exactly does my pedagogy look like (Part I). Rowland Hall Administrator Training, Rowland Hall, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Ryan Hoglund, email@example.com (email), 801/924-5438 (work), 801/673-7356 (cell).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, February). Microaggressions in everyday life. Brown Bag Lecture Series, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, University of Arizona Medical School, Phoenix, AZ. Reference: Sonji Muhammad, firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 602/827-2621 (office) and Dr. Jennifer Allie, 602/908-9915 (cell).
Hotchkins, B. K. (2016, February). Why Black Lives Matter within K-12 learning environments. UTAH National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, Salt Lake, UT. Reference: Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, email@example.com (email), 801/651-4365 (cell).