Founders

Our founders are personally invested in the holistic development of students and parents who seek to learn about a variety of educational topics from how to attending college to when is it appropriate to have discussions about race.

Nedra Hotchkins, mEd

Nedra’s work centers on creating The V(i)llage infrastructure needed to accomplish the primary task of holistically educating students, K-12 administrators and parents. This involves preparing program ambassadors to teach students about culturally meaningful ways that foster mutually respectful relationships. Nedra leads our annual programming efforts through organizing the Black Youth Summit, tailoring our unique College Immersion Experience to the  University of Utah, facilitating the Community V(i)llage, strategic planning our College Fit Matrix for high school seniors and acting as the parent liaison for educative + cultural events. Nedra's passion to create safe spaces for unencumbered identity expression is unwavering and the primary reason we are successful! 

Bryan hotchkins, phD

As The V(i)llage + Community V(i)llage curriculum designer + facilitator, Dr. Hotchkins is responsible for developing our empirical-based programs and trainings that are data driven. His K-20 curriculum covers five areas: 1) leadership identity development; 2) non-cognitive academic mapping; 3) school + communal involvement; 4) cultural validation; and 5) parental advocacy practices. Our curriculum is grounded in relevant literature about the identity development of Black youth + collegians and ranges in topics including navigating racism in K-12 schools, cultivating leader-member relationships on college campuses, and the process of relationship building within formal educational spaces (Hotchkins, 2017; Hotchkins, 2016; Hotchkins, 2014).