The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) was awarded a $7,500 Behavioral Health Grant from the Morehouse School of Medicine HBCU-Center for Excellence Behavioral Health.
ITC students, Ms. Tashara Void, Ms. Jessica Williams and Ms. Brenisha Sherman accompanied by Administrative/faculty liaison Dr. Willie F. G-dman,Th.D. participated in the Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell Behavioral Health Policy Academy that was organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Center for Excellence held in Charlotte, North Carolina February 23-25, 2018.
Unfortunately, Ms. Sherman was unable to attend due to death in her family. In her absence, the team pressed on and won 2nd Place for outstanding scholar’s poster presentation. The title of their project to be conducted over this year with planned extensions into the next academic year: The Study of addictive Maladaptive Social Behaviors for Students Pursuing Ministry. In addition to the poster presentation, Ms. Void and Ms. Williams were participants in a panel discussion focusing on Addiction and Spirituality in Historically Black College and University students. During this panel discussion they were able to emphasize the practice of Sankofa and how students could use technology to reclaim their Spirituality. Both students are members of the ITC student led group T.E.S.S. (Theologians Eradicating Societal Stigmas).
Tashara and Jessica co-facilitated the spirituality oriented closing plenary on Sunday, February 25 with Dr. Philip Dunston of Clark Atlanta University. Tashara and Jessica’s presentation demonstrated the ITC signature of critical thought framed through the metaphor of Sankofa. They affirmed millennial modes of connectivity as demonstrated spiritual continuity with our African and American histories.