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Fernando Ospina

, TRHT Leadership Team

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Fernando has served as organizer, evaluator, and consultant, focusing on institutional transformation, with Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity (ERACCE) since 2014. He is a PhD student and Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Western Michigan University’s department of Sociology; a Qualitative Research Analyst with the Population Health Research Team in the department of Biomedical Sciences at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Research Fellow; lead evaluator and leadership team member with Kalamazoo Truth Racial Healing and Transformation.

He has a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Florida. He has experience working with youth and adults charged with violent and nonviolent crimes. His current research is focused on antiracist institutional transformation; race/ethnicity data collection policy and practice; and early childhood education employment. He has facilitated anger management classes and treatment classes for male and female domestic violence offenders. He has been consulting in child welfare since 2014. He is driven by the desire to create a world in which all institutions support people to live harmonious, authentic lives in a world free of all forms of violence.

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