Nominated by Carl Howell, CPO, Community Teamwork, Inc.
Isa Woldeguiorguis – she/her – is the Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing Inc. Isa began as the Executive Director of CHH eleven years ago. Isa has worked in the anti-violence field for twenty years, holding several statewide and national roles. Isa first came to Lowell in 1994 as an intern doing substance abuse alternative sentencing work at the Lowell District Court.
Isa is a well-respected leader and national trainer in the field of children, domestic and sexual violence, systems change, policy and practice. She is well known as a dynamic speaker, trainer with a unique style and teaching skills on these topics and for her activism in the areas of racial disparities. She has authored several articles on topics such as family-centered practice in child welfare, racial and ethnic disproportionality and immigration. She sits on the Board of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network and the National Women of Color Network, Inc.
We are excited to honor Isa Woldeguiorguis for her leadership and dedication in advocating for her community.
To Isa, Black History Month means learning about and celebrating the truth of Black history in this country and around the world. It means lifting up Black excellence, Black joy and Black futures. When asked what can the community do more of to recognize Black History Month during the year, she stated, “There is so much for all of us to learn about Black history. We can all make that commitment. We can also build genuine relationships with Black people, listen and validate our lives and experiences”.
We are privileged to have a strong, and fearless voice in our community. We thank Isa for all of her hard work and dedication to creating a safer, and better city.
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