Farah Tanis is Lead Faculty for the Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence. Tanis is co-founder, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint working at the grassroots and institutional levels to address the spectrum of gender violence against women and girls in Black/African American and other communities of color. Tanis’ work includes the development curricula, policy development, technical assistance and training focused on an intersection of social justice issues facing women and LGBTQ communities of color on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as mainstream campuses and communities. Tanis is founder and is lead curator at the Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe), which in 2013 became internationally recognized as a Site of Conscience. Tanis created Mother Tongue Monologues, a theatrical and multimedia art vehicle for teaching Black and Queer sexual politics in communities across the nation. Tanis is a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow (USHRN) and is a member of the Task Force on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tanis is a 2014 Feminist Majority Foundation "Ms. Wonder" Honoree for her work to address gender-violence on the nation's college campuses. Tanis is a graduate of Columbia University's School of Business, Institute for Executive Management, possesses a B.A. in Science from NYU, an M.A. in Social Work from Fordham University.
Assistant Executive Director
Black Women’s Blueprint
Frederica Stines has over a decade of international policy and program experience in women’s and girls’ health and rights, especially girls’ empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is a former program officer at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) where she managed the Africa grants portfolio.
Frederica has also served as a consultant for various organizations including the American Jewish World Service and the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing. Her experience includes serving as a research consultant with the United Nations Volunteers in Geneva, where she evaluated HIV/AIDS programs, and coordinating public relations and special events for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Frederica has an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. In 2009, she co-founded the Timoun Lakay Foundation for the Children of Haiti and in 2011 she joined the Haitian Roundtable where she currently serves as a board member and co-chair of the program committee.
Director of Counseling and Community Development
at Black Women’s Blueprint
Sylvia Hooper, Director of Counseling and Community Development at Black Women’s Blueprint, has made it her personal mission to advocate for children based on her own personal experience from being born into and aging out of the foster care system.
Sylvia co-founded a nonprofit organization to work with people who come into contact with the child welfare system.
Sylvia also worked as a Child Protective Specialist for the Adminstration of Children Services and Intake Case Planner for a foster care agency. Sylvia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and a Masters of Social Work from Touro College.