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W. Haywood Burns Institute

W. Haywood Burns Institute The Burns Institute is a leading organization in the field of juvenile justice and ethnic and racial disparities reduction, with a focus on advancing the well-being of all children and their communities.

We are a national organization that provides technical assistance to stakeholders, both in the justice system and beyond, in order to promote fair and equitable treatment for youth of color and poor youth. Using a data-driven process, we facilitate collaborative environments where community and system stakeholders can identify and address disparities, redirect resources to community-based alternat

We are a national organization that provides technical assistance to stakeholders, both in the justice system and beyond, in order to promote fair and equitable treatment for youth of color and poor youth. Using a data-driven process, we facilitate collaborative environments where community and system stakeholders can identify and address disparities, redirect resources to community-based alternat

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Racial Justice & Well Being Senior Advisor Angelique Kedem does this work to ensure a safe world for the generations ahe...
03/23/2022

Racial Justice & Well Being Senior Advisor Angelique Kedem does this work to ensure a safe world for the generations ahead. Read more about what inspires her as we celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth!

See what Executive Director Samantha Mellerson had to say about her inspiration—Mia Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados ...
03/23/2022

See what Executive Director Samantha Mellerson had to say about her inspiration—Mia Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados since 2008)—and leveraging her ‘superpower’ as she continues along the journey to address issues of race/ethnic/gender equity and justice. #WomensHistoryMonth

See what Racial Justice & Well Being Associate Sandra Sosa had to say about why her mother inspires her and finding purp...
03/22/2022

See what Racial Justice & Well Being Associate Sandra Sosa had to say about why her mother inspires her and finding purpose in the pursuit of justice for others. #WomensHistoryMonth

Here’s what Senior Manager of Operations, Sharoia Taylor-Cornejo had to say about the women who inspire her and why raci...
03/22/2022

Here’s what Senior Manager of Operations, Sharoia Taylor-Cornejo had to say about the women who inspire her and why racial, ethnic, and gender justice matters!

#WomensHistoryMonth #womxnsupportingwomxn #celebratewomxneveryday

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we wanted to know more about what inspires the women of the Haywood Burns Institute.  H...
03/21/2022

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we wanted to know more about what inspires the women of the Haywood Burns Institute.

Here’s what Racial Justice & Well Being Senior Strategist Roxana Matiella had to say:

Learn how the Burns Institute's three executive directors are pioneering a new model of shared leadership.
03/14/2022
The Executive Leadership Team at the W. Haywood Burns Institute: Providing a Blueprint for Innovative Leadership – Burns Institute

Learn how the Burns Institute's three executive directors are pioneering a new model of shared leadership.

Twenty-one years ago, noted civil rights attorney and international justice reform advocate James Bell set out to revolutionize the way law was administered in the United States when he founded the W. Haywood Burns Institute in honor of his dear friend, human rights activist and famed attorney of Ma...

ICYMI: We sent our founder James Bell off to retirement in style.
03/11/2022

ICYMI: We sent our founder James Bell off to retirement in style.

Read more about BI Executive Director Samantha Mellerson in this University of Maryland, Baltimore  (UMB) Spotlight disc...
02/15/2022
Spotlight on UMB Foundation Board Trustee Samantha Mellerson - Spotlight on Philanthropy

Read more about BI Executive Director Samantha Mellerson in this University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Spotlight discussing her 15+ years of experience working to improve the quality of life outcomes for children, families and communities.

Link: https://spotlight.umaryland.edu/spotlight-on-umb-foundation-board-trustee-samantha-mellerson/

Executive director with the W. Haywood Burns has a wealth of knowledge about nonprofit capacity building and is a certified empowerment and diversity coach.

We wanted to take a moment to recognize a day of great significance for the BI.Twenty years ago, to this very day, a you...
02/14/2022

We wanted to take a moment to recognize a day of great significance for the BI.

Twenty years ago, to this very day, a young Tshaka Barrows walked into the BI office fresh eyed and motivated for his first day at his new job! He was energetic, passionate and full of ideas on how we could push the rock of justice up and over the hill. Two decades later, little has changed - except the hair 🙂.

Tshaka, congratulations on your work anniversary. All of your contributions, innovative ideas and creative energy have been greatly appreciated.

Here's to continuing the journey for another 20 years!

With admiration,

Your BI village.

#ICYMI: Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! And while we certainly do not undermine the power of "giving" in a fiscal sense, we ...
11/29/2021

#ICYMI: Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! And while we certainly do not undermine the power of "giving" in a fiscal sense, we see this moment as more of an opportunity to bring you on the transformative and beautifully complex journey to achieving a new way of being. We're working towards a future where this work will no longer be necessary; where sustained harmony, equity, and freedom are the foundation by which we live and shape our lives. Your support in any form goes a long way to ensuring we reach this dream world, together.

Make a donation, strategize with your friends and family, have the hard conversations, allow your imagination to run wild. It takes a village to transform the world. Will you join us? Visit burnsinstitute.org/donate to learn more or make a contribution today!

Take a pause and listen to our colleague, Sharoia, talk about BI’s transformative work, our mission, and why it is so cr...
11/24/2021
What's Brewin' | E5 | Customer Spotlight: The Haywood Burns Institute - Plative

Take a pause and listen to our colleague, Sharoia, talk about BI’s transformative work, our mission, and why it is so critical that platforms like Plative shed light on important issues impacting marginalized communities!

Click here to listen to the full podcast: bit.ly/burns-chats-with-plativebit.ly/burns-chats-with-plative

Learn how the Haywood Burns Institute is working to transform justice through a community-centered approach.

Today’s acquittal of #KyleRittenhouse may have some feeling the burn of anger, while for others the verdict was a forego...
11/20/2021

Today’s acquittal of #KyleRittenhouse may have some feeling the burn of anger, while for others the verdict was a foregone conclusion – either way, as we know too well, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This case represented more than an assault on 3 people, (2 of which, sadly lost their lives). The trial was an assault on our racial justice movement. It was not long ago that we watched an awakening of consciousness spark new interest in racial justice. Today, the pendulum has begun to swing back. For this, we must be prepared.

As election cycles pick up and terms like “critical race theory” continue to be misused and misunderstood, and the seduction of hate continues to lure folks into their preferred corners, we must stay focused. While the country flips and folds, and interest in racial justice ebbs and flows, we stay steady. This is who we are. We are strong and steady because we know where we are going.

So, while we all take a moment to reflect and recharge, we must continue to hold each other up, and never lose sight of our vision.

Take pause and be well everyone.

You may be asking: What does BI mean by structural well-being? Why continue to invest in its implementation? Our structu...
11/18/2021

You may be asking: What does BI mean by structural well-being? Why continue to invest in its implementation?

Our structural well-being framework defines 'well-being' as a system of public policies, institutional and inclusive practices, cultural representations, and other norms that work to strengthen families, communities and individual well-being for positive life outcomes.

Hear how this thinking shows up in our work in the latest Radical Imagination podcast conversation featuring BI Founder James Bell on PolicyLink: https://plcylk.org/s3e7-juvenile-justice

Our experience working in hundreds of jurisdictions across the nation in support of local efforts to eliminate racial an...
11/16/2021
Introduction to Structural Well-Being Presentation, Michael Finley & Samantha Mellerson.

Our experience working in hundreds of jurisdictions across the nation in support of local efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities has revealed the significant limitations of traditional 'harm reduction' methods of system reform. This has prompted our radical shift to community-centered approaches that consider the well-being of all people.

BI is making this holiday giving season all about investment in well-being, and we want to bring you along the journey!

Watch Samantha Mellerson and Michael Finley explain why communities should focus its justice systems away from harm reduction and adopt a Structural Well-Being framework: https://youtu.be/7wYy85-Eal0

BI defines structural well-being© as a system of public policies, institutional and inclusive practices, cultural representations, and other norms that work ...

Centering community to establish self-directed solutions is paramount to achieving transformational change and prompt be...
11/15/2021
What We Do – Burns Institute

Centering community to establish self-directed solutions is paramount to achieving transformational change and prompt better life outcomes. Find out how BI centers the voices of those living on the margins and take action today to help us sustain our efforts to dismantle structural systems that perpetuate harm for communities of color. https://bit.ly/bi-what-we-do | #TakeAction #Donate

What We Do? Structural Well-Being Framework © BI believes centering community to establish self-directed solutions is critical to achieving transformational change and better life outcomes. All too often communities of color are not engaged in the design and/or implementation of the solutions neces...

#SaveTheDate: Tomorrow from 12-1:00 PM ET (via Zoom) - BI Executive Director, Samantha Mellerson, will be participating ...
10/19/2021

#SaveTheDate: Tomorrow from 12-1:00 PM ET (via Zoom) - BI Executive Director, Samantha Mellerson, will be participating in a virtual career panel discussion alongside three members of University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. representing a vast array of industries and expertise.

Join the virtual experience to hear more about how they navigate their careers, leverage demanding leadership roles, and maintain a sense of work-life balance. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions for panelists in advance of the program using the following link: https://umaryland.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87VF7v01sCQDLeu

To register, click here: https://umaryland.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqduuoqDwvGNFNBPRrAb5MlLyRlIcAfVxg

ICYMI: In the latest #RadicalImagination podcast (via PolicyLink), Angela Glover Blackwell speaks with our founding pres...
08/26/2021

ICYMI: In the latest #RadicalImagination podcast (via PolicyLink), Angela Glover Blackwell speaks with our founding president James Bell and Kent Mendoza (Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition about the past, present, and future of the juvenile justice system and how movement workers are making it transformational.

"There are people that are realizing that what we are currently doing does not keep us safe. The best way to have safety is to have people have a stake in this country & that they get their needs met. "- James Bell

#PressPlay on their conversation by clicking the following link: https://plcylk.org/s3e7-juvenile-justice

Please join us at Semillas y Raices, 1539 S. Pulaski, 5:30-7:00pm CST  for an intimate conversation on I.Am.Legacy’s wor...
08/18/2021

Please join us at Semillas y Raices, 1539 S. Pulaski, 5:30-7:00pm CST for an intimate conversation on I.Am.Legacy’s work and the collaboration with Chicago street outreach workers.

Since 2019, Chicago-based Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) has engaged Native communities in peer exchanges to...
08/16/2021

Since 2019, Chicago-based Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) has engaged Native communities in peer exchanges to provide exposure and context to the importance and implementation of community-based alternatives to the youth justice system via youth programming, restorative practices, and street outreach intervention/prevention. Indigenous American Legacy (I.Am.Legacy) has been one of the participants in this series of peer exchanges. In this third installment of our peer exchange, the purpose of this event is to lay the foundation for supporting I.Am.Legacy in replicating Chicago street intervention, outreach, and restorative practices that fit the needs of their community in Rapid City and support in developing their engagement with system partnerships to address alternatives to incarceration.

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Racial Justice & Well Being Senior Advisor Angelique Kedem does this work to ensure a safe world for the generations ahead. Read more about what inspires her as we celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth!
See what Executive Director Samantha Mellerson had to say about her inspiration—Mia Mottley (Prime Minister of Barbados since 2008)—and leveraging her ‘superpower’ as she continues along the journey to address issues of race/ethnic/gender equity and justice. #WomensHistoryMonth
See what Racial Justice & Well Being Associate Sandra Sosa had to say about why her mother inspires her and finding purpose in the pursuit of justice for others. #WomensHistoryMonth
Here’s what Senior Manager of Operations, Sharoia Taylor-Cornejo had to say about the women who inspire her and why racial, ethnic, and gender justice matters! #WomensHistoryMonth #womxnsupportingwomxn #celebratewomxneveryday
In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we wanted to know more about what inspires the women of the Haywood Burns Institute. Here’s what Racial Justice & Well Being Senior Strategist Roxana Matiella had to say:
Learn how the Burns Institute's three executive directors are pioneering a new model of shared leadership.
ICYMI: We sent our founder James Bell off to retirement in style.
Read more about BI Executive Director Samantha Mellerson in this University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Spotlight discussing her 15+ years of experience working to improve the quality of life outcomes for children, families and communities. Link: https://spotlight.umaryland.edu/spotlight-on-umb-foundation-board-trustee-samantha-mellerson/
Read this new op-ed from one of our board of directors, Danielle Torain, on the harm intentionally-racist narratives from right-wing media are doing to Baltimore and other majority-Black cities—and how we fight back against these false narratives. https://bit.ly/3BksJXG
We wanted to take a moment to recognize a day of great significance for the BI. Twenty years ago, to this very day, a young Tshaka Barrows walked into the BI office fresh eyed and motivated for his first day at his new job! He was energetic, passionate and full of ideas on how we could push the rock of justice up and over the hill. Two decades later, little has changed - except the hair 🙂. Tshaka, congratulations on your work anniversary. All of your contributions, innovative ideas and creative energy have been greatly appreciated. Here's to continuing the journey for another 20 years! With admiration, Your BI village.
#ICYMI: Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! And while we certainly do not undermine the power of "giving" in a fiscal sense, we see this moment as more of an opportunity to bring you on the transformative and beautifully complex journey to achieving a new way of being. We're working towards a future where this work will no longer be necessary; where sustained harmony, equity, and freedom are the foundation by which we live and shape our lives. Your support in any form goes a long way to ensuring we reach this dream world, together. Make a donation, strategize with your friends and family, have the hard conversations, allow your imagination to run wild. It takes a village to transform the world. Will you join us? Visit burnsinstitute.org/donate to learn more or make a contribution today!
Take a pause and listen to our colleague, Sharoia, talk about BI’s transformative work, our mission, and why it is so critical that platforms like Plative shed light on important issues impacting marginalized communities! Click here to listen to the full podcast: bit.ly/burns-chats-with-plativebit.ly/burns-chats-with-plative