Our Guest Speakers, Damario Solomon-Simmons and Renee Robinson
Damario Solomon-Simmons is an attorney, professor and professional speaker and commentator. He is a proud member of Oklahoma’s premier full-service law firm, Riggs Abney and a legislative liaison for Oklahoma’s Premier think tank, the Oklahoma Policy Institute.
He has successfully represented clients in federal, state, tribal, and administrative courts, including litigating for Black Creek “Freedmen” tribal citizenship rights. He also served as an integral member of the legal team who fought to obtain human rights and reparations for the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot which included famed attorneys Johnnie Cochrane and Charles J. Ogletree.
Renee Robinson is a strategic change leader in business and in the community with a passion for advancing equitable policies.
She spent 18 months working with various nonprofit organizations and partnering with women and people of color to achieve pay and career equity through her account consulting work. She joined joined Hanover Habitat for Humanity as the Executive Director in December 2020.
Throughout her career she has been a steadfast leader in the community with service on various committees, boards, and volunteerism group. She earned a degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a masters certificate and project management from George Washington University. She is a 2019 alum of leader ship Metro Richmond.
Meet our instructors for this year’s Social Justice Summit!
Dr. Christine Henry
Dr. Danny Tweedy
Dr. Christine Henry is currently an assistant professor of historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington where she teaches classes in building investigation, architectural history, and tourism. Recently, she has had an article titled “Who Moved the Blue Hole?” published in the Journal of the Society of Commercial Archaeology and co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming book “Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities.” Before joining the faculty in Fredericksburg in the fall of 2015, she spent close to 25 years living in Washington, DC where she restored an 1888 row house, worked for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and investigated historic sites whenever possible. Her favorite place to learn about the city is from her own front porch.
Dr. Danny Tweedy is an Associate Professor of English in the English, Linguistics, and Communication program here at UMW. He graduated from VMI with a Bachelor’s in English. He completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Kentucky in American and African American Literature and his PhD at the University of Kentucky in 19th and 20th century African American Literature in 2006. His focus and areas of interests continue to be Trauma, Race, and the Politics of Identity.
Dr. Eric Bonds
Dr. Ranjit Singh
Eric Bonds, Associate Professor of Sociology, earned a Ph.D. (2011) from the University of Colorado and a B.S. (2000) from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Bonds is the author of Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective. He has also published articles in journals such as The Journal of World-Systems Research, Critical Sociology, and Peace Review. He teaches courses in environmental sociology, social problems, and political sociology.
Professor Singh has authored book chapters and articles that have appeared in numerous
journals including Middle East International, Middle East Report, The Digest of Middle East
Studies, Small Wars Journal, The Islamic Monthly, Issues in Middle East Studies, and elsewhere.
He has received research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the UVa Center on
Religion and Democracy, the American Center for Oriental Research, and other institutions.