Dr. Tameka N. Ellington, Associate Professor of Design at the Kent State University (KSU) Fashion School and Interim Assistant Dean for the College of the Arts. Her creative scholarship is inspired by African art and folklore. Her work has been shown internationally including two exhibitions in Beijing, China. She publishes research in the discipline of social-psychological aspects of dress for African Americans and other minorities, such as people with disabilities. Her publications on hair have reached national and international recognition via peer-reviewed journals as well as dress and culture encyclopedias. She has two upcoming projects which include an exhibition entitled, “TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair,” opening at the KSU museum Fall 2021, and Dr. Tameka is also writing an anthology entitled, “Navigating the Black Hair Phenomenon in a White World,” being released Spring 2021. Dr. Tameka has 30+ scholarly presentations and 25+ non-academic keynote presentations.
Dr. Tameka has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work including her most recent: 2019 First Generation Advocate Award, 2018 Ohio Board of Trustees banquet awarded hosted by KSU’s Provost Diacon, 2017 Alumni Legacy Award, The Alumni Legacy Award is given annually to recognize an alumnus for their distinguished contributions and extraordinary service in the areas of diversity and social justice, 2017 International Textile and Apparel Association Rising Star Award, the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Service Award for her dedication to the advancement of her students and colleagues, and the 2015 Award for Outstanding Leadership in Student Access, Recruitment Retention and Success. She was also honored to have KSU President Warren congratulate her on her contributions during the state of the university address.
Dr. Tameka is also the CEO and Founder of the 1st Generation Revolutionaries movement. Not only is she an international acclaimed and awarded Educator and Scholar, Dr. Tameka is a Motivational Speaker, Professional Development Strategist, and 1st Generation Advocate. Dr. Tameka is the author of Make Fear Your Superpower, a witty and real memoir that speaks to the inner courage that we all possess. She is dedicated to helping others face their fears so that they can have the power to challenge their way of being. Her mantra is, “Revolutionize Your Thinking!”
1st Generation Revolutionaries™ is a national platform dedicated to the advancement and professional development of 1st generation college students. Services are rendered through motivational keynote addresses, consulting, training, and mentoring. The goal of this campaign is to equip future revolutionaries with spiritual fulfillment, mentorship, authentic camaraderie and networking. A 1st generation student is someone who is the first person to graduate from college in their family.
First-generation college students come equipped with fear, impostor syndrome and struggles that others don’t have to face. However, first-generation people have a tenacity and resilience that I refer to as their “fire.” That First-Gen Fire is unmatched! As a first-generation student, I know this all too well. It is a constant battle on the inside of our minds. According to verywellfamily.com. 5 of the biggest challenges are 1) lack of knowledge about the college experience, 2) guilt, 3) finances and social life, 4) support from home, and 5) fitting in on campus [and/or corporate environments]. The National Association of Colleges and Employers list common barriers for first gen students are low self-efficacy, feelings of not belonging/impostor syndrome and simply a lack of a professional network. “During the session the audience will have an amazing experience finding and /or recharging their fire and reframing their mindset. Tools that will be offered are:
Most people have villains (circumstances, people, or inner negative thoughts) holding them back from going after their next level in their career and/or personal life. Villains can be crushed, it’s just a matter of changing your perspective and igniting your superpower within. Villains may also negatively affect one’s self-esteem, self-efficacy, empathy, kindness, and passion. The audience will spend an inspirational time pumping up their superpowers while learning skills along the way that will help them:
Most of our internal fear is wrapped up in our ego. Fear of successes, failure, humiliation, and even public speaking What is fear anyway! Fear has been explained via the acronym for F.alse E.vidence A.ppearing R.eal by legendary speaker Zig Ziglar. Fear is the stories we tell ourselves about experiences that have not happened. Eric Edmeades (2019) for Mind Valley stated that “Excitement is simply nervousness about something cool. And nervousness is just excitement about something scary.” There are tactics that we can take to revert that energy for fear to fire! During this keynote the audience will learn basics on the psychological and physiological effects of fear and how to use that adrenaline to get activated. During the session we will explore:
Any person who is considered underrepresented or marginalized can be a victim of microagressive language and behaviors. “Research has shown that microaggressions, although they're seemingly small and sometimes innocent offenses, can take a real psychological toll on the mental health of their recipients. This toll can lead to anger and depression and can even lower work productivity and problem-solving abilities. Plus, they can affect a work or school environment, making it more hostile and less validating and perpetuate stereotype threat (the fear of confirming existing stereotypes about one's group, which can have a negative impact on confidence and achievement).” (Jenée Desmond-Harris for Vox, 2015). A work environment filled with microaggressive behaviors is an environment that is not performing to it’s peak. It’s an environment where some employees may feel unwelcome. This type of environment should be resolved from the top administration down to the janitorial team.
Microagressions are deeply rooted into our society, one training session will not erase the hundreds of years that got our society to this point. However, what this training session will do is, help a business/corporation point out those instances, get the team talking about them, and help them learn how to begin to combat those in the future. Ending microagressions is about learning how to have respect for everyone regardless of your societal beliefs. At the end of the training session, a 24X36 contract will be presented to the team. The contract will be visible in the main halls of the business/corporation. All members will sign a contract stating that microagressive language and behaviors are not permitted, people who are victims should report the incidents and administration/management will pledge to provide support. The contract will serve as a promise that the team will hold the utmost respect for ALL team members. During the presentation, the audience will gain knowledge regarding:
I have 15 + years experience in education and leadership. I am very dedicated to the development of young professionals.
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