Da'juh Sawyer Interview
Da’juh Sawyer is a proud native of Saint Petersburg, FL. In 2014, she graduated from Gibbs High School. Very active on campus during her tenure, Miss Sawyer was the Student Government Association President. Passionate about the community in which she lived in, Da’juh was an active public servant In the Saint Petersburg community. Miss Sawyer was a tutor/ mentor at the Precious Angle Preschool, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, and has host college 101 seminars at Barlett Park recreation Center, Gibbs High School, and the Royal Theater. Da’juh graduated from the School of Business & Industry with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Florida A&M University. She served as the Vice President of the Student Government Association. In her spare time Da’juh enjoys speaking to younger adults about the importance of education, registering to vote, self -confidence, and college opportunities. Her favorite quote is, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” The Make It Out Foundation, Inc. Founded November 29, 2017
The mission of the Make It Out Foundation is to present scholarships to students that are incoming freshmen, graduate level students and transfer students, from the St. Petersburg area who demonstrate academic success and intend on pursuing a post-secondary education at Florida A&M University. The funds presented will be used for the necessities that come along with the college experience.
Our vision is to enhance the recruitment of students from the St. Petersburg area to attend Florida A&M University.
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There are times in life that we are rocked to our core. My calling in life is to help people when they feel stuck in situations. Using the therapeutic relationship to give individuals, couples, and families the coping mechanisms needed to move forward in their lives and functioning. Restoring the peace of individuals is so important to me, and I take pride in using therapy to help do that. There is no one size fits all model of therapy; however Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has worked well with the short term clients that I have had most frequently. Assisting individuals with disabilities adjust to and create their new normal, is also an area of specialty that I love. I provide therapy as well as premarital preparation courses and rehabilitation counseling.
My educational background includes a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Thomas University as well as being a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I have a BS in Psychology from the Florida State University.
Westly Francois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida and Georgia. He also earned his bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management in 2010 and his master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Based Administration in 2013 from Florida A&M University. He has 8 years with working with the mental health and psychiatry. He is also trained in Targeted Case Management (TCM) services and is a certified to use the Danger Assessment and Level of Scoring System to evaluate the level of danger in domestic violence cases. He is also trained as a Certified Instructor for CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
Huberta Jackson-Lowman is a Full Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a past Department Chair. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in FAMU’s Department of Psychology, the only Psychology Department in the US that claims an Afrikan-centered thrust. She is the editor of the anthology, Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class and Culture (2014.) Currently, she serves as the President of the National Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), which is composed of psychologists of Afrikan ancestry in the United States and around the world. She is certified through the Association of Black Psychologists as a diplomat and fellow in Afrikan-centered psychology.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of Black families and youth. Prior to relocating to Tallahassee, FL, she resided in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work experiences there include serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Families, an initiative designed to address the high black infant mortality rate in Pittsburgh, and as co-director of the Institute for Black Families which implemented primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention programs for families. She was also a co-founder of the Sankofa Institute of Pittsburgh, a grassroots Rites of Passage initiative for adolescents; and an active member of the Advocates for African American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS). The Advocates engaged in research, community educational, organizational, and advocacy strategies that challenged the Pittsburgh School Board’s failure to educate Black children. In 1992, along with her husband and several other activists in the Pittsburgh community, the Advocates filed a legal complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against the PPS for its dismal failure to educate Black children and youth. As a result of the complaint, the Pittsburgh Board of Education agreed to set up an Equity Commission charged with monitoring the progress and undertaking efforts to enhance the educational outcomes of Afrikan American students.
A current project involves the implementation of Community Healing Days in Tallahassee. Community Healing DaysSM, developed by the Community Healing Network (CHN), is a national initiative designed to place healing on the agenda of people of Afrikan ancestry. It is a three-day event, typically held during the third weekend of October, which focuses on raising consciousness about the impact of the myth of black inferiority and the lie of white superiority on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the Black community, and which also strives to promote the truth about people of Afrikan ancestry. The Tallahassee Community Healing Coalition will hold its seventh annual Community Healing DaysSM in October 2018. In addition to these activities, Dr. Jackson-Lowman served as a Commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2013-15.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman has also been instrumental in training trainers to implement Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECs) in the greater Tallahassee community. EECs are self-help groups developed by CHN in collaboration with ABPsi. They are designed to assist the Black community in its recovery from the myth of black inferiority and lie of white superiority, and to foster the reclamation of our cultural values and ways of functioning. In the coming year, she plans to initiate EECs in Tallahassee community.
In 2008, The Association of Black Psychologists recognized Dr. Jackson-Lowman for her contributions to research and scholarship within ABPSI. One area of focus of her research examines the effects of cultural identity and cultural misorientation on Black women’s attitudes, behaviors, mental health, and relationships. She has developed measures examining the internalization of myths of Black womanhood--The Engendered Racial Myths Scale (ERMS)—and relationships between Black women--Black Women’s Relationship Scale (BWRS). She has also published articles examining use of proverbs to promote cultural socialization. An emerging area of research in which she has also published promotes the use of cultural policy to empower troubled neighborhoods.
Wife of William Lowman, her incessant supporter, and mother of three adult children, she also revels in her role as grandmother to her five beautiful grandchildren. She is an initiate in the Lukumi/Yoruba spiritual system and provides spiritual coaching and consultation to those seeking to return to their Afrikan roots.
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