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Tuesday, February 1

Meet the Plenary Presenters for 2005 Conference

Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada is the acclaimed author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and was the recipient of the first Heinz Award in 1994 for his work as President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. (formerly Rheedlen) in New York City. He was chosen as an award recipient for his passionate concern for children and his selfless determination to make their lives safer and saner. Canada’s second book, Reaching Up for Manhood, was published in January of 1998.

 A much sought-after speaker, Canada enjoys a national reputation as both an advocate for and expert on issues concerning violence, children and community redevelopment. In May 1994 Canada was the host of a national PBS special, “Jobs: A Way Out?” This program explored the importance of employment opportunities for youth in keeping youth from following the path of violence. He has also frequently appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline and many other television and cable programs, both nationally and locally.

 Canada, who grew up in the South Bronx, has dedicated his life to helping children who grew up in conditions similar to those faced by his family secure both educational and economic opportunities. Prominent among his many efforts are the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Beacon Schools, Harlem Peacemakers Program, and Community Pride Initiative. The Beacon School programs provide support 12 hours a day, 365 days a year to children and families in Central Harlem. His newest initiative is the Harlem Children’s Zone Project which will work with all of the children and families in a 24-block area in Central Harlem.

 In 1983, Canada founded the Chang Moo Kwan Martial Arts School. As the school’s Chief Instructor, Canada (a Third Degree Black Belt) teaches the principles of Tae Kwon Do to community youth along with anti-violence and conflict resolution techniques. Now in its 13th year, the Chang Moo Kwan Martial Arts School is a nationally recognized model for violence prevention efforts.

 Canada holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., he served as Director of the Robert White School, a private day school for troubled inner city youth in Boston.

 Upon returning to New York City in 1983, Canada became the Program Director for HCZ’s Truancy Prevention Program. In 1990 Canada was named the President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc.

 Canada is also the East Coast Regional Coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children. The Crusade is a nationwide effort to make saving Black children the number one priority in the Black community. This initiative is being coordinated by Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund.

 He has won numerous awards, including: the Robin Hood Foundation’s Heroes of the Year Award, the Spirit of the City Award from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Bowdoin College’s Common Good Award.

 Dr. Ntomb’fikile M. Mazibuko

Dr. Ntomb’fikile (Fikile) M. Mazibuko is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the college of Humanities at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Professor Mazibuko received her BA in Social Work from the University of Zululand in 1973. She has received further BA degrees in Honours Social Work and Political Science/ Communications. Her MA degree in political science was received from the University of Natal in 1989 and in 2001 her PhD in social work from the University of Illinois/Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work.

 Professor Mazibuko serves on the Professional board of the Social Workers of the south African Council for Social Service Professions. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Advise Desk, an NGO on domestic violence. She is an active member on the Durban- Chicago Sister City Committee and was instrumental in the coordination of hosting and organizing academic and practitioner short-term exchange programmes between Chicago and Durban. Professor Mazibuko serves on the Ethekwini Metro Committee on HIV/AIDS. She was a Principal Investigator on a joint HIV/AIDS ACADEMIC & RESEARCH project with the Nelson Mandela Medical School in 2002. She continues to serve on the Management Committee if HIVAN.

 She has been an active member of the social work profession since her student days at the University of Zululand beginning in 1971. Throughout her career as a social work and development practitioner, Professor Mazibuko has also been an active member in the social work professional association and the interim professional structures in social work.

 In 1999, Professor Mazibuko was recognized and honoured by the South African Social Workers Association (SABSWA) for her contribution and voluntary work in promoting professional social work and community involvement. In 1995 she was recognized as one of the Unsung Heroes in South Africa, listed in the Who’s Who of Southern Africa, in the OLD/MUTUAL/FEMINA Women’s Directory and received the Award of Excellence by the convocation of the University of Zululand for sustained excellence in Humanities. Other commendations include Four Young Outstanding South Africans Award (FOYSA), named one of the ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, for Star Women of the Year, and recognized as one of 85 Women of Our Times.

 Professor Mazibuko teaches and has taught in the areas of social policy, community work, ethical issues and responsibilities in community development and professional development. She has also supervised undergraduate, postgraduate and international students within the schools of Psychology and Social Work and the School of community Development and Adult Education.

 The University of KwaZulu-Natal is currently the largest contact university in South Africa with a student population of 43,000 and 6,000 academic and support staff. As Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Mazibuko oversees a student population of 14,000 and 1,124 full time academic and support staff.

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