Donna Barber, a native Philadelphian, has served as an educator, trainer and coach for urban youth and urban youth program leaders for more than 25 years. She has worked in Philadelphia and Atlanta, creating and leading schools and youth programs that develop urban children to be spirit-led, socially aware, community-minded leaders. Donna Barber has served in the context of the local church, Christian and public schools and local non-profits. She holds degrees in Communications and Urban Teacher Leadership and has provided trainings or coaching for national organizations including Mission Year, CCDA and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.
Presently, Ms. Barber resides in Portland, OR where she serves as Interim Director of Intercultural Life at George Fox University and as a coach for the Portland Leadership Foundation’s Act Six Academy. She is married to Word Made Flesh Global Director, Leroy Barber, and together they have five children, Jessica, Joshua, Joel, Asha Joy, and Jonathan.
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Donna Barber :: How do we counter our social conditioning?
“As soon as we start to question ourselves, it moves us into a whole different place,” says Donna Barber, Coach at Act Six Academy’s campus with Portland Leadership Foundation. While it’s important to learn how to question our assumptions, the best way to recondition ourselves is to develop relationships with people that are different than we are. “I really believe strongly that relationships are key.”
Donna Barber :: Do you trust the police?
“I have come to believe that my life, and especially the lives of my sons, are less valuable to America,” says Donna Barber, Coach at Act Six Academy’s campus with Portland Leadership Foundation. Racial profiling and the failure of law enforcement to treat persons of color fairly have made it difficult for many African Americans to trust police officers. “It makes it difficult to fully trust.”
Donna Barber :: Do you trust the news?
“I trust more the people that we know personally that are there in Ferguson,” says Donna Barber, Coach at Act Six Academy’s campus with Portland Leadership Foundation. In the end, the media will portray what it believes will keep people watching in whatever way it determines to be the most engaging. ”Always keep in mind that they have to make money, and that influences the media.”
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Donna Barber :: Do we mistakenly perceive class assumptions as racial assumptions?
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