Amaha Sellassie is a peace builder, social healer, freedom fighter and lover of humanity. He's an instructor in Sociology and director of Center for Applied Social Issues at Sinclair Community College in Dayton Ohio. A Pan Africanist practitioner scholar dedicated towards building bridges of trust, healing historical wounds, and harnessing the unique gifts and talents of every human being as we press towards a just and equitable society. His areas of interest include health equity, praxis, dismantling structural violence and getting the voice of marginalized communities into the center of public policy in order to emerge structures of belonging that acknowledge the dignity and worth of every human being. Amaha is a Caux Scholar fellow
trained in the Swiss Alps in peacebuilding and healing historical wounds. He is the chair of the city of Dayton Human Relations Council, a member of the Community Police council (CPC) and co-chair of the MLK March. As a community organizer, he helped organize the Justice for John Crawford movement after his tragic murder at a local Walmart. He is presently involved in two research projects: exploring opportunity and food access in Dayton and a community based research project in Ethiopia focused on
building local capacity. Currently he is working towards his Ph. D. in
Sociology at the University of Cincinnati with an emphasis on utilizing community based participatory research (CBPR) towards emerging equity and community transformation.
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