About Events Expert Chat: “The Right to Breathe: A Community Conversation” Expert Chat: “The Right to Breathe: A Community Conversation” June 10, 2020 12:00 PM Watch Here WATCH In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, protests demanding justice and respect for Black lives have swept the country and the world. For this week’s installment of Batten’s Expert Chat Series, Dean Ian Solomon will moderate a panel of trustees from the University of Virginia’s IDEA Fund for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). Our guests will speak and take questions on the current fight against systemic racism and the actions and impact of effective leadership. They will also discuss what the current situation means for the University, the Charlottesville community, and our nation, as well as what you can do to be part of the solution. This Wednesday on Zoom, join the conversation with Dean Solomon and panelists Karima I. A. Bouchenafa, Jennifer Gibert Mencarini, and Kevin J. Carrington. Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Karima Bouchenafa Karima is the Assistant Director of the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She has twenty years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, having served in several administrative roles (and as adjunct faculty) at various institutions in the Greater Philadelphia (PA) area. Additionally, she has engaged her interests in non-profit leadership and community development through work for the Belmont Mansion & Underground Railroad Historic Site, the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. As a proud member of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, the Board of Managers for the Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia, and the United Nations Association of the United States, Karima invests her time in “giving back” to those communities that have given so much to her. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. When she is not working, studying, or volunteering, Karima enjoys spending time with her family, podcasting, and participating in the arts. Jennifer Gibert Mencarini After graduating from Emory University School of Law, Jennifer relocated to Dallas, Texas and built a successful litigation practice primarily representing health care providers who had been sued for malpractice. She is licensed to practice (inactive status) in both Texas and Washington, D.C. She returned to graduate school in 2008 and obtained a Master's degree focused on human rights and social justice, which led her to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University. Her current work at Elon University School of Law blends her legal and higher education experience, and focuses on providing professional development and support services to law students and graduates. Since joining the Greensboro community in 2015, she has become an active member of local organizations including the Greensboro Bar Association, Leadership Greensboro, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro's Education and Economic Impact Council. She serves on two North Carolina Bar Association Committees (including as Vice-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee) and co-chair NALP's Public Service Section Pro Bono Workgroup. Kevin J. Carrington Kevin J. Carrington is the Vice President, Senior Consultant and Federal Practice Leader for the Public Sector Practice at The Segal Company. He joined The Segal Company’s Washington, DC office in 2008. He is an experienced human resources and benefits consultant, who also brings a wealth of knowledge as an HRO and benefits outsourcing client business developer. Mr. Carrington graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics. He is currently President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and is a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). Mr. Carrington resides in Leesburg, VA with his wife Sandra and their three children. Related Content Ian H. 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