September 2021 Discussion Panel

Supporting Our Girls During the Pandemic

Held on September 15, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm on Zoom


Our Moderator: Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery

Our Panelists: Dr. Mattina Davenport, Jania Massey, Kelly Finley, and Dr. Ticola Ross

Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery

Dr. Julia S. Jordan-Zachery is professor and chair of the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Wake Forest University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on African American women and public policy. She is also the author of the award-winning book “Black women, cultural images and social policy” (2009 Routledge) and “Shadow Bodies: Black Women, Ideology, Representation, and Politics” (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and a number of articles and edited volumes including “Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag” (Arizona University Press, 2019). Jordan-Zachery was awarded the Accinno Teaching Award, Providence College (2015-2016). Jordan-Zachery serves as the President of the Association for Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Mattina Davenport

Dr. Mattina Davenport is a graduate of the School Psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri-Columbia and child clinical residency program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is dedicated to transforming early childhood clinical environments (e.g., NICU and early childhood Primary Care) towards equitable outcomes. She is passionate about her broader clinical research agenda examining the effectiveness of culturally tailored family-based sleep strategies. Additionally, she integrates racial trauma prevention approaches into her work to address sleep and mental health disparities among Black families. She is presently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Child Health Equity and Research Outcomes.

Jania Massey

Jania Massey is a Social change advocate, providing building blocks for nonprofits one community at a time. Raised in Charlotte, NC, she obtained a Bachelor in Biology (minor in Chemistry and Psychology) as well as a Master's in Healthcare Administration.

As an Organizational Strategist passionate about service, she founded JSM Consulting Now, a professional non-profit consulting firm, with a focus on helping organizations implement strategic partnerships, community awareness, and sustainable development. Our client list includes organizations specializing in financial education, community engagement, and US/international development.

Jania also founded Stiletto Boss University, teaching female youth how to start and sustain their own business. She is known as an authentic and transparent leader who strives to empower people to become a better version of themselves and realize their full potential.

Jania offers workshops and consults grassroots organizations that seek to drive impact, along with program development for larger organizations interested in social giving, organizational structure, and beyond. Her work spans a variety of areas such as:

✓Fundraising: Organized and hosted two galas for the Glitter Print Foundation, an epilepsy awareness non-profit group that raised more than $25K in two years. Additionally, raised $100K+ for Stiletto Boss University.

✓Event Planning: Organized a series of events sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, Curls, and the Plutus Foundation that toured Houston, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC.

✓Training & Development: Focused on teaching social entrepreneurship and how to make an impact in the non-profit industry while at Mama Hope, and mentored advocates who raised $50K in funds.

✓Community Engagement: Served hundreds of people within Charlotte by providing programming and branch events that address the concerns and support the needs of the community.

In 2015, Jania was honored as a 40 under 40 honoree at WSSU and in 2016, named one of the Seven to Watch in 2017 by the Charlotte Observer, 2019 Trailblazer Award from her alma mater West Charlotte High School, and 2019 Candace Award for Economic Empowerment from 100 Black Women- Charlotte Chapter. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Kelly Finley

Kelly Finley is a Senior Lecturer and the Undergraduate Advisor for the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte, one of the largest programs in the country. She also serves on the Ms. Magazine Committee of Scholars, working with journalists and scholars across the nation to create policy, practice, and activism that helps women and girls. Finley’s research interests include Girl Studies and virginity, as well as activism and outreach. Inspired by her own experience as a mom, her scholarship culminated in her founding “Girls Rock Charlotte” a non-profit summer camp program for girls. Finley teaches courses ranging from “Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies,” “Girl Studies in America,” “Virginity,” to “Women, Work & Money.”

Dr. Ticola Ross

Dr. Ticola Ross resides in Charlotte, NC with my husband and 7-year-old twins. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Education Director in the School of Social Work at UNC Charlotte and also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from NC State University with a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Applied and Community Psychology and an M.S.W. in Social Work from UNC Charlotte.  Her clinical areas of specialty include identity development, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. 

In the past, Dr. Ross taught Introduction, Abnormal, and Adolescent Psychology, Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and Social Work Research. Currently, she teaches Social Work field education seminars, Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals, and Mental Health Assessment. 

She loves listening to audiobooks, is a diehard Grey's Anatomy fan, and loves arts and crafts.

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