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Growing a Global Heart Founders Come to Redlands

Growing a global heart

Co-Founders of Growing a Global Heart Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills will come to campus to speak about “What Does Healing Look Like?” on Thursday, April 15 from 7-9 p.m. in the university’s Casa Loma Room.

Growing a Global Heart’s mission is to heal wounds of the past, in the present, while creating a sustainable future. To do this, the organization works towards its goal of planting a million trees along the trans-Atlantic slave route, honoring and remembering the millions of unnamed souls who were lost in transit.

Writer, educator, and producer, Belvie Rocks is currently Chair of the Board of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, as well as a board member of the Institute for Noetic Sciences and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Rocks is a professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif.

Co-founder, Dedan Gills is a pioneer of the idea of “Green Recovery”—an idea that combines stewardship and restoration of urban areas. He continuously serves as a male role model and mentor for young men growing up in challenging situations and urban environments.

This event is sponsored in part by several academic departments across campus, the Dean’s Office, Chaplain’s Office, the Meditation Room and the Campus Diversity and Inclusion Office.

For more information about the organizations visit the organization’s web site.


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