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Kimani Norrington-Sands, Ph.D., manifests healing through personal example and professional work as a speaker, author, and therapist.  Dr. Norrington-Sands’ successful experiences of navigating challenging situations has uniquely prepared her to relate to the experiences of others and present as relatable to others.  Her relatability as well as contextual understanding of issues and communication styles provides opportunities for those whom she works with to broaden their knowledge base, explore perspectives, as well as manifest healing individually and collectively.

BIO

Kimani Norrington-Sands, Ph.D., is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Spelman College and received her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology (experiences in substance abuse recovery, domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, schools, and community-based clinics).  As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and trauma survivor, Dr. Norrington-Sands manifests healing through personal example and in professional contexts such as in her book, “Butterfly Landing” (healing journey of a Black girl who has survived sexual abuse) as well as in speaking engagements, providing therapy, serving on panels such as for The Association of Black Psychologists and the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, as well as co-writing a Black Youth & Suicide paper which was presented at a Congressional Black Caucus Hearing.

Presentation Topics

What is Going On & What to Do?
Black Youth & Suicide

In light of recent trends that indicates that the suicide rate for Black youth in certain age groups is increasing while the rate for White youth is decreasing, this interactive presentation provides a contextual framework for understanding the experiences which may impact the functioning of Black youth.  The presentation also includes a discussion of risk factors, warning signs, prevention efforts, and intervention strategies.

 


 

Cultural Context & Trauma
Implications for Black Youth

Black youth may experience trauma through direct and/or indirect (seeing or hearing about incidences of racial trauma) exposure.  The contextual experiences of trauma for Black youth is often absent in trauma literature and presentations.  This interactive presentation provides an unapologetic contextual understanding of trauma for Black youth as well as offers prevention and intervention strategies.

Supporting Your Child(ren) & Yourself During Challenging Times

While being a parent is beautiful, it is also challenging under ideal circumstances.  The current environmental stressors are magnifying the challenges of many parents.  Just as the airplane notice announces for parents traveling with children to put their own masks on first, it is essential that parents take good care of themselves so that they can best support their child(ren).  This interactive presentation provides a framework for how parents can support their child(ren) while also practicing self-care for themselves.


 

Is Your Job Mask Making It Hard For You To Breathe?

This interactive presentation is focused on individuals who may experience stress in their places of employment due to issues such as systemic racism, being the only or one of the few of your group, and/or microaggessions.  The presentation will highlight ways that stress may manifest in the lives of participants (e.g., interrupting work-life balance), provide opportunities to reflect costs-benefits of current job, explore possible options related to career, and develop a wellness plan.

Testimonials

“Dr. Kimani Norrington-Sands is a very engaging and knowledgable speaker who does an exceptionally good job expanding the conversation to actively include most of the participants.  She also creates a terrific forum that allows the participants to share and explore their experiences in relation to the topics of discussion.”

“The format of your presentation incorporated a variety of learning styles through multimedia which provoked participation, introspection, riveting emotion, and contemplation.”

“Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation to our NAMI families. I think the interactive style and the visuals kept the group stimulated and involved. I received two calls this morning and one last night expressing positive remarks about your discussion.”

“Dr. Norrington-Sands, your passion and expertise on the subject matter was evident and was relayed with a sensitivity that evoked participation and not intimidation”

“Thank you so much for such a great presentation that was much needed during these difficult times for so many. I always enjoy when you presentation because you give so much information that’s easy for most to understand and relate to.”

“Your workshops are eye-opening and a truth pathway to understand truth.  You made us think.”

Presentation Organizations

  • California Association of African American Superintendents & Administrators
  • The Association of Black Psychologists
  • The National Association of Black Social Workers
  • UCLA Black Alumni Association
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
  • UCLA Parent Empowerment Project
  • Community Coalition

 

  • The Elgin Foundation
  • Here’s 2 Life
  • Live with Sujay
  • American Teachers Federation
  • Faith Without Borders
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Urban

 

Contact Information

 
  www.liftingasweclimbconsulting.com

  (310) 571-8336

Kimani Norrington-Sands, Ph.D.
@liftingasweclimbconsulting
@as_climb

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.”


Marian Wright Edelman

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Marian Wright Edelman

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“Never settle for mediocrity.”


Dad

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Dad

“If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else.”


Nikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni

“To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it.”


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Choose people who lift you up.”


Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter or like you don’t have a place in our American story – because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.”


Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

“When ‘i’ is replaced with ‘we’ even illness becomes wellness.”


Malcolm X

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Malcolm X

“Thinking critically is at the heart of anybody transforming their life.”


bell hooks

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bell hooks

“Our history did not begin in chains.”


Malcolm X

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Malcolm X

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“Being oppressed means the absence of choices.”


bell hooks

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bell hooks

“You are not built to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.”


Nina Simone

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Nina Simone

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“Self-care is also not arguing with people who are committed to misunderstanding you.”


Ayishat A. Akanbi

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Ayishat A. Akanbi

“No one is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.”


Alice Walker

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Alice Walker

“If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important and you do that by being genuine and humble.”


Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

“Love doesn’t hurt…ever, ever, ever. Love. Doesn’t. Hurt.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“Follow your passion; it will lead you to your purpose.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”


Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”


Dr. Angela Davis

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Dr. Angela Davis

“I am stronger than fear.”


Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – No Fear!”


Nina Simone

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Nina Simone

“I release all things that no longer serve me. I release all things that no longer work for me.”


Beautiful Chorus

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Beautiful Chorus

“I love my age. Old enough to know better. Young enough not to care. Experienced enough to do it right.”


Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett

“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”


Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o

“Without community there is no liberation…but community must not mean a shedding of our difference nor the pathetic premise that these differences do not exist.”


Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde

“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it’s the presence of justice.”


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned the people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.”


African Proverb

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African Proverb

“Because of them, I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit.”


Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth

“Still, like air, I rise.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.”


Buddha Daily

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Buddha Daily

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”


James Baldwin

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James Baldwin

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“…With faith I do hear to listen. Two hands that fist. When forced pushes to shove. And your ego won’t submit. I am gifted. I am all of this. And indeed the s_ _ _.”


Jill Scott

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Jill Scott

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.”


Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”


Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

“You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.”


Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”


Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman

“Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power – not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.”


bell hooks

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bell hooks

“If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.”


Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

“I want to practice without shackles.”


- S

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- S

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“Revolution begins with the self, in the self.”


Toni Cade Bambara

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Toni Cade Bambara

“In every position that I’ve been in there have been naysayers who don’t believe I’m qualified or who don’t believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong.”


Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“I will not be complicit in my oppression.”


– P

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– P

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard to get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.”


Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee

“Once you know who you are, you don’t have to worry anymore.”


Nikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”


Malcolm X

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Malcolm X

“Every scar that you have is a reminder not just that you got hurt, but that you survived.”


Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”


Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee

“When children attend schools that place greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep school for prison.”


Dr. Angela Davis

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Dr. Angela Davis

“The most common way people give up their POWER is by thinking they don’t have any.”


Alice Walker

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Alice Walker

“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“Ignore people who threaten your joy. Literally, ignore them. Say nothing. Don’t invite any parts of them into your space.”


Alex Elle

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Alex Elle

“…I choose to be courageous in everything I do. My past don’t dictate who I am. I choose to be the best that I can be. I choose to be authentic in everything I do.”


India.Arie

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India.Arie

“…compassionate warriors walk through the fire to alleviate the pain and suffering of others…”


Pema Chodron

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Pema Chodron

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”


Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth

“You’re not selfish for wanting to be treated well.”


Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”


Bantu Stephen Biko

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Bantu Stephen Biko

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”


President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

“If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs.”


President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

“Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”


Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”


Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez

“There is nothing worse than betraying yourself.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.”


Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”


Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”


Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”


Buddha

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Buddha

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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