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People of Science: Birungi Ives, Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Integration Specialist, Strategist, and Founder of ALIGNE Consulting (Kentucky) - “I developed an anti-racism program called, ‘The Path to an Anti-racist Society’. It’s my signature workshop that offers a transformative, interactive and practical training session for individuals and organizations wanting to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society that’s EFFECTIVE..."


Episode #45

I welcome you to listen to this latest podcast interview with Jayne Warrilow of Sacred Changemakers about my diversity and inclusion work! ENJOY!


Episode #164

Want to learn why I developed my successful Anti-Racism workshop and how I got here? Then, listen to my AWAREPRENEURS podcast interview today! Interviewed by Paul Zelizer, he has me take a deep dive into why this workshop upends typical diversity trainings and takes participants to places they never thought they had to go to bring racism to an end!
Awarepreneurs Podcaset featuring Birungi Ives

SHAME, PAIN, and ACCOUNTABILITY: A Path to Healing the Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Impact of Racism

After the "Path to an Anti-Racist Society" workshop, this is the next step on the journey to an equal society for all!

This workshop provides a space for participants to be deeply vulnerable and navigate the varied impact spurred by racial trauma, narrative trauma, and systemic racism-at-large. 

Expert speakers guide participants through the emotional, mental, spiritual (a non-religious affiliated approach to spirituality), and physical impact of Racism. In their area of expertise, each speaker provides participants a deeper understanding and self-awareness accompanied by skills, tools, and actions to heal this impact beyond the workshop.

This workshop is a total of 4 sessions with a duration of 2-hours each. Typically, the workshop would span over a period of four weeks. However, there is flexibility for corporate/organization scheduling. 

A week prior, participants receive a list resources and an assignment to be reviewed and completed in preparation for each corresponding session. Each speaker leads a talk for 1-hour at one of the four sessions. The remaining time in the session is for group discussion.  

All sessions are recorded. If you are unable to attend any of the dates, a recording of each session is made available to current participants.


Ssanyu Nutt-Birigwa - M.A. in Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine Professor - Ssanyu Nutt-Birigwa  is a deeply spiritual soul, who makes you feel at peace from the moment you sense her presence. Her Ugandan ancestral Shamanic Bone Healing Medicine combined with scholarly and clinical work during her time as a master's student in the department of Narrative Medicine, has informed the development of the Pause3TM method. Her mission is to teach this one-of-a-kind, person centered, integrative approach to conscious well-being and holistic health through mindset meditation, spirituality, energy healing, breath work, movement, and narrative. She is also the co-founder of Narrative Bridge, a firm that creates lectures, workshops, support groups, and programs for institutions of higher learning and organizations looking to improve their empathetic communication skills in a radical way. An adjunct professor in the department of Narrative Medicine (Columbia University) and lecturer of Spirituality and Health at (Columbia Medical Center), Ssanyu ultimately believes we can use our personal stories of pain, illness, suffering and trauma, these embodied experiences that often escape description, into meaning to heal.

Elizabeth Wilkins-McKee, LCSW - Licensed Psychotherapist

Elizabeth Wilkins-McKee, MSW, LCSW, a therapist in private practice. She is a fierce believer in the power of self-compassion, and a practitioner committed to  working with families and moms struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as infant loss. Her advocacy work focuses on maternal health disparities in the Black community, both locally and at the state level. As a board member and Vice Chair for Postpartum Support VA, an organization radically shifting their “white facing identity,” she is proud to participate in the transformation to applying an intentionally anti-racist lens to the work of maternal mental health. Ms. Wilkins-McKee facilitates workshops on the treatment of perinatal disorders and antiracist practice. She is currently co-creating a workbook that highlights the stories and realities Black mothers and families face and offers assistance for those dealing with perinatal health and mental health. Ms. Wilkins-McKee is the parent of a spirited teenage daughter and adventurous 11-year old son who keep her in-touch in all things "cool" and GenZ. (She still equally clueless about TikTok is and current fashion trends for young people, however!) 

Dr. Mukasa Mubirumusoke, PhD. - Professor at Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Mubirumusoke received his a Master degree in Philosophy from Boston College and his Doctorate in Philosophy at Emory University. 

Currently, Dr. Mubirumusoke is a professor at Claremont McKenna College. His classes include: Introduction to Africana studies; Africana Philosophy; Afropessimism; and The Politics of Hope.

John T. Wilkins, MD - Cardiologist and Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

John T. Wilkins, MD, is a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and an associate professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As part of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Wilkins specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention, family history of heart disease, lipid abnormalities, hypertension management as well as general cardiology. In his research, he studies the epidemiology of numerous factors which may influence the evolution of cardiovascular risk factors from young adulthood to older ages.

*Note: The full curriculum for this course is only provided for enrolled students.

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Founder of ALIGNE

Birungi Ives

Birungi Ives, the founder of Aligne Consulting. She brings to Aligne Academy the highest level of expertise, global experience, and established relationships with internationally renowned brands, individuals, and organizations. Ives graduated with an Interdisciplinary degree in both African and African-American studies from Mount Holyoke College in 1996. The first professional position of her career, she served as the communication liaison between the Afro-Caribbean community and Nottingham City Council in Nottingham, England. It has been her purpose to communicate on behalf of marginalized communities to date. Ives' workshops lead participants to a deeper understanding of how Racism manifests in our society in overt and covert ways. Participants continue on a path of healing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual (a non-religiously affiliated approach to spirituality) impacts of Racism on all of us. Participants have included executive leadership and employee populations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, CVS HEALTH, Santander Bank, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.