TEDxRVA

@TEDxRVA

Playwright, director, actor, poet, writer, scholar-activist, and teacher Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates engages the dramatic arts as a tool for social change. With a long history in film, television, and theater all around the United States, she currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as Artistic Director for the Conciliation Project. In the latter position, she collaborates with organizations such as Housing Opportunities Made Equal and the Healing Place to create plays that actively engage the psychological barriers created by race, class, gender, and identity. One such play, uncle tom: de-constructed, was nominated by Amnesty International for a Humanitarian Award... Read More t

On March, 16, 2014, Abby suffered another loss - her best friend, Cameron Gallagher. The two girls had just crossed the finish line and hugged at the Shamrock Half Marathon, when Cameron tragically collapsed and died. Cameron, who had struggled with teenage depression, had a dream of eliminating the stigma of that disease and hoped to organize a 5K race to raise awareness. After Cameron’s death, Abby was instrumental in helping that dream become a reality and, with Cameron’s family, launched the Speak Up 5K, which was run on September 6, 2014. The race had 3,000 participants and raised over $150,000 for the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which is the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program at VCU Medical Center... Read More t

For the last 30 years Kevin has worked at summer camps. The first 9 at a special needs camp outside Boston and the last 16 at Passages Adventure Camp, right here in Richmond. He has run a dozen marathons, a dozen ultramarathons and a dozen adventure races between 24 and 104 hours long. Kevin has long been a proponent of being active, and through his years at camp has taught thousands of children about the outdoors and adventure sports while instilling in them a sense of pride.
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