CFA was founded by Nam Provost and Kevin Skwira-Brown. Kevin is now the sole partner, collaborating with skilled and passionate individuals each bringing their own best selves to the work of building awareness, skill and connections to make the lives and worlds we touch more inclusive.
For Kevin, the work of building a more equitable world is both a professional pursuit and a part of his personal life. This has played out through direct service, teaching at the collegiate level and grassroots community organizing. For the past 12 years it has included developing, presenting, and facilitating diversity, inclusion and cultural development work with individuals and organizations striving to live in line with their values and missions by becoming more culturally fluent and inclusive.
“I have learned that when individuals are introduced to privilege and oppression in clear yet non-blaming ways, they respond with an authentic desire to be part of making their organizations and their lives reflect greater inclusion.”
Michelle has been teaching and training for over twenty five years in the Duluth area and throughout Minnesota. She is a citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her experience has entailed a personal commitment toward better cultural understanding and humility.
As my mother used to tell me, “it takes all kinds (of people) to make a world.” I believe if we are intentional about really listening to others’ stories, we can make this a better, more peaceful, and inclusive world!
Diana Lawrey is a licensed elementary teacher in Minnesota. She holds bachelor’s degrees from The College of St. Scholastica in Elementary Education and Ojibwe Language and Culture Education, as well as a Master of Education degree in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Ms. Lawrey has worked in education for 10 years in various capacities such as teaching, advocating for students of color, and program management. Her education experience includes working with students in elementary and secondary education, as well as higher education. Much of Ms. Lawrey’s educational career has focused on culturally responsive teaching and professional development to increase cultural competence, not only in teachers, but addressing systemic equity within the school district.
Ms. Lawrey is an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribes, and holds eminence credentials awarded by the tribe.
Nur Mood is the Assistant Director of Social Justice Programs and Strategic Relations, Middle East And North Africa Region at Hamline University. He has served on the Bloomington Police Department’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) since 2014. Nur was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. He has previously lived in Cairo Egypt before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Nur has traveled to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Jamaica, and Southeast Asia.
Nur’s gentle and humor-infused style draws on the insight and wisdom from his experience of race in the United States.