Calenthia S. Dowdy, PhD

Calenthia is a proud Philadelphian through and through. She is busy in her city serving a diverse array of justice initiatives, but her primary work is in public health as the director of faith initiatives at Phila. FIGHT community health centers, specializing in HIV/AIDS, and as a professor of urban youth ministry and cultural anthropology at Eastern University. Dowdy’s research is in urban studies, race, racism, and the African diaspora with a focus on Afro Brazilian youth and activism. She joined the Roots of Justice anti-oppression analysis team in 2003, and continues to serve on many boards and committees around the city and country. Dowdy was a recipient of the 2016 Women’s Way Powerful Voice Award in Philadelphia.

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