Contact me for teaching, results-focused program facilitating, results-focused training, and researching and evaluating every part of your for-profit organization or non-profit organization.

Why and how am I not your typical diversity training?

"Diversity" should be more than a trendy catchword.

Your organization needs measurable and lasting inclusion, equity, and justice.

Contact me for a results-focused process that changes how your organization does recruitment, human resources, teaching and training, and policies, procedures, and practices.

About Me

Equity and justice

I am a community activist and social scientist invested in educating, facilitating, training, evaluating, and assessing for-profit organizations and non-profit organizations.  

This captures demographic and cultural variance in identities, life circumstances, experiences, and access to resources. 

I capture a range of issues including:

  • Recruitment and training methods for organizations
  • Education-school system design and implementation
  • Factors contributing to health conditions and access to health services
  • Improving organizational justice in police departments, law enforcement, and legal system

I reach local, national, and international populations with emphasis on under-served, underrepresented, and marginalized individuals and groups.

Training and presenting

I collaborate with communities and practitioners in a range of fields and areas of expertise. 

I am active in the community including planning and hosting community events, presenting for community programs, serving on board of directors for organizations, and having culturally conscious tables at community fairs.

I participate in interviews and guest columns for organizations such as Mental Health America of Virginia; outlets such as HuffPost Blog,, Laura; newspapers Winston-Salem Chronicle, Winston-Salem Journal, Richmond Free Press; and 88.5 WFDD NPR, Here & Now WBUR, All Things Considered on 89.7 WOSU NPR, Matt Townsend Show on BYU Radio, Strange Fruit on 89.3 WFPL


With an investment in organizational justice, I am trained in Policy Engagement Training for Researchers, Wake Forest School of Medicine Health Equity Research Opportunity (HERO) Fellowship,  Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T.), Advanced Issues in Suicide Intervention, Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation (Trainee and Trainer), Mental Health First Aid Certification, safeTALK, and SafeZone. I also volunteered with Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) for Mental Health Association in Forsyth County.

I contribute to measurable and lasting inclusion, equity, and justice through educating, facilitating, training, evaluating, assessing, and researching with local, state, and national communities, schools, for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations. 

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, I am a product of predominantly Black K-12 Richmond Public Schools, earned bachelor's from University of Richmond, and earned master's from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

I lived in North Carolina for 17 years: Eight years in Raleigh to attain doctorate from North Carolina State University; nine years in Winston-Salem as creator and coordinator of criminal studies program and tenured faculty at Salem College. 

Since July 2019, I reside in Baltimore, Maryland. 


Cultural competence

Educating, facilitating, training, evaluating, and assessing: Helping for-profit organizations and non-profit organizations make measurable and lasting changes 

Is your organization ready to initiate and implement changes and move further into measurable and lasting inclusion, equity, and justice? 

Contact me to discuss the structure of your organization, goals for your organization, services needed for your organization, and costs for my services

Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis Resume'

Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis Resume' (pdf)


Examples of My Work

September 2018, “Throughout College and Careers: Teaching and Training about Demographic and Cultural Variance for Health Students, Health Professionals and Health Practitioners,” 15th Annual Statewide Training Conference, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC), Columbus, OH  

August 2018, “Understanding mental health: Reach K-12 children and families,” Guilford County Schools, Annual Conference of School Social Workers and School Counselors, Greensboro, NC. 


December 2018, “Redefining mental health and behavioral outcomes: Cultural consciousness to better reach communities and better teach-train health students and health professionals-practitioners,” six-hour training, South Central Church of Christ, Raleigh, NC         

July 2018, “Mental health for mothers and daughters,” Honorable Youth, SG Atkins Community Development Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC

July 2018, “Community mental health,” Summer Youth Employment Program, Winston-Salem Urban League.


Research Publications

Kimya N. Dennis. November 2018. "Black Male Suicide: Inward-Expressed Frustration and Aggression” of Part 5 “The Criminal and Social Justice” In Ransaw, Gause, and Majors (eds.) Handbook of Research on Black Males. Michigan: Michigan State University Press.

Kimya N. Dennis and Kendra Jason. 2018. “Black women academics: Artistic expression through teaching, research, and activism,” Association of Black Sociologists, Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.

Visual Recordings of Interviews

Interviewed for Suicide Prevention Social Media (SPSM): Suicide in Marginalized Communities, September 2019.

Interviewed for American Association of Suicidology FB Live, August 2019.

Audio Recordings of Interviews

Interviewed for “Assessing 2020 presidential candidates on criminal justice reform,” NPR Here & Now, 90.9 WBUR Boston, August 2019.

Diversity 365 with Dr. Kimya Dennis, Leading in Color with Sarah Morgan Podcast, Season 1: Episode 6, May 2019

Suicide and Black America, Scholars Strategy Network, No Jargon, August 2018

Shattering Mental Health Stereotypes, Susan Lambert, LCSW: In the Balance Podcast, August 2018

61: Unclassified Woman, The Childfree with Dr. Kimya N. Dennis, Michelle Marie McGrath, June 2018

Suicides across Cultures, The Matt Townsend Show, BYU Radio, May 2018

Mental Health and Minority Communities, All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU-NPR, March 2018

Seeing Suicide Through A Non-White Lens, Straight Fruit: 89.3 WFPL, March 2018

Demographic and Cultural Variance in Suicide and Mental Health, All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU-NPR, February 2018

Most Recent Public Writings

Mental Health America of Virginia Blog

“Connecting our communities with medical-health professionals,” January 2019

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing,’” The Conversation: Academic rigor, journalistic flair, February 2018

Contact Me

Kimya Nuru Dennis, Ph.D. (919) 710-0288