Upcoming Event

Use What You Got: Social Capital and Entrepreneurship

Sunday, May 28, 2017

3-5PM at KI

3549 Boulevard Place


Meet the Panel

Kelly Ramirez <br>Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Kelly Ramirez
Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Kelly is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and grew the organization from a small informal group of engaged philanthropists with a annual budget of $25K to a $1 Million + organization with 8 staff, and a community of 200+ volunteers that serves a portfolio of 220 companies in just six years. Kelly is also the founder of the SEEED Summit, a national social enterprise conference that is run in collaboration between SEG, Brown University, the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. Kelly has taught/teaches Social Enterprise at RISD, Salve Regina, Providence College and in Brown University’s Leadership Institute.
Diop Adisa<br>Kheprw Institute; Hip Hop Artist

Diop Adisa
Kheprw Institute; Hip Hop Artist

Diop Adisa has worked to empower community for the past 5 years through uplifting stories, projects and visions rooted in Community Empowerment through Self-Mastery. One of the main tools he uses to encourage and support equity, community voice, community control and community vision is independent filmmaking. Central to KI’s mission is the ability to, through the use of intentional storytelling, paint the narratives that culturally reflect how we see reality and how we envision reality in its ideal state. With a focus on empowerment, he dedicates his time, energy and effort to shedding light on the stories and messages of individuals and groups working diligently to bring about this reality. He currently leads KI NuMedia's videography team, trains youth and seniors in filming and video editing and helps to co-lead the enterprise. He is a hip hop artist and recently his track, "LowKey LowKey" was selected to be featured in Spike Lee's upcoming Netflix series She's Gotta Have It.
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Charles "Preach" Neal

Charles "Preach" Neal is the Peer Mentor Director at RecycleForce. He became Pastor and Reentry Director at Brookside Community Church in early 2017. Previously he served as Director of Peer Development at RecycleForce, a nonprofit social enterprise on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside that provides transitional jobs to men and women returning to Marion County after incarceration. In that capacity, Neal played an essential role in the development of the onsite peer mentoring program, meeting weekly with mentors to discuss their work and providing direction to transitional employees as needed. He also led the morning “Circle of Trust”.
Dr. Ariana Torres<br>Purdue University

Dr. Ariana Torres
Purdue University

Dr. Torres’ background combines field experience in agriculture with theoretical and applied research on agricultural economics. She has worked on projects looking at the impact of marketing choices on technology adoption for fruit and vegetable growers; the economic implications of social capital on entrepreneurship; and the role of community support on the resilience of small business after disasters.

Every 4th Sunday

3-5PM at KI
3549 Boulevard Place

Read Notes From Equity Launch

Equity in Indianapolis

Last year Kheprw Institute and Spirit and Place ran an 8 month series focused on Gentrification. With more than 400 participants city-wide, this series provided a variety of voices: community activists, city officials, development professionals and residents a space to dig in deeper on the complex issue of gentrification and its impact on community.

This year KI and Spirit & Place are excited to announce our 2017 series, Equity in Action. Equity is the new buzz word everyone’s talking about. What is it? How do you get it? How can we learn from the ideas and actions from other communities around the country to make Indianapolis more equitable, economically, racially, gender, etc?

Recent reports nationally and locally have shown a broad consensus of disturbing data about Indianapolis’s economic health and racial/economic disparities. These include PolicyLink’s National Equity Atlas and The Center for Community Progress. For more data and analysis click here.

Each forum is free and open to the public and will take place each month on the 4th Sunday 3-5pm at Kheprw Institute (3549 Boulevard Place).


Media Contacts

Bohlsen Group Media Contact| Andrea Hawman | ahawman@bohlsengroup.com | 317.275.2063

Kheprw Institute Media Contact | Imhotep Adisa | info@kheprw.org | 317.329.4803 ext. 706

Use What You Got: Social Capital and Entrepreneurship
Public Dollars  for the Public Good?

Public Dollars for the Public Good?

June 25, 2017
Prisons, Re-entry and Modern Day Slavery

Prisons, Re-entry and Modern Day Slavery

July 23 , 2017
Environmental Justice in the Post Obama Era

Environmental Justice in the Post Obama Era

August 27, 2017
Red Lining, Housing Discrimination and Gentrifacation

Red Lining, Housing Discrimination and Gentrifacation

September 24 , 2017
The Color Line: Arts & Inclusion

The Color Line: Arts & Inclusion

October 27, 2017

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Past Events

April Forum Highlights

Life, Liberty and Justice for All?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

3-5PM at KI

3549 Boulevard Place


Meet the Panel

Dennis Parker <br>ACLU Racial Justice Program

Dennis Parker
ACLU Racial Justice Program

Dennis Parker is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Parker oversees work to combat the “School-to-Prison” pipeline, the profiling of airline passengers subjected to searches and wrongfully placed on watch lists and the racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Natalie Lyons<br> Southern Poverty Law Center

Natalie Lyons
Southern Poverty Law Center

Natalie Lyons is Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., where she is working on behalf of immigrant detainees. She has worked on criminal justice reform campaigns in California and Alabama, and served on the trial team for Braggs v. Dunn, a class action lawsuit against the Alabama prison system for the failure to provide adequate medical and mental health care to prisoners.
Jan Mensz<br>ACLU Indiana

Jan Mensz
ACLU Indiana

Jan Mensz is a Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Indiana and was a Debevoise Fellow in 2010-2011. He was involved in cases including the confinement of mentally ill prisoners in extreme isolation, a challenge to state discriminatory practices against U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents and a challenge to Indiana law denying Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood, among many others.
Fran Watson<br>Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Fran Watson
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Fran Watson is a Clinical Professor at Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Watson continued directs the Criminal Defense Clinic and developed the Wrongful Conviction Clinic. The Wrongful Conviction Clinic is a founding member of the Innocence Network and provides live-client representation in state and federal proceedings to Indiana inmates claiming actual innocence and wrongful conviction.

March Forum Highlights

Commuinty Grown Food Solutions

Sunday, March 26, 2017

3-5PM at KI

3549 Boulevard Place


Meet the Panel

Aster Bekele <br>Felege Hiywot Center

Aster Bekele
Felege Hiywot Center

Aster Bekele is the director of the Felege Hiywot Center. The Felege Hiywot Center is a gardening program in Indianapolis whose focus is on urban youth, second generation Ethiopian youth, and orphans in Ethiopia. Aster has been in the United States for 31 years and has enjoyed the freedom and the opportunities as a citizen since 1981. Her desire to give back to her Hoosier community as well as to the homeland of her birthplace, Ethiopia. Her motivation of starting a mission began in 1975 following her move from Franklin College to IUPUI when she began living at 25th and Martindale. At that time, she realized there were many kids who could use her help so she started tutoring them after school. While working with these children, she realized an impression was being made on them as they learned about the living conditions of children in her homeland, Ethiopia. They started to understand how fortunate they were compared to Ethiopian children, even though compared to Indiana standards they may have considered themselves underprivileged.It was while working with these neighborhood children that the idea of a mission connecting the poor orphans of Ethiopia to the needy children here in Indianapolis started.
Mimi Zakem<br> CCFI

Mimi Zakem

In 2015 the only urban grocery store chain in Indy closed all of its four stores. In response we held a youth-led forum on food access. Inspired by the forums, a group of neighbors supported by Kheprw Institute Equity Fellow Mimi Zakem and staff continued to meet to share food and talk about what we could do. In June 2016 the Community Controlled Food Initiative launched as a food co-op where people pool their resources to buy wholesale from local farmers. This was created with zero capital and provides fresh produce to 42 families. Mimi is starting her second year as a fellow and will continue to support and scale the Community Controlled Food Initiative.
Amy Matthews<br>South Circle Farm

Amy Matthews
South Circle Farm

South Circle Farm is an urban farm in Downtown Indy.South Circle Farm's founder and farmer is Amy Matthews. A native of the southside of Indy, Amy has traveled far and wide to learn the craft of farming--from the mountains of Montana, to the urban wilds of Chicago, from the tundra of Alaska to the rust belt of Cleveland. Toggling back and forth between urban and rural, social service and for-profit, Amy has seen many angles on growing food. She is happy to be back in Indy and encouraged to see our city joining in the healthy revolution.
​​Trisha Chakrabarti<br> Mandela MarketPlace

​​Trisha Chakrabarti
Mandela MarketPlace

​​Trisha Chakrabarti is the Program and Policy Manager at Mandela MarketPlace, wh​ich leads community-based programming and research in food access, healthy retailing​, and support for small food-based businesses​.​ She has worked in community food programming​ ​for the last decade, and has led participatory research and advocacy initiatives with youth in Boston. She grew up in the South Asian diaspora, and sees a​ community-owned food system as a key indicator of political and economic self-sovereignty.

February 2017 Forum Highlights

Food Politics and Equity

Sunday, February 26

3-5PM at KI

3549 Boulevard Place

Meet the Panel

Shellye Suttles<br> Food Policy Director<br>City of Indianapolis

Shellye Suttles
Food Policy Director
City of Indianapolis

Julia Vaughn<br>Common Cause

Julia Vaughn
Common Cause

Dave Miner <br>Bread for the World

Dave Miner
Bread for the World

Kaliah Ligon<br>IU Health

Kaliah Ligon
IU Health

Putting The Public Back Into Education

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1:30-3:30PM at KI

3549 Boulevard Place


Meet the Panel

Gayle Cosby <br>Former IPS School Board Member and IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral student

Gayle Cosby
Former IPS School Board Member and IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral student

A resident of the near-eastside of Indianapolis for over thirty years, Gayle Cosby has been connected with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) in different capacities her entire life. After working in social services for several years, she began a teaching career with IPS in 2007, and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Marian University in 2009.
Dr. Nate Williams<br> Assistant Professor, Knox College and graduate of the IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral program

Dr. Nate Williams
Assistant Professor, Knox College and graduate of the IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral program

Dr. Nate received his PhD in Urban Education Studies from IUPUI and now serves as an assistant professor in Knox College's Department of Educational Studies. He holds a Master's degree in Education Psychology from Indiana University at Bloomington and a Bachelors in Art Education from Herron School of Art. The primary focus of his research centers on the overrepresentation of Black students in school discipline. His research seeks to explore how the “school-to-prison pipeline” acts as a function of systemic racism.
Dr. Jim Scheurich<br> professor in the IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral program

Dr. Jim Scheurich
professor in the IUPUI Urban Education Studies doctoral program

Dr. Scheurich is dedicated to supporting the creation of schools that deliver high quality success to all student groups, especially those groups that have historically not been well served by public schooling, like African American students, Latino students, students from low income families, student from families that do not speak English at home, students from other cultures, students with disabilities, girls in math and science, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender students, or any other group not receiving the benefits of a high quality education.