Umi Hankins

umihankinsUmi (Shelia) Hankins has nearly forty years of leadership experience and is recognized nationally for her work in the anti-violence field and specifically for working on issues related to Black survivors of violence, their children, families and communities.

Recently, Umi founded the National Institute on Transformation and Healing of the Black Community (ITH), where she serves as President and Executive Director. In this capacity she provides leadership in working with national and local projects, communities and individuals dedicated to not only ending violence against Black women of African descent, but also redressing and transforming their complex historical, generational and current trauma experiences as they heal and achieve wellbeing. Specifically, ITH core focus includes working on research; policy; community education and awareness; community organizing, engagement and development; curriculum development; and the provision of technical assistance and training.

Over twenty three years ago Umi co-founded the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Hankins also served as the Co-Executive Director of IDVAAC from 2011 through September 2015.
Umi (Shelia) Hankins has nearly forty years of leadership experience and is recognized nationally for her work in the anti-violence field and specifically for working on issues related to Black survivors of violence, their children, families and communities.