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11th Annual Women in Public Service Conference (September 2019)

Housing Virginia's Most Vulnerable Conference (June 2019)

Richmond Association of Black Social Worker's Annual Spring Education Symposium (March 2019)

2018 VA Network Annual State Conference/ 6th Annual Women of Color Conference (May 2018)

11th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference (November 2017)

Equity & Inclusion Leadership Symposium (August 2017)

Bravery Conference - 2017 Biennial Retreat (June 2017)

Building Healthy Futures -Biennial Statewide Prevention Conference (April 2017)

10th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference (January 2016)

National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence (March 2015)

Virginia Volunteerism Conference (September 2014)



Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Phi Omega

James River Juvenile Detention Center

Leadership Metro Richmond

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice 

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. | Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Partnership for Disabilities

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Richmond Healthy Start

Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority

Safe Harbor


Virginia Housing Alliance

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


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John Marshall High School

John Tyler Community College

Randolph Macon College

Reynolds Community College

University of Richmond 

Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virginia Union University




Click here to view VCU SOCY/GSWS 336 Violence Against Women Course Evaluations 2014-2017

"Fatima was great! Handled awkward situations with patience and kindness and got the point across. We were all able to hold great open minded conversations." -- Utilizing a Racial Justice Lens in Advocacy participant, March 2019

"I thought your presentation was wonderful, Fatima. Excellent explanations and activities to keep us all on track and engaged, and to include us in the space...You do an excellent job at keeping people on topic, having us check in with ourselves and others, and practice some serious mindfulness and awareness of those around us. Thank you for all you do!" -- Utilizing a Racial Justice Lens in Advocacy participant, March 2018

"I really enjoyed your breakout session and know that the knowledge I gained will be helpful in improving the services we provide to our clients. Thank you for your amazing work..." -- New Directions Organization staff member May 2017

"Appreciate the energy & intention that went into this discussion/event It was thoughtful & timely." -- #FreeBresha Teach-in Participant, April 2017

​“I loved your honesty and insight that you shared last semester at the MSW panel.”--​​VCU Adjunct Professor


​“I wanted to reach out and thank you for an awesome learning event last night. I have been to many meetings and I have to say that you are very gifted in conveying the message and educating the attendees. It is clear that you know what you're advocating about and are passionate about spreading the information. ”

--Bystander Intervention Participant, October 2015

"I just wanted to compliment you on your training. It’s always fun to attend these events! You really know how to keep the audience interested and involved in the material. ”

--​​Training Participant, October 2015


"Fatima was awesome and had great energy for what can sometimes be a tough topic. I liked the small discussion groups." -- Utilizing a Racial Justice Lens in Advocacy participant, May 2019

"I loved that Fatima backed up what she said with actual articles/readings. Also, I think so often when we're talking about difficult concepts such as racism, privilege, oppression etc, the loudest people are the extremes--either social justice warrior or in complete denial that these exist so I was almost afraid it was going to be like that but instead I felt that Fatima's session was extremely refreshing and thoughtful. She put to words a lot of what I felt but didn't know how to say. I also felt like having that conversation in the groups ended up being really beneficial for that reason." -- Utilizing a Racial Justice Lens in Advocacy participant, May 2019

"The time flew by which shows how interesting & dynamic the topic is & the facilitators are. This is a relatively new topic for me and I leave only wanting more information & reflecting on what I can do"  -- #FreeBresha Teach-in Participant, April 2017

​“Thank you so much for coming to speak to our chapter on Sunday. We appreciate what you had to say, it really spoke to my Brothers, and it did a great amount to have an open dialogue like we did. We look forward to possibly working with you in the future!” --​​Fraternity President,  VCU


“Thank you for the wonderful presentation. I had at least 5 people come up to me and say how wonderful the presentation was and shared that they learned valuable information!”  

--Partnership for Disabilities


"Several of the students in attendance have emailed or spoken with me to tell me how incredible you were as a speaker, and that you inspired them to become active bystanders." 

-- Collegiate High School Take Back the Night, 2015

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