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Shelia HankinsShelia Hankins, B.S.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Ms. Hankins is the Co-Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota. In this capacity she provides leadership in working with national and local projects dedicated to ending domestic violence among African Americans. Specifically her work includes research, policy, community education and awareness, community organizing and developing, and the provision of technical assistance to federally funded and other non-profit organizations. She has 30 years of leadership experience and is recognized nationally for her work in the domestic violence field. Additionally, Ms. Hankins provides training, meeting facilitation and consulting services nationally.

Before assuming her current position, Ms. Hankins held the following leadership positions: Project Director of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Vice President of Programs for HAVEN in Oakland County, Michigan; Project Director for Laurel Consulting Group in Laurel, Maryland; and Administrator of the STOP Violence Against Women Grant for the State of Florida's Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence in Tallahassee, Florida. Additionally, Ms. Hankins has held the position of Executive Director of Detroit Women's Justice Center, and of the Downtown and Northwest Branches of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

Ms. Hankins has focused her professional career and her community service activities on issues related to redressing the economic, political, and social status of traditionally disenfranchised and marginalized communities. She is an advocate for organizational, institutional and systemic changes in our society that will create safe and empowering environments for clients/customers, staff, families, and communities.

She is a co-founder of national Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and has served on the steering committee since 1993, as well as founder and chair of the Transformation Detroit Project. Ms. Hankins also has served on the board of directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Ms. Hankins has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wayne State University and numerous post-graduate credits from NOVA Southeastern University in Business Administration. She continues to participate in workshops, seminars, conferences, and other educational forums.