Dr. LaWana

I am Dr. LaWana Richmond and I curate this web page.
We live in a moment when adversity and the opportunities it presents beckons us all to rise above ourselves.
I’ve spent time in the foster care system and group homes, became a teen mom and single parent, found my way into community college, eventually transferring to and graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration, followed by a Masters in Information Systems (National University), and finally earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos). I have 15 years of experience in financial/business systems planning and development and now serve as an organizational development manager at UC San Diego. I am trained and certified by various operational excellence and change management programs and am a certified project management professional.
I have been in the business of making things happen (often something out of nothing) for my entire career.  Let me know how I may be of assistance. 
I invite you to engage.  Whether it be political, community,  equity, inclusion, or other forms of activism - Get off the sidelines.  I did.   Subscribe to updates if you are interested in staying informed. 

The Afrofuturism Lounge is where Black Comic Creators, Artists, Writers, Designers, and Innovators  Collide!

Our Vision is to provide an educational, entertaining, and informative space for creative and critical thinkers alongside community builders to experience speculative futures and the multiverse as an exploration of art as well as a world of opportunities.  This summer, the Afrofuturism Lounge will either be completely virtual or hybrid. Subscribe to stay in the loop. 

Afrofuturism Dream Tank is an immersive experience of art, music, comics, science fiction, science fact, history, and current events curated and facilitated by Dr. LaWana Richmond.  It seeks to catalyze one's imagination to dream forward to co-create visions of the future we want with a focus on reverse-engineering the process to identify actions that support manifestation.  At a minimum, you will be entertained and at best inspired as well as energized. 

I am passionate about Afrofuturism and hosted a free Afrofuturism Dream Tank at UC San Diego on February 14, 2021.  Featured artists are Alyce Smith Cooper, the Brown Fairy Godmother/Poet/Educator, Adria Fox, Urban Alchemist, Qamar Bradford, Visual Artist/Cofounder Afrofuturism Lounge, King Britt, Educator/DJ/Producer, and Maxx Moses, Community Artist/Educator.
Monday, February 15, 2021, we recorded a live interview with Dr. Anthony Browder and Afua Richardson on the next episode of the Afronauts. 
 
 

Contact

You can ask questions,
get more information about my platform or qualifications,
or just stay in touch.

LaWana@firyali.com

Mailing Address

P. O. Box 741867
San Diego, CA 92174-1867
Contact Information

+1 (619) 796-3479

Testimonials

"Your work is amazing and forward-thinking. I know April, my daughter would like to envision future schools as micro multi-aged schools where subjects of real import are taught to children, that nature would play a large part of the education for all ages, that history be taught truthfully and that all are treated as individuals with no labeling of special needs but each child taught according to their individual needs.
 
"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." Mark Twain
 
~Mari Peterson
Dr. LaWana Richmond is a selfless cognizant leader. She pays attention to details and will make decisions that benefit the common good. She is trustworthy and transparent. 
As an educator and a parent, I believe that she will serve in an unbiased way.
Sincerely,
Dr. Barney J. Wilson
As a student affairs professional trying to figure out my own pathways, I am inspired by Dr. Richmond's story and her passions.
 
Best regards,
 
Kyler Nathan IV

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The breadth and depth of content curated will vary and occasionally events and programs will come up spontaneously.  Subscribing to this list is one way of ensuring you don't miss anything. I'm looking forward to connecting with you on and off of the internets. 

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