Lenora Fulani

Co-founder, All Stars Project, Inc.
Director of Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids

Dr. Lenora Fulani graduated from Hofstra University with a major in psychology, and pursued graduate studies in the field at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the City University of New York, where she earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. She worked as a guest researcher at Rockefeller University from 1973-1977, specializing in the interplay of social environment and learning, with a particular focus on the Black community. While she was at Rockefeller, she was introduced to the postmodern psychology movement and the work of Lois Holzman, Ph. D. and the late Fred Newman, Ph.D.

Dr. Fulani has long been active in creating change through political action. She has twice run for president as an independent. In l988 she became the first woman and first African American in U.S. history to appear as a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. In 1994 she co-founded the Committee for a Unified Independent Party, a national strategy center for independent voters which currently has networks in more than 30 states. She is a founder of the Independence Party of New York State.

In l981, she co-founded the All Stars Project with the late Dr. Fred Newman. Over the years she has worked closely with corporate volunteers, CEOs and partners in Fortune 500 companies to build All Stars Project’s innovative programs, including the Development School for Youth, which she co-directed from 1997 to 2006. Dr. Fulani currently serves as the dean of UX, the All Stars’ free-of-charge new center for developmental learning open to people of all ages.

Dr. Fulani is the director of Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, a series of dialogues and performance-based workshops with police and inner-city youth to help them improve and develop their relationship. She founded the program in 2006, and since then has held 69 workshops involving over 1,700 police officers and inner-city youth. At the request of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to train newly graduated police officers – in addition to her monthly workshops – since July 2012, Dr. Fulani has conducted two demonstration workshops for 630 new probationary police officers.

Dr. Fulani has been a featured guest on countless TV and radio programs including Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary, America Beyond the Color LineCrossfire, Hardball, Fox News, Inside Politics, Larry King Show, Washington Journal, Tony Brown’s Journal, BET’s Nightly News and The McNeil-Lehrer Report. Her social commentaries on a wide variety of topics have appeared in newspapers nationwide including: USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York’s Newsday.

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