OUR VISION

The Center for Black Equity-Baltimore envisions a society where all Black LGBTQ people thrive and feel safe, supported, and whole.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness among the Black LGBTQ community in the Baltimore metropolitan area and increase our capacity to be mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, sexually, and economically healthy. We strive to create programs that educate, empower, and uplift our diverse community.

We achieve this by providing culturally responsive and trauma-informed:
1. Community Engagement
2. Educational Programming
3. Training and Personal Development
4. Strategic Community Coalition Building

Link to the main source :

http://www.cbebaltimore.org/index.html

OUR TEAM

Dr. Durryle Brooks
Dr. Durryle BrooksExecutive Director
Dr. Brooks is a Baltimore City native. Over the past 15 years, his research agenda has explored the impact of systemic oppression on the holistic health of Black communities with a focus on exploring how racism, sexism, and heterosexism impact LGBTQ people’s mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and sexual health.

His commitment to sexual and productive justice and ensuring that historically marginalized populations have access to quality services has manifested in many ways over the last 10 years. As a educator and trainer, Dr. Brooks has provided capacity building and technical assistance to teachers, educators, public health workers, and CBO leaders in the areas of: creating safe spaces, cultural competency/ cultural humility, anti-racism in healthcare, foundations of social justice, youth friendly services, and the impact of internalized oppression on the overall well being of LGBTQ people. Durryle also holds a degree in Religious Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a MA in Sexuality Studies from SF State University, and a PhD in Education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Donte (D.Nebi) Hillard
Donte (D.Nebi) HillardBoard Member
Donte (D. Nebi) Hilliard has notable experience as an interdisciplinary educator, trainer, cultural worker, activist, researcher, and inter-faith clergy person. He brings with him more than 10 years of educational and administrative leadership in Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice education/training. His areas of specialty include Social & Racial Justice Movement History, Community Organizing and studying the complex relationship between identity, culture and power. He is specifically interested in the intersection of social movements, philanthropy, the non-profit sector and public policy.

​Currently, Donte lives in Baltimore, MD and works in DC where he serves as the Director of Mission Impact for the YWCA USA. In this role, he is engaged in strategic mission-centered organizational development. He also serves as a racial justice subject matter expert and works to build a sustainable intersectional racial justice infrastructure for the national organization. Donte holds a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a MA in African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and a MA in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary. Donte also serves on the Board of LGBT Detroit, the only Black LGBTQ Communty-Center in the US.

Veronica Berruz
Veronica BerruzBoard Member
Veronica Berruz, a former resident of Baltimore City, works as a Senior Contract Manager, supporting Johnson & Johnson’s Global Services Supplier Contracting Services organization. She was formerly an associate at a large private law firm, where she represented private companies in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jillyn K. Schulze of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and court counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. During her third year of law school, Veronica taught classes focused on law, advocacy and leadership to high school students at then-Baltimore Freedom Academy. Veronica received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. During her third year of law school, Veronica taught classes focused on law, advocacy and leadership to high school students at then-Baltimore Freedom Academy. Veronica is honored to join the Board of the Center for Black Equity-Baltimore and promote its important and necessary vision and mission.

Veronica currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and son.

Kibibi Matthews-Brown
Kibibi Matthews-BrownBoard Member
Ms. Matthews-Brown is a native Baltimorean but spent her formative years overseas in Cameroon, West Africa. Kibibi holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in health care deliver systems from the University of Baltimore/Coppin State University. She has a B.A. degree in psychology from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Matthews-Brown comes to the board with a wide range of experience in public health with a focus on HIV/AIDS and homelessness. She has worked in the HIV/AIDS arena at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to her federal career, she was the Director of Homeless Services at HealthCare Access Maryland. She has also worked at the Baltimore City Health Department as an HIV/AIDS Program Officer. Her work in HIV/AIDS began at Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc. (STAR) as the Direct Services Program Manager back in 2005 – 2008.

Ms. Matthews-Brown resides in northeast Baltimore with her wife Rianna, son Solomon, and dog Linus.

Kelly Burden
Kelly BurdenBoard Member
Kelly Burden has worked with the Baltimore community as a children’s librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library for over 11 years. A Baltimore native, Kelly offers engaging story times that welcome all members of the community and are attended by people of diverse race, orientation, and gender identity, providing an important space for different groups within the community to interact and form relationships. Kelly embraces and celebrates the traditions of the community members who utilize her library branch, as evidenced by her membership of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Group, Naciones Unidas, which combines her love of dance and her interest in international music traditions.

Kelly is currently working on becoming a certified Zumbini Instructor which will enable her to lead musically driven exercise classes for moms and kids at the library. In addition to her passion for music, dance, and movement, Kelly is interested in the representation of diverse people and families in children’s literature and cares deeply about all children and families seeing themselves represented in positive and authentic ways through the medium of children’s picture books. In her free time, Kelly participates in the Baltimore Social Dance Group and is an avid reader.

Letoi Robinson
Letoi Robinson Director of Programs
Letoi Robinson is a 5 year resident of the Baltimore City. Ms. Robinson has served the Center for Black Equity-Baltimore as a volunteer, board chair and now as Director of Programming. Ms. Robinson brings years of event planning, programming, and years of community engagement experience. Ms. Robinson holds a double degree in Business Management and Accounting with a concentration in Marketing. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Women Studies. Ms. Robinson is also a proud member of Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc., a multi-cultural lesbian sorority specific to feminine lesbian women and she spear heads the LGBT Greek College Tour, which is a ground breaking movement to educate college age students on the presence of LGBT Greek organizations.
Ms. Robinson currently resides in Baltimore City with her Fiancé and daughter.