Meet the Speakers

Karlene Griffiths Sekou


Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou is an international public health professional, speaker, preacher, culture worker, and community organizer. For over twenty-years, she has situated her work within the realms of international human rights and de-colonial and anti-colonial cultural regeneration. 

Ms. Griffiths Sekou has also worked in the U.S. and abroad as a senior level strategist, consultant, and program administrator in the areas of HIV and AIDS prevention, design and diffusion of effective behavioral interventions, community and youth engagement, and organizational and systems cultural regeneration.


Rev. Griffiths Sekou is founder and principal of The Dignity Project International, an organization committed to grass roots civil society and the creation of internal and external cultures of justice and equity using frameworks of ethical care, fostering human dignity, and liberation.


She holds an Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, an Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University where her research is at the intersections of religion, ritual and performance aesthetics, art, narrative, representation, and political anthropology in social movements and public spheres.