Daniel White Hodge, Director
Daniel White Hodge PhD, has over 17 years of urban youth work under his belt. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for urban youth justice issues.
Dr. Hodge has taught at Cal State University Northridge's religious studies department as well as Fuller Theological Seminary's school of intercultural studies. As a speaker, writer, and activist he has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, and Union Theological Seminary. Dan teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Black popular culture, personality and the self, Hip Hop discourse, and race/ethnicity within religion.
Dan's two current books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009) and The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010). He is currently working on a book titled The Hostile Gospel: Finding Religion In The Post Soul Theology of Hip Hop (Brill Academic, early 2012). He has published in Youth Worker Journal, Youth & Family Journal, and has several book chapters in various readers.
Dan and his wife, Emily, are most proud of their dancing daughter Mahalia Joy. Learn more about Dr. White Hodge at www.whitehodge.com.
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Katrina Reid, Operations Manager
Katrina Reid holds a bachelor of arts degree in English with concentrations in Media and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a masters in Higher Education Administration. She plans to graduate in May 2017 with graduate certificates in Organizational Leadership and Nonprofit Management.
Katrina has been involved in college and career preparedness for the last five years and is passionate about social justice, urban youth development, and bridging the achievement gap that hinders under-privileged youth from college degree attainment. Katrina directs and oversees the daily operations of the Center with the intent of providing consistent study and reflection space for Youth Ministry students working to develop their own goals and visions for the work.
Katrina ensures the Center is a multi-functioning resource for not just students, but the community and urban youth leaders nationwide by organizing campus events and offering cutting edge training and webinars; all designed to aid individuals in uplifting youth through ministry, advocacy, and mentor-ship.
In her spare time, Katrina finds solace in writing poetry and exploring the city of Chicago with her husband and son.
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